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Ice fishing season underway/Cabela's Predator Classic

Coyotes numbers have substantially increased here in the southeast and hunting controls their numbers somewhat
Coyotes numbers have substantially increased here in the southeast and hunting controls their numbers somewhat
by Nick Hromiak

With the week of record setting sub-freezing temperatures we experienced here in the southeast region, ice fishing is reported to be exceptionally good. Here is a sampling from local tackle shops.

With ice fishing in high gear, take a youngster along for this different experience
by Nick Hromiak

Chris’s Bait & Tackle, Mertztown: Reports good panfish action occurring at Ontelaunee Reservoir in upper Berks County. Ice anglers there are reporting 3-6 inches of solid ice and using mousies, waxworms and spikes. Some largemouth bass are being pulled up through the holes by anglers using medium to large shiners. And up at Mauch Chunk Lake, Chris says ice there is reportedly 4-6 inches and anglers are squeezing 3-4 pound largemouth’s through their ice holes.

Willie’s Bait and Tackle, Cementon: Willie says a bunch of his regular customers are traveling to Lake Minisink and Shohola in the Pocono’s and closer yet, they’re drilling holes at Mauch Chunk Lake in Carbon County and Tuscarora Lake in Schuylkill County but as of yet he hasn’t received any feedback from them. With warmer weekend weather predicted, ice anglers should be out in droves on fairly good ice conditions.

Mikes Bait & Sport Shop, Nazareth: Reports Lake Minsi in Northampton County had 5-7 inches on this past Sunday and was fishing good for big bluegills and perch on jigs tipped with waxworms and mealworms. A few small bass were also being picked up on minnows under tip-ups. Mike says some customers hit Promised Land Lake where there’s 6-7 inches of good ice and they were pulling up nice perch and pickerel on the usual compliment of live baits. Shohola, he reports, was not very productive as high winds there prevented the ice from getting thick.

Mike sends out a reminder to anglers that the new PF&BC licensing machines are very slow so don’t wait for the day before the trout opener to buy a license if you haven’t already.


With coyote numbers building every year, and with more showing up in populated areas, the best way to control them is by hunting. As such, more and more hunters are pursuing these wary predators. And at last years Cabela’s Predator Classic, there was standing room only, a sign that interest in predator hunting has grown.

This weekend, Cabela’s is once again expecting a big draw for their two day Classic. Their seminar schedule is as follows.

Saturday, January 11:

“Advanced Predator Tactics” at 10 a.m. in Cabela’s second floor conference room. Here hunters can join predator-hunting expert Kirk McKendree, of FoxPro Game Calls, for a highly informative and interactive seminar on how to take predator-hunting skills to the next level. It’s an opportunity to learn from the best.

“Predator Hunting in Pennsylvania” at 12:00 p.m. in the same conference room, Mike Huff will discuss how predator-hunting tactics vary depending on location. He’ll describe the best way to hunt foxes, coyotes and raccoons in the Keystone State.

“Proper Firearm Selection for the Predator Hunter” begins at 2:00 p.m. same room, where Mike Huff will explain that not all shotguns or rifles will do the trick. He’ll break down the best firearms and ammo selections for various predator-hunting scenarios, shooting supports and proper shot placement.

Sunday, January 12:

Predator Hunting in Pennsylvania in the second floor conference room will be repeated for those who couldn’t attend Saturday’s seminar schedule as will Mike Huff’s Proper Firearm Selection for the Predator Hunter at 2:00 p.m.

For more information on Predator Classics go to or call the Hamburg store at 610-929-7000.


Even though there’s snow on the ground, what a better way to offset cabin fever by attending the 53rd Lehigh Valley RV & Campgrounds show at Allentown Fairgrounds’ Agri-Plex starting today, January 10 and continuing until Sunday, January 12.

The show will feature 11 RV dealers who will display their motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel vans and folding campers.

In addition, nine local campgrounds will be on hand to answer camper’s questions plus there will be information on over 100 campgrounds on the East Coast.

Show hours are 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6 while kids under 12 are free. And there’s always free parking at the Allentown Fairgrounds.
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