Fishing is still going strong as anglers are targeting rivers, ponds and streams and heading to the shore and Great Lakes to keep the action diverse.
While the Fish Report hasn't transformed to the Outdoor Report just yet because area antlerless deer season is still four weeks away, a lot of outdoor enthusiasts are starting to tune up their bows and work on trailcams and treestands in preparation for the early season.
Blue Mountain Fish & Game in Walnutport is running its third annual big buck contest. The 2012-2013 Buck Challenge! is open to members and non-members. Members pay $15 to enter; non-members pay $30.
Each whitetail buck entry must be properly tagged as per Pennsylvania Game Commission regulations and killed in Pennsylvania during the 2012-13 hunting season.
Deadline for entering the contest is Sept. 28. The contest begins Sept. 29 and ends January 25, 2013. The grand prize is a hunting trip to Benedicta Lodge Sporting camps in Maine. Other prizes will also be awarded.
Blue Mountain Fish & Game Association, located at 4190 Wood Drive in Walnutport, has many activities throughout the year. Meetings are the second Tuesday of each month at 7p.m. The club welcomes all ages for true sportsmanship and helping one another with the recreation of hunting, fishing, archery league and other related outdoor sports.
Anglers wanted for fame; fortune debatable: Pilgrim Studios, creators of the marksmen competition series "Top Shot," is casting for its newest series, "Top Hooker." The producers are looking for the nation's best fishermen, and feel that readers of The Morning Call might be interested in applying.
The series is looking for competitive, outgoing, skilled anglers, spear fishermen, game fishermen, fly fishermen, trawlers and trappers for what is being described as television's biggest, wildest fishing competition.
The deadline to apply is Aug. 28. To apply, send an email to TopHookerCasting@gmail.com with your name, phone number, location, a recent photo and a brief explanation of why you could be America's first "Top Hooker."
Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, Hawley (570-226-4797): Mark says Lake Wallenpaupack is giving up stripers in the 15-25-pound range on live herring drifting in 30 feet of water from Wilsonville to the dam and on the south side of Eppley Island. Smallmouth bass are going after watermelon tubes, Kai-tech lures and spider grubs. There are a lot of big pickerel biting on live bait, and one customer netted a 17-pound Northern pike. The walleye are biting about an hour before sunrise on stick baits following the bait fish. Shohola has been producing big largemouth bass on Yamamoto worms. The Lackawaxen River walleyes are going after diving Rapalas, and the bite is very good. There also are some big trout in the 3-4-pound range. Fairview Lake has a lot of smallmouth bass going after crank baits and drifting live herring. Lake Greeley has been good for perch, which are going after minnows on the bottom.
Mauch Chunk Lake Boat Rental and Bait Shop, 625 Lentz Trail, Jim Thorpe, (570-325-0100): Jeremy says the fishing has been great the last two weeks. Two of his regular anglers, Mike and Kevin, have been having a lot of success on the fishing pier catching bass, perch, pickerel and sunfish while using minnows. He also got a report of a 20-inch largemouth bass caught off the fishing pier around 4 p.m., also on a minnow. The pier at night with the new light has been really successful for bass and channel catfish.
Willie's Bait & Tackle, Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says there are a lot of smallmouth in the Lehigh River with a few trout still in the mouths of the creeks. The Pohopoco has been fishing really good. The Monocacy has a lot of natives in the holes where the springs come up. Mauch Chunk has been very good with the usual like bass, blue gills, perch and pickerel active. Little Mud Pond had good crappie action. Shohola has some good crappie and bass action. Peck's Pond has all the pickerel you want, but there's not much size to them. There's a catfish contest coming up at Ranger Lake soon.
Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob says there's not much action in the creeks. Most people are heading to the rivers, lakes and ponds. There a lot a lot of grampas taking grandkids panfishing. Fishing has slowed tremendously and a lot of people are getting ready for deer hunting by working on their stands and getting trailcams set up.
Archery @ the Glenn, Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says customers still speak of catching plenty of trout in the Little Lehigh. In the Lehigh River smallmouth bass, catfish and muskies seem to be on the bite. Marc from the shop took some time away from his studies on Sunday and waded the Lehigh River, catching plenty of 8-12-inch smallmouth and got that one 15-incher he was looking for. Robert Feist Jr. of Allentown caught a 40-inch, 16.5 pound muskie in the Lehigh. Lakes have been hit or miss with little consistency. He's looking forward to the fall cool down. He's heard of people hitting the Delaware River and having some pretty good success.
Heritage Fly Shop, Little Lehigh Parkway, Allentown (610-248-8836): The shop is closed for vacation.
Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says walleyes are hot at Beltzville, as well as panfish. Mauch Chunk has some good flurries, but for every three good reports he gets, there's one lousy report. Other than channel catfish and a few smallmouth, the Delaware River action has been slow.
Klotz's Bait Shop, Hellertown (610-838-7970): Caroline says Julien Newhart of Bethlehem caught a 13.5-pound carp on corn in the Saucon Creek near the Grist Mill. Frank Young of Salisbury caught 4-pound and 5-pound largemouth bass in Quakertown. Flyfishing has been good on the Monocacy and Little Lehigh.
Cabela's, Hamburg, (610-929-7000): Brooke Hoffman writes: Ahhh, the warm days of August on the beach; the sun, the sand, the water and waves. Enjoy them while there's still time as you daydream about the upcoming great fishing in the fall season. The incredible striper runs, the best time of the year for smallmouths, streams cooling off while trout fishing heats up, millions of salmon heading out of Lake Ontario and up the rivers and creeks, and big steelhead testing the tributaries of Lake Erie. As the Scouts always say, "be prepared." Now is a great time to inspect your equipment so that you are prepared for the upcoming fall season. Remember, you've got one very important link between you and that big one — your fishing line. So whether you're relaxing on the beach with a surf rod and 17-pound mono, fishing the heavy cover for largemouth with 30-pound braid, wading the Tulpehocken or Little Lehigh with 4-pound fluorocarbon, deep trolling for trout and stripers with leadcore, or going extra deep in the salt with wire line, your line is tremendously important. So the guides on your rod should be checked to make sure they will not damage your fishing line. You will also want to be sure your reels are spooled to capacity to get maximum distance on your casts, and have enough line so you don't get "spooled" by a huge fish. Bring your reel, or select from the hundreds of reels we have in stock, and we will be more than happy to properly wind your line onto your spool, at absolutely no cost to you. So let's get ready, and prepared, for the fabulous fall fishing season that will be here very soon.