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Woodcock Creek Lake
The stream is now stocked with trout. Anglers must possess a valid Trout Permit to fish for any species of fish in the stream. Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish below the dam.
Reminder to boaters using the PFBC access on the creek, boats must be properly registered before using PFBC access areas. Also, please be sure to have all required safety equipment on board prior to the start of your float.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish. Water levels are low in the lake. Reminder to all boaters launching from the PFBC access, boats must possess the correct and current registration or launch permit.
Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass.
The lake is open to hunters, boaters, and anglers. Remember to have all required safety equipment and proper registration if going out in a boat, canoe, or kayak. This is a reminder to all anglers that the lake is still listed as catch and release only. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish from the docks.
Area Trout Streams
All the stocked trout streams have received their in-season stocking.
Fly anglers are catching trout using caddis dry flies and nymphs. Some Blue Wing Olives are hatching in the morning in about a size 20.
East Hickory Creek DHALO
Anglers have historically done well using Green Drake dry flies around the Memorial Day weekend. Anglers should fish the evening hours to dark to catch the Green Drake hatch.
Anglers are catching trout using Blue Wing Olives in the morning and caddis during the day. Anglers must possess a current trout and salmon permit to fish in the outflow, regardless of specifically fishing for trout. Boats are not permitted upstream of the county bridge.
Maple Creek and Spring Creek
The Marienville Rod and Gun Club has recently stocked Maple and Spring Creek.
The Kellettville Sportsman’s Club stocked the Children Only Area on April 24th and the Fish and Boat Commission will stock on May 7th.
Salmon Creek will be stocked on May 7th. Anglers are catching trout using minnows. With low and clear water conditions, it is beneficial to use small hooks, covering the entire hook with bait. Anglers that find and fish cover such as undercut stream banks are usually successful.
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness. Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall through the ice.
Remember – SAFETY FIRST: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx
While most of the in-season trout stockings have now been completed in the district, trout-stocked streams still contain a good amount of holdover trout from previous stockings. Angler pressure is light on most of the streams and anglers still fishing are reporting good success catching trout on the Buckwa Creek (Carbon & Monroe Counties), Princess Run (Monroe County) Aquashicola Creek, Lizard Creek, Mahoning Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek. Mauch Chunk Creek had also recently received a trout stocking by the local Sportsmen’s Club. Fly anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek downstream of Beltzville Lake have been reporting good success catching trout. The Lehigh River had also received a trout stocking by the local Sportsmen’s Association. Anglers fishing the Lehigh River in the vicinity of the Packerton yard, Lehighton, Bowmanstown areas of the river were successful catching trout using spinner or stick baits.
Boat anglers fishing Beltzville Lake reported doing well catching Striped Bass, bass (catch & release) near the dam breast area of the lake. Shore anglers also reported good success catching Striped Bass near the Trachsville bridge area of the lake. Perch measuring between eleven – twelve inches were being caught from the shore at Preachers Camp area of the lake.
Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake from the fishing pier located at launch A reported doing well catching some large size pickerel. A few anglers were also successful catching crappie by using a jig tipped with a small fathead minnow.
As the boating season is now approaching, boaters are reminded to check all required safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water. In addition, please check to make sure your boat is properly registered. Motorboats and boats powered by an electric motor must display a proper motorboat registration. Unpowered boats such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc. launching at Commission lakes or access areas including PA State Parks launch or access areas must display either a Commission launch use permit or a PA State Parks launch permit or mooring permit. Remember, alcohol is not permitted at Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake on both the water and shore areas. Laws pertaining to the possession and or use of alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced.
Anglers have had success targeting trout at Long Pond at our access off Bethany Turnpike.
Bradford and Susquehanna Counties
Trout stocking is just about wrapped up in the district. Trout anglers have been having success using meal worms, wax worms and live minnows.
Northern Luzerne County
Fishing activity has been picking up on area waters. Smallmouth Bass are getting active at Harveys Lake. Concentrate your efforts on shoreline structure and docks for the best chance at success. Most successful anglers are throwing rubber either Texas rigged or on jigs. There is rumor that the Crappie are biting at Ceasetown Reservoir as well.
Some real nice perch have been taken with small jigs below bobbers near the dam at Harris Pond as well.
Stocked trout waters throughout the county are still teeming with trout following recent stockings. Water levels and temperatures remain favorable and trout are hitting a variety of live bait and flies. Wax worms and paste bait have been working well for anglers fishing Meshoppen Creek and West Branch Meshoppen Creek. Bowmans Creek will be restocked again this week adding more opportunities for anglers to catch some nice sized Trout.
Area lakes and ponds are beginning to fish well for panfish. Some of the best waters have been Oxbow Lake, Lake Carey, and Lake Winola.
Pine Creek Water Trail
Recent rain fall events have brought water levels up to above normal, making for a great paddle through the PA Grand Canyon. Though the mandatory wear cold water life jacket requirement is no longer in affect, paddlers should consider wearing their PDF with water temperatures staying steady between 45-50 degrees. Also consider taking a helmet in case you capsize, and as always when boating, expect to get wet!
Anglers have been catching Quill Backs and having success using night crawlers or crankbaits. The Musky bite has been slow however, it is suspected to pick up with warming water temperatures.
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch in the area of Hunter Run Cut / Lower Greens Access areas. Most success is on minnows or redworms floated under a bobber. Crappies are also starting to be caught in good numbers in areas around the main marina. Anglers are finding success using rubber twisters or minnows under a float.
Black Moshannon Lake
Anglers are reporting some nice Bluegills, Bass and some Pickerel. Fishing with twisterstails, rubberworms, and live minnows are currently producing the best bites.
Cold Stream , Cold Stream Dam, Six Mile Run, Black Moshannon Creek, Bald Eagle Creek, Marsh Creek, Little Fishing Creek, Penns Creek, Poe Valley Lake, Big Poe Creek, Pine Creek
Anglers continue to be successful on all the of the stocked trout waters! Trying a variety of live baits to include: waxworms, minnows, and redworms are proving to be effective. Powerbait, spinners, and flies are also working well right now.