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MARCH 22, 2017

Bucks County
Mentored Youth Trout Day for Bucks County is March 25, 2017 8:00A to 7:30P! Take part in the Commission’s Mentored Youth Trout Day, as it is a great opportunity to get kids into trout fishing without the opening-day crowds. To participate in the Mentored Youth Fishing Day, anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission. While mentors will be permitted to fish for trout, they are not permitted to harvest trout and must release them unharmed. Youth may harvest up to two trout (combined species) with a minimum size of 7 inches.
The waterways in Bucks County that are stocked with trout for this event are E. Branch of the Perkiomen Creek, Section 2 (Perkasie/Sellersville) Lake Luxembourg, Levittown Lake and the Unami Creek, Section 2 (Milford Square downstream to Trumbauersville Rd). Read More about Mentored Youth Day here: http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/FishingRegulations/Pages/MentoredYouthProgram.aspx
 We have several pre-season trout stockings scheduled for the week before trout season. Please come out and assist in getting the streams stocked! Bucks County Waterways still to be stocked including Neshaminy Creek, Section 2 (Valley Road to Mill Rd Bridge) and Section 4 (Neshaminy SP) on 3/27/2017; Tohickon Creek, Section 5 (Dark Hollow Rd to mouth) on 3/29/2017; and Delaware Canal, Section 3 (Washington Crossing State Park North Section-Soldier’s Graveyard Area) on 3/29/2017 and Section 5 (Upstream boundary of Lower Washington Crossing State Park south to Maple Street in Morrisville) on 3/31/2017.
For exact upper and lower limits of Stocked Trout Waters, dates, meeting locations and times, see stocking info here: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx
 
