Carp River fishing report Port Clinton
RIVER AND LAKE REPORTS
GETTING INVOLVED: I spent all morning Wednesday sitting in on a meeting of the Northeast Pennsylvania (NEPA) Conservation Alliance. Yes, sure there were other pressing fishing outings that came to mind, but someone has to stay home and make sure that there will always be places to fish. As I looked around the conference table I thought about the different organizations that belong to this Environmental Watch dog/Service group.
The host for these bi-monthly meetings is the (LHVA) Lackawanna Valley Heritage Authority, so you would expect other Heritage Trails and Rails to Trails organizations to be present. The list is much more diverse than just that group. There were people from PennDOT, environmental departments from The University of Scranton, and Lackawanna and Keystone colleges There was also the County Conservation District, the (LRCA) Lackawanna River Corridor Association, (DCNR) the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PENN Environmental, the Audubon Society, PENN Future, the Everhart Museum and of course (LVTU) Lackawanna Valley Trout Unlimited.
There are other organizations that belong to this group that may not have been in attendance, but I can assure you that every organization that is involved is concerned enough about the environment to do something to protect it.
If you like to fish or if you like to hunt or just plain enjoy the great outdoors then it is time for you to step up. You can donate time or you can donate financial assistance either of which are going to be of equal value to these organizations.
If it were not for groups like these you would not be enjoying fishing in the Lackawanna River today. Past efforts by these groups have cleaned up the river. Current efforts by these same groups are insuring the permanence of this condition. Great examples are the discovery of the oil spill, keeping the rock salt facility in check and constant monitoring of waters affected by gas well drilling and pipelines.
Future efforts by these organizations will do more to improve conditions of our waterways and landscape. These environmentalists are working in all locales in Northeast Pennsylvania. Where do you fit in?
For more information on any of the groups you can call the LHVA at 570-963-6730 or here at our blog at
Charlie Charlesworth is a former professional fly fisherman and TV fishing show host. He is also a volunteer for the non-profit Trout Unlimited.
Lackawanna and Lackawaxen; Adam Nidoh at A&G Outfitters in Dickson City reports excellent night fishing using artificials both spinning and Flies. Midnight and later fishing with mouse patterns is going to bring you big results. Water temps in the 70s means moving up river until temps reach around 65 degrees in mornings and late afternoons
Lackawanna State Park and Lackawanna Lakes: As the summer and warm weather progresses the best time to fish is early morning or evening. Anglers, who have been coming early and staying late, have been landing many nice bass using rubber twister tails and rubber worms. Brown bullheads have been caught at Lackawanna Lake using red worms and night crawlers fished on the bottom. The panfish have been biting at Lackawanna Lake, especially during the late afternoons into dusk. There have been plenty of kayaks on Lackawanna County Lakes over the past week. Anglers have also been fishing from kayaks.
Winola Lake: Trout and bass anglers have reported catching quality fish in good numbers.
Tunkhannock Creek: Trout fishing has been slow. Smallmouth have been fishing great on spinning and fly casting rigs. With the rain events this past week trout fishing may perk up.
Delaware (East and West branches); Matt Batschelet at West Branch Anglers in Hancock, NY reports;
The rivers are still in great shape throughout the system and have just got a bit lower and clearer since the last report. For this time or year, or any time for that matter, the rivers could not be in better shape. Fishermen who know what’s going on are doing very well on a daily basis, mainly on dry flies. There is not a lot of getting lucky this time of year and there are no gimmie fish. If you stand in one area all day you and nothing happens till dark except maybe a few dinks it’s your own fault, the fish and bugs won’t come to you. You have to be smart about how you plan your day and take advantage of all opportunities to be successful. The mornings will usually offer some rising fish, maybe a bit spread out, but they are there probably eating small spinners or terrestrials. By early afternoon the sulphurs in size 18-20 will be hatching in good numbers in the upper West Branch around the Deposit area. Droppers off of the sulphurs may be required if the fish are feeding sub-surface. There have been good Light cahills in size #14 throughout the system in the afternoon hours till dark and they are nice, big, highly-visible bugs that the fish like to eat. Same goes for big #10-12 Isonychia. Enjoy the fishing while it’s good as it could change any day.
Lehigh River: Gene Ercolani, AA Outfitters, Blakeslee, reports, Hot weather and low water conditions continue to make Trout Fishing difficult. Early evenings and Early, early mornings will get your ticket punched, but you should learn the Spanish custom of Siesta for your afternoons.
Locust Lake has been excellent for trout the last few weeks fishing from boat. The trout are concentrated near the middle of the lake in deeper, cooler water. Shoreline anglers are catching good numbers of bluegills and the occasional bass on worms. With the campground full most weekends, there are many rental boats and kayaks on the water but fishing pressure has been light.
Tuscarora Lake has seen an increase in Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, and Bluegills being caught recently. Live bait seems to have an edge over artificial lures probably due to the extremely clear water. Walleye, Muskellunge, and crappie reports have been quiet but should pick up when the nights cool down again.
Little Schuylkill River and Schuylkill River are still providing trout to the few anglers fishing them. Most of the deeper holes offer consistently good fishing and streams are easy to wade. The Little Schuylkill is low at this time of year and is difficult to kayak unless there is a recent rainfall. The Schuylkill River has been very popular with canoes and kayaks, especially from Auburn down to Port Clinton. Boaters are reminded they need to have a wearable personal flotation device on board and drinking and boating does not mix.
Penns Creek, Big Fishing Creek and Spring Creek: Jonas Price at the Feathered Hook in Coburn reports the weather and creeks are all in wonderful shape for this time of year. Tricos are starting and the fishing has been good.
Susquehanna River: John Oast, publisher at Susquehanna Fishing Magazine reports
The Susquehanna River is in good shape right now. Walleye anglers have been finding good success. Also, the summer smallmouth bass action has been really good.