TROUT SPAWNING SEASON
Anglers are reminded that fall is the time of year when Brook, and Brown Trout spawn. When fishing, make sure you are mindful of where you step to avoid stepping on trout egg nests, also known as trout redds. The gravel in a trout redd will appear light in color/clean gravel. Most look like oval or round areas of clean gravel. Some are not much bigger than a frying pan size, others may be larger.
COLD WEATHER WEAR REGULATION
A person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket), during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th, while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.
PFBC recently stocked Laurel Run Reservoir. Good luck to all who go out fishing!
Clinton and Western Lycoming County
Despite colder days, and winter slowly creeping in, are still having luck, catching fish across the Counties. Dress warm, and head out for some cold weather fishing.
Little Pine Lake
Anglers are catching a variety of fish, using a variety of techniques.
Little Pine Creek (Keystone Select Section)
Anglers are catching trout, using a variety of flies.
From November 1st- April 30th, all individuals on all canoes and kayaks as well as all boats under 16 feet in length, are required to be wearing a properly fitting, U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Floatation Device at all times. Cold water shock is a leading cause of boating fatalities, a disproportionate number of which occur during the months of November- April. So, as a reminder, keep yourself safe, and go home at the end of a great day on the water.
Northwest Monroe, Southern Wayne, and Western Pike Counties
While the days are getting colder, the fishing action is still abundant throughout the region. There are many great lakes and streams to enjoy before they freeze over, which will bring a heavy action of ice fishing to this part of the state. Tobyhanna Lake in Monroe county is still seeing good fishing action as individuals are chasing the recently stocked brook trout from the lake. Gouldsboro Lake, and Brady’s Lake, also located in Monroe County, are also seeing decent fishing action with anglers catching a good amount of crappie and panfish. In Wayne and Pike Counties, individuals seem to be taking advantage of the warmer days before they turn blistering cold by still heading out on the lakes to try and catch a bite.
South Monroe and North Carbon Counties
Anglers have been having luck for trout on the McMichael Creek Section 2 on a variety on flies. Anglers are reminded that section 2 of the McMichael Creek is designated as Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only. Fishing may be done with artificial lures constructed of metal, plastic, rubber, or wood, or with flies and streamers constructed of natural or synthetic materials. All such lures may be used with spinning or fly-fishing gear. The use or possession of any natural bait, baitfish, fishbait, bait paste, and similar substances, fish eggs (natural or molded) or any other edible substance is prohibited. Anglers are also reminded that while fishing waters designated as Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only, the daily creel limit is three trout (combined species) from June 15 through Labor Day, caught on or in possession on the waters under these regulations. From the day after Labor Day until June 15, the daily creel limit is zero.
Anglers are still reporting catching trout on the Brodhead Creek while using a variety of live bait and spinners.
Wyoming County and Southwestern Susquehanna Counties
The Susquehanna River is once again high and muddy making for tough fishing conditions. Prior to last week’s rise, walleye and Smallmouth Bass were being caught on jigs. The fly-fishing-only stretch on Bowmans Creek was stocked last week. Nice-sized Brown and Brook Trout (up to 20 inches) have been caught on a variety of nymphs. These trout have been found in deeper pools and areas with cover. One other note is that crappie are being caught at Lake Carey on jigs fished under a float.