Fishing Season: January thru June

Lackawanna River - PA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:


A & G Outfitters's Tip of the Week

Its ok to leave the trout alone for the months of July and August. Usually only helps the fishery in the long run. Bass, bluegill, or a true tailwater (like the W. Br. Delaware) are your safest options until Labor Day.

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Map of Lackawanna River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 8/9/22

Looks like we have two more days of this hot and humid stretch, then back to the 70s and 50s overnight. That being said, fishing conditions will remain unfavorable until we get some significant rain.

Techniques & Tips as of 8/9/22

Nymphing the faster riffles and pockets and looking for morning risers. Blind casting terrestrials can now be added to the arsenal.

Local Species Available January thru June

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A & G Outfitters's Recommended Fly Patterns

"Must-have" fly fishing patterns in descending order of importance:

Name: Colors: Size(s):
Tunghead Pheasant Tail N/A 16-18
TH Cased Caddis N/A 14-16
Tunghead Hare's Ear Flashback N/A 14-16
CDC Caddis Tan 16-18
Light Cahill N/A 14
Bead Head Woolly Bugger Streamer Blk/Olv 6-8

Tunghead Pheasant Tail

Adding tungsten beads to mayfly patterns is relatively new.

A & G Outfitters's Recommended Gear

Description: About Lackawanna River

The Lackawanna River begins in the southeast corner of Susquehanna County where its East and West Branches flow into Stillwater Reservoir, just south of Uniondale and about four miles north of Forest City. The final 3 miles of the river before its confluence with the Susquehanna have been too severely scarred by acid mine drainage to support any aquatic life. The remaining 37 miles below the dam contain significant populations of mostly wild, naturally reproducing brown trout, with little to no private water. Nearly 18 of those miles are designated by the PFBC as either "Class A Wild" or "Trophy Trout" water. There is an additional 8 miles of "Approved Trout" water above that. The remaining lower 11 unspecified miles have produced some of the largest fish in the river. Only the 8 miles of "Approved Trout" water are closed from March 1 to the opening day of trout season.

Nearest Airport:

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport


Black Caddis 18-20 Tan Caddis 16-18 BWO 18-20

Best Time to Fish:


Best Stretch:

From Forest City through Scranton

Best Access:

Archbald, Jessup, Olyphant & Dickson City