Fish Report is good, thanks to rain

Meet representatives from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission on May 3-5 atCabela’sin Hamburg as part of the kickoff to Cabela’s “Wanna Go Fishing for Millions?” contest in Pennsylvania.

Commission Executive Director John Arway will be at the store on May 3 as the agency announces the list of lakes anglers can target to find specially tagged species, including largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, striped bass, perch, rainbow trout, brown trout, walleye, crappies, bluegills, channel catfish and more.

Last year, only 25 percent of the tagged fish that were put in Lake Nockamixon were caught and turned in for prizes, and one angler who didn’t realize what the tag was returned it catch-and-release.

One of the tagged fish in 19 participating states is worth a $1 million grand prize that will be doubled if the participant is using or has downloaded the Cabela’s Fish recon app to his or her smartphone.

Rules and requirements are available at the store or online at Participants must be preregistered to claim a prize. The first 500 participants to sign up at the store beginning May 3 will receive a free hat, according to Cabela’s event coordinator Harold Luther.

The Delaware Valley Flyfishers are conducting an “on-stream fly-fishing techniques” seminar 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the stream side Heritage Fly Shop in the Little Lehigh Parkway. Registration for the event is $50 and includes lunch. A valid state fishing license and trout permit are required.

To register, call 215-245-0677.

Lunkerfest 2012, the second annual trout fishing contest sponsored by the Lehigh River Stocking Association, will take place May 19 at East Penn Boat Launch in Bowmanstown, along the Lehigh River. Registration will begin at 7 a.m. with fishing 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in boats, wading or from shore.

The association, which stocks the river with legal-sized trout, will be stocking 800 trout in the 14- to 30-inch range the morning of Lunkerfest with 100 trout tagged for prizes. Participants must possess the proper fishing license and trout permit.

Entry fee is $20 for adults and youth 12 and older. Kids under 12 can enter for free. The registration fee is $15 for early mail-ins. Go to for more information.

Freshwater report

Pecks Pond Boat Rentals, Tackle Bait, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237); Roger says trout fishing has been very active. Spinners are working in the Big Bushkill and Lackawaxen. David Konitsky from East Stroudsburg said he was throwing back trout while using his most irresistible lure: the Thomas double gold blade and Joe’s flies March brown spinner fly. Pickerel fishing on Pecks Pond started out well with some nice catches on silver spoons, and even a few bass were being caught and released on spoons.

Willie’s Bait Tackle, Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says the fishing has picked up. Dave Reitz of Schnecksville caught a 22-inch, 5-pound rainbow trout in the Little Lehigh on PowerBait. Ed Meyer of Northampton caught a 19-inch, 2-pound brown trout in the Bushkill on PowerBait. Crappie fishing has been pretty good at Shohola using minnows, mostly fatheads. Striper fishing at the shore is a little slow. Lehigh River trout fishing has been good using night crawlers, spinners or minnows. Area streams doing well include the Hokendauqua, Coplay, Little Lehigh and Jordan. Beltzville has started to produce striped bass on large shiners and big stick baits.

Bob’s Wildlife Taxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob says the water conditions are nice now with a little bit of tint. Fatheads are working better than rosy reds. Night crawlers and butter worms work if you find out where the fish are, such as from Wehr’s Dam on the Jordan down to Scherersville. People are happier fishing now that there’s some real water and the fish are less spooked. Reports are coming in of big fish in the Wehr’s Dam area. The spring gobblers are being sighted everywhere. A lot of youths were successful on Saturday and the adults are keyed up for a clear, cool morning opener this Saturday. The gobblers are gobbling.

Archery @ the Glenn, Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says he caught a 17.5-inch smallmouth bass on Blue Marsh Lake on Thursday. Local streams continue being filled with trout, and a lot of nice ones at that. Minnows, butter worms, spinners and PowerBait top the list of baits. Tom Shields of Allentown stopped in last week for minnows and returned two hours later with three nice fat 15- to 16-inch trout from the Little Lehigh. Craig Walck of Allentown nails them regularly after work with butter worms. Lehigh River muskies are going for big spinners and extra large shiners. Big lakes are being stubborn to turn on, but the smaller lakes and ponds have turned on.

Heritage Fly Shop, Little Lehigh Parkway, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says the Little Lehigh is back to normal, but fishing has been slow. Tan Caddis are a good bet. Sulfurs are starting to appear in the evening. Delaware Valley Flyfishers are here on Saturday for an on-stream seminar.

Mike’s Bait Sports Shop, Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says there are decent numbers of shad, even after the rain, but it’s been spotty where some anglers get one or two, and others 30. Trout fishing definitely picked up after the rain with worms, minnow and spinners moving into the mix of baits that are working well.

Klotz’s Bait Shop, Hellertown (610-838-7970): Caroline says Ken Peoples of Center Valley caught a rock bass. A 16-inch fallfish on a shad wrap, and a 16-inch walleye in the Delaware.

Cabela’s, Hamburg, (610-929-7000): Jon Reilly says recent rains have increased fishing opportunities all across the region. Trout fishing continues to be brisk across Berks and Schuylkill counties with many stringers being filled by fishing slow, with presentations of live baits such as night crawlers, fatheads and rosy reds, as well as Berkley Powerbaits. Shiners are racking up big catches of catfish in the area, including at Kaercher Creek Dam, Blue Marsh Lake and Ontelaunee Dam. Crappies are plentiful and big in Ontelaunee, always known as one of the state’s premier crappie and big-bass destinations. Fatheads fished slow, as well as Cabela’s Action Tail lures and Cabela’s Fisherman Series Grubs have been working well. As the water warms, big bass can be taken on Cabela’s Fisherman Series Creature Bait, which resembles a bass-hating salamander.

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