Lackawaxen River Brown Trout
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
Fly Fishing Lackawaxen River
Pennsylvania
The Lackawaxen River, located in Northeastern
Pennsylvania, is a tributary of the Delaware River. The
tailwater stream starts below Prompton Lake and flows
for approximately thirty-one miles. The river is quite
large with large pools, some runs and riffles as well as
some pocket water. It has a excellent population of wild
rainbow and brown trout. Much of the river is also
heavily stocked. Fly fishing the Lackawaxen River
provides fishing opportunities as good as it gets in a
Pennsylvania tailwater.

The upper tailwater section below the dam is paralleled
by State Route #6 downstream to Honesdale. There the
Lockawaxen River is joined by Dyberry Creek, another
good Pennsylvania trout stream.

From Honesdale, the Lackawaxen flows to Hawley offers
even more trout fishing opportunities. This section gets
a little on the warm side during the hot summer months
but is great during the Fall and Spring. There are some
small tributary streams that enter the river and help
keep the water cool.

From Hawley the river flows east to the Delaware River.
This opens up yet another great fishery during the
Spring. Migrating wild rainbow trout from the Delaware.
Although the lower section can get too warm for trout
during the Summer, it provides great opportunity during
the early season. The river is paralleled by State Routes
#590 and #4006 east of Hawley.  

Like the nearby Delaware River, the Lackawaxen River
is blessed with a large population of aquatic insects as
well as other food for the trout. Mayflies, caddisflies and
stoneflies are very plentiful. Although much of the fishing
is done with nymphs and streamers, dry fly fishing can
be good at times. There's plenty of large boulders, deep
water pools and shade that helps keep the river cool far
below the dam.

Seasons:
The season is the standard Pennsylvania trout season.
Spring:
Springtime is the best time for fly fishing the Lackawaxen
River due to plenty of cool water and good hatches. It's
also the time the big rainbows move out of the Delaware
River into the lower section of the river.
Summer:
Summertime can be fine in the uppermost section below
the dam but the river can get too warm in many of the
lower areas of the stream.
Fall:
During the Fall the water begins to cool off and fishing
opportunities usually pick up. Fall is also the best time to
catch a larger brown trout because of the spawn.

Fly Fishing Gear, Tackle and Trout Flies
Type of Stream
Tailwater

Species
Brown Trout (Wild and Stocked with
Holdovers)
Rainbow Trout (Wild and Stocked
with Holdovers)

Size
Medium

Location
Northeastern Pennsylvania

Nearest Town
Honesdale
Hawley

Season
First Saturday of April through
February:

Access:
Good

Non-Resident License
State of Pennsylvania

Weather
National Weather Service Link

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Lackawaxen River Pennsylvania
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USGS Real Time Stream Data
Near Honesdale