Lake Nockamixon can be a difficult lake to fish. Many species inhabit the lake and many fishing techniques and styles are utilized.
Indigenous Lake Nockamixon Species:
Hybrid Striped Bass
Lake Nockamixon is a 1,450 acre lake of varied depth and cover in the valley of Haycock Mountain, the highest point in Bucks County. Gas motors are limited to 9.9 horsepower. Many recreational boats (sailboats, windsurfers, canoes, boat rentals, etc.) share the lake with fishermen.
The lake is man-made, formed by damming the Tohickon Creek. Upstream, the Tohickon begins in Quakertown and downstream it eventually feeds the Delaware River after wandering through scenic Upper Bucks County. This section of the creek offers canoe and kayak-class rapids, especially when the State Park opens the lake spillway once or twice a year.
The lake's depth structure varies from a fair amount of grassy and rocky flats to cliffs and drop-offs that fall to over 80 feet deep. Visible structure is minimul and submerged structure and cover is mostly limited to milfoil and hidden, man-made reefs and road beds. In the summertime, lilly pads also offer cover. The flats and weed cover occur primarily on the lower (SW) end of the lake, while the cliffs, drop-offs and other structure are mainly on the upper (NE) end near the dam.
Spring and fall are the best times to fish the lake. In the summer the best times are pre-dawn and dusk.
If you believe that the sun and the moon can affect fish feeding times, check out our Solunar Calendar. Some people swear by solunar data, some think it's useless. Either way, the data shown is calibrated for Lake Nockamixon, so test the theory yourself and post a report.
Overall, the most productive pattern for largemouth bass is probably soft plastics and jigs pitched into the many, mostly submerged, weed beds. The next most popular would be slow-rolling spinnerbaits across deeper (8'-14') flats adjacent to the main creek channel and near cover or a point. In the summertime, at peak times, topwater baits (buzzbaits, pop-r's, etc) and quicker retrieve spinnerbaits work well along the same staging areas as mentioned above. Crankbaits, jerkbaits and live bait are also used.
The middle and upper (NE) ends of the lake host most of the other species of the lake's gamefish. Smallmouth bass are mostly caught in the upper (NE) end. In late summer at dusk, hybrid stripers bite at topwater baits like Shad Sluggos and Zara Spooks. Walleye are usually caught near the cliffs and near the nightime lights around the marina.
Carp spawn in the flats by the hundreds offering quite a sight. Bow-fishing for carp is sometimes seen on the lake.
Lake Nockamixon is a Pennsylvania Trophy Bass lake and special regulations apply. More information is posted at the boat launches and park entrances.