Chester County
The White Clay Creek Middle Branch, Section 2, from T364 (Good Hope Road Bridge) to SR3009 (Guernsey Road) has been stocked with trout. This section is approved trout waters and is closed to fishing until 8 AM on the regional opening day, this year that is on April 1st. The stocking locations for the White Clay Middle Branch, Section 2, were Guernsey Road Bridge at 39-48'12.4" North and 75-50'02.9" West, East Avondale Road Bridge at Chambers Road at 39-47'46.5" North and 75-49'29.5" West, Wickerton Road Bridge and Pennock Bridge Road at 39-47'10.3 North and 75-49'01.8 West, Church Hill Road and Creek Road at 39-47'20.8" North and 75-48'08.8" West, Creek Road (Dirt Road) Stop #1 at 39-47'11.8" North and 75-48'10.1" West, Creek Road (Bend on Dirt Road) Stop #2 at 39-47'02.8" North and 75-48'10.9" West, Chesterville & Creek Road Bridge at 39-46'54.3" North and 75-48'01.8" West, North Creek Road (200 Block) Stop #3 at 39-46'10.1" North and 75-47'53.6" West, Mercer Mill Road Bridge at 39-45'59.4" North and 75-47'41.9" West, and North Creek Road Stop #4 above Delayed Harvest Area and Good Hope Road at 39-45'46.9" North and 75-47'09.8" West. Thanks to Forest C. for coordinating the stocking and the few individuals who assisted.
The West Branch Brandywine Creek, Section 3, from Cedar Knoll Bridge down to Route 340 will be stocked with trout on Friday, March 31. We will meet across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30 AM. Please come out and help us make it a great regional opening day, April 1 at 8 AM.
The White Clay Creek East Branch, Section 2, which is the East Branch White Clay Creek from Woodview Road to the White Clay Creek State Preserve boundary and the White Clay Creek Section 1 which is from the confluence of the East Branch White Clay and the Middle Branch White Clay to the Delaware State line will be stocked with trout on Thursday March 30th. The stocking truck will meet us at the Avondale Post Office at noon. On our last stocking we had little help for a few thousand fish so give a little something back to the resource that we all enjoy and come out and help us get these fish in the water for the Regional Opening Day.
The White Clay Creek East Branch, Section 3, from the White Clay Creek Preserve Boundary to the mouth has been stocked with trout. Remember that this is stocked trout waters and so is closed to fishing until the Regional opening day, this year April 1st at 8 AM. 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. Thanks to Forest for coordinating the stocking.
The White Clay Fly Fishers held their annual banquet on March 18 at the Hockessin Memorial Hall. With over 100 people in attendance it was a fun and interesting evening for all that attended. A guest speaker covered fly fishing waters. Five different raffles were held. If you would like to join the club, the meetings are held starting at 7PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Meetings are held at the London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse at the intersection of Sharpless and London Tract Roads, Landenberg, PA. 19350. This is next to the White Clay Park Office.  The Club is always looking for new members. For more information check out the website at www.whiteclayflyfishers.org
Hibernia County Park has a small 3/4 acre pond that is well populated with warm water fish but is also stocked with trout by the Chester County Parks & Recreation Department and by the generous donations of the Friends of Hibernia. The pond makes a great place to take a youngster to get them away from the crowds and to teach them to fish because of the cleared shoreline which makes casting much easier and the fact that the water is not moving makes it easier to fish and to tell if they have a bite. Bass, sunfish & catfish can be found in the pond as well as the trout. It would be a great place to take a child for the Regional Opening Day, April 1 at 8AM this year. You will not be alone, but it is a better atmosphere with lots of parents focused on helping the children to catch fish. If you do not have a fishing rod or tackle, no problem, you can borrow a fishing rod, reel and tackle box through the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissions rod & tackle loaner program at the park from 08:30 AM to 4:00 PM, April through November. The park is located at 1 Park Road, Coatesville, PA. 19320, or call 610-383-3812 for more information or on borrowing equipment. A fishing license and trout stamp is required of individuals who are 16 years old and over that fish any Chester County Park or any Commonwealth trout waters.
Camping out on the night before the opening of the trout season here in Southeast Pennsylvania used to be a great tradition for both individuals and families; however, it has been getting more difficult to find property where the landowner is willing to give permission to camp, or to fish at all in some instances. If you are looking for a place to camp, consider Hibernia County Park. The West Branch Brandywine Creek winds it's scenic way through a large portion of the park and is heavily stocked with trout, it has the heaviest stocking designation, and is stocked by both the West Caln Sportsmen's Club and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Camping is available at the park in two camping areas: a lake view, 19 site camp at 40*01'53.6" North and 75*51'06.0" West, and a 20 site camp at 40*01'50.0" North and 75*50'41.5" West. Hibernia Park does take reservations and I suggest that you make them if you are planning on camping because of the limited number of sites. The park describes the sites as primitive. The campsites have restrooms, but no shower or dish washing facilities. Camping is available Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1 and costs $15 per site. If you would like a map of the park or for additional information on Chambers Lake or Hibernia County Park, or camping in the Park, you can find the park office at 40*01'50.4" north and 75*50'29.1" West, or they can be reached at 610-383-3812. If you do not have a fishing rod or tackle, no problem, you can borrow a fishing rod, reel and tackle box through the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissions rod & tackle loaner program at the park from 08:30 AM to 4:00 PM, April through November.
The Dame Juliana League will host a class on “The Best of Pennsylvania’s Blue Ribbon Trout Streams” on Monday, March 27. Tom Gilmore will present the 160 Top Trout streams in PA. This will be held during the monthly meeting, held at the Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds Meeting Hall (off of Rt. 113). For more information, go to the website at http://www.djlflyfishers.org/events.htm .
The Orvis Store in Downingtown will offer a free course Fly-Fishing 101 on Saturday, March 25. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to know to get started in fly fishing.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at www.orvis.com/downingtown  
 
Lancaster County
As anglers look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to opening day, please respect the local landowners and their properties.  Carry-out any trash.  Additionally, the privilege to camp and have a campfire on private property is not a right; rather it can only be lawfully done with the landowner’s consent.  Refer to page 9 of the 2017 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary. Anglers should be respectful in where they are parking their vehicles, so as not to block the ingress or egress of landowners, damage their property or create a traffic hazard. 
Parents are encouraged to share in the tradition of the Opening Day with their children, and as a courtesy reminder are required to maintain separate creels.
 
