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Nanticoke Creek

Nanticoke Creek, located in Broome County, begins near Nanticoke Lake and then meanders for approximately 22 miles to its confluence with the Susquehanna River.

Public Access

There is one mile of public fishing rights (PFR) spread out along Nanticoke Creek. There are currently no official PFR parking areas, so anglers use unofficial pull-offs along the stream.

Nanticoke Creek Public Fishing Rights Brochure and Maps (325 kB PDF)

Fish Species

Brown trout, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, rock bass, fall fish, and white sucker.

General Fishing Information

Stocked brown trout can be caught in the upper river from the village of Nanticoke to the village of Maine. In the lower river from the village of Maine downstream, warmwater fish like smallmouth bass, rock bass and chain pickerel are more common. Most of the fishing pressure takes place during spring and early-summer shortly after the trout are stocked. Anglers fishing the stream use both natural and artificial baits, fly fishing is also popular on the stream. Please view Fishing for Stream Trout for more advice on trout fishing.


Special fishing regulations apply (leaving DEC website to official Fishing Regulations Guide vendor website).

Fisheries Management

Nanticoke Creek is stocked with approximately 5,000 year-old brown trout (8-9"), and 750 two year-old brown trout (12-14"). The East Branch of Nanticoke Creek is also stocked with 300 year-old brown trout (8-9"), and 50 two year-old brown trout (12-14").