Octararo Lake (Lancaster County)
Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported a below-average bass bite in early August. The best catches were coming in deep water on jig-and-pigs fished off wood, or on swim baits before 6 a.m. An average-to-good white perch bite was reported. Anglers who located schools under gizzard shad on their depth finders were hammering numbers on jigging spoons. A good-to-excellent catfish bite was reported, with fish weighing 8 to 10 pounds. A lot of bullheads were hitting crawlers underneath bridges and around deep drop-offs where there’s wood. Young channel cats were biting green crawlers and clam snouts, especially after a rainfall. Some nice yellow perch up to 13 inches were hitting on jigging spoons, or, better yet, chunks of crawlers from shore. Neary’s catfish tournament is coming up Sept. 14. For details, call 717-529-2488.
Susquehanna River (Lancaster County)
Nice flathead catfish up to 22 pounds and some channel cats were hitting from shore on shiners or bluegills off the bottom near Peach Bottom.
Water was low in late July. Smallmouth bass were reported, but sizes were running small to average. Three-inch soft plastic works, leeches and medium shiners were productive. Catfish also were hitting, with crawlers, stinkbaits, prepared baits, and large shiners the tickets.
Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County)
Rainbow trout up to 22½ inches were reported on crankbaits through late July. Tricos were hatching in the early morning.
Upper Jordan Creek (Lehigh County)
Trout were still in areas fed by springs, but with small red worms and downsized baits the best bet.
Lake Nockamixon (Berks County)
Catfish up to 24 inches were reported on the standard stinkbaits, prepared baits, chicken livers and large shiners. Bass also were biting.