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Just as quickly as summer came, we are now headed into fall! Just like the trees get ready for the cold months ahead, the fish are getting ready as well. Air temperatures are staying in the consistent 65-75 range which is dropping the water temperatures. Anglers should try fishing structure that will hold heat, like bridge pillars, docks, exposed timber, and heavy vegetation. Deeper water points have also shown to be productive so try trolling a worm harness or bounce a crankbait off the rocky bottom to get reactionary strikes. As for boating, recreational use has slowed down due to the colder temperatures. This opens the water up for more fishing opportunities!
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye throughout the entire section of the river.
Throughout the early-fall season, violation reports were received regarding power-boaters operating at greater than slow, no-wake speed inside the 100’ prohibited zone— primarily in the area extending from I-80 (Courtleys Run) to the dam…
OPERATORS ARE REMINDED:
It is illegal to operate a boat at greater than slow, no-wake speed within 100 feet of the shoreline, docks, launch ramps, swimmers, downed skiers, persons wading in the water, anchored, moored, or drifting boats, and floats in areas marked with “slow, no wake” buoys. “Slow, no-wake” speed is the minimum of throttle necessary to provide both propulsion as well as allow for effective steerage.
DCNR has begun dropping the water level for winter pool. Anglers are still catching Yellow Perch and catfish during the day. Walleye can be targeted by jigging in the late evenings. Anglers are catching White Perch as well. White Perch are non-native to Pymatuning and any caught by anglers should be harvested, just be sure to know the difference between a White Perch and a White Bass.
Anglers are catching panfish and below the weir. Anglers are catching Muskellunge in fewer numbers. Most anglers are finding success using live bait and in the early mornings and late evenings. Be courteous and do not leave your litter behind when you leave, pack it out, and dispose of it properly.
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass throughout the entire stretch of the river. Anglers are catching Walleye when conditions allow.
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass and Walleye throughout French Creek. Several anglers are catching them on spinnerbaits and jerkbaits.
The lower Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures/Keystone Select section will receive its fall stocking on 10/18/2021 (Monday). The meeting place and time is scheduled for the Rynd Farm Train Station at 9:30 AM.
The reservoir is currently high and off-color; however, anglers are still finding cooperative fish. Many anglers are currently finding a great Bullhead bite while fishing a nightcrawler on the bottom. The Fall stocking of trout for the upcoming ice fishing season occurred on 10/7/2021. Anglers will see plenty Rainbow Trout in the reservoir. Boaters using the reservoir should be cautious of floating debris due to the recent high waters.
Anglers are currently having success targeting both Bass and Panfish. A few anglers are seeing some great Catfish action as well. The spillway is currently running at unfishable flows right now. Look for angling conditions to improve in the coming weeks!
The fall foliage at the lake is currently breathtaking, and on top of that, the reservoir was stocked with Rainbow Trout on 10/5/2021. If anyone is looking for outdoor activity, grab your family and gear and make the trip to Lyman for an experience that is quickly fading as fall continues towards winter.
Kettle Creek (Fly Fishing Only Area)
The fly-fishing area was thoroughly stocking on 10/5/2021. Now is a great time to get out and fish this scenic waterway!
First Fork Sinnemahoning Creek (Keystone Select)
The Keystone Select section was stocked on 10/5/2021. Many anglers are reporting catching nice trout prior to the stocking event! One angler reported that there were “hundreds of trout left over from the spring and summer”, and was enjoying catching them on wet fly patterns.
The water temperature is in the low 60’s. The water flow and color are currently prime for fishing! Terrestrial patterns have continued to produce fish, especially in the afternoon. Nymphing continues to be the preferred technique. Caddis pupa, green weenie’s, and Walt’s worms are great options when targeting pocket water. Streamers are also working well right now.
Winter dock removals are being scheduled currently. Please see the up-to-date schedule below:
Lake Wallenpaupack: October 18-20
Harveys Lake: November 1-5
Lake Winola: November 1-5
With the fall season arriving, now is a great time to get outdoors and take advantage of the season to fish or boat your favorite waters. A number of the Trout Stocked Waters in the district still provide good opportunities to catch trout. Some of these waters include the Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek, and the Pohopoco Creek. The Pohopoco Creek downstream of the dam breast of Beltzville Lake did receive a trout stocking a few weeks ago by a local sportsmen club. Anglers are reminded that the Pohopoco Creek from the outlet of Beltzville Lake downstream to the cable across the creek at the Hideaway Hunting & Fishing Club is designated as both a Class A Wild Trout Stream and Stocked Trout Water. The Extended Trout Season on this section of water is No Harvest-Catch and Immediate Release Only.
Anglers are also reminded that the Extended Trout Season on other trout-stocked waters and all waters downstream the daily limit is reduced to three (combined species) trout.
The Lehigh River has been providing some good fishing opportunities in the areas of Parryville, East Penn Boat launch, and the Palmerton Pool section of the river. Anglers have reported doing well catching trout using stick baits. A few anglers reported catching smallmouth bass near the vicinity of the turnpike bridge in Parryville.
Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good fishing on most parts of the lake. Anglers reported doing well catching pickerel, perch, crappie and bass. However, most bass are measuring less than the minimum size of 15 inches. Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Special Regulations. Posters are posted at the lake detailing the Big Bass Special Regulations.
Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake remains good during the early morning and evening hours. A few anglers were successfully catching striped bass using large bucktail jigs (red/white), live bait, and sometimes chicken liver. Anglers have reported catching musky near the power line area of the lake.
With the fall season arriving, the boating activity has become slower at the lake. The regulatory buoys (Slow No Wake, Ski Zone, etc.) at the lake are in the process of being removed for the winter season. Although the buoys are being removed for the season, the regulations pertaining to the Slow No Wake, Ski Zone are still in effect and being enforced. If you are unsure of the regulations pertaining to the lake there are maps posted at each boat launch indicating the regulated areas.
Boaters are reminded that 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 (Mauch Chunk Lake) including PA State Parks launch or access areas (Beltzville Lake) 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.