SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
April 11, 2018
Photo 1 & 2
Lake Luxembourg, Neshaminy Creek (in Tyler State Park),
and both sections of the Delaware Canal
received an in-season trout stocking yesterday, 4/10/18.
The crappie bite is on! Crappies are starting to come out of Octoraro Reservoir.
Anglers are catching them fishing underneath the Bridge on Route 472, and along
the Spruce Grove Road Bridge by fishing near the bridge structure using small
minnows or fathead minnows fished deep under a pencil bobber, or by using
traditional crappie baits. If using a minnow, keep changing the depth until you
find the one that works. The District WCO
has measured 15 ½ inch crappie at Octoraro Reservoir in past years. Boat
anglers are doing a bit better because they are better able to find the
structure and locate a school. Boat rentals (rowboats are inexpensive to rent,
it is the motor that makes it expensive), can be had at Octoraro Reservoir and Marsh Creek
Reservoirs. Usually this time of year if you can find one fish,
then you will find a bunch more with him.
Brook Trout Fingerlings about to be released into Pocopson Creek. Photo Credit: WCO Tom Benevento
Pocopson Creek. This is an educational event that allows the
students to learn all about the importance of water quality, different types of
streams, freestone and limestone, watersheds, and the different fish found in
warm water versus cold water streams, and to learn about aquatic invertebrates.
On release day, the students took the fingerling Brook Trout down to the Pocopson Creek, and each student received
a Brook Trout in a clear plastic cup and after closely examining the fish for a
few minutes they released the fish into the creek. Most of the students while
examining the fish gave them a name. Some of the names heard were Nemo,
Bubbles, Stripes, Gill, and Shamu. The school made a video of the release with
the help of the official school drone. This is a wonderful opportunity for the
students to learn all about the importance of protecting our environment and
gives them a chance to get some hands-on experience in conservation. For more
information on the program contact your local trout Unlimited chapter or go to
the website at https://www.tu.org/TIC .
The Buck Run Section 2, the East Branch White Clay Creek
Section 2 and the East Branch White Clay Creek Section 3 will be
stocked with trout on Tuesday April 17. We will meet the big white stocking
truck loaded with angling fun in the lane across from the Sadsburyville Post
Office at 11:30 AM. Come on out and spend a day fishing and giving something
back to the resource.
April 4, 2018
Photo #1 and #2 Caption: Siblings Melissa and Dave caught some large trout on
Regional Opening Day in Berks County! Melissa’s fish was 20 inches out of Furnace
Creek in Robesonia and Dave’s fish was 23+ inches out of Wyomissing Creek in
the trout season begins! Thank you to all who have come out to help
stock so far and thank you in advance to those planning to help during the
On Mentored Youth Day and Regional Opening Day, anglers were
successful using white, yellow, and chartreuse paste baits, as well as wax
worms and even some spoons.
In other fishing news, anglers are reeling in some nice
size Yellow Perch and crappies in the Tullytown Cove. Please take note that most of the areas with
access to the shoreline around the cove are private property and require
permission to enter. Fish responsibly
and always carry all your trash out with you.
Delaware County anglers enjoyed one of the nicest Opening
Days of Trout season in many years. Anglers came out and enjoyed sunshine
and perfect stream conditions to be rewarded with many hook ups and stringers
full of fish. The fish were biting right out of the gate at 8:00AM and
were still active come lunchtime. The streams were pleasantly clean as
anglers were keeping trash and litter in their pockets or in bags. The
District WCO didn’t have a single problem or complaint and that makes their job
much easier and rewarding.
The Striped Bass run has started. Although cold water
temperatures have kept the fish from coming in up to now, some smaller fish are
being caught behind the Philadelphia Airport. Anglers are reminded that
as of April 1st, the Striped Bass regs change to a slot limit size
of 21” – 25” with a limit of 2 fish daily. Anglers are reminded that if
they are targeting Striped Bass, then they are required to possess a Saltwater
Registry Tag as well. It is free and can be obtained here; https://www.pa-sarp.pa.gov/
The Wednesday, March 28 stocking of the Conowingo Creek and Fishing Creek concluded Southern
Lancaster County’s pre-season stocking events.