Fishing Derbies: Sportsmen’s Group and civic groups who are planning to host youth fishing derbies are reminded that per PA Title 30 Fish and Boat Code 2102 (b) 63.40, a Special Activity Permit is required.  The permit application can be downloaded from the website; there is no attached fee for permit submission and approval.  The permit shall be applied for at least 60 days before the date of the event. As defined by Title 30 a Fishing Derby is an organized event involving 10 or more participants conducted for children under the age of 16, senior events (as defined in section 2701 in the code relating to definitions), anglers with disabilities, special populations or other group when the principal purpose is education or enjoyment rather than competition among anglers.
Report illegal fishing activity to Southeast Region Headquarters in Elm at 717-626-0228, Monday – Friday [ 8-4] or at all other times to the non-emergency number of Countywide Communications at 664-1180 – Be certain to inform the dispatcher that it is a fishing violation and request that it be routed to Officer Schmidt.
District Officer Schmidt continues to promote float stocking. This practice promotes an even distribution as opposed to dumping buckets of approximately 25 fish in at stocking point locations.  Schmidt continues to seek out Sportsmen’s organizations to take adopt a stream.   Individuals are encouraged to construct their own stocking float barrel and join the team. http://www.stevenscollege.edu/filerequest/18847  [Link to construction plans for a stocking float barrel – graded project as completed by student Kate Coolidge –Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology] “The initiative to continue and increase float stocking will continue to be the objective relative to seasonal flows, i.e. where water conditions allow and hazards such as downed trees are not encountered.”  “The most important requisite to accomplishment of float stocking is that of volunteer manpower.”  “Over the previous three seasons a dedicated cadre of individuals have enthusiastically stepped up and waded in to make it happen.”  “The majority of trout anglers owe to the minority stocking volunteers; the bucket carriers and float stocking teams an expression of appreciation in contributing mightily to their successful trout season.”


Photo Captions: Mike Hreben (above),  released this Rainbow Trout on the March 1 stocking of Little Beaver Creek. Jacob Bransky (below),  released this trophy Golden Rainbow from the float barrel on the March 1 stocking of Little Beaver Creek. 
Float Stocked Sections of Stocked Trout Waters
Stocked Trout Water
Section
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.
 
Little Beaver Creek
Downstream From 302 Hilltop Road To Childrens Clinic At Bunker Hill Rd.
Meetinghouse  Creek
Downstream From The Bridge At Quarry Road/Sr 372
Pequea Creek
Downstream 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.
**Stewart Run
Downstream From Woods At Stuart Run Road To The Theodore A. Parker Iii Natural Area [Lancaster County Parks]
W. Br. Little Conestoga
Downstream From L.A.S.A. Pumping Station To Letort Road Bridge – Downstream From (Letort Road) To Near Owl Bridge Rd.
*W. Br. Octoraro Creek – Sect. #2
Downstream From Mt. Pleasant Rd. Covered Bridge – Downstream From Herr Farm – *Downstream From Pa American Water Co. Pumping Station To Black Rock Rd.
W. Br. Octoraro Creek – Sect.#3
Fly Fishing Only
Downstream From Sr 472 Bridge – Downstream From Confluence W/Stewart Run -
 Downstream From Street Road To Near Lower Limit
W. Br. Octoraro Creek – Sect. #4
Downstream From 702 Wesley Road To 785 Wesley Road (Walk-In Only)
 
* The West Branch Octoraro Creek at Pumping Station Road 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 3/11.  This is an arduous float as 3 individuals began the planting of fish 200 yards downstream of the Run-of-the River Dam towards Black Rock.   It is anticipated that it will be float stocked in-season on Thursday April 20, contingent with coordination of a volunteer float stocking team. Schmidt cautioned that 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.”
** Stewart Run:  Anglers seeking a solitary outing are directed to trek into the Lancaster County Park’s Theodore A Parker III Natural Area to cast a line amidst the wooded slopes that flank Stewart Run as it flows through the park.  Parking is available at two locations on Wesley Road maintained by the Lancaster County Parks Department, additionally limited  parking is available from the upper reaches on Stuart Run Road [Note – GPS users, the Colerain Township road is spelled differently than the stream name Stewart Run.]
Safety Reminder for Boating Anglers:  Anglers who may opt to cast a line from a boat on Muddy Run Lake are reminded that Mandatory PFD Wear regulations remain in effect until 30 April for all boats under 16 feet, and all canoes and kayaks irrespective of length.
Posted Property Advisories
 
Little Beaver Creek - Little Beaver Creek is effectively posted so as to restrict Sunday Fishing. This lawful restriction will be enforced under the provisions of section 2104 of the Code.
 
Big Beaver Creek- No Sunday Fishing is in effect at 1930 Beaver Valley Pike. At the lower limit, the property at 153 Smithville Road has been posted.
 
West Branch Octoraro Creek – The property at 95 Hollow Road, Quarryville is presently posted.
 
Lehigh County
Since the Stocked Trout Waters are closed until April 1, trout anglers are taking full advantage of the Fly-Fishing Only Sections in Little Lehigh Creek. Fly-fishing anglers are using small midges and emergers to attract trout in these fly-fishing sections.  
 
