Heritage Fly Shop, 2643 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says the Little Lehigh continues to fish well on the bottom. Zebra midges work well early in the morning. Crane flies are the most abundant surface flies followed by caddis. Ants are also a good fly to use both as a dry or sunken fly.
Backwoods Angler Guide Service, Bethlehem, (610-868-9349): Blaine says that the Delaware River smallmouth bass went into spawn mode last week. Lots of bass are in current areas that are not usually associated with the spawn. The water rose 1.4 feet late in the week and is on the way back down already. Top water lures and Case magic sticks were best for taking bass up to 19-inches last week. The north branch of the Susquehanna River has been on fire. Bass are in the current and eating most anything thrown at them. The spawning bass are in the eddies, but there are so many available to be caught in the current, there is no need to target slack water.
Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, 328 East Lawn Rd., Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says a nice 30-inch walleye was caught in the Delaware River. Shad are being caught in good numbers pretty much everywhere on the Delaware. One day it's Easton, the next it's PPL. Pocono lake pickerel action has turned on. Trout fishing is still good if you're fishing small, and salted minnows and work wax worms are best baits.
Klotz's Bait Shop, 216 Hess Ave., Hellertown (610-838-7970): Caroline says things are busy and Jon Bauer of Bethlehem caught two 18-inchers and a 16-inch bass on nightcrawlers in Otter Lake.
Cabela's, 100 Cabela Drive Hamburg, (610-929-7000): Jon Reilly, the fishing and fly fishing department manager at Cabela's, says that water temperatures remain cooler than usual for this time of year. The Susquehanna River is still averaging water temperatures in the low to mid 50's. This has helped extend the big smallmouth bite, but is delaying the big carp and catfish feed that many anglers look forward to in the spring. The cool nights will help sustain the lake and reservoir trout fishing opportunities into the summer. Many of our local bodies of water warm too much or have too low of an oxygen content during the hot summer months to support trout. Look for feeder streams or any cooler water source as the summer months inch closer and you will probably find the remaining trout in our local still-waters. There have been a lot of customers in this week reporting success catching stripers and some bluefish off the New Jersey coast. Bucktails and spoons have been popular buys here at the store. Be sure to call or stop by for any product recommendations and advice. Good luck!
2013 Marine Regulations for New Jersey:
The Tackle Box, 1134 State Route 36, Hazlet (732-264-7711) http://www.striperspecial.com: Phil says they weighed in a 39-pound striped bass caught on bunker off the Raritan Bay shore. Fluke opens Saturday and bluefish are still all over the place.
Brielle Tackle, 800 Ashley Ave., Brielle (732-528-5720) http://www.brielletackle.com: Greg says there have been reports of stripers, bluefish and weakfish in the river. The striper fishing for boats has been sporadic outside the inlet. Sea bass and fluke open on Saturday.
Avalon Hodge Podge Bait & Tackle, 2389 Ocean Drive, Avalon (609-967-3274) http://avalonhp.com: Dave and Tammie say that it was another tough week for fishing because the weather had not been cooperating. Despite that, however, the striped bass action has not slowed up at all. There were several nice-sized fish caught in the surf using clams and bunker. The biggest weighed in this week was caught by Bob Helinek at 43-inches, 28.56 pounds. There were also a few reports of 20-inch-plus fluke and tautog that were caught/released on clams while hunting for those striped bass. The bluefish are also still around in both the back bay and surf, being caught mostly on clams, but also on mackerel and mullet. Check out http://www.avalonhp.com for all the fish pictures from the shop and latest news of specials this year as they celebrate their 15th year of ownership.
2013 Delaware Fishing Guide: http://www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Fisheries/Documents/2013%20Fishing%20Guide.pdf
Old Inlet Bait & Tackle, Highway One, Rehoboth (302-227-7974) http://www.oldinlet.com: Jim says action has slowed down considerably. Some bluefish and shad were at the inlet in the incoming water. Surf action has come to a near-stop. Night anglers are doing better.