Lackawanna River fly fishing

Lackawanna River Fly Fishing Guide

The Lackawanna River is a shinning example of a trout stream restored to days of past, better actually.  

Running through former coal country in Northeast PA the Lackawanna suffered from the effects of acid mine drainage (AMD).

Efforts of a number of conservation groups have lead to the treatment of a number of the major AMD sources and restoration of the river.

Lackawanna River Fly Fishing for Wild Brown Trout

Today, wild brown trout thrive in the Lackawanna and 11 miles of the river are designated as a PA Class A Wild Trout Stream. This includes the river reach from Carbondale City to Olyphant.

Lackawanna River Fishing Map

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Lackawanna River (TT): 41.487556, -75.541896
Lackawanna River, PA: 41.498550, -75.539675
Lackawanna River (2), PA: 41.477960, -75.576450
Lackawanna River (3), PA: 41.475190, -75.587210
Lackawanna River (4), PA: 41.470650, -75.606410
LACKAWANNA RIVER NEAR FOREST CITY, PA: 41.679805, -75.471850
LACKAWANNA RIVER AT ARCHBALD, PA: 41.504526, -75.542130
LACKAWANNA RIVER BL LEGGETTS CREEK AT SCRANTON, PA: 41.441191, -75.642134
LACKAWANNA RIVER AT OLD FORGE, PA: 41.359246, -75.744359
Lackawanna River (Sewage Treatment Plant): 41.647021, -75.467668
Lackawanna River (171 Bridge Trailhead): 41.593677, -75.483767
Lackawanna River (Morse Avenue Trailhead): 41.592219, -75.485861
Lackawanna River (Enterprise Street Trailhead): 41.581407, -75.497883
Lackawanna River (Meredith Street Trailhead): 41.551667, -75.527954
Lackawanna River (Chestnut Street Trailhead): 41.542057, -75.536053
Lackawanna River (Delaware Street Bridge): 41.525761, -75.546893
Lackawanna River (Gilmartin Street Bridge): 41.497636, -75.539124
Lackawanna River (David P. Maslyar Memorial Park): 41.497636, -75.542244
Lackawanna River (Laurel Street Trailhead): 41.487599, -75.541832
Lackawanna River (River Street Trailhead): 41.481408, -75.545550
Lackawanna River (Winton Street Bridge): 41.482381, -75.550487
Lackawanna River (Bridge Street Trailhead): 41.481687, -75.569178
Lackawanna River (Depot Street Bridge): 41.478494, -75.576322
Lackawanna River (Senator Robert Martin Park): 41.476808, -75.581216
Lackawanna River (Condella Park): 41.475043, -75.594051
Lackawanna River (Giant Supermarket): 41.468542, -75.608761
Lackawanna River (Elm Street Park): 41.450969, -75.626613
Lackawanna River (Microtel Inn & Suites): 41.451665, -75.635026
Lackawanna River (Parker Street Bridge): 41.441228, -75.642135
Lackawanna River (Sanderson Avenue Bridge): 41.434599, -75.646747
Lackawanna River (Market Street Trailhead): 41.437365, -75.654615
Lackawanna River (Green Ridge Street Trailhead): 41.433237, -75.660272
Lackawanna River (Albright Avenue Trailhead): 41.426352, -75.660779
Lackawanna River (Popular Street Trailhead): 41.422762, -75.658640
Lackawanna River (Olive Street Trailhead): 41.416229, -75.664460
Lackawanna River (7th Avenue Trailhead): 41.411984, -75.672018
Lackawanna River (Broadway Avenue): 41.404420, -75.672671
Lackawanna River (Elm Street Trailhead): 41.399493, -75.676725
Lackawanna River (Elm Street Trailhead): 41.384853, -75.703607
Lackawanna River (Moosic Little League): 41.358126, -75.730277
Lackawanna River (Mill): 41.468374, -75.606722
Lackawanna River (Steamtown): 41.409400, -75.674900
Lackawanna River (Southside Sport Complex): 41.403500, -75.673000
Lackawanna River (Heritage Trail lot): 41.416100, -75.664400
Lackawanna River (Shady Factory): 41.422000, -75.658400
Lackawanna River (Nay Aug Ave.): 41.433500, -75.659200
Lackawanna River (Ballfield): 41.436800, -75.650100
Lackawanna River (Monkey Island): 41.467900, -75.601500
Lackawanna River (Tony's Garage): 41.505900, -75.542800
Lackawanna River (The Hood): 41.509200, -75.540100

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Lackawanna River - Trophy Trout Artificial Lures Only - 5.2 miles

Portions of the Lackawanna River are managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission under Trophy Trout Artificial Lures Only regulations.  The Trophy Trout section extends from the Gilmartin Street Bridge in Archbald downstream to the Lackawanna Avenue Bridge (SR 0347) in Olyphant with the exception of a mid-section area extending 0.7 mile From the Depot Street Bridge in Jessup downstream to the foot bridge in Robert Mellow Park. Fish must be at least 14" to keep in the Trophy Trout section with a creel limit of two fish.

Lackawanna River Stream Flow

The USGS Lackawanna River stream gauge in Archbald, PA provides real-time stream flow data and is useful in determining when to fish.  It's typically best to avoid fishing when stream flows are considerably high than normal.

USGS

Lackawanna River Fishing Report

A&G Outfitters publishes a Lackawanna River fishing report that provides current river conditions and a summary of how well the river is fishing.

Visit our Guide to the Best Fly Fishing in Pennsylvania for information on other trout fishing destinations in PA.

About the Author Ken Sperry

Ken is an avid fisherman of 40+ years who loves to explore and is on a quest to map the best places for fly fishing in America. He created the DIY Fly Fishing App to share this information and help you find new places to fish.

Maria Albanese says

Thank you for the great information. I will truly share this with my hubby the fisherman and his sons. He renewed his license and still haven’t been able to fish. Only because he’s not sure where he could fish from.

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