Northampton County
The snowstorms may have been a bit of an inconvenience but we are still getting the trout into the streams! There has been a lot of excitement for Mentored Youth Fishing Day, and the opening day of Trout.
For those that don’t want to wait for the Stocked Trout Streams to open up there are still many angling opportunities. In the Delaware River, some anglers have reported catching Walleye on assorted crankbaits. The Catch and Release section of the Bushkill Creek offers a good opportunity to match the hatch and see if you can catch an elusive Brown Trout. Lastly, the Lehigh River up by Walnutport provides a great fishery where you can wade out to fish or launch a kayak.

 

March 16, 2017

Berks County
On March 6, Furnace Creek, Spring Creek, and Wyomissing Creek were stocked. There was a great turnout of stocking helpers. The creeks will be stocked again during the in-season on April 19, and hopefully more helpers are out to attend!



Photo Caption:  On March 7, the Tulpehocken Creek, section 4, was stocked, and again we had a great turnout of helpers despite the intermittent rain. Christy Merrell (blue jacket) was out to help carry some buckets. Leo was the stocking truck driver (hi-vis suit) for the day, and William Merrell is on the truck assisting him with filling the buckets.
The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure Only (DHALO) sections 6 and 7 of the Tulpehocken Creek will be stocked on March 21. Meeting time is 12pm at the Blue Marsh Lake Visitors Center. Stop out and lend a hand, you will get a chance to see the trout being stocked in section 7, which is now a part of the Keystone Select Trout Waters program. A special thanks goes out to TCO Fly shop, who have volunteered to float stock both sections.
 
