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Spent a good two hours friday night getting prepped to hit some early morning waters at Marsh. Was hoping to get up around 4 am. Instead woke up around 11 am and  spent the rest of the day eating tasty kakes and watching movies with my daughter. 

 

Sunday I got there around 7 am and again seeing the conveyor belt of boaters slowly beating the banks heading north i decided to tried fishing the area past the boat rentals because i didnt see any boaters in that area. turns out they werent there for a reason. winds and  the lack of bites made it a frustrating few hours. defeated i headed back. as i approached the rental area i saw a little point  and decided to try some hail mary casts  with my chatterbait and got lucky with this 2.8 lbers. 

 

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Been getting a ton of largemouth at Mauch Chunk in Jim Thorpe, but nothing of any size. Fishing from shore on the far end where the dam is.

 

Moderate success at Gouldsboro lake, with one about 2 1/2 pounds. As usual, though, the hordes of tourists, and pickerel, make it difficult. Same story at Mauch Chunk.

 

Tried Pocono Lake for the first time last night. First cast, huge pickerel bit my line in half. Put a leader on, and hauled in a pickerel around 5 pounds. Didn’t get a single bite the rest of the night. 

 

Side note: Anyone fish here (right on 940) or Brady’s Lake right next to it? This was my first time, and I’m wondering if people are pulling nice bass out of either one. There were TONS of good sized fish jumping and breaking the surface around sunset. 

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went to my local ditch in south philly to kill an hour or so. only used the jackall kaera and caught one sweet lmb and hammered some  snake heads. 

 

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On 7/5/2019 at 6:55 PM, TrueNameAmended said:

 

Side note: Anyone fish here (right on 940) or Brady’s Lake right next to it? This was my first time, and I’m wondering if people are pulling nice bass out of either one. There were TONS of good sized fish jumping and breaking the surface around sunset. 

I fished Bradys lake last year for two days. i got bit on the launch side in the middle. decent lake mostly dinks but i did manage some decent bass in the 3lbs area.

that other area are you referring to Arrow head lakes?

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On 7/5/2019 at 6:55 PM, TrueNameAmended said:

Been getting a ton of largemouth at Mauch Chunk in Jim Thorpe, but nothing of any size. Fishing from shore on the far end where the dam is.

 

Moderate success at Gouldsboro lake, with one about 2 1/2 pounds. As usual, though, the hordes of tourists, and pickerel, make it difficult. Same story at Mauch Chunk.

 

Tried Pocono Lake for the first time last night. First cast, huge pickerel bit my line in half. Put a leader on, and hauled in a pickerel around 5 pounds. Didn’t get a single bite the rest of the night. 

 

Side note: Anyone fish here (right on 940) or Brady’s Lake right next to it? This was my first time, and I’m wondering if people are pulling nice bass out of either one. There were TONS of good sized fish jumping and breaking the surface around sunset. 

think I've fished Brady's before, can't remember. lmk when you fish Pocono again, I am 20 min away, just moved up here for the summer!

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Barring the rivers, it seems like all the accessible fishing places in Eastern Pa are just Pickerel holes...

 

I wish everything wasn't private.

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4 hours ago, JediAmoeba said:

Barring the rivers, it seems like all the accessible fishing places in Eastern Pa are just Pickerel holes...

 

I wish everything wasn't private.

Not at all.  Where in PA are you? There's a lot of great bass water that isn't dominated by pickerel. 

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On 7/7/2019 at 10:56 PM, YoTone said:

I fished Bradys lake last year for two days. i got bit on the launch side in the middle. decent lake mostly dinks but i did manage some decent bass in the 3lbs area.

that other area are you referring to Arrow head lakes?

The other lake is Pocono Lake Preserve I guess? I’ve heard people call it “twin lakes.” Isn’t Arrowhead private?

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On 7/7/2019 at 11:05 PM, Quarry Man said:

think I've fished Brady's before, can't remember. lmk when you fish Pocono again, I am 20 min away, just moved up here for the summer!

I hit Brady’s today for the first time. I went at a terrible time and the bite was slow. Got one dink, had what I believe was about a 3-3.5 pounder spit the hook a few feet from shore, and got this one in the picture. Got them all within the span of an hour once the sun started to sink a little bit. 

