Since the hunting season has been underway and the colder weather arriving most fishing and boating activities in the district has been very light. However, a number of anglers who have taken advantage of some of the warmer days have been fishing the Pohopoco Creek and reported doing well catching trout.
The Lehigh River from Lehighton downriver to Palmerton also has been producing some nice size trout including a few reports of walleye being caught near Weissport.
The water level at Beltzville Lake continues to be low. Boat anglers had reported doing well catching bass while the lake was being lowered. Shore anglers reported catching a few striped bass using live bait during the evenings off the Pine Run boat launch area. Pickerel were active near the Preachers Camp access area including some nice size perch being caught in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Bay area. Boaters are reminded to use caution while boating at Beltzville Lake due to the lower water levels.
Fishing activity at Mauch Chunk has been very light in the last few weeks. The lake level at Mauch Chunk Lake is also lower than usual. A few anglers reported catching perch near the dam breast area of the lake.
Note: Boaters are also reminded that during the period from November 1st through April 30th you must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16’ or on any canoe or kayak.
Angling pressure has been very low. Ice is too thin to fish on right now and the rain has put people off from fishing. The rain has put much needed water into local waterways, if anglers are able to ignore the weather and fish they will do well.
There have been few anglers in this area over the past couple of weeks. Lake fishing has been non-existent due to a light coat of ice on the surface of area lakes. There have been a few anglers fishing in the Susquehanna River with moderate success. River levels rose significantly over the weekend. Weather forecasts for the next few days do not make fishing opportunities likely.
Northern Wayne County
There is little to fishing due mostly to conditions and hunting season. There is skim ice on some waterways; anglers should be reminded that 4” of solid black ice is the minimum that is recommended. Now is a good time to prepare your ice fishing gear and make sure your auger starts.