Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) – Water temperatures were around
42 degrees and expected to rise March 15, and the time was right to
catch perch and crappies in deep water, about 25 feet. As water
warms, the chance of catching largemouths will increase as they
come shallower to spawn. As the lake approaches 55 degrees, the
smallmouth bite should kick in, too, in a little deeper water.
Crappies should turn on, too. Don’t count on hybrid striped bass
action, although the true striped bass might hit in mid-April,
mostly for day-time trollers. Anglers with patience also could
target tiger muskies, since there is no closed season anymore. For
more, call Nockamixon Sports Shop at (215) 538-9553.
Tohickon Creek (Bucks County) – This is the first year this
creek will be stocked for opening day of trout season. In past
years, it has always been stocked for the second week of the
Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) – Higher than normal water was
reported in mid-March. The stream was float-stocked Feb. 25 from
the dam downstream to the “road to nowhere.” Some fish were
bucket-stocked by the parking areas. Despite low temperatures,
midge fishing was picking up in mid-March. Look for pods of midging
fish in the lower section pools. Nymphing is typically the best bet
at this time of year, considering water temperatures and flows.
Fish wouldn’t be actively feeding. Small and flashy (size 16-20)
would be the best bet, fished deep through riffles, or try
streamers. For more, visit www.tcoflyfishing.com.
Delaware River – Year-round walleye fishing was expected to be
productive, although anglers were advised that water levels were
Lake Ontelaunee, Blue Marsh Lake (Bucks County) – Anglers were
expecting crappies to come shallow and produce good angling action
in warming weather.
Muddy Run Lake (Lancaster County) – This impoundment is no
longer part of the early-season, trout-stocked program and is
closed until April 4.
Monacacy Creek (Northampton County) – Ted Ambrose, of Allentown,
released a 23-inch brown trout on an ultra-light set-up at Illick’s
Mill Park in Bethlehem in recent weeks.
Lehigh River (Northampton County) – Suckers are in the river and
some trout were being picked up.
Bushkill, Monocacy, Saucon creeks (Northampton County) – Anglers
have been catching nice trout on spinners and fly-anglers have been
fishing Blue-Winged Olive and midge patterns in recent weeks.
Delaware, Lehigh rivers – Anglers in recent weeks were targeting
smallmouth bass around drop-offs and current breaks, and out of the
Fish & Boat Commission launch at Sandt’s Eddy but few catches
were reported. Some were pitching plastic baits to the deeper
Delaware River (Philadelphia County) – Striped bass season
opened March 1 from the Pennsylvania state line to the Calhoun
Street Bridge along the river and estuary. The new slot limit is
20-26 inches in April and May along this part of the waterway. Some
anglers reported catching stripers on live eels in the lower
reaches of the river.
Delaware Canal – There will be no trout stocking this year
because of on-going maintenance work.
Compiled by Deborah Weisberg