Trout anglers have ample opportunities to put a trout dinner on the
plate in fishing Saturday’s Trout Opener on any one of the 23 Stocked Trout
Waters and Muddy Run Lake. In-season stocking will begin in earnest on
Wednesday 4/4 with the stocking of Big
Beaver and Little Beaver Creek. The East
Branch Octoraro Creek with a section that falls within Lancaster County will
be stocked on Thursday, April 5. The Little Conestoga Creek and Swarr Run will be stocked on Friday
3/30 [rescheduled from 3/23] & float stocked per below.
looking to get away from congregated areas should refer to below and last
week’s Regional Report in scouting a location that allows for a solitary
pursuit of their creel limit – per below:
Stocked Sections of Stocked Trout Waters
Black Bear Road - Downstream from Swift Road Bridge – Downstream from Goshen
Mill Bridge - Downstream From 2108 Robert Fulton Hwy. To Sr 222 Bridge Downstream from Bridge at Goat Hill Rd. To
Sr 222 Bridge
Fishing Creek -3/28
Downstream From Silver Sp[Ring Rd. Bridge
Downstream from Drumore Park to Slate Hill Road
Little Conestoga Creek – 3/30
eam from Miller/Buch Rd. Bridge –
Downstream from Ppl [Upstream Section to Manheim Pk]
Downstream from Ppl To Flory Mill
Downstream from 100 Yards Above Covered Bridge To 200
Yards Upstream of Harrisburg Pike Bridge
Swarr Run -3/30
Downstream from 2878 Yellow Goose Road to State Rd.
Bridge Downstream from Ye Old Mill Rd [Dead End] To Downstream of Gold’s Gym
Photo #3 Caption: Ross Club and son Chase with the 17” Rainbow landed on Hammer
Creek downstream of Erb’s Covered Bridge where Chase’s dad float stocks.
Photo #4 Caption: Trent Slaymaker with a 23” Rainbow landed on Hammer Creek.
Despite the apparent unwillingness of winter to yield to
spring this year, the ongoing cold weather took a break on both Mentored Youth
Day and Regional Trout Opening Day, giving us nice conditions for both. Many
people attended the Mentored Youth Day, with lots of kids catching trout and
having fun with their parents, and Regional Opening Day of Trout Season was a
huge success with over 400 anglers enjoying the day on district trout stocked
waters. We received many compliments on the nice trout we stocked this year. So,
an incredible job was done by our Hatcheries staff and they deserve a lot of
credit for that! As always, a huge debt of gratitude is extended to the
volunteers that showed up despite some crummy weather to help stock the fish. Without
those of you that show up every year to help carry buckets, trout stocking would
be difficult at best and you all make it both easy and enjoyable…so thank you.
On the boating side of things, some paddlers and even some
power boaters are starting to show up on district waterways. Please keep in
mind that cold water is dangerous, and cold weather mandatory PFD wear
requirements remain in effect until the end of April. Have fun and we’ll see
you on the water!
Western Schuylkill/Northern Berks Fishing and
The Regional Opening Day of Trout brought sunshine,
relatively mild temperatures and little or no wind resulting in a higher
turnout than the last few years. Anglers were successful on all area
streams with the southern end of the district seeing a little more action than
the northern, likely due to warmer temperatures in the southern part of the
The District WCO received several landowner complaints about
anglers. These mostly had to do with parking and littering. Keep in
mind that many stream areas that are stocked are privately-owned and that we
are permitted to stock trout and you are permitted to fish through the courtesy
of the landowner. The fact that trout are stocked there does not deprive
the landowner of his rights. How would you feel if allowed someone on
your property and they abused the privilege? Treat the property you are
on as if it is your own. Appreciate the fact that you are guest on their
property and give the landowner the courtesy they are due and thereby show your
appreciation for the fact that they allow us on their property.
A specific note regarding Northkill Creek in Berks County: The WCO DOES NOT and for
several years HAS NOT stocked trout in the vicinity of Old Shartlesville
Road. This is private property and is posted against trespassing.
There may be some remnant PFBC NO PARKING signs that are in evidence in the
area, but the WCO will see they are removed. Anglers, please do not enter
this posted private property. As mentioned in the previous paragraph,
treat the property as if it were your own.
he boating side, everyone is reminded that we are in
the cold weather mandatory wear period until after April 30. All persons
on all boats less than 16 feet in length, and all canoes and kayaks, are
required to be wearing a personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) at all
times while on the water. This is not a violation for which you will get
MARCH 28, 2018
The 18-County Regional Opening Day of Trout Season is
quickly approaching this Saturday, March 31!
As anglers look forward with excitement to opening day,
they should respect the lands that they fish on. Carry-out any trash. Additionally, the privilege to camp and have
a campfire on private property can only be done with the landowner’s consent. Anglers should be aware of where they are
parking their vehicles, so as not to block the travel of the land owner, damage
the property turf or create a traffic hazard.
