Although most of the approved trout waters in the district have received the final in-season trout stockings for the year, most anglers have reported seeing and catching a good number of trout. Some area clubs and organizations have also stocked trout in the local streams for recent fishing contests.
Fishing pressure has been light to moderate on most area streams. Successful trout anglers have been using live bait, minnows, butter worms and spinners. Some streams have been flowing low and clear. Most anglers have been reporting better success catching trout in the early morning or early evening hours.
Anglers reported catching trout with some measuring from 20” – 23” on the Lehigh River near the Lehigh Gorge State Park, Lehighton and the Bowmanstown area. Local clubs have been stocking the Lehigh River in recent weeks.
Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting doing well catching bass (catch & release only), pickerel and some nice size bluegills. Crappie action has been slow. Beltzville Lake has been producing some bass action (catch & release only) including reports of some striped bass being caught near the Pine Run section of the lake. Since the warmer weather has arrived, the boating activity at Beltzville Lake has increased during the weekends. Boaters are reminded that Beltzville Lake has a designated Water Ski Zone and designated Slow No Wake areas. Maps of the lake are posted at both Pine Run and Preachers Camp boat launches which indicated the regulated zones. Boaters should consult the posted maps before venturing out onto the lake. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake.
Boaters are encouraged to check all the required safety equipment on their boats such as wearable personal flotation devices, (required for each person onboard the boat and of the appropriate size including children 12 years of age or younger must wear on boats 20’ or less) type IV throw device (required on boats 16’ in length except canoes and kayaks), fire extinguisher (if required) and sound producing device. Boaters are also reminded to check that the motorboat (including boats propelled by an electric motor) have a current motorboat registration. Non-powered watercraft are required to display a valid PA Fish & Boat Commission or DCNR Launch permit to access PA State Park waters or PA Fish & Boat Commission lakes or access areas.
Anglers in the county have been out on the local streams targeting trout. The hot, sunny days have made catch rates light recently but anglers who beat the heat and start fishing first thing in the morning have been reporting good success. Anglers have been using many different types of bait but so far there has not been one go-to bait choice this year. Overall, anglers using spinners have seen the most consistent action this year.