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Boaters are again encouraged to wear a flotation device, they float-you don’t!
As always, check your safety equipment and remember the zero tolerance for Boating Under The Influence.
Northern Luzerne County Area ponds and lakes have gotten pretty warm. Bluegill and other panfish have been easy to find and are actively feeding. During daylight hours many fish have been found orienting to shading structure. Channel Catfish have also been active in the Susquehanna River. Look for larger holes and troughs where these big fish can be lurking. Largemouth Bass have been hard to find but are off of their nests in many waters and should be getting hungry any day now.
It is now about a third of the way through boating season. This is a great time to check to see that all your equipment is still onboard.
Things like throwable PFD’s and wearable PFD’s have a way of migrating off the boat (especially if you have more than one boat). Also, it is a great time to check your fire extinguisher to ensure it has not lost charge.
Wyoming County The Susquehanna River has been at an excellent level for both fishermen and those enjoying a day paddling from a canoe or kayak.
Anglers are catching nice sized Channel Catfish on live bait and some Smallmouth Bass on a variety of artificial lures.
Oxbow Lake and Stevens Lake have been providing nice sized Bluegill on jigs and nightcrawlers.
Trout are still being caught, particularly while trolling using spoons, at Lake Winola.
Some of the best weather and fishing conditions of the year has been right now throughout the area.
Water temperatures and conditions have been excellent for recreational boating activities on lakes throughout Wyoming County.
Lake Winola and Lake Carey have been busy with holiday recreational boating activity. The best times to enjoy lower amounts of activity on the bigger bodies of water are earlier and later in the day.
As always, boaters are reminded to obey the slow, no-wake laws on any body of water. Those using jet boats on the river are being urged to use extreme caution and research the River thoroughly prior to making a trip due to low water. With the river being so low and clear, it is making for ideal canoeing and kayaking conditions.
Fishing has been steady on the Susquehanna River with decent numbers of smaller sized Smallmouth Bass being caught on a variety of live baits as well as artificial lures.
Western Bradford & Sullivan County Water levels on the North Branch Susquehanna River have dropped quickly over the last few days and water clarity has improved.
Walleye bite is slow but there is some Smallmouth Bass activity starting to pick up.
Jigging continues to be one of the most productive tactics with green being a hot color.
Anglers targeting bass on the North Branch of the Susquehanna “can’t go wrong” with anything according to one local angler.
Tubes, top water and crankbaits all have been producing in the early morning hours before the main heat of the day hits.