Chester County
The Middle Branch White Clay Creek, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only, section was stocked with trout on Thursday, March 9. This section is also a Keystone Select Trout Water. The trophy fish were big, some of them really big. Thank you to all the individuals who came out to help and special thanks to the White Clay Fly Fishers for the float stocking help. The stocked section is a 1.7 mile stretch that runs from Good Hope Road at 39 45' 43.7" North, 75 47' 03.9" West to the confluence with the East Branch White Clay in the White Clay Creek Preserve at 39 44' 57.7" North, 75 46' 10.4" West. The points that were stocked are Good Hope Road at 39 45' 43.7" North, 75 47' 03.9" West, the Iron Bridge on London Tract in the center of the section at 39 45' 16.2" North, 75 46' 51.6" West.
Two maps of the DCNR White Clay Creek Preserve are available, regular and large print at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/cs/groups/public/documents/document/dcnr_002972.pdf
To get to the Middle Branch White Clay Creek, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, take Route 41 to just south of Avondale and turn south on Penn Green Road. Follow Penn Green Road to Good Hope Road and turn right on Good Hope. Go past Bank Road and Crestwood Road and you will come to the top of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of the Middle Branch White Clay. Limited Parking is available on either side of the bridge. More parking is available in the lot near the Iron Bridge at London Tract in the center of the section. For more information on The White Clay Creek Preserve, you can call the park office at 610-274-2900. The park office is located at 39 44' 48.1" North, 75 46' 27.2" West. The nature center is located at39 44' 46.4" North and 75 46' 29.6" West.
Beaver Creek and Buck Run will be stocked on Tuesday, March 21. We will be meeting the stocking truck across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30 AM. If you have not yet taken a kid on a stocking, put it on your list of things that you have to do. Thanks!
The White Clay Creek East Branch, Section 3 from the White Clay Creek Preserve Boundary to the mouth and the White Clay Creek Middle Branch Section 2 from the T364 Bridge at Good Hope Road to Guernsey Rd will be stocked with Trout on Monday March 20th. The truck will meet us at the Avondale Post Office at noon. We could really use some more help. Please consider giving us a hand getting these fish in the water. Remember that these waters are closed to fishing until the regional opening day, which is Saturday April 1st at 8 AM.
The Pocopson Creek Section 2, from SR 3027 (Red Lion Road) to the mouth has been stocked with trout. This section is stocked trout waters and is closed to fishing until 8 AM on the regional opening day, this year, Saturday April 1st. The stocking locations for the Pocopson Creek Section 2, are Haines Mill Road Bridge at 39-53'52.5" North and 75-40'48.6" West, Locust Grove Road Bridge at 39-53'56.0" North and 75-40'14.5" West, Unionville Lenape Road Bridge near Route 52 at 39-53'55.6" North and 75-39'45.0" West, Red Bridge Road Bridge at 39-54'06.6" North and 75-39'13.6" West, Brintons Bridge Road Stop #1 at 39-53'47.2 North and 75-37'55.0 West, Dirt Lane on Brintons Bridge Road, Stop #2 39-53'38.8" North and 75-37'41.6" West, Thanks to Forest C., for coordinating the stocking and the very few individuals who assisted us. As is usually the case when it is cold or rainy, we had very little help and it was a struggle to get the fish in the water.
The West Caln Sportsmen are having an open house on Saturday March 18th, at their Trout Nursery located on Sugarmens Road, right across from the Lions Head entrance to Hibernia County Park. To get to the Nursery, just get on Wagontown Road and turn on to Sugarmens Road, go about 150 feet and you will see the nursery on your right. The open house will be from 9 AM till 1 PM. You will have a chance to tour the nursery, and to speak to some of the West Caln Club members as well as park staff and PA Fish & Boat Commission Officers. Stocking schedules will be available at the open house as well. For more information you can call the Hibernia County Park Office at 610-383-3812.
If you have been waiting for your big break into Bass Tournament Fishing, this may be it. Captain Jim is having a Bass Open Tournament at the Octoraro Reservoir on Sunday, April 9th from 6:30 AM till 12:30 PM, (6 Hours). To get to the lake, simply get on Rt 1 in Southern Chester County and get off on the Rt 472 Exit. Turn West on Rt 472 West and you will go over the Rt 472 Bridge and at the top of the next hill you will turn left on to Spruce Grove Road. You will go about a mile and at the bottom of the hill you will see the lake and the Fishing Headquarters on your left. The physical address for the Fishing Headquarters is 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA. 17536, For even more information call Captain Jim, phone 717-529-2488 or visit his website at  http://www.jimsbait.net/ .   Only fishing from boats is permitted, limit of two persons per boat.
The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free course Fly-Fishing 101 on Saturday March 18TH from 9:00AM till 11:00AM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to know to get started in fly fishing.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at www.orvis.com/downingtown  
If you are looking for an easy place to take a young child fishing, Springton Manor Farm has a small ½ acre, approx. 7 ½ deep pond that is well populated with warm water fish. The pond makes a great place to teach someone to fish because of the cleared shoreline. Some of the largest trees in Chester County, named the King and Queen, help to moderate the wind. Bass & sunfish can be found in the pond, which is catch and release only. If you do not have a fishing rod or fishing tackle, you can borrow a fishing rod, reel and tackle box through the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissions rod & tackle loaner program at the park from 08:30 AM to 4:00 PM, April through November. The park is located at  860 Springton Road, Glenmoore, PA. 19343, or call 610-942-2450 for more information or on borrowing equipment. A fishing license is required of individuals who are 16 years old and over that fish any Pennsylvania waters.
The West Caln Sportsmen will be stocking the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek on Saturday, March 25 at their Trout Nursery located on Sugarmens Road, right across from the Lions Head entrance to Hibernia County Park. The stocking is expected to run from about 6 Am till about noon. Stocking schedules will be available during the stocking. Take some time and come on out and help us get ready for the opening of the Regional Opening day, which this year is Saturday April 1st at 8 AM.
The White Clay Fly-Tying club will meet at 6PM on Thursday March 16th 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. With the cold weather upon us, many of us are looking for a place to go or some activity to hold us over until we can wet a line again and this is the perfect thing. 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 as spin a few stories about the last huge one that got away. 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.
The Indian Run, Section 2, from Pleasant View Road to the mouth, Little Muddy Creek, Section, 2, from Bowmansville Rd, to 140 yards downstream of 897, and Middle Creek, Section 2, from Middle Creek Dam to West Lime Rock Road, will be stocked with Trout on Thursday March 23rd. The truck will meet us at the Middle Creek Visitors Center at 11:30 AM. Please consider giving us a hand getting these fish in the water.
 

 

