After days of beautiful blue skies and unseasonably cool, comfortable temperatures, we got pelted with rain to raise the water levels once again and make this the best year in a long time for trout fishing.
Many shop experts are noticing that the fish are behaving with more fall-like patterns because of the much cooler-than-usual temperatures and lower humidity levels for late July and early August.
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Have fun out there, but respect the water and be safe.
2013 Pennsylvania Fishing Regulations: http://fishinpa.com/
2013 Pennsylvania Trout Stocking Schedule: http://pfbc.state.pa.us/pfbc_webgis/TroutStockingDetails.aspx
Pecks Pond Boat Rentals, Tackle & Bait, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237) email@example.com; http://www.peckspond.com: Charlie reports larger than normal catches at both Pecks Pond and Shohola Lake. Once again 6-, 8- and 10-inch plastic worms are some of the lures of choice. Others include black bass assassins, Senkos and imitation frogs, all thrown into the lily pads. The bluegill and perch fishing were spotty due to the extreme weed growth experienced this season. Hellgrammite's were the baits of choice along the Lackawaxen and certain pools of the Delaware.
Sportsman's Outlet, 205 Applegate Rd. & Rt 611, Stroudsburg (570-424-5450): Ron says customers are reporting some good bass fishing on local lakes and ponds; and a variety of baits are being used, with cranks, spinners, rubber worms and live bait among the most productive. Customer Mike Poniktera of Moorestown boated a nice 7-pound lunker bass out of the milfoil of Pecks Pond. Perch and panfish are being caught in Lake Minsi and Little Mud Pond. Trout are still being caught in local streams and creeks, with red worms and PowerBait working best.
Willie's Bait & Tackle, 5105 Main St., Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says White Deer was good for crappies, bluegills and some bass. Some of the customers are still hitting the creeks, and the fish are still biting in the higher water. The Little Lehigh and Monocacy have tons of holdover trout, and the Hokendauqua is still productive. Beltzville had a pretty good largemouth bass bite going. Pickerel and small perch were also being caught.
Archery @ the Glenn, 7 Auburn St., Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says it's been the best year for trout fishing in a long time, probably due to lots of rain washing the fish around after many contests and stockings in the Monocacy, Jordan and Little Lehigh. Fish are falling mostly for fathead minnows and butter worms, while some are chucking spinners or pin minnows.
Heritage Fly Shop, 2643 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says tricos, terrestrials and midges are the most productive flies to use. Watch for flying ants in the early evenings.
Backwoods Angler Guide Service, Bethlehem, (610-868-9349): Blaine says the Delaware River was around 4 feet on the Belvidere gauge as of Wednesday. Water is relatively clear with some unexplained floating algae. He sees little evidence of baby shad so far in our region, which is a concern. Trips are averaging 20 bass per 5-6 hours in the last week. Case SSM's, grubs and Case magic Stiks are taking bass up to 17 inches. These are quality fish, but the numbers are down. For best success, target pockets and moderate current runs and riffles, and try shaded rocky banks with current during sunny afternoons.
Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, 328 East Lawn Rd., Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says there are decent reports from the Delaware, even though the action is up and down. Nice smallmouth bass and channel catfish are being caught. Fishing at Mauch Chunk has also been decent. The Bushkill Creek has been good for trout action below 13th Street. Minsi has been good for panfish action.
Cabela's, 100 Cabela Drive Hamburg, (610-929-7000): Jon Reilly, the fishing and fly fishing department manager at Cabela's, says they received reports of anglers doing well catching bass in or around structures, especially near deeper water. Bass are also being caught in and around floating grass/algae beds. Scum frog-style baits are working well in the heaviest cover and a variety of wacky style worms, creature, and beaver-style baits have been catching bass in and around cover. Catfish activity remains steady with some bigger channel cats and flatheads being caught. Live sunfish have been the go-to bait for flatheads, and cut bait or whole big nightcrawlers have been producing channels.
2013 Marine Regulations for New Jersey: