There has been little to no fishing pressure on most approved trout waters in the area over the past few weeks. Some anglers have been catching trout on Aquashicola, Lizard, Pohopoco Creek and Mauch Chunk Creeks.
Anglers fishing the Lehigh River near Parryville have been catching trout and smallmouth bass. The section near Palmerton has also been providing good night time opportunities for catfish and eels. River flows have been high in recent days due to storm events.
Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good bass fishing opportunities. However, most bass have been less than the minimum size of 15 inches. Angles should note the lake is under Big Bass Special Regulations, which require that all bass must be a minimum of 15 inches before being taken or possessed. Pickerel action has been good at the lake. Crappie and nice size perch are being caught near the North and South shoreline areas. A few walleye have been caught near the dam breast area of the lake.
The bass fishing action at Beltzville Lake has been good around the power line area and near the upper reaches of Pohopoco Bay. A few walleye have been taken during the evening hours near the dam breast and the Preachers Camp areas. Striped bass action has been best in the evening or early morning hours. A few striped bass were caught near the Pine Run Boat Launch.
Boaters and anglers are reminded that alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake. Regulations pertaining to consumption and or possession of alcohol are strictly enforced.
Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford
Anglers have been catching nice pan fish using night crawlers on several ponds throughout Susquehanna County.
Interest in the sport of kayaking has been growing over the past few years. Kayakers and all boaters should remember that they need to obtain a launch permit or boat registration if they intend to use a Commission Access or State Park waterway. Information about launch permits or boat registration can be found by visiting the Commission’s boat registration web page: http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.
Lake Wallenpaupack, Pike & Wayne Counties
Anglers are having good success around dock areas on local ponds and lakes for panfish. Natural bait has been the bait of choice.