The Fourth of July was a great day to fish, especially since it was free for anyone in Pennsylvania.
Every day since has either been hot, stormy, threatening with storms or just too humid to make life on the water bearable.
That's supposed to change this weekend, but wether reports keep including the possibility of thunderstorms for late Saturday and late Sunday. If that's the case, get out early to enjoy targeting your favorite species.
All the war water fishes are biting in the area lakes, ponds and rivers, and there is still trout action to be had in the Little Lehigh, Monocacy and select other streams because of the spring-fed cold water that fills those streams.
Even though the river levels are receding, be careful, especially if you're trying to wade. Going without waders may be the best bet, and for added security, if you are unsure of how much the rising levels have changed your favorite fishing hole along the Lehigh or Delaware rivers, wearing a personal flotation device while wade-fishing may be the better part of valor.
Be safe and enjoy the water.
Don't forget to submit your big fish photos to our online Outdoor Photo Gallery at http://www.mcall.com/outdoors.
Have fun out there, but respect the water and be safe.
2013 Pennsylvania Fishing Regulations: http://fishinpa.com/
2013 Pennsylvania Trout Stocking Schedule: http://pfbc.state.pa.us/pfbc_webgis/TroutStockingDetails.aspx
Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, Route 6, Hawley (570-226-4797): Mark says it is too hot right now, but smallmouth bass are hitting tubes in 25 feet of water. Smallies are also hitting popping stuff on the lake at first light. Pickerel are going after live bait and big spoons. Big channel catfish in the 15-20-pound range are biting. Big largemouth bass are at the back end of coves and eager for stick baits. The walleye action on the lake is minimal, but there are bites around 4 a.m. The Lackawaxen River is again fishable, and trout are going after blue fox spinners. Shohola bass are targeting Yamamotos and extra large live bait. Promised Land largemouth like spinner baits, and the panfish are going for red worms. Mud Pond and Upper Woods Pond trout like Powerbait.
Pecks Pond Boat Rentals, Tackle & Bait, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237) email@example.com; http://www.peckspond.com: Roger did a float trip on the Lackawaxen River and reports that the water has a little brown stain from the rain, but is nice to float. The smallmouth action was non-stop with any kind of crayfish imitation, but the Rebel hard body with bright yellow orange stood out. Other anglers have been telling him that the Delaware River smallmouth fishing is hot again. He's always done well with crayfish lures there, too. Lake bass fishing in Shohola, Pecks Pond and Greeley is on. Minnows, baby torpedoes and buzz bait lures are producing fish. Pickerel are still being caught with shiners at all of these lakes.
Sportsman's Outlet, 205 Applegate Road & Route 611, Stroudsburg (570-424-5450): Ron says Ron says the current heat wave has made most fishing pressure move to the early morning or evening to night hours. Some nice bass catches are still being reported, especially in Pocono lakes like Pecks, Shohola and Fairview. Smallmouth bass are getting active again in the Delaware near Portland. Fly fishing for trout using local hatches is still hot in local creeks and streams. The extended weather forecast shows some relief and fishing will pickup. So don't forget the sun block and good fishing.
Mauch Chunk Lake Boat Rental and Bait Shop, 625 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, (570-325-0100): Jeremy says the fishing has been fantastic. The bass have been hitting on minnows and leeches. Several were brought in 15 inches and greater. The perch and bluegills are active down in the swallows at boat launch B. They are in the lily pads in that region. The catfish are hitting off the fishing pier at night. The best fishing times are early morning 5-10 a.m. and evening 7 p.m. to midnight.
Willie's Bait & Tackle, 5105 Main St., Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says the Lehigh River is flowing fast. It's still high, but people are still fishing. Things should turn around for the river this weekend. The Little Lehigh and Monocacy have been good for trout because of all the stocking activity. White Deer Lake has been good for crappies and bluegills. Beltzville bass action is on, along with panfish. The humidity and weather seem to have turned off the angler activity.
Archery @ the Glenn, 7 Auburn St., Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says the Little Lehigh is still giving up lots of trout on red worms, butter worms, pin minnows and CP swings The Lehigh River is fishable again. Smallmouth are nailing leeches and three-inch Senkos. Panfish are eating fathead minnows and catfish are going for crawlers and big minnows. Small lakes have been great for lots of panfish for the kids, but big lakes are beat up with boaters and have been tough. Best bet is the night bite drifting big shiners on floats.
Heritage Fly Shop, 2643 Fish Hatchery Road, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says tricos continue to be plentiful in the morning. The balance of the day has had minimal activity. Water temperatures have been as high as 68 degrees in the early evening. Be careful not to over stress the fish in order to get a trophy picture.
Backwoods Angler Guide Service, Bethlehem, (610-868-9349): Blaine says the Delaware River is rising and muddy and will need to settle down before smallmouth bass fishing will get going again. He expects good fishing once the river stabilizes and the heavy storms subside for a day or two. If you're going out, throw spinner baits, traps and tubes to shallows, past the water pockets and eddies. And as water levels fall, target current seams and shallow flats and runs with current. The Backwoods Angler TV national season premiere was last night on WFN. Check backwoodsAnglerTV.com for details.
Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, 328 East Lawn Road, Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says there is some good smallmouth and catfish action in the Delaware, trout action in the Bushkill, and good panfishing at Lake Minsi.