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Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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steliejim wrote:


Look at it like this. I still get hungry when the streams are up, so why not the fish?


That's a pretty lol way to think about things. Do your feeding habits also get affected by barometric pressure?

Posted on: 2013/5/24 13:18


Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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Will these flows affect the fishing near Bowmanstown? With the wind fly fishing may be difficult, I am considering bringing my UL spin gear.....Please advise

Also, has anyone every tried a green weenie on the Lehigh?

Posted on: 2013/5/24 13:20


Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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Well I may as well chime in. I have fished a number of areas on the Lehigh. It has been my experience that when there is a release it tends to shut the fish down. And sometimes the hatches. Yes I have used a green weenie on the Lehigh they work anywhere. I have caught tons of fish on them at all different times of the year.

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Posted on: 2013/5/24 13:30


Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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So with releases on weekends, Bowmanstown will not be good? I ask because I am just learning about this river....I am really beginning to enjoy many areas of the Lehigh. Thanks for the information.

Posted on: 2013/5/24 13:35


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Yes...the releases will impact that area (Bowmanstown) too. It takes about 10-12 hours after they increase the release from FEW to make it down to the Bowmanstown area.

Typically, when there is a WW release, the water will rise around 2pm (give or take) down in Bowmanstown. THe morning water levels should be decent to fish, but be careful after 12PM (noon) and be prepared for the water to come up.

The rise in water level won't be as dramatic as up in the Gorge or near the dam, but there will be a noticeable increase in level.

As for the fishing, it has been my observation it takes about 12-24 hours for the fish to respond favorably (meaning turn to feeding again) after a release. That isn't always the norm, but it happens more times than not. However, I'm sure one could still catch fish, just don't have high expectations. Typically the water will become discolored and as summer progresses, more algae and debris begins to float down the river during the whitewater releases.

Posted on: 2013/5/24 13:49


Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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Yea thanks for the input. I wanna check it out but sounds like I might be going to one of the other streams I had in mind. Any other ideas for spots in that area that might be worth checking out aside from Hickory run and Mud run, only because I've fished them before.



Nescopeck State Park is pretty close to Hazleton and it does have some nice tribs to find brookies. It may be more crowded because of the weekend obviously. The western tributaries of the Lehigh are often impaired by mine affluent. The eastern tribs, besides Hickory and Mud, have fish. A lot of them are a walk and their populations fluctuate. The Lackawanna State Forest, and surrounding Sgls, down to Blakslee, and beyond, all have fish.

Everything is going to have more people, except the remote smaller streams. Broadhead, Pohopoco, Bushkill, will probably all have many more people than a Tuesday non-holiday. You don't want crowds, pull up Google Satellite view, walk 1/2 to 2 miles, and you will probably have nobody around, UNLESS there is camping close to the stream access. But it is supposed to be cold, so people will probably cancel some of their outdoor hiking and camping and opt for a B and B or stay home.

Posted on: 2013/5/24 15:34


Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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All the fish in Bowmanstown have already moved up to Lehighton.

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Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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Yea Beast that was kinda me second thought what your talking about doing. That's why I initially planned on trying the Lehigh, I figured its big enough even if its a little crowded to fish. Nescopeck was a spot I was looking into. Is that a real small stream and looking at the map it looks like you have to hike it in unless there's dirt roads I'm not seeing.

Posted on: 2013/5/24 17:28


Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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I fished near White Haven on Wednesday and did well, I don't even consider fishing it during a white water release. You can still catch fish but not so easily with a fly rod.

The Nescopeck is bushy, lots of brush around but some established trails and a few spots with a little room to cast. If you fish in the park area you will walk in 1/8 to 1/4 mile, nice trails in and plenty of birds to watch. I go in at the downstream border of the DHALO stretch and fish up and below there. That is the shortest trail in.

Posted on: 2013/5/24 19:27


Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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Today is the day to hit it. Wade friendly throughout and floatable.

Posted on: 2013/5/27 11:27


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This morning fished very well with great flows.

FEW was releasing 260 when I hit the river.

Hope the OP had some luck today.

Posted on: 2013/5/27 12:09


Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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I fished it on Monday as well, man there was plenty of human traffic on the rail trail. Is it common for people to take their kids out to a place like this and tell them to scream out loud all day long? Don't think I'll hit anything near humanity again on a holiday.

Nice caddis hatch in the late afternoon, followed by some sulfurs.

Posted on: 2013/5/28 13:22


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+1 to vcregular. Monday the Lehigh fished very well for me, I was wading. The trout were on early, then after a few hours the smallies turned on. I left early to miss the tube/raft hatch. Great outing!

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Re: Lehigh this weekend?

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Glad some of you guys got out and enjoyed our ol' Lehigh I had plans to do so myself but then doing crap around the house got in the way.

As for WW releases, yeah the gorge is basically out on those weekends but I have always been able to fish the river from Lehighton downstream to Slatington most of the day without a problem. Unlike in the gorge the river is wider with more room for the additional water to spread out some. So that's my rule of thumb on WW relase weekends I know I can at least wade & fish the middle river rather comfortably. As for affecting the fish I find the release itself doesn't affect the fish as much as the yo-yo effect of going from a 800-1000cfs release to suddenly cutting it off to 150-200cfs does. Again though the effects of this are felt less down in the middle river as opposed to the gorge I think.

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