MarCH 8, 2017

S. Chester County
 
Remember that all Stocked Trout Waters here in the Southeast are closed to fishing from March 1 to the opening day of the regional opening day of Trout Season, this year at 8 AM on April 1. For those of you in Southern Chester County who would like to continue to fish, you can do so in the Middle Branch of the White Clay Creek, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section. This is a 1.7 mile long stretch that runs from the Good Hope Road Bridge downstream to the confluence with the White Clay East Branch in the White Clay Creek State Park. This water is also a Keystone Select Stocked Trout Water which means that it is stocked with trophy fish in the 14 to 20 inch range at a rate of about 250 per mile. The waters at the confluence and below, as well as above the Good Hope Bridge are closed to fishing so make sure that you know where you are. To get to the Middle Branch of the White Clay DHALO, find 896 South and follow it to Indiantown Rd and turn left. Go to the fourth stop sign. You will see the White Clay Nature Center on your left and the Ranger Station just beyond that also on your left. You can stop in the Ranger Station for a map and very detailed information. From the stop go straight ahead passing the Ranger Station on your left, then a very old, very historic home on your right, then to the second dirt lane to the right, just before you go over the bridge. This is parking lot number two. You are now at the end of the Delayed Harvest Section. The bridge you turned in front of is about 150 yards upstream of the confluence. The confluence is the bottom or end of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only. From the parking lot work your way upstream to the bridge on Sharpless Road at parking lot number 2. Open to fishing year round, 24 hours a day. The White Clay Creek is one of the more scenic streams in Southern Chester County and is a great place to spend a day fishing, don't forget to bring your camera along. In Northern Chester you can continue to fish in three different Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Areas. These are East Branch Brandywine Creek, 1.2 mile stretch from SR 4019 (Dorlans Mill Road) downstream to SR 4004 (Dowlin Forge Road). Pickering Creek, 1.5 miles from SR 1019 (Charlestown Road) downstream to 330 yards upstream of the railroad bridge. West Valley Creek starts 1.2 miles from the confluence with the unnamed tributary (locally known as Colebrook Run) upstream of SR 2020 (Boot Road) downstream to 0.25 miles of the railroad tunnel.
 
The Little Cocalico Creek, Section 2, from 250 yards upstream of Resh Road, to the mouth, Muddy Creek, section 2, from 100 yards upstream of the Pleasant Valley Road Bridge to the 897 Bridge in Fivepointville, and Rock Run, Section 2, from the campground boundary just a little more than 1 mile south of the Berks County Line to the mouth, have been stocked with trout. Remember that all three streams are closed until the regional opening day of trout, April 1st at 8 AM this year. The stocking locations for the Little Cocalico Creek were the Hat Factory #1 in Denver, Hat Factory stop #2, Ware House #3, Miller Road #4, the Pipe Yard #5, Mechanic Drive #6, Main Street Route 897 #7, and Resh Road #8. The stocking points for Muddy Creek were the Township Office #1, Long Lane #2, the fenced gate on Pleasant Valley Road #3 and the Bridge on Fivepointville Road #4. The stocking points for Rock Run were behind an Amish School #1, the King Farm #2, and Oaklyn Drive #3. Thanks to everyone who came out and braved the cold to assist with the stocking and thanks to Dick D. for his continued support in coordinating the effort.
 
 
Philadelphia County
 
With the warmer weather, the water temps have the potential to warm up faster than previous years.  Please be reminded of the striped bass regulations effective 03/01/2015. The creel limit during the regular striped bass season was reduced from two fish 28in or over to ONE FISH 28in or over.  During the ordinary “slot fish” regulations in PA, during April and May, the regulation was changed from two fish between 20 and 26 inched to two fish 21 to 25 inches.  These regulations can be reviewed in the 2017 PA Fishing Summary and online at www.fishinpa.com
 
S. Montgomery/W.Philadelphia Counties
 
The early warm weather has been bringing out some anglers, but most are still reporting limited success, with most reporting catching bass in small lakes using swim baits. Pre-season trout stocking is now in full swing with stocking dates and meeting places on the website, so come out and lend a hand!
SE Regional mentored youth day is on March 25th. Remember that all mentored youth anglers must have either a mentored youth permit or voluntary youth fishing license, either of which are available on line or at any local fishing license sales agent. The mentored youth permit is free and the voluntary youth fishing license costs $2.90, but for every youth license sold, PFBC receives $5.00 in federal funding to be used for youth angling programs! Also remember that any mentored youth angler must be accompanied by a mentor of at least 16 years of age to participate. Mentors must be currently licensed with a trout stamp and may not keep any trout. Only mentored youth may keep trout, with a minimum size of 7 inches and a limit of 2 for the day. Regional opening day of trout season is April 1st, and with the exception of mentored youth day, stocked trout waters are closed until trout season opens.
The recent unseasonably warm weather has also been bringing out some paddlers, and all boaters are still reminded that the mandatory wear period for life vests remains in effect through April 30th.
 
N. Montgomery/E. Berks Counties
 
Lake Ontelaunee: Anglers are catching crappies, not only out of the Peters Cove Section of the Lake, but out of the main body of the lake as well. Try along Rte 73 and on the east side of the lake off of Maiden Creek Rd. Jig heads with rubber grubs seem to be doing the trick.

 

 

Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (adesko@pa.gov), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.