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AWGUL FISHING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can We Keep The Fish We Catch?

On my boat we practice catch, photograph, and release sportfishing ONLY with no exceptions. On occasion, we may temporarily store keeper sized fish in my boat’s aerated livewells for pictures at the end of our fishing charter or to revive the fish before releasing it. However, we will be releasing all of these fish back alive into the lake afterwards.

Why Do You Only Use Artificial Lures? 

We only use artificial lures in true bass sportsmanlike fashion. When targeting bass, oftentimes artificial lures are designed to be far more effective and efficient than live bait. If you make a special request to bring your own live bait, it may be permitted as long as you don’t make a mess on my boat with it and/or prevent us from efficiently and effectively targeting bass. If young children are part of your group, I may be especially willing to allow you to bring your own live bait to target panfish.

Can We Bring Alcohol on Our Charter?

Alcohol is not allowed on my boat because alcohol is prohibited and illegal on the site of Lake Nockamixon State Park and Blue Marsh Lake. If I discover that you have brought alcohol or illegal drugs on my boat, I must immediately end your fishing charter and take you back to the dock without any refund or credit.

Can You Guarantee That We Will Catch Fish?

I wish I could guarantee that all of my clients would catch fish on every fishing charter, but unfortunately this is out of my control.  However, it is my commitment to execute on the aspects of your fishing charter that I can control! I assure you that I will use my 22 years of fishing experience to try to help every angler catch fish. I will do my best to teach everyone on board how to be a more successful angler. I will do my best to make sure you and your fishing buddies have an exciting and enjoyable adventure and make memories on the water that will last a lifetime. 

Should I Book A Charter on Lake Nockamixon or Blue Marsh Lake?

 

Lake Nockamixon and Blue Marsh Lake can both be excellent fisheries. While both lakes are similar in size, each lake is extremely different from the other. If you're looking to catch bigger fish and are content with only using my boat's electric trolling motor to navigate while fishing (Since there's a horsepower restriction on this lake that limits us to the electric trolling motor only), then I'd definitely recommend Lake Nockamixon. If you're looking to catch a greater quantity of fish and capitalize on the full bass boat experience but are content with bass of smaller size, I'd recommend Blue Marsh Lake. Whichever lake you decide to try fishing, I will ensure you and your fishing buddies have a memorable, exciting, and educational day on the water! 

Do I Need a PA Fishing License For My Fishing Charter?

All anglers 16 years old or older must purchase a PA fishing license. Anglers 16 years old or older will not be allowed to touch a fishing rod on my boat without bringing their valid PA fishing license with them to their fishing charter. Click here to learn more about acquiring a PA Fishing License

What's the Best Time of Year to Fish?

I offer fishing charters year round as long as there isn't ice on the water! Here's a breakdown of fishing conditions by time of year:​

December through March:

Fishing Difficulty: Hard

Seasonal Pattern: Wintertime fishing

Best Times of Day to Fish: Noon to Afternoon (When it's warmest outside)

Notes: Wintertime fishing can be cold and tough, but if the weather cooperates and there's no ice on the water it can be a great time of year to catch big bass and avoid boat traffic. If you're up for the challenge, dress warm and let's go fishing for some bass in their wintertime haunts!

April through early May:

Fishing Difficulty: Medium

Seasonal Pattern: Prespawn

Best Times of Day to Fish: Noon to Afternoon (When it's warmest outside)

Notes: Bass tend to be the most aggressive during prespawn. Fish caught during this season tend to be heavier than average as they feed and move up shallow towards their spawning grounds. Be prepared to potentially face some cold weather conditions though! Although the fishing can be a little bit tough, I sometimes tend to catch more fish per trip during this season than any other time of year.

Late May through early June:

Fishing Difficulty: Easy

Seasonal Pattern: Spawn

Best Times of Day to Fish: Morning and afternoon

Notes: Here in PA, we can't sight fish for spawning bass on their beds but we can absolutely keep fishing for them! The bite can be very good this time of year since bass become very aggressive and territorial as they prepare to spawn.

Late June:

Fishing Difficulty: Medium

Seasonal Pattern: Postspawn

Best Times of Day to Fish: Early morning, afternoon

Notes: After bass finish spawning, they become difficult to catch for a short period of time. During the postspawn season, the fishing can be kind of tough for a couple of weeks as fish recover from the spawn before the summertime pattern enters in full swing. 

July Through Early September:

Fishing Difficulty: Easy

Seasonal Pattern: Summertime

Best Times of Day to Fish: Early morning, late afternoon, night

Notes: During the summertime season, bass can be found all around the lake in different types of cover and structure. This is my favorite time of year to do fishing charters because we typically catch a lot of fish this time of year and we get to use various different techniques. The warm weather makes fish active and they're simply focused on survival and feeding. Break out the sunscreen and let's go wet a line!

Late September through November

Fishing Difficulty: Hard

Seasonal Pattern: Fall transition

Best Times of Day to Fish: Morning, afternoon

Notes: While fall can be a great time to catch active and feeding bass while also getting away from the boat traffic, it often proves to be the most difficult season of the year for fishing. The scenery on the water this time of year is absolutely stunning and we'll be trying to catch big bass while everyone else starts worrying about football and hunting!

Have Any More Questions?

Give us a call/text at (267) 730-3203 or email us at awgulfishing@gmail.com

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