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REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)

June 21, 2017

Berks County
The Berks Bassmaster’s Tuesday night bass tournaments kick-off at Blue Marsh Lake on June 20th.
The boating season is in full swing, and boaters are again reminded to check their boat registration before hitting the water.  Additionally, boaters are reminded to read the postings on the launches so they are aware of any rules specific to the water area they are entering (such as no towing more than one person on a tube/ski at Blue Marsh Lake) before heading out.
The Tulpehocken Creek DHALO section open to harvest from June 15th to Labor Day, daily creel limit is (3) trout measuring (9) inches or more. Small golden spinners have been the hot lure of choice for spin anglers as of late.
Through the recent heat wave anglers are still bringing in nice size Crappie from the warming water at Lake Ontelaunee.  A beautiful 18 inch crappie was caught on a spinner in the cove off Calcium Rd.

June 14, 2017

Bass season opens Saturday, June 17 statewide for PA!
N. Chester County
Marsh Creek Lake: Bluegills and crappies are taking mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small jigs. Bass are taking live bait (worms & minnows) as well as jigs, spinners and crankbaits. The best soft plastic colors to use are black, purple, dark green rubber and pumpkin seed. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers.
Streams: French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek have good flows with plenty of trout and very few anglers fishing for them. Water temps are in the 60s.  Fly anglers have reported taking trout on blue winged olives, midges and a few taken on sulfurs. Small pheasant tail and hares ears nymphs are a good bet for nymph anglers. Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures & Fly Fishing Only Areas. The Fly Fishing Area is Catch & Release Only
Schuylkill River (Black Rock area): Smallmouth bass fishing has been hit and miss, but a few anglers have had success with artificial lures. Catfish anglers have reported catching several large Channel Catfish and are also getting into Flathead Catfish as well. 
S. Chester County
The next meeting of the White Clay Fly Fishers will be held on Tuesday June 20 starting at 7:00P at the London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse which is at the intersection of Sharpless and London Tract Road in Landenberg, PA 19350. For more information on the club or the meeting you can visit the website at
The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free Fly-Fishing 101 course on Saturday June 17 from 09:00A to 11:30A. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly angler will need to know including rigging and casting and would be a great way to get started in the sport.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at
The next meeting of The Friends of Hibernia will be this Thursday, June 22 at 7:00P at the Hibernia County Park Historical Annex. Membership information can be obtained by mail to Friends of Hibernia, Post Office Box 355, Wagontown, PA 19376. You can also get more information by contacting the Hibernia County Park Office at 610-383-3812.

June 07, 2017
N. Bucks County
Bucks County has two lakes that are enrolled in PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Big Bass Program. They are Nockamixon Lake and nearby Lake Towhee. 
Nockamixon Lake is a state park lake, information on visiting this 1450  acre lake is available here:
For anglers and boaters not familiar with Nockamixon, it is noteworthy that the lake has a maximum 20 horsepower limit for boat motors. The lake and accesses are open 24 hrs a day for fishing and boating activities.
Lake Towhee is a 540 acre Bucks County Park with a small impoundment. Information is available here:
The Big Bass Regulations protect the smaller bass from harvest, and both of these lakes have some great bass fishing. These two Big Bass Lakes have a minimum size for bass harvest of 15”, daily limit of 4  Bass for the season: Jan 1 through April 14 and June 17 through December 31st.
April 15 through June 16 - No Harvest, catch and immediate release only
Seasons, sizes and limits are available here:
S. Montgomery County / W.Philadelphia County
May saw a dramatic increase in fishing and boating activity in the district. Anglers are reminded to stay aware of current rules and regulations, and boaters are encouraged to review the boating summary to be sure to stay on top of boating rules and regulations. Most of all, be safe, have fun, and watch out for one another as summer goes into full swing.

 May 31, 2017

Bucks County
Nockamixon Lake - Bass anglers have been reporting good post-spawn bass action along weed beds in less than 12’ of water. So far this spring, weed beds and aquatic vegetation have gotten a good start and along with providing good cover, they also provide a great area to target fish. Soft plastics during the day and topwater at night are the most used tactics for bass. Alewives and gizzard shad have been in their breeding balls for a little while now and are the preferred live bait for those anglers targeting striped bass. Most fish are caught near rock cliff drop-offs and points, where stripers can use the underwater topography to ambush baitfish.
Delaware River - Shad are all done for the year, and many anglers that WCOs have encountered reported their best year fishing for shad in the past decade. Many anglers reported that they only keep shad that were injured/exhausted while being caught, and catch and release seems to be preferred.  Some striper action is still being had south of the New Hope wing-dam south to the tidal section. Topwater plugs seem to be the ticket, with WCOs encountering many anglers keeping fish within the slot limit below the Calhoun Street Bridge. Seasons and limits are as follows:
Delaware River and Estuary below Calhoun Street Bridge
-Jan. 1 through March 31 - 1 fish per day, Min Size 28 inches.
-April 1 through May 31- 2 fish per day, slot limit 21 to 25 inches
-June 1 through Dec. 31 - 1 fish per day, Min Size 28 inches.
Delaware River above Calhoun Street Bridge
Open year round, -1 fish per day, Min Size 28 inches.
Lehigh County
Anglers are having success catching trout throughout Jordan Parkway downstream of MacArthur Rd and near the Jordan Creek Parkway Community Garden in Scherersville.
Schuylkill County
Trout fishing is beginning to slow down for most of the county but the Little Schuylkill River is still a great stream to catch lots of trout.  Water levels continue to fluctuate with the heavier rains, but have remained at fishable levels.
Tuscarora Lake has been excellent for Yellow Perch and Bluegills recently.  Some anglers also reported catching crappies close to the shoreline this month.  Largemouth Bass and Chain Pickerel are also starting to hit more frequently throughout the lake.
Locust Lake is starting to see trout transition to the deeper water near the middle of the lake and the Largemouth Bass and panfish are seen more frequently along the shorelines.


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