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Full Report: Carbon County: There has been little to no fishing pressure on most approved trout waters in the area over the past few weeks. Some anglers have been catching trout on Aquashicola, Lizard, Pohopoco Creek and Mauch Chunk Creeks.

Anglers fishing the Lehigh River near Parryville have been catching trout and smallmouth bass. The section near Palmerton has also been providing good night time opportunities for catfish and eels. River flows have been high in recent days due to storm events.

Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing good bass fishing opportunities. However, most bass have been less than the minimum size of 15 inches. Angles should note the lake is under Big Bass Special Regulations, which require that all bass must be a minimum of 15 inches before being taken or possessed. Pickerel action has been good at the lake. Crappie and nice size perch are being caught near the North and South shoreline areas. A few walleye have been caught near the dam breast area of the lake.

The bass fishing action at Beltzville Lake has been good around the power line area and near the upper reaches of Pohopoco Bay. A few walleye have been taken during the evening hours near the dam breast and the Preachers Camp areas. Striped bass action has been best in the evening or early morning hours. A few striped bass were caught near the Pine Run Boat Launch.




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Full Report: Carbon County: Although most of the trout approved waters in the district are currently receiving less fishing pressure than in previous weeks, a number of anglers are reporting seeing and catching trout. Pohopoco Creek, Lizard Creek, Aquashicola Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek have been producing good trout fishing opportunities in recent weeks. The Lehigh River near Bowmanstown was recently stocked with trout by a local sportsmens group and anglers have been reporting good success. Stick baits, spinners and live minnows have been producing good results.

Beltzville Lake has been providing good walleye and striped bass action in recent weeks. A number of walleyes have been reported caught near the dam breast and the power line area of the lake. Striped bass were active in the area off Pine Run boat access. Most fish are being caught in the early morning or evening hours. Boat traffic has been increasing during the weekends. Boaters are reminded that Beltzville Lake is governed by special regulation areas such as slow no wake, water ski area. Maps are posted at each boat access indicating the regulated areas.

Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake are still reporting catching nice size crappie along the north shore of the lake near boat launch A and west of the beach area. Live minnows, crappie jigs, and flies have been producing good results. Bass (catch & release only) and pickerel action have been good on most parts of the lake.

Anglers are reminded that the bass season will open on June 14. Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Special Regulations. The minimum size for bass taken from waters governed by the Big Bass Program is 15 inches with a daily limit of 4 combined species. Anglers are encouraged to consult the 2014 PA Fishing Summary for further information regarding Big Bass Special Regulation waters.




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Full Report: Carbon County: Although most of the trout approved waters in the district are currently receiving less fishing pressure than in previous weeks, a number of anglers are reporting seeing and catching trout. Pohopoco Creek, Lizard Creek, Aquashicola Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek have been producing good trout fishing opportunities in recent weeks. The Lehigh River near Bowmanstown was recently stocked with trout by a local sportsmens group and anglers have been reporting good success. Stick baits, spinners and live minnows have been producing good results

Beltzville Lake has been providing good walleye and striped bass action in recent weeks. A number of walleyes have been reported caught near the dam breast and the power line area of the lake. Striped bass were active in the area off Pine Run boat access. Most fish are being caught in the early morning or evening hours. Boat traffic has been increasing during the weekends. Boaters are reminded that Beltzville Lake is governed by special regulation areas such as slow no wake, water ski area. Maps are posted at each boat access indicating the regulated areas.

Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake are still reporting catching nice size crappie along the north shore of the lake near boat launch A and west of the beach area. Live minnows, crappie jigs, and flies have been producing good results. Bass (catch & release only) and pickerel action have been good on most parts of the lake.

Anglers are reminded that the bass season will open on June 14. Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass Program Special Regulations. The minimum size for bass taken from waters governed by the Big Bass Program is 15 inches with a daily limit of 4 combined species. Anglers are encouraged to consult the 2014 PA Fishing Summary for further information regarding Big Bass Special Regulation waters.




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Full Report: Carbon County: Fishing activity on most of the districts approved trout waters and the Lehigh River was very light all last week due to recent rain events. Presently, most of the approved trout waters are now beginning to return to normal flow levels. The Lehigh River is still flowing a little higher than normal. Anglers wading in unfamiliar waters especially the river are encouraged to wear a personal flotation device with an attached whistle, wading belt including using a wading staff. On May 8, the Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek (Monroe County) and the Princess Run (Monroe County) will receive an in-season trout stocking. Persons wishing to assist with stocking can meet the stocking truck at 11:30 at the dirt parking lot across from the Aquashicola Post Office. On May 13, Mauch Chunk Creek, Mahoning Creek and the Lehigh Canal will receive an in – season trout stocking. Persons wishing to assist with this stocking can meet the stocking truck at 11:30 at Mauch Chunk Lake, boat launch A.

