Promised Land, Peck’s Pond (Pike County) Lake Minsi (Northampton
County) – Nockamixon Sports Shop reports that anglers were finding
nice catches of perch and pickerel on these popular ice-fishing
destinations as conditions allowed.
Lehigh River (Lehigh County) – Gin-clear water was reported
around Christmas. Bank ice was gone, which enabled stream access.
The surface water temperature, as reported by the Little Lehigh Fly
Shop, was 43.8 degrees Dec. 23. Midges were hatching. Recommended
patterns included Sucker Spawn, Honeybugs, Griffith’s Gnats, San
Juan Worms, Parachute Adams, Pheasant Tails, Cressbugs and
Clark Creek (Dauphin County) – Below the DeHart Dam, the creek
is a tailwater fishery and remains stable, clear and cool all year.
Although the creek below the dam can get high and cloudy quickly,
it drops and clears quickly. Midges hatch yearround; trout feed on
the adult and larval stages.
Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) – The ends of the lake were
starting to ice up just before Christmas, although mild weather
Dec. 23 eroded some of the surface. In early Dec., Al Furbacher, of
Quakertown, caught an 181/2-pound striper vertical jigging a spoon
from a boat in 25 feet of water.
Lake Towhee (Bucks County) – This small weedy county-owned
impoundment was forming ice just before Christmas but wasn’t
fishable as of Dec. 23.
Delaware River – Catch rates were surprisingly low in late
December with pressure down from previous years.