With Friday’s rain, local streams are up a bit but should fish better with more deeper water for the fish to spread out from recent stockings.
The upcoming week brings more trout to the Lehigh Canal (4-25), upper Little Lehigh (4-29), Switzer Creek (4-30), Trout Creek (4-29) and Lake Muhlenberg (4-29), within the greater Allentown area.
According to Bob Danenhower of Bob’s Bait & Tackle in Orefield, creek conditions are dictating baby-sized black head worms fished on #12 or #14 hooks and light (4-pound) mono line. Danenhowers’ fish hawks are reporting leftover fish in the deeper pools. And with slightly murky water from the rains, the meat fishermen can’t easily target the fish in clear water. One angler brought in a 20-inch palomino from Leaser Lake Friday. Floating in a canoe caught it. Some anglers are using kayaks, as the water level is still too low to launch a traditional boat.
If you crave bigger fish, stripers and shad are hitting strongly in the Delaware River.
Brinkman’s Bait & Tackle in Philly reports monster stripers were being found in the Roncocas area and in fact one linesider broke an anglers hook in half after a short fight. Mixed in with big fish are lots of 12-28 inchers and at Station Avenue anglers were picking up 36-26 inch slot stripers on bunker. There were also a few 40 inchers taken, most on bloodworms, bunker and clams. Many of the fish were caught late evenings particularly at Linden Avenue with Princeton Avenue stretch seemingly yielding smaller fish. Chester Island too was productive for slot stripers with bloods and clams working them over, below the Commodore Barry Bridge.
Shad fishing in the southern section of the Delaware was also good during the warm spell this past week. Anglers were picking off shad from Trenton way up to Narrowsburg with late evenings a more productive time. Spoons and smaller darts were key shad lures.
The New Hope wing dam was also fishing well. One customer and his wife fished Washington’s Crossing mid-week and took 17 smallmouth, two walleyes, two stripers all on minnows and night crawlers. Shad were reportedly hitting below the bridge here.
The Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s hotline (610-954-0577/0578) report indicates a water temp on Apr. 20 at 59, but it’s sure to have dropped with the recent cold front. Shad, they say, were hitting from Yardley on up to Delaware Water Gap. The hotline suggests fishing closer to shore with the higher water level and for boat anglers to fish darts/spoons one-two feet off the bottom and Dipsy Divers 20-30 feet behind the boat.
If you catch a big fish, take photos of it. Why? Well BoatUS Angler is sponsoring a photo contest.
Their “Catch of the Month” photo contest has kicked off and runs monthly through Oct. 31. Monthly winners, one freshwater and one saltwater, will receive a one-year BoatUS Angler membership with basic on water towing and roadside assistance, a $50 Visa gift card and a “prize pack” filled with fishing and BoatUS Angler gear. Winning photos will appear in BoatUS Angler Magazine and Tacklebox monthly fishing e-newsletter.
Monthly winners will be automatically entered to win a grand prize in November that includes an upgrade to their membership to include unlimited on water towing and road assistance from Trailer Assist, a high-quality replica of their winning catch from FishReplicas, and a $50 gift certificate from Boat Name Gear.
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