SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
APRIL 26, 2017
The in-season trout stockings are underway and about to
wrap up. Due to high, muddy water the first few days of the Southeast season
opener, plenty of trout remain in the stocked waters and should provide
extended angling opportunities.
Crappies have been biting at Kaercher Dam, located in Windsor Township, just east of Hamburg
Borough; some up to 17” have been caught recently.
Boating and fishing has been heating up at Blue Marsh Lake. Remember to check your
life jackets for serviceability, ensure your fire extinguisher is charged and
operational, and your boat registration is up to date before heading out on the
Caption: In less than two weeks, (May 6), Walleyes will be back in season,
try your luck at Blue Marsh Lake on the Spring Creek
arm of the lake, or head over to the Stilling Basin and fish the tail race.
The East Branch
Perkiomen Creek, Tohickon Creek
and the Delaware Canal Section 5
stretches get another stocking of trout today, 4/26. In the canal, try green
paste bait and meal worms.
APRIL 20, 2017
River-Shad anglers are reporting a great spring run, one of the best
years in recent memory. River is still dropping and clearing up, and hovering
in the mid-50’s. Shad are still coming into the river, so now is the time to
get out and hit the shores or launch the boat. Wading along the shoreline is
still a popular way to fish for shad. WCOs have been seeing many of these
anglers wearing personal flotation devices, a good sound safety investment.
Anglers in boats are using flutter spoons of all colors. Most have reported
that finding the right color for conditions has been a trial-and-error ordeal
every day they have been out.
Trout are still being stocked in N. Bucks County and trout anglers
have had a good spring since the water levels have receded after the opening weekend
washout. To see when your favorite trout stream gets an in-season stocking,
Lake - Anglers are reporting good crappie and bass action at
Nockamixon Lake. Bass are in the shallows right now. Adult bass are beginning
their breeding cycle, and adult bass over a bass redd (nest) should be avoided.
Crappies are around banks and submerged structure. Gulp minnows and spider-rigged
live minnows are working well.
Marsh Creek Lake - The warm weather
over the past week has fish biting on just about everything. Bluegills and
crappies are taking mealworms and wax worms, minnows and small jigs. Some bass
are being caught as well, taking everything from jigs to spinner and crank
baits. The best soft plastic worm colors
to use are black, purple, dark green and pumpkin seed. Best live baits are
crayfish, minnows and night crawlers.
Pickering Ck, East Brandywine Ck, and West
Valley Ck have average flows and are very clear, but have been fishing
well. Water temps have been hovering between 58-62 degrees. With clear
conditions it makes it a bit more difficult on the spin fishermen. Bait anglers
are catching trout with minnows and small wax or mealworms. Fly anglers have
reported taking trout on very small (24-28) midges. Small pheasant tail and
hares ears nymphs are also producing results for the fly fishermen.
you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation
Areas. The Fly Fishing Area is Catch & Release Only. You may not
possess fish in the Delayed
Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas until June 15.
Stay clear of the fish ladder at the Black Rock Dam. Respect the river, wear a
PFD while onboard a boat. *There was
a near drowning at the dam last week!
next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday, April
20 at the London Tract Meeting House in the White Clay Creek Preserve, located
at the intersection of Sharpless & London Tract roads, Landenberg PA 19350,
next to White Clay State Park Office. Fly tying materials are provided for
those who do not yet have their own. Several flies are usually demonstrated and
club members are happy to show you how it's done, as well tell few stories
about the last big one that got away, or the best place to fish and what to
use. Club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for more
information. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State Park Office.
White Clay Creek Middle Branch Section 3 Delayed Harvest Area, the Pocopson
Creek Section 2, and the White Clay Creek Section 1 will be stocked
with trout on April 24. We will meet the big white stocking truck in the long
lane across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30AM. Come on out to give
a little something back, or to take a youngster on an adventure that they will
remember for a lifetime.
