Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – April 12th, 2013
Opening day waterways were at near-perfect levels but temperatures were colder than usual, making the morning bite slow. Water was generally clear, prompting anglers to use light line and smaller baits. Spinners and spoons were productive in the mornings, with anglers switching to power bait in the afternoons. Fly anglers found good midge activity, with baetis present in the afternoons.
Clear, 40-degree water was reported at the end of March. Bass were in their winter holes, and not yet on flats. Tubes, hair jigs and suspending jerk baits were productive for bass and the occasional walleye release.
Bassing in the water around Harrisburg was hit or miss, with jerkbaits, tubes and small shaky-head crawlers the best bet overall.
Tulpehocken Creek (Bucks County)
Good flow and clear water (about 42.5 degrees) were reported in late March. Midges were hatching. Midges and Caddis Larva were the best flies underneath.