Summer's heating up for area anglers

The Fish Report returns from a two-week hiatus that included missing the start of bass season, but it's back in full gear and so is the fishing action. Despite the recent heat, trout are still being caught all over the place, and the Little Lehigh continues to prosper from repeated stockings.

As we head toward the Fourth of July holiday, it's time to get serious about some outdoor recreation with a fishing pole.

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Have fun out there, but respect the water and be safe.


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Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, Route 6, Hawley (570-226-4797): Mark says there is an abnormal amount of calico action along the docks, and they're mostly hitting Mr. Twister jigs. Channel catfish in the 15-20-pound range are being caught on the bottom using stink baits. Rock bass are feasting on fathead minnows and red worms. Smallmouth bass are active around the bushes and docks and hitting Yamamoto worms and Kai-tech lures. The bite is on in 10-15 feet of water. Stripers are active late at night and going after surface plugs. Nice walleye are hitting Kai-techs. The shop weighed in a 7-pound trout caught on herring. The lake temperature is 77 degrees. At Promised Land, largemouth bass are going after Yamamotos and bluegills are biting red worms. Lackawaxen River trout are biting in fast water and deeper pools and like Phoebees and dry flies. Long Pond trout are going after PowerBait. Shohola bass are feeding on Yamamotos and big shiners. Smallmouth are going after tubes and live herring.

Pecks Pond Boat Rentals, Tackle & Bait, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237); Charlie says the fishing was good this week with some good smallmouth bass on the Delaware River and pools in the Lackawaxen using Rebel crayfish. Bluegills are hitting on poppers and mealie worms in the lakes. Bass are going nuts for 10-inch rubber worms on Pecks.

Sportsman's Outlet, 205 Applegate Road & Route 611, Stroudsburg (570-424-5450): Ron says local lakes like Pecks, Minsi, Shohola and Promised Land are looking like hot spots for the first few weeks of bass season, Customers reported good bass action on those lakes, with some in the bass in the 3-4-pound range. Walleye action in the 7-8-pound range is picking up on Lake Nockamixon in Quakertown, most at the mouth of the Tohickon Creek near the high bridge. Catfish are hitting stink baits near the Haycock launch. Frank says that with all the recent rain, be careful fishing swollen creeks and fast water. Be safe.

Mauch Chunk Lake Boat Rental and Bait Shop, 625 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, (570-325-0100): Jeremy says the fishing has been wonderful this week. Bass have been biting and he got reports that they were in the 13-16-inch range. The best spots were along the mountain shoreline near the center of the lake. They were hitting on minnows and dark rubber worms. Crappies and perch were abundant with many catching nice size ones. They were all over this week. Last Saturday, in the deep channel in the lake, Leon Walters caught a 24-inch walleye on a minnow, which is a new record for the boat rental.

Willie's Bait & Tackle, 5105 Main St., Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says the Lehigh River has been fishing well for trout, smallmouth bass and catfish. There's a lot of activity with nice depth right now. In the creeks, the Monocacy still has plenty of fish, along with the well-stocked Little Lehigh, which keeps getting stocked. Beltzville is producing some nice catfish up to 17 pounds and some bass. White Deer Lake has good crappie, pickerel and bass action. Nockamixon catfish are biting at night. The fishing has been good despite the heat.

Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob says he's cutting off the bait business after next week to take care of taxidermy duties. A lot of people are heading to Leaser Lake and Lake Nockamixon for fishing. Johnson's Pond is giving up a lot of species. The Jordan Creek through SGL 205 is a nice productive walk for trout.

Archery @ the Glenn, 7 Auburn St., Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says the Little Lehigh is in great shape and full of trout after last weekend's stocking in the parkway. Butter worms, meal worms and red worms continue to be top picks for trout. The Lehigh River smallmouth bass are really active in the faster water eating Senkos, nightcrawlers and medium shiners. Catfish are in the deeper, slower water and are hitting large shiners and stink bait. Area lake temperatures are up, so you have to fish very deep during the day with jigs or crank baits, or do the night shift and troll stick baits or big shiners. Very early morning is always popular for top water action with lures like Zara spooks and Boy Howdy's. School's out, so take a young angler with you. Big fish: Larry Beiner caught 30-inch, 12-pound catfish on a nightcrawler. Mike Freitas caught a 23-inch, 3-pound, 11-ounce brown trout in the Little Lehigh, during the rain, on a fathead minnow. Jadyn Mann won a contest on the Monocacy with a 22 1/2-inch, 6-pound, 2-ounce rainbow on a bubblegum worm. Frank Smolick caught a 24-inch, 6-pound, 6-ounce brown trout on the Lehigh River using a jerk bait. Thomas Oxenford caught a 27-inch, 6-pound, 1-ounce rainbow on the Little Lehigh using white PowerBait.

Heritage Fly Shop, 2643 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says it's tricos, tricos, tricos! The spinner fall has been fantastic starting about 8:15 a.m. Ants and beetles work in the afternoon. Use tiny nymphs all day long on the bottom.

Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, 328 East Lawn Road, Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says it's hot, and so is Mauch Chunk for bass action. Smallmouth bass are biting leeches on the Delaware. Surface frogs and scum frogs are active at the Bangor dam. Some really nice trout have been caught in the Lehigh River near the Cementon dam. Larger trout are being caught using red worms and smaller worms in creeks like the Bushkill.

Klotz's Bait Shop, 216 Hess Ave., Hellertown (610-838-7970): Caroline says Jeff Zettlemoyer of Bethlehem caught a 24 1/4-inch brown trout on a woolly bugger while fly fishing in the Lehigh. Carlos Decia caught two almost 11-pound trout in the Monocacy. Jaden Pfeiffer caught a 27-inch, 10-pound, 8-ounce rainbow on a minnow during the ICC contest in Hellertown.

Cabela's, 100 Cabela Drive Hamburg, (610-929-7000): Jon Reilly, the fishing and fly fishing department manager at Cabela's, says that bass action has started picking up again on the local lakes and reservoirs. Most types of bass lures have been in demand and many anglers are reporting success with multiple types and colors of baits. Wacky rigged worms, soft plastic jerk baits, and top water lures are just a few of the lures that were catching fish last week. The cicadas are still flying in some areas. Any area waterways with a population of cicadas nearby will have plenty of active fish looking toward the surface. The recent heat is driving up water temperatures and driving the hunger of many of our warm-water fish. Be sure to get out on the water whenever you can and enjoy some of the best fishing opportunities of the year. Good luck!



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