WHITE WATER RELEASES FOR 2019
( As per the Francis E. Walter Reservoir Recreation Operations Plan for 2019)
The plan, developed in partnership with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, lists dates and release amounts for whitewater and fisheries releases for the 2018 recreation season. Water will again be allocated to ensure whitewater releases from July to late August and fisheries releases from July to early September. Seasonal precipitation and water accumulation will be used for releases later in the season (late August through mid-October).
Planned dates (22) for Fishing Releases (target 400 cubic feet per second) are:
March 2, 3,
March 9. 10,
March 16, 17,
March 23, 24,
Mar 30, 31,
April 6, 7,
April 13, 14,
April 20, 21,
April 27, 28,
May 4, 5,
October as provide by end of year release around weekend of Oct. 12-13
The White Water Release Schedule includes 24 dates . All other dates during the recreation season until the weekend of October 12, 13 have a planned fisheries augmentation release of at least 50 cubic feet per second if sufficient water is available.
May 25, 26
June 8, 9
June 22, 23,
July 6, 7,
July 20, 21,
July 27, 28,
August 3, 4,
August 10, 11,
August 17, 18,
August 24,* 25*,
Aug 31*, Sept 1*,
October as provided by end of year release around weekend of Oct. 12-13**
* Dependent on additional water accumulation in reservoir.
**The October 12-13 release is intended to provide a means of releasing any excess water that may have accumulated during the recreation season. This is the last added increment for the 2019 recreation plan.
Late season white water, fishing and fisheries enhancement releases are dependent
upon precipitation and water accumulation. All dates are dependent on hydrologic conditions and the absence of the need for flood control operations.
COMMON PENNSYLVANIA POCONO HATCHES
STONEFLIES - MAYFLIES - CADDIS FLIES
DATES AND TIMES ARE APPROXIMATE !!
Red Indicates Current Hatches !!
REPORT FOR THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 14, 2019
Well, the streams are still on the low side. The little rain we had did not affect the streams at all. The fishing has still been pretty decent even with the low flowes. So don't guess, instead get out and enjoy the streams. There are loads of fish still in our waters waiting to be caught. Slate Drakes, Caddis and BWO"s have been working for surface flies. General nymph patterns have also been catching lots of fish. Don't forget to bring your streamer box along on you next time out. The streamer bite is really in full swing. Francis E. Walter Dam had there last scheduled release this past weekend. The lake level now is being dropped to the winter time lake level which is 1300ft. Steelhead seasons is just starting with reports of steelhead in Lake Ontario's east side tribs. There has been a few steelhead and lake run browns caught from the Salmon river. The western Lake Ontario tribs is just starting with salmon being reported at the dam on the Oak Orchard river but most other trips in that area are low. Any new precipatation will bring the flows up increase fish movement.
Remember Rule #4 ,,,,
"There is no such thing as too much equipment!!
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For Direct Link to Pa Fish & Boat Commission website 2019 Trout stocking list,
Once on the PA Fish Website, Click "Start Here" in the #1 Box, to Select the County,
then Click "Go" in the #4 Box.
2019FISHING STOCKING SCHEDULE BY COUNTY
(Dates subject to change without notice)
|Early Black Stonefly||12-16||mid Feb - mid April||late morning|
|Black caddis||16-18||mid Feb - mid April||late morning|
|Blue Winged Olive (Tiny)||18-20||mid March thru April|
noon to 5 pm
|Blue Dun||12-16||April 1 - April 20||noon to 5pm|
|Quill Gordon||12-14||April 10 - April 30||1pm - 5pm|
|Blue Quill||16-18||April 10 to April 30||11am - 4pm|
|Red Quill||12-14||mid April - early May||1pm - 4pm|
|Grey Caddis||10-16||md April - mid May||noon - 4pm|
|Dk. Brown caddis||12-16||late April - mid May||3pm - 7pm|
|Green Caddis||14-16||early to late May||mid afternoon|
|March Brown||8-14||mid May - mid June||11:00am - 6pm|
|Sulphurs||14-16||mid may thru June||2pm - dark|
|Tan Caddis||14-16||mid May - mid June||1pm - 6pm|
|Yellow Sally(Stonefly)||8-14||late May thru June||mid afternoon to dark|
|Green Drake||6-10||late May - mid June||afternoon - evening|
|Blue Wing Olive||14||mid May -late June||mid morning -early afternoon|
|Slate Drake #1||10-12||early June - mid July||late afternoon|
|Pale Morning Dun||12-16||early June - mid July||morning|
|12-16||mid June - mid July||anytime of day|
|Ants, Beetles, Hoppers||varies||ALL SUMMER||anytime of day|
|Cream Variant||10-12||mid June thru July||mainly evenings|
|White Winged Trico||22-28||early July - late Sept||6:30am - 9:30am|
|Brown Caddis||12-16||mid July - mId August||afternoon to evenings|
|Blue Wing olive||16-18||mid - late July||7am to 11:00am|
|Slate Drake #2||12-16||early August - mid September||afternoons to evenings|
|White Mayfly||10-14||late July - late August||dusk|
|Blue Wing Olive||18-24||August - November||after 2pm|
|Rusty Brown Caddis||14-16||early Sept thru October||late afternoon|
|Black Caddis||12-16||mid Sept - mid October||afternoon|
|Buggers, Streamers, Zonkers,, early Spring, Fall, and generally high waters !|
CRITICAL WATER TEMPERATURES EXIST AT 70 DEGREES OR HIGHER !!
Land your trout quickly to lessen the stress. If really warm conditions exist,
consider fishing another day !
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797 State Rte 940
White Haven, PA 18661
THERE ARE 2 OPENING DAYS OF TROUT FISHING IN PENNSYLVANIA
MARCH 30, 2019 is the REGIONAL OPENING DAY
This applies to the following counties only,,,,
Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Juniata,
Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, and York.
APRIL 14, 2019is the STATEWIDE OPENING DAY
TO BE ANNOUNCED
TROUT SIZES AND LIMITS
Regional & Statewide Seasons: Minimum of 7 inches, Daily Creel Limit of 5 trout
Extended Season ( Jan 1 to Feb 28, and Sept. 3 to Dec. 31): Minimum of 7 inches, Daily Creel Limit of 3 trout
Links for Current Stream Data:
Brodhead Creek - near Analomink, PA
Bushkill - at Shoemakers, PA
Fishing Creek - near Bloomsburg, PA
Francis E. Walter Reservoir - Luzerne County ( Dam on the Lehigh River)
Lehigh River - near White Haven, PA
Lehigh River - in Lehighton, PA
Lehigh River - at Walnutport, PA
Little Lehigh Creek - Allentown, PA
Little Schuylkill River - at Tamaqua
Pohopoco Creek - below Beltzville Dam (near Parryville)
Pohopoco Creek - Kresgeville, PA
Tobyhanna Creek - near Blakeslee PA