Fishing opens statewide in Pennsylvania this weekend

You couldn't ask for a better weekend to get out fishing than what is predicted for this Saturday and Sunday.

While we've been fishing in the Lehigh Valley and Southeastern Pennsylvania since March 29, and in New Jersey since last Saturday, the rest of Pennsylvania finally opens up for trout 8 a.m. Saturday.

If you have a small boat, you may want to head out to Leaser Lake in northwestern Lehigh County. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission stocked a pretty good number of trout in the lake, but no one is catching them from the shore. People in small boats there are reporting some success, however, and as the weather warms the trout are sure to start getting hungrier.

Meanwhile, Keith Wolf, the voice of the Shad Hotline, reports that shad are starting to run with catches reported in the Yardley to Lambertville areas. The bite usually starts around Upper Bucks and Easton this time of year, so it's going to be interesting to see if the water temperatures affect that. The Delaware River is running three to four feet higher than normal for this time of year, and the water temperatures are running in the low to mid 40s.

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2014 Pennsylvania Fishing Regulations: http://fishinpa.com/

2014 Pennsylvania Trout Stocking Schedule:

http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

Pecks Pond Boat Rentals, Tackle & Bait, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237) peckspondrentals@yahoo.com; http://www.peckspond.com: Charlie says the shop will reopen noon today and open 6 a.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. It will be open Fridays at noon, and 7 a.m. Sarturday and Sunday until further notice or by reservation. Despite the efforts of Mother Nature, all of the lakes, ponds, streams, and rivers in the area are stocked and ready for the statewide trout opening day. The shop has a full supply of bait. It should also have an ample supply of stocking maps.

Willie's Bait & Tackle, 5105 Main St., Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says people are out there fishing with some doing really well and some doing nothing. Mike Renner of Bethlehem caught a 25 1/2 -inch, 4-pound, 12-ounce brown trout on a trout magnet in the Hokendauqua. Bryce Miller of Northampton caught a 19-inch, 3-pound palamino in the Hokey on a pink 3-inch trout worm. Walter Ives of Allentown caught a 23-inch, 6-pound, 5-ounce rainbow trout on yellow sparkle PowerBait in the Jordan, and nephew David caught 23-inch, 5-pound, 12-ounce rainbow on a rooster tail in the Jordan. The Lehigh River fishing has been productive despite the high water with browns being caught more than rainbows. The trout are running in the 14-17-inch range. A good run of big suckers mixed in with the trout, mostly hitting on red worms and 3-inch Berkley PowerWorms. The Jordan, Little Lehigh and Hokey were the hot creeks.

Bob's WildlifeTaxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob says that fish feeding activity is on the rise because of warmer weather and clearer water. Several anglers reported that morning and afternoon frenzies included catches exceeding 20-plus trout returned to the stream for future enjoyment. Top baits have been fathead minnows, butter worms and nightcrawlers.

Archery @ the Glenn, 7 Auburn St., Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says folks are finally coming out with the weather cooperating. Stockings took place in the Jordan last weekend and will be stocked again this weekend. Top baits include red worms, butter worms, super mealies. Guys are starting to fish the area lakes as they are waking up after a late thaw. Kevin Miller of Nazareth and David DeLong of Bethlehem combined their efforts on Leaser Lake and caught two rainbows in the 20-inch, 3-pound plus range. Reinaldo Robles of caught a 21-inch, 3-pound, 9-ounce rainbow in the Jordan. Reports are there are still big fish in the Little Lehigh and Jordan.

Heritage Fly Shop, 2643 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says the Little Lehigh is fishing well. Baetis in the afternoon continue to bring the best results. Pheasant tails and zebra midges, egg patterns and San Juan worms are the go to patterns for the bottom.

Indian Creek Farm, 3479 Mango Drive, Danielsville (610-760-0739): Barry and Corina say the Indian and Hokendauqua creeks are in great shape and the fishing is picking up with very light angler pressure. Black rooster tails have been catching the biggest trout. Nightcrawlers are producing some nice brown trout. Tom Havelin caught the top trout at the derby this past weekend, a 29-inch, 10-pound, 10-ounce rainbow. The fish are also biting at the Alburtis Rod & Gun Club. The next lunker derby will be April 26-27. Their first saltwater trip of the season will be for stripers on April 17th

Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, 328 East Lawn Rd., Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says the fishing is getting better. Fish small with wax worms or red worms. The Little Bushkill may seem sluggish, but some of the remote pockets are full of fish.

Klotz's Bait Shop, 216 Hess Ave., Hellertown (610-838-7970): Tim says the action in the Saucon is good if you're using butter worms and yellow or peach PowerBait. The same holds true in the Little Lehigh, and worms are working there.

Cabela's, 100 Cabela Drive Hamburg, (610-929-7000): Jon Reilly, the fishing and fly fishing department manager at Cabela's, says the assortment of freshly stocked trout waters, coupled with warming water temperatures and the nice weekend forecast, will paint a near perfect picture time to introduce someone to the sport of fishing. Bass and sunfish are starting to creep ever closer to the warming shallows and shorelines from their deeper winter holding areas which will provide some easier angling opportunities. The crappie bite should be picking up as well as these fish will be sitting on nesting beds soon and will be easy pickings on small sinking lures and live bait.

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