1. Have you fished in Pa before? If so, where?
I’ve fished a ton in PA....growing up I frequented Lake Wallenpaupack, Harvey’s Lake and Beltzville. I also spent a lot of time on the Susquehanna River wading for smallies and in all the small trout streams of the Poconos like the Broadhead creek, the Pocono creek and Springbrook creek.
2. What’s your favorite body of water in Pa?
Lake Wallenpaupack.....a lot of my entire style of fishing has evolved from fishing that place. I like to run and gun....and that’s what I learned to do there to win.
3. What’s your favorite time of year to fish in Pa?
Late April and May is the most wide open time of the year, but I actually enjoy November the most!
4. Are there any differences to fishing in Pa vs. other parts of the country?
One of the main differences is simply geographical. The lakes are mostly rocky mountain lakes, and generally the more south you go the more clay and sediment filled lakes you get. But I feel a bass is a bass, and it really comes to finding the most efficient way of catching them.
5. What’s your biggest fish/limit from Pa?
My biggest (6) fish limit was from Harvey’s Lake in Late October around 2000. My partner Chris Hall and I had 6 for 26 and change......I’ll never forget that day!
6. What is your favorite species to target in PA?
I like to target the smallmouth because they can be a little more elusive.
7. When the fish just aren't biting, what lure or presentation do you use to get bites?
A jig was always my favorite bait in PA....I made and used all kinds.....but I also did a lot of damage on a wacky worm.
8. How do you stay focused when what was working is now not?
Try to think about all the variables like weather, time of year, general size of the fish you are targeting and make decisions to change. Change is very important and necessary constantly in fishing....and not the Obama type of Change!
9. Besides (the fish you’re known for catching) what are some other species do you fish for?
I fished for trout a lot growing up....but I also love to fish for yellow perch to this day. Most of the PA lake are infested with perch and you can’t find a better eating fish.
10. Anything you would change about your career at this point?
There is nothing I would change about my career.....in fact I think about that all the time. Everything I have done has made me who I am today. From the trout fishing days in PA to wading the Susquehanna River with my dad as a kid, to taking my girlfriend(now wife) to compete in tournaments with me at Lake Wallenpaupack to truly see what I do to grow an appreciation for it.......it all has made me evolve......and I would not take anything back!
We wish to thank Dave for his time and wish him the best of luck! Be sure to watch for Dave on great shows like 'Classic Patterns' and also check out his website at http://www.davewolak.com