Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear
Mandatory cold weather life jacket wear began on November 1st. This means that a person must wear a US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak from November 1st through April 30th.
Glade Run Lake
Anglers are catching trout and bass at Glade Run Lake using minnows and nightcrawlers.
Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, panfish, and Walleye. The lake is scheduled for stocking this fall.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish below the dam.
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and panfish. Reminder to boaters using the PFBC access to the creek, boats must be properly registered before using PFBC accesses. Also, be sure to have all required safety equipment onboard prior to the start of your float.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish. Reminder to all boaters launching from the PFBC access, boats must possess the correct and current registration or launch permit. They are beginning to draw the lake down for winter.
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 on a boat, canoe, or kayak. A reminder to anglers that the lake is still listed as catch and release only. Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass and panfish from the docks.
DCNR has begun dropping the water level for winter pool. Anglers are catching Yellow Perch and catfish during the day. Walleye can be targeted by jigging in the late evenings. Anglers are catching the occasional 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 catfish 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.
With the recent rain, French Creek is running higher than normal.
REMINDER – 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.
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.
Cameron and Potter County
PFBC recently stocked George B. Stevenson Dam (Sinnemahoning State Park) and Kettle Creek Reservoir. With all the fall colors, it’s a beautiful time of year to visit and fish in the area.
Clinton and Western Lycoming County
Water levels are good across the Counties and are providing great fishing opportunities!
Little Pine Creek
Anglers are catching trout, on a variety of lures, and flies, in the Keystone Select section of Little Pine Creek.
The water temperature is holding in the 50s. The water is currently slightly off-color, and the level is good.
Anglers continue to catch trout using nymphs. Patterns that are working include Beadhead pheasant tail (#14-20), Sexy Walts Worm (#14-18), and Hares Ear (#14-16).
Olive or black streamer patterns are also working (#6-10).
The water temperature is in the 50s. The water flow is currently good, and the water is off-color.
Anglers continue to catch trout using nymphs. Nymph patterns that are working include – Walt’s worm (#12-16); Olive Perdigone (#16-18); Iron Lotus (#16-18).
Olive or black streamer patterns (#6-10) are also working well.
Winter dock removals are being scheduled currently. Please see the up-to-date schedule below:
Harveys Lake: November 1-5
Lake Winola: November 1-5
With the hunting season now underway, most of the district’s trout-stocked waters are receiving little to no fishing pressure. However, the Pohopoco Creek has been receiving a good amount of pressure during the weekends. Both fly and spin anglers had good success catching trout from the outlet of Beltzville Lake to the bridge at Harrity Road and Route 209. 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.
A number of other trout-stocked waters in the district can still provide good trout fishing opportunities during the fall. Some of these waters include the Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek, and Mauch Chunk Creek.
The Lehigh River has been flowing higher than normal and hopefully, in the next few days, the flow will return to normal levels. Anglers, prior to the higher flow levels, were catching trout at the confluence of the Pohopoco Creek and the Lehigh River in Parryville.
Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good fishing on most parts of the lake. Anglers are catching Pickerel, Perch, Crappie, and Bass. Anglers fishing from the fishing pier at boat launch A were catching crappie using a jig tipped with a minnow. Anglers are reminded that Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Special Regulations and bass must measure the minimum size of 15 inches before being harvested. Posters are posted at the lake detailing the Big Bass Special Regulations.
The Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake has been very good in recent weeks from the shore or a boat. Some of the Striped Bass caught were measuring 30 inches. Live bait, large bucktail jigs (red/white) and even chicken livers appeared to work well. The striped bass have been active near the upper reaches of the Pine Run bay and along the northern shore of the picnic woods section of the park. Most of the striped bass action was occurring during the early morning and evening hours.
The boating activity has become slower at the lake with the fall season. 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 and 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 beginning November 1st through April 30th, boaters must wear a personal flotation device (life jacket) on boats measuring less than 16-feet in length including on all canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Boaters are also 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.