 

Granted I only fished Pocono lake once, but it seems the bass are much more abundant at Brady’s than there.

 

Where are you staying? I live about halfway down that mountain off 115, and my girlfriend’s family has a place in Locust Lake Village.

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46 minutes ago, TrueNameAmended said:

I hit Brady’s today for the first time. I went at a terrible time and the bite was slow. Got one dink, had what I believe was about a 3-3.5 pounder spit the hook a few feet from shore, and got this one in the picture. Got them all within the span of an hour once the sun started to sink a little bit. 

 

Granted I only fished Pocono lake once, but it seems the bass are much more abundant at Brady’s than there.

 

Where are you staying? I live about halfway down that mountain off 115, and my girlfriend’s family has a place in Locust Lake Village.

 

off 115 and 903

near then abandoned motel

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On 7/14/2019 at 8:26 PM, Quarry Man said:

off 115 and 903

near then abandoned motel

I live right over in Indian Mountain Lakes.

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Woke up this morning not knowing where to go. i decided to hit Marsh just to catch a fish and post it here in this thread since its been quiet here lately.

 

launched around 7 and went north but wasnt feeling it so i decided to try carpenters cove for the first time. top water was not happening so i abandoned that and tossed the jack hammer and caught a few. this was my best, didnt bother to weigh her but she was chunky.

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Went out fishing at the local lake Friday for 4 hours and managed 14 bass, a crappie and a bunch of pickerel.  Here's a snap of a few of them.

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Been the best summer in years on the upper Delaware.   Boating 20-30+ smallies every time out - none of exceptional size, just loads of fun on ultralight gear.   nose hooked fluke type minnow baits and 3" senko's wacky rigged ... plus topwater bite has been exceptional.  

 

Any other upper Delaware guys here ?

 

 

 

 

 

 

On 7/14/2019 at 7:39 PM, TrueNameAmended said:

I hit Brady’s today for the first time. I went at a terrible time and the bite was slow. Got one dink, had what I believe was about a 3-3.5 pounder spit the hook a few feet from shore, and got this one in the picture. Got them all within the span of an hour once the sun started to sink a little bit. 

 

Granted I only fished Pocono lake once, but it seems the bass are much more abundant at Brady’s than there.

 

Where are you staying? I live about halfway down that mountain off 115, and my girlfriend’s family has a place in Locust Lake Village.

Last year when the Delaware was too high to fish (nearly all summer), I fished Bradys quite a bit.    It gets alot of pressure and is almost always windy, making it very tough to fish from a small boat.    Never did that well in the top / weedy section, but the shoreline across from the launch was productive mostly using topwater.    Decent lake ... still learning it though - it's deceptively large to fish with an electric motor.

 

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2 hours ago, Imbit said:

Been the best summer in years on the upper Delaware.   Boating 20-30+ smallies every time out - none of exceptional size, just loads of fun on ultralight gear.   nose hooked fluke type minnow baits and 3" senko's wacky rigged ... plus topwater bite has been exceptional.  

 

Any other upper Delaware guys here ?

When you say upper Delaware, where at?  I fished twice this year just north of Matamoras.  

 

Every year for the past 5 except last year with all the rain has been exceptional for me.  20 is easy in a few hours but you are right, most are pretty small.  I need to go hit it up in October.

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9 hours ago, JediAmoeba said:

When you say upper Delaware, where at?  I fished twice this year just north of Matamoras.  

 

Every year for the past 5 except last year with all the rain has been exceptional for me.  20 is easy in a few hours but you are right, most are pretty small.  I need to go hit it up in October.

I usually launch quite a bit lower, at Bushkill.    Some really nice water, but weekends are a mess in the summer with the campers and armada's of canoes that all the outfitters dump in & constantly disrupts everything around 10 AM.   Do you have to deal with all the canoe floatilla's up around Matamoras ?

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3 hours ago, Imbit said:

I usually launch quite a bit lower, at Bushkill.    Some really nice water, but weekends are a mess in the summer with the campers and armada's of canoes that all the outfitters dump in & constantly disrupts everything around 10 AM.   Do you have to deal with all the canoe floatilla's up around Matamoras ?

