Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 5, 2022

Northwest Region

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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.

Crawford County

Woodcock Creek Lake

The lake is at summer pool. Anglers are catching panfish, Walleye, and Muskellunge.

Woodcock Creek (Below the dam)

The creek 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.

French Creek

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 on board prior to the start of your float.

Canadohta Lake

Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish.

Sugar Lake

Sugar Lake

Tamarack Lake

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. The lake is still listed as catch and release only.

Pymatuning Reservoir

Fishing is heating up on Pymatuning. Anglers are catching crappie and Yellow Perch in the northern bays. Anglers are catching Walleye jigging at the spillway and causeway. When fishing from the bridge of the causeway, be courteous and reel your lines in to allow boaters to pass. Anglers are also finding success wading in the early mornings and late evenings casting stickbaits.

Erie County

Area Trout Streams

Trout stocking has been completed and there should be plenty of fish left.

Lake Pleasant

Parking is not permitted along the road at Lake Pleasant. Please use the parking lot.

Lake Erie Tributaries

Trout stocking is completed, and trout can be found in the creeks still since the creeks have remained cold. Smallmouth Bass can be found towards the mouths of the tributaries this time of year and fishable from the shoreline.

Presque Isle Bay

Yellow Perch fishing has slowed down along the bay shoreline. Anglers are now targeting them in the Erie Channel and from boats just outside the channel on the lakeside.

Lake Erie

Lake Trout can be found in shallow waters off the North East Marina.


Northeastern Region

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.

Northern Monroe, Southern Wayne, and Western Pike Counties

This last month has been adventurous to say the least. We saw beautiful weather on the first day of trout season followed by a few inches of snow on the second day. Through the whirlwind of weather, individuals have been out and about, and the fishing has not slowed down. Many streams, such as the West Branch of the Wallenpaupack Creek, Lehigh River, and Tobyhanna Creek have all received in season stockings and provide ample opportunity for anglers to have success. Several large fish have been stocked this year and anglers are taking notice. One of the many compliments our district officer received from anglers, on behalf of the PFBC, is that the fish that have been stocked this year are some of the best fish they can remember ever being stocked. PFBC has made it a mission to not only provide fishing opportunity for anglers, but to stock fish that are going to make the trip all the more memorable.

As we progress into the month of May, trout continue to be the focus of many anglers.  Anglers at Tobyhanna Lake have been particularly successful when targeting trout recently.  Successful anglers have been catching their fish on either live bait, or spinners, and gold spinners.

Lake Wallenpaupack will soon be packed with people and boats as people enjoy their time out in the sun and on the water. We recently completed a Basic Boating Course at Lake Wallenpaupack where 24 individuals attended and passed and are now ready to hit the open water. As you begin to boat this year, please remember to ensure that you have all required safety equipment as required by law.

If you were born after January 1, 1982 and are going to be operating a vessel greater than 25 horsepower or a personal watercraft, please also make sure you have attended, either online or in person, a Basic Boating course, and obtain your safe boating education certificate as required by law.

Northern Carbon and Southern Monroe Counties

Anglers fishing the McMichael Creek Section 5, which is Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only, have been seeing success for rainbows using nymphs below a float. One angler landed a beautiful 25” rainbow using a pink squirmy wormy.  Anglers fishing the Brodhead Creek have had success using spinners, salmon eggs, and butter worms. Two anglers reported catching 47 combined in just under 2 hours using spinners.

Boaters are reminded that all boats, kayaks, canoes, rafts, and paddleboards MUST have a wearable US Coast Guard approved personal floatation device for each person on board. Along with personal floatation devices, all above watercraft must possess a sound producing device. Check the boating summary book for all other regulations pertaining to boating. Any person interested in taking the Boating Safety Education Course can search for one close and sign up here https://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/NewCalendar/MainCalendar.aspx

Southeastern Region

Southern Bucks County

The weather is slowly warming up and boats are being launched.  Make sure all of you required safety equipment is not only on board, but in good and serviceable condition.  Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are U.S.C.G. approved and fully charged.  Personal flotation devices (PFDs) or lifejackets need to also be U.S.C.G. approved and in good working condition.

As paddling is becoming more popular in our area, it is important to note there are also mandatory safety equipment requirements for all paddle craft as well.

Although the mandatory cold weather wear period is over, there are still rules and regulations you need to abide by.  It is still recommended to always wear your PFD!

An additional reminder, the entire length of the Neshaminy Creek is a Slow No Wake zone.

Please visit our site for more boating information and checklists.

Boating Main Page: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/Pages/default.aspx

Regulations: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/default.aspx

Safety FAQ: http://www.fishandboat.com/LearningCenter/FAQs/Pages/BoatingSafetyPWC.aspx

Northern Bucks County District

The weather is warming up and boating season is underway.  Make sure all of you required safety equipment is not only on board and in serviceable condition. Lifejackets should be inspected for rips, tears or any other damage, fire extinguishers should be checked, sound producing devices should be tested, test navigation lights(if your boat has them), and make sure your registration is up to date.

Also remember that even kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards all have required safety equipment as well. Be sure to always have a PFD and sound producing device on board with you. Please visit our site for more boating information and checklists.

Boating Main Page: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/Pages/default.aspx

Regulations: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/default.aspx

Safety FAQ: http://www.fishandboat.com/LearningCenter/FAQs/Pages/BoatingSafetyPWC.aspx

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