From 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, the Hokendauqua chapter of Trout Unlimited, in conjunction with the Lehigh Valley Military Affairs Council, is conducting a Project Healing Waters event on the pond owned by board member Dr. Bob Saks near Center Valley.
Project Healing Waters is one of the many fine outdoors sporting initiatives aimed at helping our physically and mentally injured military veterans get on with civilian life through contact with the outdoors.
Also, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is looking for people interested in a career as a waterways conservation officer. Applications for trainee positions must be sent to the state Civil Service Commission and postmarked by June 23. A written test with the Civil Service Commission must be completed by July 28.
"WCOs perform specialized work in fish conservation and watercraft safety under the jurisdiction of the PFBC, blending law enforcement and public relations duties," said Jeff Bridi, assistant director in the PFBC Bureau of Law Enforcement. "Our officers represent the face of the agency, since they are always in the field and are always interacting with anglers, boaters and the general public."
Applicants must be Pennsylvania residents, at least 21 years of age at date of hire and have a valid Pennsylvania driver's license. Successful candidates must pass written, oral and physical evaluations. Waterways conservation officers are required to wear a uniform and carry a firearm while on duty.
For information, go to http://fishandboat.com/career.html or call 717-705-7820.
Finally, for those in our readership who like to head to the shore for fishing, the 2012 Marine Digest is available online in PDF format. An interactive Flash version will be available soon. The PDF version can be downloaded in its entirety or in smaller segments. The print version will begin arriving in coastal bait and tackle shops, marinas, sporting good stores and marine supply stores. To view and print the Digest or access the Flash version when it is available, go to http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/digmar.htm.
Wallenpaupack Sports Shop, Hawley (570-226-4797): Mark says the lake is hot and has been great for smallmouth bass in the 15-foot depth range on deep crank baits and Yamamoto or Senko worms. Stripers and walleyes are along the shore after dark and hitting on Ripplin' red fins and Bomber Long A's. Their season opens Saturday. Calicoes are hitting small fatheads at the back end of coves. Catfish are going after nightcrawlers on the bottom, and all kind of fish are hitting herring. The Lackawaxen River has been good for rainbows and brookies hitting on butterworms, sulphur flies and caddis as well as Blue Fox spinners. The state Fish and Boat Commission restocked the river this past week. The river is high but fishing is excellent. Fairview Lake has been good for small trout on live shiners drifting. Small ponds such as Greeley and Shohola have unbelievable bluegill activity on red worms and fatheads.
Pecks Pond Boat Rentals, Tackle & Bait, Dingmans Ferry, (570-775-7237) email@example.com; http://www.peckspond.com: Charlie says the reaper didn't get him yet and he's out of the hospital. Bass and pickerel are hitting minnows and spinners. Crappies are biting as well. Some nice calicoes are biting also, according to Roger. Charlie hasn't been to the pond since the opening day of trout season. The rain is helping the streams, but more is needed. All lakes are going to be in bad shape if significant rain does not occur. Minisink and Mud Pond were producing on rosy reds and spinners in the deeper holes.
Willie's Bait & Tackle, Cementon (610-261-2767): Willie says Charlie Kresge of Northampton caught a 2.25 pound tiger trout on a fathead in the Lehigh River. Midge Heil, Dean Lorah, Paul Lorah, Walter Mayorak, Paul Gollie and Wayne Gollie were striper fishing out of Sandy Hook on the K-Kat charter and caught 13 stripers, nine keepers and a bunch of bluefish and sand sharks. The Lehigh has been producing 14-18-inch trout. Area streams are really good. Willie went out on for an hour on Saturday evening and caught and released 10 rainbows on salmon eggs. Pickerel over 20 inches were biting on big shiners at Beltzville, and bass were biting on the smaller shiners.
Bob's Wildlife Taxidermy, 4642 Kernsville Road, Orefield (610-398-7609): Bob says the water conditions are good even tough it's a little cloudy, The rain and weather have given the streams nice movement. The Jordan Creek was stocked this week. Some of local clubs are running fishing contests. The hottest baits are fathead minnows, butterworms and trout magnets in chartreuse green and mealworm yellow colors. Customers are reporting seeing big trout in the creeks. Turkey hunting has been spotty from farm to farm. Gobbling is sporadic, but hunters are having success and opportunities on the state game lands. More mushrooms are starting to bloom.
Archery @ the Glenn, Allentown, (610-791-7665): Brian says lots of trout are still being put in and taken out of local streams. Recent rains have brought back baby nightcrawlers, red worms and mealworms as top sellers. Dean Meitzler caught a 22-inch, 5-pound, 6-ounce rainbow in the Jordan on a nightcrawler. Mike Foxhill caught a 22-inch, 4-pound, 5-ounce rainbow in the Little Lehigh on PowerBait. Jeff Meyer caught a 19-inch, 4-pound brown trout on the Little Lehigh using a minnow. Andre Eaton caught a 2.25-inch, 4-pound rainbow on the Little Lehigh on a Fox spinner. Local lakes should be in prime condition for Saturday's walleye opener. Jig heads tipped with minnows, crawler rigs or slow trolling stick baits such as Ripplin red fins or Thunder sticks are a good bet for boating an "eye" or two.
Heritage Fly Shop, Little Lehigh Parkway, Allentown (610-248-8836): Dave says the Little Lehigh has been slow this week with the most productive time in the evening. Craneflys are still a good bet in the afternoon. Use pheasant tails or hare's ears in size 16 and 18. There are some sulphurs, but not enough to make a hatch. Stop by the shop Saturday at 10 to watch George Maciag tying some of his favorite patterns. George will tie some of his "killer" patterns.
Mike's Bait & Sports Shop, Nazareth, (610-759-2905): Mike says there's some decent trout fishing and bass fishermen in the lakes are having fun, Crappies and pickerel are biting at Minsi. Shad action is tough. There's a good run but they aren't biting. Blaine got a couple nice brown trout on Lake Wallenpaupack.
Klotz's Bait Shop, Hellertown (610-838-7970): Caroline says at the fishing contest at the Grist Mill. Misty Kemmerer caught a 19-inch brookie for third place. Jarrett Hirsetheck of Hellertown caught a 22-inch, 5.5-pound rainbow on a minnow. People from Quakertown to Allentown are going into the shop before heading out to the lakes, the grist mill and the Saucon.
Cabela's, Hamburg, (610-929-7000): Brooke Hoffman says recent warm rain showers, warmer nights and spring-like days have really heated up the fishing prospects for the Berks and Schuylkill areas. Reports of large bass up to 8 pounds from Ontelaunee Dam, as well as big stringers of nice sized crappies, have been coming in. Big fish are also being reported from Blue Marsh Dam, including some hefty smallmouths and channel cats, as well as flathead catfish up to 40 pounds. The recent rains have restimulated the trout bite in the Schuylkill County area, as well as some of the larger streams in Berks, including the Manatawny, Northkill and Tulpehocken. Fishing conditions are constantly changing, so anglers will also need to adapt to the changing feeding patterns of the fish. The hottest lures are Cabelas Bass Beaver and Beaver split tail, Yum Crawbug, Wahoo Pro Spinnerbaits, O-ring Stick Bait and the Hoochie Koochie Swimbait. Register for the Cabela's Fish For Millions Contest held in conjunction with the state Fish and Boat Commission. There's a $1 million fish out there. Register at http://www.cabelas.com/fishformillions.