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Speedwell Forge Lake: refilled last yr, fairly good bass fishing already

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Anglers are already pleased with their fishing for Largemouth Bass at Speedwell Forge Lake, near Lititz. As usual LMB in new or reclaimed impoundments are fairly easy to catch. What is unusual, based on angler reports and yesterday's electrofishing, LMB are already reaching 15 inches. In fact, for that length category, the LMB electrofishing catch slightly exceeded the minimum standard for Big Bass Lakes. With the very substantial amount of natural and man-made structure in the lake, the fishing and kayaking have become very popular in a hurry, given the amounts of nooks and crannies to explore. In a real switch from the past, water in two-thirds of the lake was clear enough to see down about 6-8 ft. The rest was muddy due to the activity of abundant 14 inch carp. Sunfish of various species are still small, as are Brown Bullheads. If the fish are available, the lake will receive more Channel Cats and White Crappie this year.

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Mike this is great news. I live less then 5 minutes from speedwell and I assumed it would take a bit longer for bass to grow and be 15 inches. I will have to go down the street and give it a try from shore. I may be looking into a small fishing boat in the future to take the kids out on speedwell. Thanks for the report. This is really fantastic news.

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I agree with your findings. I've caught a few of the 15"ers on my 8wt. One of these days I'd like to tangle with those carp. Did the commission stock the largemouth? I've heard conflicting reports.

Posted on: 6/20 7:57


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Year Species Lifestage # Stocked
2016 Channel Catfish Fingerling 3,300
2016 Golden Shiner Fingerling 21,000
2016 Largemouth Bass Fingerling 1,900
2016 White Crappie Fingerling 5,300
Total = 31,500

http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/WWCWStoc ... etailsHistorical_RFP.aspx

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villeman wrote:
I agree with your findings. I've caught a few of the 15"ers on my 8wt. One of these days I'd like to tangle with those carp. Did the commission stock the largemouth? I've heard conflicting reports.


Are you fishing from shore or from a boat? I am just wondering about the fish- ablity from shore.

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My son and I have also been fishing the lake with our fly rods. We've been wading the edges in the coves to be able cast. Only sunfish and small bass for us at this point.

Posted on: 6/20 9:42


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Are you fishing from shore or from a boat? I am just wondering about the fish- ablity from shore.


I'm fishing from a kayak. You could probably wade in some areas.


Posted on: 6/20 10:05


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this is good to know, i'm not far from there either - 50 minutes. i might have to give it a try in the float tube.

i was just looking at that stocking link - i never knew Blue Marsh had wipers ?

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It's good in upper hammer too, unfortunately....

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So who stocked the adult bass?

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So who stocked the adult bass?



The OP does raise the question: Where did the big bass come from?


Posted on: 6/26 20:41


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Fished Speedwell today. Caught this 15 inch Largemouth on a Clouser Swimming Nymph.

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nice fish !

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It's good in upper hammer too, unfortunately....


Funny enough I was hammering bass third week of trout season on the lower hammer.

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Re: Speedwell Forge Lake: refilled last yr, fairly good bass fishing already

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Lower Hammer is one thing. There have always been smallmouth bass in there. The upper Hammer? Not good. Explain to me the benefit of damming a cold water stream with natural trout to make a man-made structure filled with non-native species, a lake that is only going to fill with silt again and more than likely have all the issues that you just dealt with over the past decade or so? Is that really better (and cheaper) than taking the stream bed, restoring it, planting some streams, and letting what should be there naturally grow back?

Resource first...

Posted on: 6/29 13:52



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