Anthony Awgul Fishing Charters FAQs

Which lake should I choose a charter for; Nockamixon, Blue Marsh, or Beltzville?

All three of these lakes can be extraordinary fisheries! While each lake is similar in size, each lake is extremely different from each other. Before going into details about each lake, if you're looking to catch big fish I'd recommend Lake Nockamixon. If you're looking to catch more fish and capitalize on the full bass boat experience, I'd recommend Beltzville Lake or Blue Marsh Lake. I find that my clients typically have the most success on my boat on Blue Marsh Lake.

Blue Marsh Lake:

Fishing Difficulty: Easy

Average Sized Bass: 2.5 lbs

Average # of Bass Caught Per Trip: 5-15 bass

Biggest Bass We Caught Here: 5 lbs 0 oz Largemouth, 4 lbs 3 oz Smallmouth

Most # of Bass We Caught Here in one trip: 58 

Water Clarity: Stained/Murky

Primary Cover and Structure: Submerged timber, rocks, ledges, and bluffs

Favorite Fishing Techniques: Finesse fishing, crankbait fishing, jerkbait fishing, jig fishing

Notes: Most recommended lake of the 3 for less experienced anglers

Beltzville Lake:

Fishing Difficulty: Medium

Average Sized Bass: 2 lbs

Average # of Bass Caught Per Trip: 2-10 bass

Biggest Bass We Caught Here: 5 lbs 2 oz Largemouth, 4 lbs 12 oz Smallmouth

Most # of Bass We Caught Here in one trip: 44

Water Clarity: Clear/Lightly Stained

Primary Cover and Structure: Submerged timber, rocks, ledges, bluffs, and scarce vegetation

Favorite Fishing Techniques: Finesse fishing, jig fishing, jerkbait fishing, swimbait fishing, soft plastics

Notes: 40 mph boating restriction, also sometimes catch pickerel, striped bass, catfish, trout, and various panfish

 

Lake Nockamixon:

Fishing Difficulty: Hard

Average Sized Bass: 3.5 lbs

Average # of Bass Caught Per Trip: 1-5 bass

Biggest Bass We Caught Here: 6 lbs 2 oz Largemouth, 7 lbs 2 oz Smallmouth

Most # of Bass We Caught Here in one trip: 26

Water Clarity: Stained

Primary Cover and Structure: Vegetation, submerged timber, rocks, ledges, and bluffs

Favorite Fishing Techniques: Soft plastics, jig fishing, swimbait fishing, topwater fishing, finesse fishing

Notes: 20 horsepower restriction, limited to trolling motor only .

When's the best time of year to book a charter?

I offer fishing charters year round as long as there isn't ice on the water! Here's a breakdown of fishing conditions by time of year:​

December through March:

Fishing Difficulty: Very Hard

Seasonal Pattern: Wintertime fishing

Best Times of Day to Fish: Noon to Afternoon (When it's warmest outside)

Notes: Wintertime fishing can be cold and tough, but if the weather cooperates and there's no ice on the water it can be a great time of year to catch big bass and avoid boat traffic. If you're up for the challenge, dress warm and let's go fishing for some bass in their wintertime haunts!

April through early May:

Fishing Difficulty: Easy

Seasonal Pattern: Prespawn

Best Times of Day to Fish: Noon to Afternoon (When it's warmest outside)

Notes: Bass tend to be the most aggressive during prespawn. Fish caught during this season tend to be heavier than average as they feed and move up shallow towards their spawning grounds. Be prepared to potentially face some cold weather conditions though! Although the fishing can be a little bit tough, I sometimes tend to catch more fish per trip during this season than any other time of year.

Late May through early June:

Fishing Difficulty: Medium

Seasonal Pattern: Spawn

Best Times of Day to Fish: Morning and afternoon

Notes: Here in PA, we can't sight fish for spawning bass on their beds but we can absolutely keep fishing for them! The bite can be very good this time of year since bass become very aggressive and territorial as they prepare to spawn.

Late June:

Fishing Difficulty: Hard

Seasonal Pattern: Postspawn

Best Times of Day to Fish: Early morning, afternoon

Notes: After bass finish spawning, they become difficult to catch for a short period of time. During the postspawn season, the fishing can be kind of tough for a couple of weeks as fish recover from the spawn before the summertime pattern enters in full swing. 

July Through Early September:

Fishing Difficulty: Easy

Seasonal Pattern: Summertime

Best Times of Day to Fish: Early morning, late afternoon, night

Notes: During the summertime season, bass can be found all around the lake in different types of cover and structure. This is my favorite time of year to do fishing charters because we typically catch a lot of fish this time of year and we get to use various different techniques. The warm weather makes fish active and they're simply focused on survival and feeding. Break out the sunscreen and let's go wet a line!

Late September:

Fishing Difficulty: Hard

Seasonal Pattern: Transition into fall

Best Times of Day to Fish: Morning, afternoon

Notes: There is a small period of time after summer and before fall in PA where the fishing gets very tough. During this time, the water stops warming up and finally starts cooling down as fall draws in causing a "turnover" effect in the water. Fishing is notoriously difficult during this short couple of weeks, but fish still have to feed and I'll be out there trying to catch them!

October through November:

Fishing Difficulty: Medium

Seasonal Pattern: Fall

Best Times of Day to Fish: Noon to Afternoon (When it's warmest outside)

Notes: Fall is a great time to catch active and feeding bass while also getting away from the boat traffic. While it can be cold weather, the fish will be active and feeding heavy until the water cools down during wintertime. The scenery on the water this time of year is absolutely stunning and we'll be trying to catch big bass while everyone else starts worrying about football and hunting!