Anglers are catching a few Yellow Perch, good numbers of nice Bluegill, and a lot of Largemouth Bass.
Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River
Anglers are catching crappies near the Toby Bridge and near the slide below the Route 322 bridge. Anglers are catching a few Smallmouth Bass and some nice Walleye between the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Mill Creek Access and Blyson Run.
Lower Clarion River
Anglers are catching a few Northern Pike, Muskellunge, and some nice Smallmouth Bass near the confluence with the Allegheny River.
Anglers are catching some nice Smallmouth Bass, a few Northern Pike, and an occasional Muskellunge on the entire length of the river.
Southern Monroe and Northeast Carbon Counties
Trout fishing is slowing down, but anglers are seeing success on McMichael’s Creek using a variety of dry and wet flies.
Anglers targeting Smallmouth Bass on the Delaware River are reporting success using soft plastics and using ned-rig style set ups. One angler reported catching a 40-inch musky using a soft plastic ned-rig while fishing near Smithfield Beach.
Boating season is upon us. All boaters are reminded to have at least one USCG approved wearable personal floatation device on board per passenger. The term “all boats” include kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats, motorboats, foil boards, rowboats, etc. All boats must also have a sound producing device, such as a horn or whistle, on board. Please reference the 2022 Pennsylvania Fishing and Boating Summary Book for all laws regarding boating.
Columbia and Southern Luzerne Counties
Bass season is here and in full swing. With the opener, came a barrage of boat traffic on the Susquehanna River. Most anglers are finding success with soft plastics, such as Ned Rigs, or Wacky Worms. The walleye bite has been hit or miss.
The Lehigh River and Fishing Creek are still giving up impressive numbers of trout, both in quantity and quality. Best times seem to be in the morning before the sun is out and it’s rays are fully on the water. Nightcrawlers and spinners are providing the most consistent action.
The panfish bite is still going strong at Lily Lake. The fish seem to be suspended around cover, in proximity to deeper water and are being taken on a variety of baits. Those with a fish finder would do well to use it. The Northern Pike fishing has drastically picked up as well.
With boating season in full swing, we once again remind you of the zero-tolerance policy for Boating Under the Influence. Whether it be alcohol or drugs, if you boat impaired, we will find you, we will arrest you!
As a final note, we would like to take the opportunity to inform you of two new Deputy Waterways Conservation Officers in the district. Deputy Schafer and Deputy Ramsey completed Basic Deputy Training earlier this month. They will now move on to the on-the-job training portion of the program. If you see them about, wish them well. It takes a dedicated individual to serve the anglers and boaters of The Commonwealth as a volunteer deputy.