Fishing Report – The weather is hot, and so is the bass fishing.
Largemouths are quite active at places such as Lake Nockamixon, Mauch Chunk Lake, Beltzville Lake and Tuscarora Lake. Live shiners, rubber worms, tube jigs and early-morning topwater presentations should all produce good results at those locations. Tackle shop reporters warn fishermen to expect decent numbers of fish, but not a lot of lunkers.
Those who would rather target smallmouths should consider Lake Wallenpaupack, Fairview Lake and the Delaware and Lehigh rivers, where the fish are biting live bait, tube jigs and spoons.
Action for most other freshwater species, including catfish, bluegills, perch, crappies and pickerel, is pretty good across the region. Trout fishing, however, has slowed considerably thanks to the warm temperatures and low water. Notable exceptions to that are the Little Lehigh and Jordan creeks, where local anglers continue to report steady catches.
Down at the shore, fluke fishing has come on strong, with lots of fish being taken up and down the New Jersey coast. The fluke bite should continue to improve as that species displaces striped bass as the target of choice for inshore anglers. Offshore, bluefin tuna are providing plenty of excitement about 30 milles out at the Mud Hole.
Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, Hawley (570-226-4797): Smallmouth bass hitting tube jigs and Yamamoto worms…look for smallies around docks and edges of weeds…big catfish being taken throughout the lake…northern pike and pickerel hitting large live bait…a 40-inch, 15-pound pike was weighed at shop over weekend.
Four Seasons Sporting Goods, Jim Thorpe (570-325-4364): Bass action good at Mauch Chunk Lake…lots of bass being taken, but few meeting the 15-inch minimum keeper size…bass tournament was held at lake last week, and only three legal-sized fish were weighed in out of nearly 50 participating boats…panfish bite slow at Mauch Chunk, while catfish bite only so-so…catfishing is better at Beltzville Lake, where stinkbaits and minnows are enticing channel cats in the 8-12-pound range…Lehigh River warm and low…trout are stacked up at creek mouths, and best bet is to let the fish rest until rain and cooler weather arrives…Tuscarora Lake bass are active, with many fish in the 1-3-pound range being taken in the evenings and at night.
Peck’s Pond Store, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237): Roger says bass action at Peck’s is good on live slugs and Gulp worms in dark colors…pickerel action slow, but those using live shiners are catching a few…bluegills hitting small poppers and redworms at White Deer Lake…Delaware River smallmouths hitting spoons and rattling jigs…smallmouths hitting black and red tube jigs at Fairview Lake.
Timber Ridge Indoor Archery, Tamaqua (570-668-5551): Tuscarora Lake crappies hitting live minnows and chartreuse hair jigs…Locust Lake trout and panfish taking variety of live bait…trout in Schuylkill River eating garden worms, small nightcrawlers and red and gold Cleos…Senko worms nailing bass at Mauch Chunk Lake.
Willie’s Bait & Tackle, Cementon (610-261-2767): Sarah Schneider of Coplay caught two rainbow trout, 17 and 18 inches, from Coplay Creek on worms…Lehigh River trout action slow, but smallmouth bite very good…bass eating minnows and nightcrawlers…water levels in river and local trout streams have come up a bit thanks to recent rain, making for better fishing conditions…Willie fished White Deer Lake last week and caught a couple of nice bass and a few good-sized bluegills.
Backwoods Angler Guide Service, Bethlehem, (610-868-9349): Blaine Mengel says Delaware River is 4.5 feet at Belvidere gauge…area did not get as much rain last week as predicted, and levels have already started receding…water is a bit off color, but smallmouths remain moody…it is difficult to catch a fish over 17 inches right now…spraying continues on the Delaware for black flies/mosquitos…it has been effective on those bugs, but it’s also killing off many other insects…we see little bug activity, which is a detriment to smallmouth bass in the river…target faster flats and runs with 2-7 feet of water…Case Salty Shads, Senko worms, grubs and an occasional topwater bite can be expected…Susquehanna River remains low at 3.7 feet on the Harrisburg gauge…target ledges with soft plastics and topwaters during low light…Schuylkill River got a bit more water from the rains and may fish well this week…shady outer banks with rock or wood cover are best, and fish will want current.
Little Lehigh Fly Shop, Allentown, (610-797-5599): Little Lehigh Creek level slightly higher than normal…waster temperature 68 degrees…trico spinners hitting the water around 8:30 a.m.…fishing is good…use trico imitations early in the day…later on, try Al’s rats, Griffith’s gnats, craneflies, bivisibles, pheasant tails, ants, globugs, Henryville specials, honeybug inchworms and beetles.
Mike’s Bait & Sports Shop, Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Delaware River smallmouth action picking up…some striped bass, carp and channel catfish being taken in the river as well…perch hitting at Lake Minsi, and the best time of day, surprisingly, seems to be 10 a.m.-1 p.m.…Lake Wallenpaupack anglers have reported a couple good flurries of smallmouth action…big bass are being taken at Lake Nockamixon.
Lehigh River Bait & Bow, Allentown (610-432-2511): Richard Westwood III of Allentown caught a 221/2-inch palomino trout Tuesday from the Jordan Creek on a minnow…catfish bite good in Lehigh River…trout continue to be taken from the Little Lehigh and Jordan creeks…smallmouth bass hitting live minnows in the Lehigh River.
Anglers Paradise and Marine, Whitehall (610-433-2500): Bass fishing good at Lake Nockamixon…Sunday’s tournament winner weighed in a five-fish limit totaling 17 pounds…lots of trout continue to be caught and released from Helfrich Springs area of Jordan Creek…Susquehanna River panfish action is good…bass bite there is decent too, but most fish running on the small side right now.
Nockamixon Sport Shop, Quakertown (215-538-9553): Josh says bass action good on Lake Nockamixon…striper bite on lake has been good, mainly after midnight…Jeremy Weaver of Richlandtown caught an 11-pound, 9-ounce striper Monday night on a large shiner…muskies in lake hitting live minnows fished at night.
Point Pleasant: Capt. John Brackett of the Queen Mary (732-899-3766) says bluefishing remained very good over the past week, with 5-10-pound fish being taken on live bait…boat has been anchoring and chumming on the west side of the Mud Hole, just 50 minutes from inlet…Jim Barrett of Boyertown was the pool winner on Thursday with a 12-pound blue…just about all clients catching their limit.