The Fourth of July weekend is a time to celebrate America. It is a time to reflect on all the wonderful freedoms we have. Take a few minutes to thank all those who have stood up to protect those freedoms for us and have given us the privilege to enjoy fishing. Many will be packing up the truck and possibly hooking up the boat or camper in the next few days in preparation for a much needed respite of outdoor activities. While some are heading to the beach, the rest of us are off to a Pennsylvania State Park or Lake.
Fishing in Pennsylvania this time of year is tough. The summer heat is pounding on you and most species have moved from their spawning grounds to their summer feeding destinations. Here are some summertime fishing tips for a few different species you may be trying to hook into this Independence Day weekend.
O'The Places We Will Go
If you still have not made up your mind for where you are going to spend your Independence Day weekend, here are three places that may be worth looking into if fishing and family fun are your goals for this the day weekend.
Known for its great smallmouth bass fishing, Lake Erie can also stand its own on the top lakes for panfish list. Presque Isle State Park offers 3,200 acres of beach, fishing and outdoor recreation near Erie, Pennsylvania. Lures to have for bass fishing on Lake Erie in the summer are anything topwater and an assortment of soft plastics with plenty of weight to get down to bass that may be suspended in deep water. Fishing from the shore can be challenging and also not allowed in certain parts of the park so a boat (either yours or rented) can help you to catch more fish. Plenty of camping, cabins and other overnight accommodations are available plus the beach like atmosphere is great for the whole family.
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The perfect mix of fishing and family fun for this Fourth of July weekend.
Nockamixon State Park
Nockamixon is a 5,286 acre State Park that surrounds a 1,450 acre lake, named Lake Nockamixon. The lake is a 20 hp restricted boating lake with 6 different launches for your convenience. This smaller water option fishing hotpot lets you bring your canoes, kayaks or even your sailboats. Fishing Lake Nockamixon can vary from shore angling on sunfish and bass to boat fishing walleyes and stripers. The park offers swimming, hiking, mountain biking and plenty of areas to picnic. Modern cabins are available to stay right on the lake but these tend to book up fast for most summer weekends.
Unlike the last two top fishing hotspots for Independence Day weekend in Pennsylvania, Lake Wallenpaupack is not a State Park. Prize of the Pocono Mountains, this lake is a destination spot that just so happens to have great fishing. The lake is big so plan your fishing around the many documented fish structures to catch plenty of schooled up panfish. If you are a boater, it is the perfect lake to boat and tube with the family. An added bonus, there is a great fireworks show over the lake on July 4th!
As you are out fishing and enjoying the wonderful summer weather this Independence Day weekend, remember what it is exactly we are celebrating. For those that are looking for something to do on the 4th of July while you wait for the fireworks to begin, do not forget that Monday July 4th, 2016 is a Fish for Free Day. No license is require to fish in Pennsylvania, including non-residents!