Angler pressure has been light this week both locally and at the shores thanks to stiff winds that make the temperature feel much colder than it actually is.
In addition to casting issues because of the wind, unseasonable cold night-time temperatures have kept the water cold in the morning, so the best action, at least for freshwater casters, is in the afternoons when the sun heats up the water — if the wind isn't disrupting your ability to cast.
There is a striper bite taking place in Raritan Bay, and the other Jersey shore towns are expecting the bite to turn on for them in the next 10 days, maybe earlier.
The shad bite is also on in the Delaware with good reports from Easton for the start of the fourth annual Bi-County Shad Contest that runs through Tuesday.
The Shad Hotline numbers are 610-954-0577 and 610-954-0578.
The Lehigh County Fish & Game Protective Association's annual Little Lehigh Fishing Derby takes place Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, with the junior contest 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 17 and the adult contest 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. May 18.
Fishing will take place between the Iron Bridge and Robin Hood Bridge in Allentown's picturesque Little Lehigh Parkway. Memberships, food, refreshments, bait and tackle will be available in the contest's Main Tent.
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2014 Pennsylvania Fishing Regulations: http://fishinpa.com/
2014 Pennsylvania Trout Stocking Schedule:
Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, Route 6, Hawley (570-226-4797): Mark says the Lackawaxen trout are going after wax worms, spoons and spinners by Thomas or Blue Fox. The bass in Wallenpaupack are hitting Kai-Tech lures. Pickerel are smashing live bait, but you have to throw them back right now. The water temperature is about 50. Panfish are biting on the smaller lakes.
Pecks Pond Boat Rentals, Tackle & Bait, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237) firstname.lastname@example.org; http://www.peckspond.com: Charlie says last weekend's warm afternoon temperatures resulted in good trout catches. Hot action took place at Lake Minisink with mealies and red worms the best baits. Little Mud Pond produced fish going after red rosy and fathead minnows. Pecks Pond pickerel chased spinners, live minnow and slow moving crank baits near the surface. Shohola conditions were similar to Pecks.
Willie's Bait & Tackle, 5105 Main St., Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says fishing has been a little difficult because of the wind, but the river is producing some nice trout, the Hokendauqua has been hot because of a recent stocking. Nice fish are being pulled out of the Monocacy in the 12-15-inch range. Everybody has been fishing the Jordan. Ranger Lake opens this weekend. He's also hearing that the shad bite was on big time on the Delaware near Easton. One boater said he couldn't keep up with three rods on his boat.
Bob's WildlifeTaxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob says afternoons have been more productive than mornings because of the way the temperatures drop at night. Hot baits have been minnows, butter worms and nightcrawlers. There are a lot of fish still out there with very little pressure from anglers due to wind and cold.
Archery @ the Glenn, 7 Auburn St., Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says continued stockings and good water flow are keeping plenty of trout spread through the Little Lehigh and Jordan creeks. The parkway got a fresh batch on Thursday courtesy of the PFBC. Most customers say minnows seem to be the ticket with the colder-than-normal water temps. Others swear by small grubs like meal worms, wax worms and butter worms. Area lakes are turning on with reports of all species feeding up after the long, cold winter. Shad are being caught in Easton in the Delaware, along with a variety of other favorable species. One customer reported catching 15 walleyes in one night. Make time now to catch that spring bite. Shon Scipio caught a 21-inch, 3-pound, 9-ounce rainbow trout on a butter worm in the Lehigh Canal. Pedro Mateo caught a 20-inch, 2-poud brown trout in Jordan Park. Rohemmer Diaz of Allentown caught a 27-inch, 6-pound, 14-ounce brown trout in the Little Lehigh.
Heritage Fly Shop, 2643 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says the hot patterns on the Little Lehigh this week were crane flies size 16 and 18, elk hair caddis size 16, and BWO emergers size 18 for the surface. Bottom flies were George's buzzers in red, cress bugs size 22 and pheasant tails size 16 and smaller.
Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, 328 East Lawn Rd., Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says one of his friends hit 27 shad in Easton two days ago. The water temperatures are conducive for trout in waters that haven't even been re-stocked. The entire Bushkill and Little Bushkill got stocked, and clubs are stocking both the Bushkill and Monocacy. The crappy bite is starting to look decent near Tobyhanna. Mike will be checking out Minisink later this week to see if the crappy bite is on there as well.