Anglers fishing at Beltzville Lake have reported doing well catching striped bass in the upper reaches of Pohopoco Creek bay and Pine Run area of the lake. A few anglers reported success catching the striped bass with chicken livers prior to the storm events occurring last week. Boaters at reminded to use caution while out on the lake due to possible high water levels and floating debris such as logs. Boaters are also reminded that although the regulatory buoys such as Slow No Wake, Water Ski Zone are not in place, the regulations pertaining to these areas still remain in effect and are enforced. Maps of the lake are posted at each boat launch area indicating the regulated zones.

Anglers have reported catching nice size crappies at Mauch Chunk Lake. Live minnow appeared to work best. Anglers are reminded that the bass season is currently closed until June 14 and it is unlawful to cast repeatedly into a clearly visible bass spawning nest or redd in effort to catch or take bass.




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Full Report: Carbon County: As the trout season is now underway, Aquashicola Creek, Buckwa Creek, Nesquehoning Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek have received an in – season trout stockings. Although, most of the streams in the district have received a good amount of fishing pressure since the Regional and Regular Opening Days, anglers have been reporting seeing and catching trout left from the pre-season stockings. Appears most trout are being caught on live minnow, salted minnows, paste baits, worms and spinners.

On April 29, the Mahoning Creek and Lehigh Canal, Lock 7 section will receive an in – season trout stocking. Persons wishing to assist with this stocking can meet the stocking truck at 11:30 am at Normal Square, Rt. 443, Lehighton.

On April 30th, the Lizard Creek will receive an in – season trout stocking. Persons wishing to assist with this stocking can meet the stocking truck at 11:30 am at the rear of the Andreas Post Office off Rt. 895.

Anglers fishing at Mauch Chunk Lake have reported doing well catching pickerel and a number of bass (catch & immediately release) off boat launch B area of the lake. Live minnows appeared to work best.

Anglers at Beltzville Lake also have reported catching bass (catch & immediately release) in the area of Pine Run, Wild Creek and Preachers Camp. Boaters are reminded that the regulatory buoys (Slow No Wake, Ski Zone, etc.) at Beltzville Lake are not in place and the regulations pertaining to those areas are in effect and enforced. Maps of the lake are posted at each boat launch indicating the special regulations areas.

The start of the Regular Opening day of trout season combined with the warmer weather brought many anglers to the approved trout waters in the district. Some streams received more fishing pressure than in previous years of opening days with other streams receiving moderate to normal fishing pressure. Most anglers were observed or reported catching trout. Live minnow, night crawler, spinners and paste baits appeared to work well. A few trout were observed caught by anglers from the district's waterways measuring between 22 - 23 inches.

Although, the streams may have received a good amount of fishing pressure, anglers have reported seeing a number of trout left over from the opening day. With the large volume of anglers along the streams on the opening day, only a few incidents involving littering and parking were reported and investigated. However, even with a few incidents, it only takes one incident to close access to the stream for public fishing as most access areas are on private property. Therefore, anglers are reminded to refrain from littering, blocking roadways, driveways, building, tending open fires, and use good stream side manners which will help to ensure access to public fishing in the future.

Angler pressure was moderate on the Lehigh River from Jim Thorpe to Palmerton area on the opening day. The Lehigh River had received a trout stocking by a local club on the opening day. A few anglers reported doing well near Jim Thorpe, Lehighton and the East Penn boat launch area. Spinners and stick baits appeared to work well.

Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake received increased fishing and boating activity since the warmer weather has arrived. Currently, the regulatory buoys (Slow No Wake, Ski Zone, etc.) at Beltzville Lake are not in place.




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Full Report: Carbon County: Saturday, March 29, at 8 am will mark the beginning of the Regional Opening Day of trout season on the Lizard Creek and Mahoning Creek in Carbon County. These two streams are the only approved trout waters in the district which are part of the Regional Opening Day trout program. All other approved trout waters in the district are closed to fishing until the Regular Opening Day for trout on April 12, at 8 am.

Anglers are reminded that most access areas to any of the approved trout waters in the district are on private property. Anglers are asked to refrain from littering, building open fires, blocking driveways, etc. Respecting the rights of the landowners and property will help to ensure access to the streams in the future. As of this report, most of the approved trout streams in the district have received a pre-season trout stocking with some sections of streams being float stocked. Most streams are currently flowing a little higher than normal due to the snow melt.

Ice conditions are deteriorating on both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake. Prior to the present ice conditions, anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake were very successful catching pickerel, bass and perch measuring between 13” to 15”. One angler caught and released a 24” walleye on a large shiner while fishing Mauch Chunk Lake using a tip up off the area of boat launch b.

A PA Basic Boating Education program will be held at Beltzville Lake on April 7 and April 9, from 6pm – 10 pm. Persons wishing to attend the class must pre-register by contacting Beltzville State Park (610-377-0045) and attend both sessions. All PWC operators (12 years of age and older) are required to have boating safety education certificate to operate and all persons born on or after January 01, 1982 who will operate a watercraft equipped with a motor greater than 25 horse power are required to possess a boating safety education certificate.




