Lake Nockamixon: 40.46549°N 75.22099°W
Some call Lake Nockamixon the dead sea. But, YOU know better. You’ve seen the videos, viewed the pictures, saw the indisputable proof that there are fish in there, and big ones at that.
I’ve put in the time and the Nock, and I’m still learning every time I head out. There’s no substitute for time on the water and first hand experience fishing in various conditions and times of the year. However, there are a few things that I do to maximize my efficiency on the water, and minimize fishing dead water and unproductive zones.
I’ve kept fishing logs since I started fishing the Nock 7 years ago. There’s no substitute for notes and actual on the water data. But in addition to those, I have a ton of resources that I’ve found that have really made a difference and cut down the learning curve. From maps, to weather information, to local tackle shops, each one is a great tool to use when planning a day on the Nock.
I’m going to share those with you here, and continually update this page as I come across additional information and handy resources.
Quality maps of the Nock are hard to come across. My pride and joy paper map (the Alfred B. Patton, Inc, 1999 map) has detailed depth contour information and pre-construction features which makes it the best one I’ve found so far. However, it’s been out of print for quite a while, and I bought this one at the now defunct Nockamixon Bait and Tackle on Rt. 313 a few years before they got flooded out. I’ve not seen any since. If you can find one, it’s gold!
However, there are some good alternatives to the A.B.P Inc. map.
This map is as good as my A.B.P. Inc map. (You’re welcome!) I have no information as to where this map came or who made it, but here you go!(Warning! Large, high dpi image. Zoom using browser tools.)
According to the official Lake Nockamixon State Park website, there is a detailed structure and contour map available at the park office. I haven’t checked to see if this is true, but will report back on this the next time I’m up there during park office hours.
PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Fish Habitat Improvement Plan map for Lake Nockamixon has every fish structure they’ve placed in the Nock, with corresponding GPS coordinates.
Angling Technologies is a great resource. There are a lot of free features, plus Bing, Google and NAIP Aerial base maps to choose from. I recommend exploring this resource as there’s a whole ton of interesting information. If you choose to go with the premium package like I did ($14.99), you get a whole ton of additional cool features, plus you can create your own printable map complete with GPS coordinates. As of this point in time, the depth contour aspect is fairly basic, but you get a good view of the creek channel and major depth changes if you use the topo map option. It takes a little time to get the hang of, but it’s an indispensable tool that I use. Check out their Youtube channel for some more info: http://www.youtube.com/user/AnglingTechnologies?feature=mhee and their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AnglingTechnologies?fref=ts
Delaware Valley Outdoors is a local produced television show that has done 2 DVD set ($30 plus shipping, but if you wait for the Calvary or Oakes Outdoors Shows, they usually have them on sale) on how to fish the Nock, and one of those DVD’s comes with printable maps. It’s a good introduction to fishing the Nock, and the information provided can shorten the learning curve. But remember, there’s still no substitute for getting out there and putting your time in! Check out their archives for some old video footage of the Nock and other local PA and NJ waters: (HINT: good stuff!) http://www.delawarevalleyoutdoors.com/archive-of-old-shows/ DVO is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DelawareValleyOutdoors?fref=ts
With the demise of Nockamixon Bait and Tackle, There’s only one full service tackle shop in fairly close proximity to the Nock today, and it’s been around for 59 years. Owned and operated by Dave and Sonja Windholz and their super friendly family, it’s a locally owned, family run business that is open 12 months a year. It carries everything from licences, trout supplies, live bait and minnows, musky lures, to the very latest bass baits like my favorite Keitech swimbaits (favorites of Nock bass and striper anglers alike!). Additionally, Dave’s carries rods, reels and has a wall of Rapala lures to rival any big box store, and are a service center for Minnkota (trolling motors) and Cannon (downriggers). They also get the latest fishing reports and tales from the Nock, the Delaware River, and other local waters, so don’t be afraid to ask what’s working.
Location: 1127 North Easton Road (Rt. 611), Doylestown, PA, 18902 (Right beside Big Heads)
Phone: 215-766-8000 (fax 215-7668425)
Hours: Monday – Closed
Tuesday to Friday – 9am – 6pm
Saturday – 9am – 5pm
Sunday – 9am – 3pm
Holidays – call
Weather resources are very valuable tools to decide when and where to fish, as temperature, sky cover, and wind direction all determine where the fish will be holding. The two sites I use are:
The NOAA website is very detailed. I specifically use the hourly weather graph: http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=40.52969&lon=-75.1662121&unit=0&lg=english&FcstType=graphical but as with all these resources, I encourage you to explore and fine tune everything to suit your needs.
Windfinder is the other site I check as it uses different reporting stations than the NOAA and I can get a clearer picture of what the weather will be doing by using both sites.
I of course hope that you would check out the Videos and Reports section on BNF for Nock fishing reports, but there’s also a couple of other essential sites that I frequent for everything fishing related.
Eastern PA Fishing Reports is a fishing forum for the eastern half of PA, but realistically it covers all of PA’s (and surrounding states) waters. The Lake Nockamixon section is very active with daily fishing reports from everyday anglers and can help to put together a bigger picture of what’s going on at the Nock. You can also learn all about the houses at the bottom of the lake (required EPFR/Lake Nockamixon reading.)
The Bass College is a site that you’ll definitely need to take some time to get the full benefit of the knowledge database that is there. From technique specific and ask the Pro Staff subforums to state fishing reports, The Bass College is a widely varied resource that should be at the top of your list (I know it is mine) when researching tackle, techniques, areas, or just good reading. The Pennsylvania Fishing subforum has a good core group of dedicated fishermen that post fishing reports, and it’s getting bigger all the time. Plus they have a free app for your mobile phone for that on the water info: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bass-college/id652255562?ls The Bass College Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bass-College/184767911544205?fref=ts
The PA Fish and Game Commission site is a good resource too, especially the Biologist Reports, which give an idea of what biomass exists in the Nock, and what the forage base looks like. Take it from there!
This a cool resource just to see the Nock from a historical perspective. The construction photos from the early 70′s are awesome!
I hope this resource page has helped you gain a better understanding of Lake Nockamixon and approaches to fishing it successfully. Combined with the BNF’s The Edge section, this page should help put more pieces of the puzzle together.
As usual, this is not a static page, more resources will be added as I come across them.