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Full Report: Carbon County: Although most of the approved trout waters in the district have received the final in-season trout stockings for the year, most anglers have reported seeing and catching a good number of trout. Some area clubs and organizations have also stocked trout in the local streams for recent fishing contests.

Fishing pressure has been light to moderate on most area streams. Successful trout anglers have been using live bait, minnows, butter worms and spinners. Some streams have been flowing low and clear. Most anglers have been reporting better success catching trout in the early morning or early evening hours.

Anglers reported catching trout with some measuring from 20” – 23” on the Lehigh River near the Lehigh Gorge State Park, Lehighton and the Bowmanstown area. Local clubs have been stocking the Lehigh River in recent weeks.

Anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting doing well catching bass (catch & release only), pickerel and some nice size bluegills. Crappie action has been slow. Beltzville Lake has been producing some bass action (catch & release only) including reports of some striped bass being caught near the Pine Run section of the lake. Since the warmer weather has arrived, the boating activity at Beltzville Lake has increased during the weekends. Boaters are reminded that Beltzville Lake has a designated Water Ski Zone and designated Slow No Wake areas. Maps of the lake are posted at both Pine Run and Preachers Camp boat launches which indicated the regulated zones. Boaters should consult the posted maps before venturing out onto the lake. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at both Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake.




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Full Report: Carbon County: During the Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day, both mentors and their mentored youths were successful catching trout on most of the approved trout waters in the district. Paste baits, live minnow, night crawlers were the baits of choice. Most streams received light to medium fishing pressure.

Anglers are reminded that most fishing access areas to approved trout waters in the district are on private property. Anglers should refrain from blocking driveways, gates, littering, building or tending open fires. Please respect the rights of the landowners. By respecting the rights of the landowners it will help ensure access to the streams for stocking and fishing in the future.




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Full Report: Carbon County: With the help of some milder weather last weekend, numerous anglers were observed out on the ice at Mauch Chunk Lake. They were doing well catching nice size bluegills, crappie and perch including some measuring 14 inches. Most fish were caught while using an ice jig tipped with wax worms or butter worms. Although a number of anglers reported success while jigging, a few anglers using tip ups reported catching pickerel and bass. Most pickerel and bass were of sub legal lengths. Most successful fishing activity has been occurring off boat launch B area of the lake.

Ice fishing action was somewhat slower at Beltzville Lake. However, a few anglers reported catching nice size pickerel near Preachers Camp access area of the lake. Ice anglers fishing the cove area of Pine Run and near the beach area of the lake did report catching bluegills and bass.

Due to inclement weather and unsafe conditions, the pre-season trout stockings on the Pohopoco Creek and the Mahoning Creek have been rescheduled. The Mahoning Creek trout stocking is now rescheduled for March 20. Persons wishing to assist with this stocking should meet the stocking truck at 12:00 pm at Normal Square, Lehighton, Rt. 443. The Pohopoco Creek trout stocking is now rescheduled for April 13. Persons wishing to assist with this stocking should meet the stocking truck at 12:00 pm at the Army Corps. Engineers Bldg., at Beltzville State Park located along Pohopoco Road, Lehighton.




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Full Report: Carbon County: Little to no fishing activity has been occurring on approved trout waters in the district. A number of the streams are ice covered. A few anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek downstream of the outlet of Beltzville Lake have reported catching trout.

During the weekend, ice anglers at Mauch Chunk Lake were observed catching perch measuring between 13” – 14”. Pickerel action was also good with a few observed being caught measuring from 22” – 23.” Ice anglers also reported catching bass, but most were below the minimum size of 15.” Panfish action was slow at the lake. Live minnow, wax worms and butter worms appeared to be the best choice of baits. Most fishing action was occurring off boat launch B.

Ice fishing action was a little slower at Beltzville Lake. Ice anglers reported catching a few bass, pickerel including panfish in the upper reaches of Preachers Camp access area.

Both ice anglers and non–ice anglers alike are reminded that ice conditions on most Commonwealth waters are not monitored. Before venturing out onto the ice, drill or spud a sample hole and measure the ice as you move out from the shore. Stay alert for differences in ice thickness and appearances as you move. Never go out on the ice thats less than four inches. Avoid areas where there are feeder streams and springs including dark, honeycombed or porous ice. Wear a life jacket or carry a personal flotation Type IV seat cushion including rope in case of an emergency. Always take a partner and let others know exactly where you are going and when you will return. Know how to dress for cold weather. Wear insulated waterproof boots, ice cleats, and a pair of thick wool or non-cotton socks including waterproof gloves. Wear handheld ice picks or spiked devices in the event of breaking through the ice, and youre able to pull yourself out.




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Full Report: Carbon County: With the start of the fall season and hunting activities most fishing and boating activity on the districts waterways has been slow. A few anglers have been taking advantage of the warmer fall season and catching trout on the Pohopoco Creek, Mauch Chunk Creek and the Aquashicola Creek. Most of the approved trout waters in the district have been flowing low in recent weeks. However, with recent rain events, the streams are flowing close to normal flows. The Lehigh River has been producing some trout and small mouth bass action on the Parryville and Bowmanstown sections of the river.

Boat anglers fishing Mauch Chunk Lake have been doing well catching bass. However, most bass were reported less than the minimum size of fifteen inches. Mauch Chunk Lake is governed by the Big Bass program regulations. Anglers fishing from the shore area and the fishing pier at boat launch A at Mauch Chunk Lake have been reporting good success catching panfish and pickerel. Anglers and boaters visiting Beltzville Lake are reminded that the water level at the lake is low due to recent water releases. Preachers Camp boat ramp is closed. However, the area adjacent to the ramp remains open to launch canoes or kayaks. The Pine Run boat launch ramp still remains open. Boaters are reminded to remain alert for obstructions, stumps, logs, etc. while navigating the lake. A few boat anglers have reported doing well catching bass in recent weeks. Striped bass were reported being active off the area of the Pine Run Launch. Chicken livers appeared to work well as bait for some striped bass action. A few walleye were reported being caught during the late evenings on the Pohopoco Creek




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Full Report: Carbon County: Pohopoco Creek: Although most of the approved trout waters have been receiving little to no fishing pressure, anglers fishing the Pohopoco Creek have been reporting good results catching trout in recent weeks. The most successful anglers have been on the water during the early morning or evening hours.

Lehigh River: Anglers have also reported doing well catching smallmouth bass and trout on the Lehigh River from Weissport to the Bowmanstown Pool area of the river. Spinners and stick bait type lures appeared to work the best. Night time fishing activities have been providing good catfish and eel action.

Mauch Chuck Lake: Bass action still remains good at Mauch Chunk Lake. Boat anglers have been reporting catching nice size perch and crappies as well. Jigs tipped with a minnow appeared to work the best.

Beltzville Lake: Anglers have had good bass action in the upper areas of the Preachers Camp boat access. Striped bass action has been good in the early morning or evening hours near the Pine Run boat access and the upper reaches of the Preachers Camp boat access. A number of anglers fishing chicken livers have reported good results catching striped bass and catfish.




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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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