April 04, 2018
By: Jenna Kovalsky
Anglers in the Valley had their licenses renewed, their fishing rods all ready to go, and were patiently awaiting March 31st to roll around since the start of Winter…. which apparently still isn’t over :/… For someone like me who’s not too familiar with all of the fishing ropes, I had no idea what to expect…but little did I know I was in for a treat! The Wednesday before opening day I took a trip to the famous Willie Marx’s Bait and Tackle shop in Whitehall to speak to some experts. I couldn’t believe how packed it was. Whether people were renewing their license or stocking up on bait... you could sense the eagerness. After asking customers where their favorite places were to fish in the valley, I realized how many spots there are to chose from. That’s why people from around the tri-state travel all the way to PA to cast their rods. (Not to mention the impressive 26 miles the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat commission stocks the Lehigh River.)  
When Saturday came around, we headed over to the Jordan Creek. When we showed up, I couldn’t believe my eyes…It was packed! People from all over were out! Not to mention, most people camped out just to make sure they had the perfect fishing spot. If they didn’t camp out, the latest they came out was 6 am. ANGLERS ARE DEDICATED!! They were pulling all kinds of trout out. One family had caught 24 fish! I asked what kind of bait they were using and they said just bread…BREAD. The biggest fish someone caught was a 20 inch Palomino trout. IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. For those of you that don’t know what they look like, they are orange with some yellow coloring. Power bait, which is a type of bait that floats, was what a lot of people were using to catch trout as well. I’m looking forward to heading over to the water ways in the valley this season…sometimes not even as a reporter!