Approximately 75% of lands where trout are stocked in the Commonwealth
are privately owned. It is in our (anglers) best interest to respect the
landowners to keep waters open for our use.
Parents are encouraged to share in the
tradition of the Opening Day next Saturday March 31 with their children, and as
a courtesy reminder are required to maintain separate creels (stringers or
buckets) for their harvest.
Both sections of Neshaminy
Creek (Warrington area and Tyler State Park stretches) were stocked with
trout on Monday for the 18 County early Regional Opening Day of Trout.
k will be stocked this as of the posting of this report
today, Wednesday, 3/28.
Both sections of the Delaware
Canal will be stocking on Thursday, 3/29.
Thanks to the staff of the Huntsdale hatchery, Conservation
Officers and stocking helpers who make these opportunities possible in this
Officer Schmidt continues to promote float stocking and continues to seek out
Sportsmen’s organizations to adopt a stream, or portion thereof to accomplish
more float stocking. The most important requisite to accomplishment of float
stocking is that of volunteer manpower. Over the previous four seasons a
dedicated cadre of individuals have enthusiastically stepped up and waded in to
make it happen. Most of the trout anglers owe to the minority of the
stocking helpers, the bucket carriers and float stocking teams, an expression
of appreciation in contributing mightily to their successful trout season. Individuals
are encouraged to construct their own stocking float and join the team.
Even on the Opening Day, there
are opportunities for a solitary fishing experience in Lancaster County for the
angler who is willing to park and walk along these float-stocked stretches.
Float Stocked Sections of Stocked Trout Waters – Lancaster
Big Beaver Creek
Downstream From 20 Main St. New Providence To 1930 Beaver
Valley Pike- Downstream from Concrete Bridge at Near Old Rd. & Beaver
Valley Pike – Downstream from Krantz Mill Rd. Bridge -Downstream from 92
Refton Road –Downstream from 66 Smithville Rd. To Smithville Rd. Bridge.
Donegal Creek Fly
Downstream from 1104 Long Lane
Section #2, 4, 6
Downstream from Bridge at Michters Roa
nstream from 920 W. Fairview Rd. [Walk-In Only] –
Downstream from Carpenter Road Bridge – Downstream from Buch Mill Rd. Bridge
- Downstream from Near 1310 Pine Hill Road – Downstream from Covered Bridge at
Erb’s Bridge Road
Little Beaver Creek -3/5
Downstream From 302 Hilltop Road to Childrens Clinic at
Bunker Hill Rd.
le Chiques Cr
nstream from Mt. Pleasant Road Bridge – Downstream from
Sr 772 Bridge – Downstream from Little Chiques Creek Park
Meetinghouse Creek – 3/6
Downstream from The Bridge at Quarry Road/Sr 3
Downstream from The Bridge at Kleinfeltersville Rd. –
Downstream from The Clay Road Bridge – Downstream from the Bridge at 220 Rock
Rd. – Downstream from the Bridge at Wissler/Middle Creek Road
tream from Sr 897 Bridge to School Lane Rd [2017
Extended Lower Limit] – Downstream from Mt. Vernon Rd. Bridge -Downstream From
5762 Buena Vista Dr. To 897 –
Downstream from Buena Vista Bridge to Mt. Vernon Rd.
Downstream from Woods at Stuart Run Road to The Theodore
A. Parker Iii Natural Area [Lancaster County Parks]
Downstream from L.A.S.A. Pumping Station to Letort Road
Bridge – Downstream from (Letort Road) To Near Owl Bridge Rd.
r. Octoraro Creek – Sect. #2
Br. Octoraro Creek – Sect. #4
Downstream from Mt. Pleasant Rd. Covered Bridge –
Downstream from Herr Farm – *Downstream from Pa American Water Co. Pumping
Station to Black Rock Rd.
Downstream from 702 Wesley Road to 785 Wesley Road
. Octoraro Creek – Sect.#3
nstream from Sr 472 Bridge – Downstream from
Confluence W/Stewart Run -
Street Road to Near Lower Limit
* West Branch
Octoraro Creek: The Pumping Station Road on lands belonging to the PA
American Water Company: Anglers are
informed that the section of water downstream of the Run-of-the River Dam was
float stocked on Saturday 3/10. This is
an arduous float as the 5 man/2 float barrel crew began the planting of fish
200 yards downstream of the Run-of-the River Dam towards Black Rock. Anglers should be aware of the safety signage
in place at the dam and comply accordingly. Anglers observed to be wade fishing
within 50 feet of the dam, or on the dam itself are subject to being cited.
