Monroe County, Pennsylvania is in the mid-central part of the state next to the New Jersey state line. Parts of the Middle Delaware Scenic River and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area are in the county. With the rivers and water found in Monroe County there are many opportunities for fishermen to enjoy their sport. Bass fishing is possible within the county. Be sure to have a valid Pennsylvania fishing license prior to dropping a line into the state's waters.
Gouldsboro Lake was closed to angling as recent as a few years back, but has since been reopened. The lake occupies 250 acres in the Poconos Mountains as has public access boat launches. The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is stocking the lake with many sport fish species, including bass. According to Van Buskirk, owner of the boat concession on the lake, good bass fishing is at the upper end of the lake, opposite from the dam. Using crawfish on a baited hook is Van Buskirk's preferred method of fishing for bass at the lake.
Hidden Lake is in Monroe County in an area known as "Bushkill." According to several local fishermen who reported on the "Fishing Works" web blog, there is bass fishing in the lake, but the fish require a pro angler's skill to land. Only electric motors are allowed on the lake. Heavy seaweed beds can be found on the lake, which has been known to present troubles for anglers. Using spoons and barbed lures is a method of landing bass used at Hidden Lake. A dirt-path boat launch is available for public use at the lake.
Lake Naomi offers bass fishing in Monroe County. The lake is in the Poconos Pines region of the county. It is stocked each year by the Pennsylvania Fish and Game with small mouth and large mouth bass. According to the staff at "Lake Fishing Reports," Lake Naomi ranks five out of five for large and small mouth bass fishing. Using jig fishing and plastic baits for large mouth bass is recommended by the fishing report. Small mouth bass are striking on the same, as well as with deep jerk baits. The lake has public access and a boat launch.
Article Written By Eric Cedric
A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.