SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
MARCH 22, 2017
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Stocked Trout Water
Big Beaver Creek
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
302 Hilltop Road To Childrens Clinic At Bunker Hill Rd.
The Bridge At Quarry Road/Sr 372
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.
Woods At Stuart Run Road To The Theodore A. Parker Iii Natural Area
[Lancaster County Parks]
W. Br. Little Conestoga
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
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
From Sr 472 Bridge – Downstream From Confluence W/Stewart Run -
Downstream From Street Road To Near Lower
W. Br. Octoraro Creek – Sect. #4
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
** 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.]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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'
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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 (email@example.com), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.