Fisherman across the Northeast United States can expect a continuation of high, often blowout water conditions. After many streams had just begun to return to traditionally considered fishable levels, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee are slated to bring significant amounts of rain to many of these water bodies. The storm system has most recently dropped over 12 inches of rain on parts Tennessee, and areas of central Pennsylvania and New York are expected to over 10 inches in certain locations.
The remnants of Lee are currently centered approximately 60 miles northwest of Atlanta. While precipitation totals are currently tapering off, the NWS expects precipitation potential to increase as Lee continues to absorb tropical moisture streaming northward ahead of the storm's track.With dozens of rivers already at or near flood stage, many regions are at risk for additional flooding. The National Weather Service has placed the majority of counties in NY and PA under flood watch through Thursday evening.
Needless to say, in the wake of flooding threats to property, infrastructure and personal safety -- fishing conditions are bleak in many locations. In Pennsylvania, for example, popular fishing destinations such as Penns Creek, Spruce Creek and the Little Juniata River are expected to see flood conditions this week. Larger rivers, such as the Delaware and Susquehanna could take a week or more to once again return to fishable levels.
Anglers that are considering venturing out in high water conditions should use the utmost caution and avoid potentially hazardous situations. Personal floatation devices are considered mandatory in such conditions, but are considered a secondary alternative to simply staying off the water.