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Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – August 29th, 2014

Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported Aug. 14 that the white perch bite was still “fantastic” on chunks of crawlers, two- or three-inch twister tails, and crappie-size crankbaits. Bass were hitting on crankbaits with a little color, Carolina-rigged lures off the Girl Scout Beach, and alewife- or pearl-color swimbaits fished through schools of gizzard shad. Catfish were hitting clam snouts, live sunfish, and green nitroworms at the covered bridge and elsewhere on the lake. Stripers also were hitting near the covered bridge. Neary’s annual catfish tournament is slated for Sept. 12. For details, visit

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — Fly-anglers in the delayed-harvest stretch below Blue Marsh Lake found small caddis patterns the ticket, with mornings and evenings the best times to fish. Rainbows were reported in the upper section and browns were reported in the lower reaches.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Bass were hitting on spinnerbaits and soft plastics.

Kaercher Creek Lake (Berks County) — This small electric motors-only lake was yielding nice numbers of bass and catfish in recent weeks.

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Largemouth bass up to 17-plus inches were reported in recent weeks, along with channel catfish on crawlers.

Lehigh River — Smallmouths were active through mid-August, as were muskies and catfish, and the rapids near Treichler’s were producing trout.

Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County) — The stretch throughout the Parkway was yielding trout, with the early morning hours producing a Pale Morning Dun hatch through mid-August. Smallmouth bass were reported on crankbaits and small spinners, as well as live minnows, around Cementon and the Little Gap area.

Leaser Lake (Lehigh County) — Chain pickerel, muskies, and largemouth bass were reported on crankbaits on this release-only lake in recent weeks.

Minsi Lake (Northampton County) — The weedbeds were yielding bass on rubber frog-pattern lures and black rubber worms. Meal worms and small crawlers were taking panfish.

Delaware River — Smallmouth bass were active in lower-flows earlier this month, with crankbaits and small silver spinners the tickets around the scenic overlook and Martins Creek.

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