Water levels at Elmhurst Reservoir are still low with about 30 feet of shoreline exposed. This makes accessing more locations to fish easier. The fishing at Elmhurst has been good all year with anglers still catching crappie, bluegill and bass on a regular basis.
Curtis Reservoir is at full capacity and the fishing has been good all year as well. Some nice Largemouth Bass have been caught and returned to the water near the dam area using live bait.
Reminder: Boats are prohibited at ALL PA American Water Company reservoirs.
With the recent rain storms occurring, most of the district’s waterways are flowing higher than normal. Fishing activity on most of the trout stocked waters is light with no activity occurring with the exception of Mauch Chunk Creek, and the Pohopoco Creek downstream of the outflow of Beltzville Lake. A few anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Creek have reported catching their limit of trout. An angler recently fishing the Pohopoco Creek near Parryville was observed catching a brown trout measuring 20 inches.
Anglers have been reporting doing well catching Smallmouth Bass on the Lehigh River near Parryville, Bowmanstown and the Palmerton sections of the river.
Mauch Chunk Lake has been producing nice size panfish in recent days. Most of the panfish have been caught by boat anglers fishing the areas of the lake near Boat Launch A and the upper reaches of Boat Launch B. Successful anglers have been using small jigs tipped with meal worms. Some anglers have reported catching between thirty to fifty panfish during their fishing trip to the lake. Crappie action was good near the area of the fishing pier at Boat Launch A. Anglers reported good success using a jig tipped with a minnow or mealworm. Bass action still remains good at the lake. However, most bass being caught are less than the minimum size of fifteen inches as the lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Regulations.
Roland W. Slusser of Bloomsburg, PA (L) and Robert A. Roan of Orangeville, PA proudly displaying their catch of Bluegills they caught while fishing at Mauch Chunk Lake.
Anglers fishing Beltzville Lake have been reporting good success catching bass near the upper reaches of Preachers Camp access and near the powerline area of the lake. Striped Bass action appears to be good during the evening or early morning hours on the lake. Anglers fishing along the shoreline areas of Pine Run bay area of the lake were observed doing well catching white bass using chicken liver.
Boaters are reminded to check all of the required safety equipment on their boats such as an appropriated sized USCG Approved personal flotation device for each person on the boat; a type IV USCG Approved throw device (boats 16’ or more in length, except canoes & kayaks); USCG Approved Fire Extinguisher (if required); Sound Device; and the navigation lights (must be displayed from sunset to sunrise and during periods of restricted visibility) are in working order.
In addition, please check to make sure your boat is properly registered. Motorboats and boats powered by an electric motor must display a proper motorboat registration. Unpowered boats such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc. launching at Commission lakes or access areas including PA State Parks launch or access areas must display either a Commission launch use permit or a PA State Parks launch permit or mooring permit