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Full Report: Carbon County: Ice anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting good success catching pickerel and bass while using tip ups with minnows. A few anglers were observed in recent days catching nice size perch measuring from 12 to 14 inches. Most of the perch were caught in the shallow depths of the lake while jigging a small ice jig tipped with a minnow, meal worm or wax worm. Most of the ice fishing activity has been occurring off boat launch B. Although a few panfish were observed being caught in recent days, the overall panfish activity has been slow on the lake in recent weeks. One angler also reported catching a channel cat through the ice.

Ice anglers at Beltzville Lake have also reported some nice catches of pickerel and a few bass. Nice size pickerel have been caught in the area off Pine Run Launch, Preachers Camp and in the cove area near the boat rental. Both panfish and perch action has been slow at Beltzville Lake in recent weeks. Anglers and persons who venture out onto the ice are reminded that ice conditions on most Commonwealth waters are not monitored and should check the ice conditions first. Despite how cold it has been in recent weeks, some iced covered areas at both Mauch Chunk Lake and Beltzville Lake appeared to be thin.




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Full Report: Carbon County: The Lehigh River has been providing some good opportunities for small bass and trout action in recent weeks. Although the river level has been low, most anglers are fishing the pools of the river and reporting good success. Spinners and stick baits have been working well. Catfish anglers are doing well on the river in the evenings at the Bowmanstown and Palmerton pools of the river.

Most of the approved trout streams in the district have been flowing low in recent weeks due to the lack of rain. The Pohopoco Creek has been providing good trout fishing downstream of the outlet of Beltzville Lake. Anglers are reminded that most of the access areas to the creek are on private land. Anglers are to refrain from parking vehicles in front of gates, blocking access to roads and must obey Fishing Permitted, Walk-In Only Signs.

Beltzville Lake has been providing good perch and panfish action in recent weeks. Some perch are measuring between 12 and 13 inches. Bass action was good near the Preachers Camp access area of the lake. It appears that a number of bass are being caught at around 18 feet of water depth. Striped Bass action still remains better in the evening hours. Boat traffic has slowed to some degree. Boaters are reminded that the regulatory buoys at the lake have been removed for the winter season. Although the buoys have been removed, the regulations such Slow No Wake, Water Ski Zone remain in effect and are being enforced. Maps of the lake are posted at each boat ramp and indicate the regulated areas of the lake.

Mauch Chunk Lake continues to produce good bass action. However, most bass are between 12 and 13 inches. Mauch Chunk Lake is governed under the Big Bass Special Regulations Program. Bass must be a minimum size of 15 inches. Panfish and pickerel action also remains good. Most panfish have been taken on mealworms or wax worms. The crappie action also remains good on the lake off of Boat Launch A.




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Full Report: Carbon County: A few anglers have been catching trout on some area waterways. The Pohopoco Creek, downstream of the outlet of Beltzville Lake, Buckwa Creek, Aquashicola Creek and Mauch Chunk Creek have been providing good trout fishing opportunities.

The Lehigh River has also been providing some good trout and bass fishing opportunities from the Lehigh Gorge access to the Palmerton Pool of the river.

Mauch Chunk Lake has been providing some excellent panfish action in recent weeks. Some anglers are catching perch measuring between 12 and 13 inches. Pickerel and bass action has also been good on the lake. Anglers are reminded that the lake is regulated under the Big Bass Program which requires bass to be a minimum of 15 inches to be taken or possessed. Catfish activity has also been good in the evenings. Anglers should focus their efforts off the shore of boat launch A.

Beltzville Lake has been producing nice size catfish in the evenings in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Bay area. Bass and striped bass action has been slow in recent weeks. A few anglers also caught walleye in the upper areas of the Pohopoco Bay area of the lake.




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Full Report: Carbon County: Anglers caught and released a good number of bass between 12 and 13 inches out of Mauch Chunk Lake over the past holiday weekend. Anglers should note that this waterway is under the Big Bass Program, which requires bass to be a minimum of 15 inches. One 21 inch largemouth bass was recently caught and released. Panfish action has also been good near the Boat Launch B area of the lake. The catfish action during the evenings has been good around the Boat Launch A area.

Fishing action at Beltzville Lake was slow during the holiday weekend. Boat traffic was heavy. Bass anglers did well near the area of the power lines and the upper reaches of Pine Run cove. Soft baits worked best. The catfish action was good in the upper reaches of the Pohopoco Creek Bay area of the lake. Striped Bass and walleye action remains better in the early morning or later in the evenings. White perch action also has been good. Nightcrawlers were the best bait.

The Lehigh River has also been flowing high due to recent rain events. Whitewater rafting activities have increased. Kayakers, canoeists or whitewater rafting enthusiasts are encouraged to wear a life jacket on this or really any waterway. Several boating accidents occur on the river each year, which result in head injuries or even drowning. Wearing a life jacket and helmet would prevent many of these injuries and save a life.



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