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.
Fishing in Western Erie County is very good now! The conditions change daily from low and clear to muddy or being blown out. Low and clear means small presentations with light line. Muddy and faster water would mean switching it up to something maybe a little bigger. Anglers are catching a good number of big Brown Trout as well.
Fairview Gravel Pits
The PFBC will be stocking the Fairview Gravel Pits with trout on December 16th.
Presque Isle Bay
Anglers are catching Yellow Perch from shore around the bay.
The Allegheny National Fish Hatchery stocked the Kinzua Reservoir with approximately 60,500 Lake Trout from Wolf Run Marina in late November.
Northumberland, Union, and Snyder Counties
It has been unseasonably warm for this region of Pennsylvania. This is a great time to get out the ice fishing equipment and ensure it is ready to go!
Walker, Faylor, and Halfway Lakes are all provide great ice fishing opportunities once we get some cold weather and the ice forms. The pan fishing experience has been historically good in these waterways. Remember, ice needs to be clear to be safe, once it thaws, aerates, and refreezes it loses much of its integrity. If you’re itching to get on the ice, Halfway Lake is usually the first of these lakes to freeze. Be careful with Lake Chillisquaque and Walker Lake as these lakes are prone to changing ice conditions. Please be careful, wear a life jacket, and bring ice awls.
Northern Luzerne County
The Brown Trout bite at Harveys Lake has slowed considerably. Anglers there are still finding perch huddled around bait balls along the shoreline, near Sardoni’s. Look between 20 and 30 feet of depth to start and fish the edge, or underneath any bait balls you find with sonar. Live small shiners and spoons or jigs work well here.
The Susquehanna River has not been getting much pressure. The anglers that are still going out are finding walleye (though mostly smaller ones) at the lead edge of deeper pools below sections of rapid water.
Harveys Creek is still flush with trout. Please remember to check your vest before heading into the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section. Merely possessing natural bait or paste baits is a violation. Also, while you are still allowed to harvest trout out of the Trout Stocked Waters at a reduced rate in the extended season, the Delayed Harvest section is now closed to harvest. Whether you are fishing bait, lures or flies remember you need to slow your presentation down a bit and put it right on their nose as the water temperatures dip below 45.
Northwest Monroe, Southern Wayne, and Western Pike Counties
While ice was beginning to form on many smaller lakes, such as Tobyhanna, Gouldsboro and Brady’s, much of that has now faded with the recent spike in temperatures. The ice is now all but gone. This will allow for individuals to take kayaks and boats out for one last spin before putting them away in place of ice fishing equipment.
The fishing has been solid for this time of year, with individuals still taking a fair amount of trout out of Tobyhanna, as well as panfish out of Brady’s and Gouldsboro. Promised Land Lower Lake has produced an average amount of fish caught for this time of year as well. As a reminder, although the weather is unseasonably warm, you are still required to be wearing PFD’s on all canoes and kayaks as well as boats under 16ft.
Northern Pike County
While many are waiting on the lakes in the district to freeze over, the trout fishing on our rivers and streams has been great during the extended trout season. One angler reported catching Brook Trout on Shohola Creek, by Route 84, and another was catching brown and rainbow trout on the Lackawaxen River, using live minnows as bait. There are also some anglers on the Delaware River and Lake Wallenpaupack who are still catching decent size walleye as well.