Lackawanna River Brown Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Lackawanna River
The Lackawanna River starts from a top water
discharge from Stillwater Lake in Northeastern
Pennsylvania. The upper part of the river can become
a little too warm during the summer but farther
downstream, the river is cooled from drainages from
old coal mines. The river has undergone
improvements during the last few years and has
become a good trout stream with lots of wild brown
trout as well as some good holdover trout.

Highway #171 follows along the stream from the dam
to Forest City. This section consist of riffles and pools.
From Forest City downstream the highway departs the
river until it gets to Simpson. At Simpson the first coal
mile drainage comes into the river and helps cool the
water during the warmer months of the year. Fly
fishing the Lackawanna River in this section can be
very good. This section has some faster water areas
of riffles and runs.

At Carbondale the river runs through a concrete
walled area. Although there's trout in this area, it is
surrounded by buildings. Most angler prefer to fish
farther downstream.

There's a special regulations area that starts at
Archbold. This may be the best area of the river for fly
fishing opportunities. Just beware of water that is too
warm during the hottest days of summer. The trophy
section is just over five miles long. It starts at the
Gilmartin Street Bridge and extends downstream to the
Lackawanna Avenue Bridge located in Olyphant.
There's a short section just over a half mile within this
area that's not included. It extends from the Depot
Street Bridge in Jessup downstream to a foot bridge
located in Robert Mellow Park. The river in the trophy
section consist of large pools separated by long runs
and riffles.

The season is the general Pennsylvania trout season.
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing the
Lockawanna River.
Summertime is okay in areas just below the coal mine
drainage areas.
Fall is also a good time to fish the river and a good
time to catch the larger brown trout
Wintertime can be tough and the water can become
frozen in places.
Type of Stream
Tailwater (top discharge)

Brown Trout (Wild and stocked with
Rainbows (Stocked)


South Central Pennsylvania

Nearest Town

Middle of April through February


Special Regulations
Trophy Section

Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania

National Weather Service Link

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Lackawanna River Fishing Report:
02/10/16 Customer ordering flies reporting he is
catching trout when the flows are good. He is using
light green midge pupa and larva fished in a tandem
setup rig under a strike indicator.
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03/25/16 Midges and little Blue-winged olives are still the most important insects to imitate.