White Clay Creek East Branch Section 3, from the White Clay Creek
Preserve Boundary to the mouth has been stocked with trout. The stocking
locations for the White Clay East Branch Section 3, were Penn Green Road at the
top of the Preserve Boundary at 39-46'24.2" North and 75-46'11.1"
West, London Tract Road at 39-46'07.6" North and 75-45'54.2" West,
and Yeatmans Station Road at 39-45'54.2" North and 75-45'45.8" West.
White Clay Creek East Branch Section 2, from SR357 (Wood View Road) to
the White Clay Creek Preserve Boundary has been stocked with trout. The
stocking locations for the White Clay East Branch Section 2, were Glen Willow
Orchard at 39-50'07.1" North and 75-47'21.2" West, Indian Run Road at
Miller Drive at 39-49'05.8" North and 75-46'57.7" Indian Run Road at
bend at 39-48'58.0" North and 75-46'59.7" West, Garden Station Bridge
and Clay Creek Road at 39-48'09.2 North and 75-47'01.6 West, North Clay Creek
Bridge and Church Hill Road at 39-47'51.2" North and 75-46'56.9"
West, Auburn Road Bridge at 39-47'28.1" North and 75-46'15.4" West,
Laurel Woods Road Bridge on Penn Green Road at 39-47'02.7" North and
75-46'29.4" West, Landenberg United Methodist Church Parking Lot at
39-46'42.0" North and 75-46'18.9" West, Thanks to Forest C. for
coordinating the stocking, and Scott M. for running the floats.
Buck Run Section 2 has been stocked. This will be the last in season
stocking of the year. The stocking points are Old Mill Road at 39-58'38.5"
North and 75-54'09.9", just downstream of business 30 at 39-58'51.3" North
and 75-54'33.4" West, Octoraro Drive at 39-59'08.2" North and
75-54'37.0" West, on Quarry Road Bridge at 39-58'11.9" North and
75-53'37.9" West, Greenbelt Road Bridge at 39-57'58.7" North and
75-53'34,7" West and just upstream of West Bert Reel Park at
39-57'49.4" North and 75-53'20.2" West.
the bulk of Lehigh County stockings completed, anglers are reporting a great
catch rate across the entire county. Through Lock Ridge Park in Alburtis you
may have success fishing for trout in Swabia
Creek. On Jordan Creek, in South
Whitehall Township, anglers are getting trout through Covered Bridge Park.
trees in the county have leafed out and seemingly pulled up a lot of water from
those streams. They have gone from high and muddy to low and clear in what
seems like one week. For those anglers targeting trout, there are still plenty
in the streams and we continue to stock them with in-season stockings. Anglers
going for trout have transitioned from using pate baits (in the opening week)
to minnows (currently) and have had more success with minnows on streams like
the Bushkill Creek, Martins Creek and the Hokendauqua.
Shad have been making their way up to Easton in the Delaware River with many anglers catching shad in the 19-22” range
on spoons and swim baits.
you to all the helpers who have come out to help stock trout in the various
streams over the last month and a half. For those who want to see what stocking
trout is all about there are still plenty of opportunities to come out and help
in the next month.
Locust Lake was very good for
trout fishing on the opening day of trout season. Anglers were catching some trout from shore
on minnows and wax worms. The lake is
due to be stocked again on April 22 with Brook Trout and Brown trout.
Little Schuylkill River has seen a
lot of angling pressure throughout the stocked areas, but still holds trout,
probably due to high waters. Trout are
still being caught on all the common baits, gold spinners, and chartreuse
colored lures have worked as well. The Delayed
Harvest Artificial Lures Only area of the river has seen quite a bit of pressure
and has proven to be tougher as the season progresses. As hatches of insects start to come off
expect fly fishing to increase through this section.
Schuylkill River is at a moderate
water level for canoes and kayaks to travel from Auburn to Port Clinton. A few have floated this section already. Just
make sure you dress appropriately for the water temperatures and wear your life
Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (email@example.com), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.