Northeast Pennsylvania Fish Report – January 29th, 2016
Beltzville Lake (Carbon County) — Wacky Worm Tackle Shop reported the surface of the lake had not frozen as of Jan. 16, and anglers were catching largemouth bass and walleyes on bladebaits in open water. One largemouth weighed 6½ pounds. A bank fisherman was doing well fishing large shiners and chicken livers for stripers and big pickerel.
North Branch Susquehanna River — Wacky Worm reported anglers were catching muskies, smallmouth bass and walleyes as of Jan. 16, with many fish hitting soft swimbaits.
Lake Wallenpaupack (Pike County) — The coves were starting to freeze as of Jan. 16, and anglers were still catching perch and crappies by jigging live bait in open water.
White Oak Pond (Wayne County) — Ray Cichoki of Ray’s Guide Service reported that ice anglers were catching bass and perch on ice jigs as of Jan. 16. All creel limits have been removed because of a safety-related draw-down and anglers were catching big numbers of bluegills, crappies, perch and largemouth bass. Some perch measured 13 and 14 inches.
Duck Harbor Lake (Wayne County) — Largemouth bass up to 6-plus pounds were reported on shiners and minnows through the ice as of Jan. 16. Nice-sized perch were hitting jigs.
Prompton Dam (Wayne County) — Large crappies and some big perch were hitting through the ice as of Jan. 16.
Susquehanna River (Luzerne, Columbia counties) — As conditions allowed, walleyes and smallmouth bass were biting on soft plastics or live bait. Some anglers reported catching catfish on hot dogs soaked in garlic and powdered-cherry drink.
Sylvan Lake (Luzerne County) — Ice anglers were catching large bluegills on little grubs through the ice as of Jan. 16.
Nescopeck Creek (Luzerne County) — When water was open, the delayed-harvest stretch of this Susquehanna River tributary was yielding trout on nymphs, such as scuds or caddis, in a dead-drift presentation.
Harris Pond (Luzerne County) — Numbers of bluegills, perch and crappies were reported by ice anglers on tip-ups and small minnows, and on small silver jigs.
Susquehanna River (Luzerne, Wyoming counties) — Shore anglers were catching muskies and big catfish on large bucktail jigs. The muskies ranged in size from 28 to 40 inches.
Lackawanna Lake (Lackawanna County) — Ray’s Guide Service reported Jan. 16 that some anglers were fishing through the ice in Bullhead Bay and catching nice-sized bluegills and crappies on small jigging spoons tipped with tiny waxworms or golden grubs.
Delaware River (Monroe County) — Walleyes and smallmouth bass were hitting hair jigs and minnows as of Jan. 16.