Fishing Season: January thru June

Lackawanna River - PA

Fishing Outlook & Conditions

Water Temp:

66

A & G Outfitters's Tip of the Week

Time for smallmouth bass and tailwater trout fishing.

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Map of Lackawanna River

Water Flow Data

Tidal Conditions

5-Day Outlook as of 8/2/21

A fairly cool week, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. No real rain expected until the weekend. Water levels are dropping down to their normal summer flows and morning temps should remain ok.

Techniques & Tips as of 8/2/21

Looking for early morning/late evening hatches, and nymphing the faster runs.

Current Conditions as of 8/2/21

A fairly cool week, with highs in the 70s and lows in the 50s. No real rain expected until the weekend. Water levels are dropping down to their normal summer flows and morning temps should remain ok.

Local Species Available January thru June

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    Browns

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    Rainbows

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    Brookies

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
Holy Grail Tan/Olv 16-18
Tunghead Hare's Ear Flashback N/A 16-18
Blue Winged Olive N/A 18-22
Elk Wing Caddis Olive/Tan 16-20
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

Hatches:

BWO 18-22 Caddis 14-20

Best Time to Fish:

Early Morning/Late Evening

Best Stretch:

From Archbald through Scranton

Best Access:

Archbald, Jessup, Olyphant & Dickson City