Last Friday the temperature was in the 60s, this Friday it's supposed to be in the 90s. Wednesday was gorgeous with no humidity; Thursday was stifling with widespread storms.
The water levels are still low locally, but the Lehigh River should get some relief this week with releases of 200 cubic feet per second from the Francis E. Walter Dam.
It's getting tougher fishing now, so don't stay married to one spot for too long, and don't be afraid to move around. While the smallmouth bass in the Lehigh aren't big, they're providing plenty of action for people floating, whether in small boats, kayaks or tubing.
Just remember to stay safe!
Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, Hawley (570-226-4797): Mark says the striper activity on Lake Wallenpaupack has been good. He weighed in a 42-inch, 30-pounder the other day. Stripers are hitting live herring drifting. Walleye are being caught at 3 a.m. along the shore on Ripplin' Red Fins and Bomber Long A's. Smallmouth bass are hitting watermelon tubes in 15 feet of water. Big pickerel are going after shiners. Channel catfish in the 15-20-pound range are being caught using dead bait on the bottom. They're slamming bass at Shohola on Yamamoto and rubber worms. The Lackawaxen River's deep holes are good for walleye, which are hitting deep running crank baits. A lot of nice trout are still being caught on nightcrawlers and Blue Fox spinners. Fairview Lake smallmouth are going after Yamamotos and tubes. Prompton Lake is giving up some nice largemouth bass.
Pecks Pond Boat Rentals, Tackle & Bait, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237) firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.peckspond.com: Charlie says the weeds are where the fish are hiding. Pickerel and bass are being caught on silver colored Senkos and other soft plastic jerk baits, some over the thickest cover. Perch and bluegills were hitting red worms floating a foot down with some nice largemouth caught on perch colored Rapalas over at Promised Land Lake. Shohola is also reporting some decent catches of bass on very large jitterrbugs and other spitting floating lures during the nightime hours.
Mauch Chunk Lake Boat Rental and Bait Shop, 625 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, (570-325-0100): Jeremy says the fishing is improving this week. Reports from regular anglers said that from 4:30-9 a.m. was great for perch and bass. Two 12-inch perch, fat with nice color, have been caught in the early morning hours. Several large largemouth bass ranging 12-16-inches were caught this week in the entry of the lake and at the opposite shore line. Minnows and spinners were the popular choice for bait.
Willie's Bait & Tackle, Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says it's been a pretty quiet week. The river is still low despite the rains. Frank has been catching smallies in the river, but they're on the small side. Anglers are kayaking and tubing while they fish. The colder creeks like the Pohopoco, Monocacy and Little Lehigh are still producing. There have been a lot of good reports from Mauch Chunk with a nice mixed bag of species. People are starting to head to Canada and Lake Ontario before the fish up there head into the rivers and streams for spawning.
Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob says he's getting excited for the Lehigh Valley Hunting and Fishing Extravaganza Aug. 24-26 in Kempton. There will be a lot of trout in the Kistler Creek the weekend of the show. Guys are doing well on smallmouth and catfish on the Delaware and Lehigh River in backwashes and deep pools. Nightcrawlers and stink baits have been the hot baits for catfish. The Upper Jordan trout are still around in the areas where spring water comes in, but you need to fish smaller baits like small red worms. Lake Nockamixon bass are biting as well.
Archery @ the Glenn, Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says a lot of outdoors-types are getting their bows ready for September archery deer season. The Little Lehigh trout fishing has slowed down a bit, but those willing to go off the beaten path continue to speak of five-fish limits, and some nice ones at that. Charles Brannon of Allentown caught a 221/2-inch rainbow trout weighing 4.7 pounds in the Little Lehigh last Sunday using a Rapala. Lehigh River anglers are catching smallmouth bass on 3-inch Senko's, medium shiners, or leeches. Catfish and an occasional nice largemouth are eating nightcrawlers, big power worms and large shiners. Area lakes are providing a good day in the sun, a nice boat ride and just enough fish to keep some people interested. Others have put the rods aside to get serious about archery season with bow tune-ups, new arrows and lots of practice taking top priority. Crossbow service and repair is keeping the shop hopping right now. Brian cautions that new users get proper instruction for safe, trouble-free use of these high-performance, high-maintenance weapons. He offers a wide variety of dependable crossbows to fit a wide variety of needs, and teaches proper care and maintenance
Heritage Fly Shop, Little Lehigh Parkway, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says the Little Lehigh is running low and clear. Tricos are still on as early as 7:30 am. There has been little afternoon activity due to the heat. The shop will be closed Aug. 3-21.
Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says some quality smallmouth bass have been going after leeches and shiners in the Delaware River. Trout action is slow, with a lot of small stuff in East Bangor and small bass at Promised Land. The water is way down at Shohola and thick with weeds.
Klotz's Bait Shop, Hellertown (610-838-7970): Caroline says people are going fishing, but the warm weather is having an effect. Jenifer Purcell of Bethlehem caught a 20-inch rainbow trout on a nightcrawler in the Saucon Creek. Glenn Allan of Bethlehem caught a 24-inch catfish at Lake Nockamixon on a large shiner. Jim Kennedy of Coopersburg caught a 23-inch, 7-pound rainbow trout on a nightcrawler in the Monocacy.
Cabela's, Hamburg, (610-929-7000): Brooke Hoffman of Cabela's says that summertime patterns will continue for the foreseeable future. Night fishing is certainly the best option for bringing in the lunkers, regardless of the species. Huge catfish seem to be the most sought after fish during these warm evenings, as many people have been enjoying the quiet serenity of live bait fishing (quiet, that is, until your lighted bobber disappears and the drag starts screaming). Bass fishing is still going strong at night as well, if you are willing to put in the time and effort to throw old bucketmouth large Rooster tail spinners, RattleTraps and, a hot lure right now at Beltzville and Blue Marsh, Rapala DT's that are fished off points and close to the dam breasts. Try fishing in an area where you hear activity on the top of the water. Small baitfish spawning make splashing sounds, as do panfish going after bugs. And if you hear any noises that sound like a small rock just hit the water, you are in a good area, as these types of sounds are indicative of large bass and/or stripers feeding. If you hear no activity on the water, its time to move to another type of area such as a point, rock outcropping, feeder creek or dam breast. Fly fishing at night is a good option. Just as the big bass feed at night in the summer, so do big trout. Brooke will never forget the excitement in the voice of Joe Humphries, author of many books on fly fishing in Pennsylvania, as he lectured a Penn State class about trout feeding patterns shifting to an overnight schedule as the water warms. He had just recently caught the state record 16-pound brown trout from a small creek at around 2 a.m.
The Tackle Box in Hazlet (732-264-7711) http://www.striperspecial.com: Phil says anglers are catching fluke at Ambrose Channel on Gulp and bucktails. There has been some bottom fishing on the reef for porgies and sea bass, and good tasting trigger fish are hitting clams and squid. Phil weighed in a 48-pound striper caught off a school of bunker near Rockaway in New York. Snappers are biting in the marina, and crabbing is still good.
Brielle Tackle (732-528-5720) http://www.brielletackle.com: Greg says locally that fluking is good, but only a few keepers mixed in from the beach to about two miles out. It's been a little south of the inlet for the most part. A lot of sharks (fishing kind, not dangerous kind) are being caught from just off the beach to about six miles out, with a nice mix of hammerheads and a dusky sharks and thresher sharks. Bottom fishing isn't bad when you get out to the Mud Hole for ling, with boats reporting 15-30 per angler, with some sea bass mixed in. Snapper blues are in the river and inlet, along with spots and kingfish between the thunderstorms.
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Scott's Bait & Tackle (609-296-1300) http://www.scottsbt.com: Scott says it's slow with wind, weather and sea conditions. People are still going out, though. Fluke are still in the intercoastal from 120 through 112. Some charter captains were playing with 3/4-pound blues outside the inlet. It's the doldrums of August a week early.
Avalon Hodge Podge Bait & Tackle (609-967-3274) http://avalonhp.com: The inshore action could be better but it seems the hot water is counterproductive to catching the majority of the fish. That being said, there were a few fluke caught using minnows and squid while drifting behind Avalon. The Nev'R Enuf charter reported all day action of 1-2 –pound bluefish at two fathoms on the troll. He also said that he had keeper size fluke while bottom fishing at the same location. The offshore tuna bite is very good at areas such as the Hot Dog and Poorman's on the chunk. Butterfish and/or sardines are the best chunk bait going.
Old Inlet Bait & Tackle (302-227-7974) http://www.oldinlet.com: Jim says the Indian River is great for blues, flounder, croakers and small sea bass on the incoming tide. On the beach, kingfish, croakers and blues are biting. Sharks are being caught on the beach and around the site numbers. The tuna bite is on for offshore anglers.