For anglers looking to cast a line in Leaser Lake in Lehigh Co., a little patience could go a long way.
Thursday night’s Leaser Lake Heritage Foundation meeting held at the Lynn Township Municipal Building provided good news for those eager to see the massive rehabilitation project totally completed as they were told that things are on the right track.
“Obviously the construction is all done,” said Carl Zvanut, vice chairman of LLHF, of the dam itself. While the dam was rebuilt on schedule, according to George White, president of the LLHF board, some portions were on back order, which have delayed the filling of the lake.
A survey is in the process of being submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Zvanut said.
“DEP has to approve the whole thing,” Zvanut added.
The good news for antsy water enthusiasts and fishermen is that it looks like there will be water in the lake by next summer, Zvanut said.
“And if there is water in it by late spring, then they will start stocking trout based on a regular stocking plan,” he added.
Does that mean fishermen can cast their lines hoping to craft some tall tales? Not quite.
“It will be open for fishing although there really won’t be any fish to catch in the lake for probably several years,” Zvanut said.
Leaser Lake is a 117-acre impoundment that that is managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, according to LLHF committee members. It was built in 1971 by the PFBC.
The PFBC leases the public areas and the operation of them to Lehigh County. PFBC is responsible for the dam, which is located on the Jacksonville Branch of the Ontelaunee Creek. The entire upgrade project, which began in 2009, is slated to cost about $5.7 million, according to the PFBC.
After taking a few questions from audience members the meeting was adjourned.
The LLHF meets at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month at the Lynn Township Municipal Building.