Saturday’s (March 30) trout opener here in the Southeast Region has some added angling opportunities this year since Leaser Lake in upper Lehigh County, was stocked with trout.
This stocking will be a first since the lake was drawn down for dam and spillway repairs back in 2010. Leaser will add a new venue to the opener and will surely take some angling pressure off local streams.
While the lake is not at full depth, as it’s still filling up, there will still be lots of open areas to fish in the lakes’ 117- acres. According to Lee Creyer, Lehigh County WCO, the PF&BC stocked the north and south boat launch areas, both located off Route 143 in Lynn Township.
Aside from this, the Lehigh River Stocking Association (www.lsra.org) will stock the Lehigh River for the opener at Walnutport and around the Northampton Pavilion starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Here again, there’s no crowding as there is on local streams and creeks, and the fishing is more challenging since it’s a wider and deeper waterway.
For youngsters, the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has also stocked a portion of Jordan Creek that runs along the Lehigh Valley Zoo and upstream from the water ford crossing. For directions check www.lvzoo.org.
There’s also Johnson Pond II, near Sand Spring Road, that has received a few trout for youngsters as well a small portion of Catty Creek that is open for all anglers, however, it would be sportsman-like if adults left it for the kids, and better yet, adults to take a kid fishing there.
As for water conditions for Saturday’s opener, Bob Danenhower of Orefield Live Baits (610-398-7609) in Orefield, said that area creeks and streams are at perfect levels and water temps will likely be a bit colder than on most opening days. This, Danenhower believes, will slow the bite at the start of the day. That and some anglers have been chumming (feeding) the trout during the week and that may slow their feeding a bit.
If you’re new to the sport, or need an update, Danenhower offers this tip: “When selecting your fishing grounds for the first day, try to find holes to fish that are down stream from a shallow, sun exposed section of creek. As such, waters will warm earlier and your morning fishing action should perk up much earlier in the day as temps rise. It also looks like water clarity for opening day will be on the very clear side with sunny skies, which means lighter lines, leaders and small baits.”
Danenhower goes on to say, “There are reports of good size palomino’s sighted (they’re easy to see in clear water) in the “hole” in upper Jordan Creek. There’s also a good chance there’s a big brownie in the same spot only deeper.”
The hole Danenhower refers to is on SGL 205 is the deep section of stream located in State Game Land #205 off Route 100 in Lowhill Township.
And if you haven’t heard by now, the PF&BC has been able to change the state legislature’s mind about closing the Osway and Bellefonte trout hatcheries that were slated to close this year. The Bellefonte hatchery is where Lehigh County gets its trout. The hatcheries now won’t be closed until 2015 unless the PF&BC can find funding to keep them open beyond that date.
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