* West Branch
Octoraro Creek: Anglers seeking a solitary outing are directed to trek into
the W. Br. Octoraro Creek via Pumping Station Road and work their way
downstream to Black Rock Road.
Trout anglers using small watercraft, canoes & kayaks: Mandatory PFD Wear regulations remain in
effect until 30 April. All boats under 16 feet, and all canoes and kayaks
irrespective of length. Exposure to the current water temperatures can lead
to sudden cold water-immersion shock and hypothermia. BOAT SMART – BOAT SAFE.
Little Beaver Creek is effectively posted to restrict Sunday Fishing.
This lawful restriction will be enforced under the provisions of section 2104
of the Code.
Beaver Creek: No Sunday Fishing is in effect at 1930 Beaver
Valley Pike. At the Lower Limit, the property at 153 Smithville Road remains
Branch Octoraro Creek: The property at 95 Hollow Road, Quarryville remains
Warning - Stewart Run: Anglers are advised that the property
downstream of Naomi’s Bridge may be posted to restrict fishing in 2019. The landowner has reported litter to include
bait containers and monofilament.
Chiques Creek: The property that extends to the western edge
of Cove Outlook Park remains posted in the near proximity to the
Creek [Catch & Release – Fly -Fishing Only]: The property at 1480 Long Lane [at the
defined Lower Limit] has been posted, anglers are thus cautioned that they are
subject to being cited for trespassing.
Moreover, if requested by a landowner to
identify themselves they are required per Section 2501 (a) (7) to comply
accordingly and in violation if they: Refuse to identify himself upon request
to the owner or the lessee of the land or waters upon which he is present.
There was pleasant afternoon weather this past Saturday for
Mentored Youth Day, although it was cold in the morning, many youth anglers
came out for some quality time fishing with parents, grandparents and family
friends. Many youth anglers were catching fish on the Lehigh Canal in Walnutport. Some nice Rainbow Trout were caught
along the Bushkill Creek in Bushkill
Twp. on butter worms. Some Golden Rainbow Trout were also caught and released
within Jacobsburg State Park. The Monocacy
Creek also offered a great angling opportunity at Surrey Glen Park in Lower
Nazareth Township with many Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout being caught.
As we look forward to the opening day this Saturday, our
Hatcheries and Law Enforcement staff have been busy stocking the last of the
streams. The Saucon Creek was stocked,
and the Martins Creek and Jacoby Creek will be the last 2 streams
in the county to be stocked, but will be ready to go for Regional Opening Day
of Trout Season.
Photo Caption: Jared
harvested this 24” Golden Rainbow Trout while fishing with his father on a
section of the Hokendauqua Creek
located in Moore Township on Mentored Youth Trout Day.
within scenic Hibernia County Park is a 3/4 acre pond known as the Children’s
Pond. The Children’s Pond is well populated with warm water fish, but is also
stocked with trout through generous donations by the West Caln Sportsmen’s
Club, the Chester County Parks & Recreation Department and the Friends of
Hibernia. The District WCO was recently with the sportsmen’s club as they stocked the pond
with hundreds of trout, including over 50 trophy sized Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and
Golden Rainbow Trout. The pond is a great place to take a youngster to get them away
from the crowds and teach them to fish. The cleared shoreline makes casting a
breeze and the fact that the water is not moving makes it easier to feel if
those trophies are taking the bait. Bass, sunfish & catfish live in the
pond as well as trout. Plan to take your child for the Regional Opening Day on
Saturday, March 31st at 8 AM this year. You will not be alone,
but the atmosphere is bound to be full of energy with many parents focused on
helping their children to catch fish. Helpful and knowledgeable park rangers
will be patrolling the pond. Don’t have a fishing rod or tackle? No problem
there, as you can borrow a fishing rod, reel and tackle box through the
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission’s rod & tackle loaner program
available at the park office from 08:30 AM to 4:00 PM, April through November.
Vending machines with bait, worms and minnows are also located at the park
office. Hibernia County Park is located at 1 Park Road, Coatesville, PA. 19320.
Call 610-383-3812 for more information, or to inquire about borrowing
equipment. A fishing license and trout stamp are required of individuals who
are 16 years old and above that fish any Chester County park or any
Commonwealth stocked trout waters. A fishing license is required to fish
Commonwealth waters as well if you are 16 years old or older.
Photo Caption: Trout from sponsoring organizations (mentioend above) about to be released into the Children's Pond at Hibernia County Park. Photo by Laura Benenvento
Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (RA-FBSEFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.