Columbia and Southern Luzerne Counties
Bass fishing on the Susquehanna River has been a challenge lately, due in part to low water and high temperatures. Hopefully, we will see some rain in the future to improve the conditions and the fishing. For now, try fishing the low light periods, as well as deeper pools and creek mouths.
Francis E. Walter Reservoir
Francis E. Walter Reservoir has been approximately 30 feet below normal summer levels. Even with the low conditions, it has been producing some very nice crappies. Once you find one fish, you will likely get several more.
Lily Lake, Lake Irena and Briar Creek Lake
Lily Lake, Lake Irena and Briar Creek Lake are scheduled for fall stockings of trout. The complete stocking list can be found at: PFBC Trout Stocking
With the lower water levels on some waterways, some boaters may be tempted to venture out without sufficient personal flotation devices. DON’T DO IT! You should be checking all safety equipment on board your boat, prior to venturing out.
Northwestern Monroe, Western Pike and Southern Wayne Counties
Lake Wallenpaupack has been busy as usual with significant boating traffic. Boaters are congregating from all over the Tri-state area to enjoy the beautiful scenery and boating that Lake Wallenpaupack has to offer. Everything from pontoons, to wake boats, to canoes and kayaks fill the lake on a weekly basis with many people enjoying the outdoor recreation in the beautiful Pocono Mountains.
Aside from boating, striper fishing has been very good of late on Lake Wallenpaupack. Whether from shore in Mangan Cove, or from a boat, individuals are reeling in some impressive size stripers. Along with stripers, many people have been having a lot of success with bluegills and Smallmouth Bass from the fishing pier in Mangan Cove on both live and artificial bait.
Several other lakes in the area have also seen increased activity. Lakes such as Tobyhanna, Gouldsboro, and Brady’s Lake in Monroe county have seen their fair share of fishing activity. Several individuals are catching very nice sized Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, along with pickerel and crappie.
As a general reminder to anyone who is going to be operating a watercraft on any of the Commonwealths waterways; Boating under the influence is illegal and highly enforced by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. If you are going to be drinking, please designate a sober operator to ensure you get to your destination safely.