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PA Lehigh River, Walter Des Road - Fishing

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Lat: 41.109146
Lng: -75.724937

Marker owner: dnorris

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Marker Description: Solid trout fishing to excellent: the Francis E. Walter Reservoir, F. E. W. enhances the coldwater fishery of this section. Not exactly a tail race fishery because it is a flood control lake which is normally kept at low levels, but it has been managed to create cool water discharges. The fast moving water and deep gorges below the dam also help to retain cool temperatures all the way to Palmerton. Hatches green body Caddis, March Browns, Grey fox and a collection of yellow sulfurs flies. In April, bring some black green and tan body Caddis, along with some Hendricksons and Grannoms flies.

Over the years, fishing clubs have tried to restricted people from fishing the river but the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court ruled that the Lehigh is a navigable river and people have a right to be within the river. The most scenic and visited part of the river is the Lehigh Gorge State Park, which sets between Jim Thorpe and White Haven. Because of the rapids and easy access to the general public, it has become a mecca for local kayakers. Numerous rafting companies ferry people in big yellow school buses back and forth through the gorge in this section. Even in the colder seasons, the section between Drakes Creek and the Town of Jim Thorpe will be filled with kayakers. The upper section of the park is heavy stocked just below the F. E. W.

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