The armadas of canoes, kayaks and rafts are so abundant you could walk from shore to shore.  You go out of a yak or a boat?  I usually take a yak out.   

 

Sometimes I go around the bushkill area - I landed a few small Musky by the Eshback launch.  I live down by Brodheadsville so Bushkill is closer.  

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18 hours ago, JediAmoeba said:

The armadas of canoes, kayaks and rafts are so abundant you could walk from shore to shore.  You go out of a yak or a boat?  I usually take a yak out.   

 

Sometimes I go around the bushkill area - I landed a few small Musky by the Eshback launch.  I live down by Brodheadsville so Bushkill is closer.  

I have a small boat so I'm limited but Bushkill has been productive - prefer the stretch downstream that doesn't get as much pressure.   I think I had a small muskie on earlier in the year - saw the profile as it swam by the boat - figured it was a small muskie or pickerel ... but lost it & didn't get a chance to see it up close.    Even caught a small largemouth recently - first time I ever saw a LMB in the Delaware.

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The week before I was at Marsh and got I my butt handed to me big time. I must of made a thousand casts with one dink to show and got drenched in the rain to boot. It left a bad taste in my mouth the whole week and i wanted revenge. 

Hit the water around 7 and found out there was a tournament happening so that threw me off a little. I tried my best to  deal with it, moving  and giving up spots  once I saw a boat competing. Headed  north towards the bridge then going back dodging boaters and making casts with my chatterbait where i can.  made my way to  the rental area but right as i approached a boater got there first as i watched them land a nice one by the reeds. Drifted into carpenters cove for an hour or so with nothing to show and started to have that feeling of defeat.  was contemplating on giving up after 4 hours on the water but made a last ditch effort and make my out of the cove and slowly drifted towards the southern end casting my jig. few hundred feet from the cove I tossed a jig at a stump and saw a nice one take it. I set the hook an broke off, great.  retied  a gambler swim jig and  continued down the bank then all of a sudden i noticed those asian lantern flies landing on me and onto the water. next thing i knew i heard fish crashing left and right eating on those flies . hopped my swim jig a few times and hooked into a 3lber a few yards from the shore. felt good to get the monkey off my back. they were still feeding  and a few minutes later and i hooked into another one. my scale pooped out but it was significantly bigger than the one i just caught. 

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On 9/8/2019 at 8:34 AM, Bruce424 said:

sooooo i guess ill be making lantern fly topwaters....😅

I've hardly heard of anything really eating them, but this thread is definitely encouraging me to start tying them. 

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to be fair i didnt see if the fish that was smashing them were bass. they could of been crappie or bluegills and maybe that bass may have drawn in to the commotion from the feeding frenzy and was there to pick off the feeding fish. 

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going to school in Lock Haven, haven't had much of a chance to fish (priorities, ugh). I did however get a few chances to catch some trout. That has provided a nice break from a stressful couple days.

 

Coming home in the 21st to reclaim my tournament trophy for the 4th time in a row this year. Would be a clean sweep if I hadn't tried to boat flip what would have been the winning fish with 2o minutes left in the first tournament...lesson learned use a net, always!

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2 hours ago, Quarry Man said:

going to school in Lock Haven, haven't had much of a chance to fish (priorities, ugh). I did however get a few chances to catch some trout. That has provided a nice break from a stressful couple days.

 

Coming home in the 21st to reclaim my tournament trophy for the 4th time in a row this year. Would be a clean sweep if I hadn't tried to boat flip what would have been the winning fish with 2o minutes left in the first tournament...lesson learned use a net, always!

 

 

Lock Haven is a short drive to so much great water.  Before you graduate, you're going to want to pick up a 5wt fly rod. 

 

On 9/11/2019 at 7:44 PM, YoTone said:

to be fair i didnt see if the fish that was smashing them were bass. they could of been crappie or bluegills and maybe that bass may have drawn in to the commotion from the feeding frenzy and was there to pick off the feeding fish. 

I've seen that happen a ton.  Hatches can set things off for every fish in the water. Lantern flies don't hatch under water, and I'm yet to see them near a stream.  

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