Boating and Water Safety
Please use caution on the water. Pennsylvania has had five boating fatalities so far this year. Heavy rainfall has swollen the creeks and rivers, but people have continued to go out and end up needing rescued.
Woodcock Creek Lake
The lake is at summer pool. Anglers are catching panfish, Walleye, and Muskellunge.
Woodcock Creek (Below the dam)
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, Smallmouth Bass, and panfish.
Reminder to boaters using the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) accesses to the creek: boats must be properly registered before using any PFBC access areas. Also, be sure to have all required safety equipment on board prior to the start of your float. Always check water and weather conditions before starting your trip.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish.
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. As a reminder to all anglers, the lake is still listed as Catch and Release Only.
Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass, Muskellunge, and Bowfin throughout the lake.
Anglers are catching good-sized Smallmouth Bass in Upper Elk Creek.
Lake Erie is staying cooler longer than most years. The Walleye are starting to move from the west to the east. Anglers are catching resident Walleye in 30-40 feet of water on crawler harnesses.
Lake LeBouef and Lake Pleasant
Anglers are catching panfish and Largemouth Bass.
Canoes and kayaks should avoid stringing out across the river channel, as it makes it difficult for jet boats to navigate the channel, due to their limited ability to maneuver in the shallow water. Please be courteous.
Boaters are reminded that they must be 100 feet from shore while traveling faster than slow no wake speed, or in other words, in gear. Boats traveling faster than slow no wake speed, must also stay 50 feet to the side of other boats that are underway and 100 feet to the rear of other boats underway. Courtesy and common sense can ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time boating. Wake surfers should avoid surfing around the marina area of the lake. While wake surfing, you must be 200 feet from the shore, docks, and anchored/drifting boats.
Angler’s fishing most of the trout streams in the district still report good success catching trout. Some of the streams still have a good number of trout from previous trout stockings. Most successful anglers are using paste bait, live minnow, or spinners. The Pohopoco Creek, Mahoning Creek, Lizard Creek, Aquashicola Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek have been providing good trout action in recent weeks. Fly anglers have also reported doing well catching trout on the Pohopoco Creek downstream of the spillway of Beltzville Lake.
Striped Bass action at Beltzville Lake has been very good in recent weeks. Anglers fishing at the Preachers Camp boat access and the Pine Run boat access areas have been doing well using live bait, stick baits and chicken liver. The most productive times have been early morning and late evening. Anglers are reminded that Saturday, June 11, is the opening day of bass season, and the minimum size of bass harvested from Beltzville Lake is 12 inches, and the daily creel limit is 6 combined species.
Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good crappie action at the fishing pier located at Boat Launch A. A jig tipped with a minnow has been a productive method to catch crappies at the lake. Catfish action during the evening hours have been productive along the lake shore at boat launch B. Anglers are reminded that on Saturday, June 11, is the opening day of the bass season and Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Special Regulations. The minimum size of bass harvested from Mauch Chunk Lake must be 15 inches, and the daily creel limit is 4 combined species.
Anglers fishing the Lehigh River at the East Penn boat launch have reported success catching trout using spinners and stick baits. Smallmouth bass action was good near the Turnpike bridge at Parryville.
The boating season is now underway, and boaters are reminded to check all the required safety equipment on their boats before venturing out onto the water. In addition, please check and make sure your boat is properly registered. 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 including PA State Parks launch or access areas must display either a Commission launch use permit, or a PA State Parks (DCNR) launch permit or mooring permit. Boaters are further reminded that Beltzville Lake is governed by designated Slow No Wake areas which are posted by signage and buoys including a designated Water Ski -tubing area. Boaters are requested to check the maps of the lake which are posted at both boat launches which indicate the special regulation areas. Alcohol is prohibited at both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake, and the possession and or consumption of alcohol is strictly enforced.
Southern Monroe and Northeast Carbon Counties
Although, trout fishing is beginning to slow down in the area some fly fishermen have still been seeing success in the McMichael Creek, section 5, which is Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only. One angler reported catching 4 rainbows over 17 inches using dry flies. Another angler reported having success for trout while fishing the Brodhead Creek using stoneflies.
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.
Northwest Monroe, Southern Wayne, and Western Pike County
Boating season has officially arrived, and individuals are taking full advantage of it on Lake Wallenpaupack. The beginning of Memorial Day weekend did not start our promising as rain showers were upon us for the better part of Friday, but once the skies cleared the lake was packed with people out enjoying the sun and the fun. Many individuals, whether experienced boaters, or first time boat owners are taking to the lakes for some fun. As a reminder to operators, please be sure you have all required safety equipment on board before heading out onto the water. This includes fire extinguishers, sound producing device, at least one PFD for each person, and a Type IV throwable PFD if your boat requires it. We want everyone to take advantage of the nice, warm summer weather, but more importantly we want you to enjoy it safely.
On the fishing side, many individuals are hitting the shorelines around Lake Wallenpaupack in search of Striped Bass. Besides the shoreline, much of the success appears to be coming from Mangan Cove and Waltz Cove.
On the smaller lakes, such as Tobyhanna, Brady’s and Gouldsboro, many individuals are gearing up for the first day of bass season on Saturday, June 11. Based on current success rates from the past, this is shaping up to be a very good summer for fishing and boating in the Pocono’s region of Northeast Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia County and Southern Montgomery County
Please be reminded of the striped bass regulations in the Delaware River and estuaries. In Pennsylvania, in June 1, begins the change in size and creel limit to ONE FISH 28 in to 35 in. Please remember that anglers who target or catch striped bass are required to register as a Saltwater Angler. Anglers may register at support.huntfish.pa.gov . Anglers may fulfill the Saltwater Angler Registration requirement by possessing a registration from PA or a Registry administrated by NOAA or another state.
Boaters, please make sure you boat registration is up to date. If your sticker says 22 it expired on March 31st. You can renew your boat registration by mail or online at fishandboat.com
Northern Bucks County
Summer is finally here, and boating season has finally begun. Be sure to check all safety equipment is on board and in serviceable condition before heading out on the water. PFD’s, Type 4 Throwables, Sound Producing Devices, Fire Extinguisher. It is also a good idea to check Navigation Lights, so you are not caught out in the dark without them. Remember they are required to be turned on from Sunset to Sunrise and in any periods of restricted visibility.
Northern Chester County
Bluegills, crappies, and perch are being caught on small jigs and baits in Marsh Creek.
The bass fishing has been exceptional this spring at Marsh Creek & Struble Lake. Bass are taking jigs, spinners, and crank baits. They are also being taken on large black, purple, or dark green and pumpkin seed rubber worms. Best live baits are crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers.
The French, Pickering, East Brandywine, and West Valley Creeks streams are in good condition and the fishing pressure has been very light.
Bait fishermen are doing well on power bait and small rubber jigs on panfish. Spin fishermen are also doing equally well on spinners, particularly “Gold” spinners and a few are having great success with small crank baits.
Fly Fishermen have reported taking trout on black caddis, stoneflies, and midges. Small pheasant tail and hares’ears nymphs in sizes (18-24) have been producing great results lately.
Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas. The Fly-Fishing Area is Catch & Release Only. And you may not possess fish in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Areas until June 15.
Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing in the Schuylkill River: Black Rock area near the Cromby Power Plant outflow has been slow. Crankbaits and live bait are still the best producers. Several cat fishermen reported they have been taking channel cats on liver and flathead on live bait.
Note: Stay clear of the fish ladder at Black Rock Dam. Violators caught fishing within 100’ of that area will be prosecuted.