I've been thinking about trying some catfishing at Blue Marsh Lake in Reading. I've heard conflicting things - I've heard it's more of a recreation lake and fishing is tough, but I've also heard there's really good fishing there if you know where to go. Anyone have any experience or tips/pointers they'd like to share with me? I really want to get into some fall catfish, just need to find someplace new!
Boat or shore ?
Summer time it is insane for pleasure boaters(even in the No Wake sections) unless it's a cool rainy day. Night time it thins out but you still may run into a "situation". Things are calming down now but you will still find jet skiers and water skiers on nicer days. Don't be surprised to find a kayak or two out there too even after dark. Here is a habitat map from the PFBC's page http://www.fishandboat.com/Resource/.../bluemarsh.pdf It shows all the cut trees, cribs and other cover put in over the years(some is not in yet).... some is rotted away or broken apart by wave action. Blow up the map and look over the legend it will tell you types of cover, general GPS, and when it was sunk.
I am not a cat guy however I've caught my share while bass fishing - so I would target the cover. Now if you are shore bound that gets a little more difficult. Lots of guys go the easy route and fish near the bridges or boat launches(the beach area closes dusk to dawn ?) We used to go over to State Hill launch 15years ago and fish off the gravel "beach" it got quite popular so we ditched that don't know what it's like now. We caught some cats, carp and our target species hybrids(they like liver too), but nothing big. I did catch a big channel straight across the cove from the ramp one Tuesday Night Tourney(white spinnerbait LOL). There are also monster flatheads in there haven't tangled with any of them yet.... that I know of.
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I'll be fishing from shore. Thanks for all the info!
Used to fish all along the shore over to the right of the bridge leading to Robisonia. If you fish in this area make sure to apply a liberal amount of some sort of poison ivy / oak preventative; No cutoffs or short selves either. The ivy is ferocious in that area.
I use to night fish by the free boat launch for cats. Did ok there but lots of shady thing happen in that parking lot. Also would night fish up around the trail by the spillway. You walk out the trail and there is the spot where the old road use to be that goes into the lake. Did fairly well there. I would usually get there around 8 pm and fish for cats till the sun came up then switch to bass. Best of luck to ya.