SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
January 19, 2017
for some warm weather and the opening of the Early Trout Season? Then consider
attending what is said to be one of the largest Fly Fishing Shows in the U.S.
on January 27-29 at the Garden State Exhibit Convention Center, Somerset, New
Jersey. The show provides opportunities to attend classes, see presentations, view
exhibits, and see what 100s of vendors have to offer and get a jump on getting
all you’re got to have gear while making the spring thaw seem not quite so far
away. For more information you can visit the website at http://flyfishingshow.com/somerset-nj/
International Fly Fishing Film Festival will be held on January 27 starting at
6:30PM, at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey, you can
more information on the web at http://flyfishingshow.com/somerset-nj/ and in Lancaster Pa on Saturday March
4th starting at 6PM at the Lancaster County Convention Center. You can
get more information on the website at http://flyfishingshow.com/lancaster-pa/
has commenced on Lake Ontelaunee.
Take a look at where Peter’s Creek flows into the lake. There is a mix of open
water and ice, and precautions need to be taken with ice safety. Bass fishing
is pretty good (try some plastic worms and jigs, allowing them to fall before
working them). The crappie fishing is
also starting to pick up.
Kaercher Creek Dam was stocked in December and there was
a quick ice-over after the stocking, so there are plenty of opportunities to
Reminder: The PFBC does not
monitor ice thickness. Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly
across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a
set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember
SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm
January 11, 2017
From November 1 through April 30, there is mandatory wear for life
jackets from on boats less than 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks.
Wearing your life jacket is the best way to prevent a boating fatality and we
recommend you wear one all year, not just during the mandatory wear period.
wear a personal flotation device when exposed to cold water have potentially
life-saving advantages such as insulation from the cold and buoyancy for those
who are unable to tread water including the reduced risk of aspiration of
still pulling trout from Lake Luxembourg
and Levittown Lake using a variety
of lures and baits, including spinners and worms. Construction equipment remains in place at
the PFBC Yardley Access to build a new bird habitat on an island in the Delaware River; however, the access is
still open to public boating and fishing during lulls in construction.
With the variable
temperatures lately, there will be many opportunities to get out and catch fish.
If you do not have fishing equipment, you can borrow it from Hibernia County
Park. In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the
park, the park has been selected as a designated fishing equipment loaner site.
The park has a number of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat trained fishing
instructors as well, to help you decide where to go and what to use to help
you. The park has two bodies of water; one is the West Branch of Brandywine Creek, a Stocked Trout Water, which winds
its way through rapids and boulders in the upper part of the park into wider,
deeper and slower pools in the center of the park. The second is Chambers Lake, a roughly 90 acre warm
water impoundment that holds catfish, sunfish, crappie, musky, pickerel, and Largemouth
and Smallmouth Bass. Right now both bodies of water are free of ice. You can
call 610-383-3812 for more information on the fishing equipment loaner program.
running out to sign up for a Basic Boating Course that will be held on Saturday,
January 21 at Hibernia County Park Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from
7:30AM to 5PM. Boating Safety Education Certificates are required for all
operators of personal watercraft, regardless of age, and for boat operators
born after January 1, 1982 that operate motorboats of more than 25 horsepower.
This free PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) course is designed to help
boaters make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors will provide
course materials and information via a classroom setting to help you reduce the
risk of injury and conflict on the water. Those who successfully complete the
course may obtain this certificate, which is good for a lifetime (fees apply).
A minimum of eight hours of classroom instruction is required to pass the
course. Participants should bring a lunch and snacks. There will be a few other
classes in Chester County in February. There will be a one day class on the
11th, at Springton Park Ranger Station, and two, 2 day classes on the 15 and 16
(also at Springton Manor) and the 22 and 23 at Hibernia. The two day courses
are late afternoon courses. Pre-registration is required at firstname.lastname@example.org You can also get more
information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL
version of this year’s trout stocking schedule is being developed and approved
and will be available on our webpage once completed. Specific stockings for the
entire state or for just your local area are available online at http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx ; just select your county and the
date range that you want to see.
Clay Flyfishers host guest speakers and provide educational classes for both
fly tying and fishing. Meetings are held at 7 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each
month, so the next meeting will be on January 17. Meetings are held at the
London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse at the intersection of Sharpless and London
Tract Roads, Landenberg, PA. 19350, 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
One of the
most productive ways to catch fish is through the ice. Anglers are lost each
year due to going through thin ice. Be careful, be safe. The ice thickness on
all of the lakes around Southern Chester County and most others in Pennsylvania
are not monitored, so do a little homework before deciding to go out there.
There are a number of factors to consider when deciding if ice is thick enough
to be safe. Clear ice is stronger than slush ice, or white ice, also called
snow ice. The thickness of the ice on a body of water can vary from one spot to
another, so check ice thickness starting from a safe location on shore, and then
every 50 feet or so as you go out. Ice can be suddenly thinner in an area yards
away from thick, safe clear ice because of an underwater spring, decaying
vegetation, large schools of fish, currents, snow, temperature, etc. Seek an experienced ice angler who knows that
specific body of water for a first-time trip. Wear a float coat; it will keep
you warm while fishing and if you do go through the ice it will keep you
afloat. Ice awls are another good idea. These can be used to pull yourself from
the ice if you should go through. Guidelines for ice thickness according to the
PFBC website, and remember these are only basic, can be found here: http://fishandboat.com/water/ice_thickness.pdf . Almost every year people go through
the ice at Struble Reservoir. The
reservoir has many areas with stumps near the surface and decaying vegetation
and springs that can make it dangerous if you are not familiar with it. Ice
fishing is also permitted at Marsh Creek
Reservoir, but it is not permitted at Chambers
Lake or Octoraro Reservoir.
There is a lot of information available on the web about ice fishing safety and
it is important to read and learn about ice safety before going out. Good Luck!
Montgomery/West Philadelphia Counties
With the cold
weather, fishing and boating activity remains slow in the district. On warmer
days, dedicated anglers are catching bass using lures, and carp using
a variety of natural baits.
January 4, 2017
rivers and lakes throughout the Southeast Region are still open water for
fishing & boating. Weather forecasts indicate that it will be colder this
coming weekend. The rain showers this week have raised the streams and rivers.
Did you know that you can find stream gauge information available on the USGS
website at www.usgs.gov?
seasonably mild air temperatures, paddlesport enthusiasts have been seen out
and about. Remember: From November 1st through April 30th life jacket wear is mandatory
on boats less than 16 feet in length and all canoes
and kayaks. Wearing your life jacket is the best way to prevent a boating
fatality and we recommend you wear one all year, not just during the mandatory
Clay Fly-Tying Club will meet at 6PM on Thursday, January 12th 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
The West Caln
Sportsmen’s Club will have its next meeting on January 11th. The club owns 40
acres of property along Telegraph Road which includes a large clubhouse, an
indoor and outdoor pistol range, rifle range, archery range and fish nursery
located at Hibernia County Park. Meetings are held starting at 7:30 PM on the
2nd Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at the West Caln Sportsmen’s
Club at 1271 Telegraph Road, Coatesville, PA. 19320. The Club is always looking
for new members. For more information you can send an email to email@example.com or check out the website at http://wcsportsmen.org/
DeCEMBER 28, 2016
Delaware River: Walleye are hitting
jigs and creature baits in deep water near structure. Some early winter
rains have raised the water levels to the point where most of the river is
accessible by boat again. The cold water, although still shallow, should not be
underestimated by wading anglers. Use care, even when familiar with water
conditions, as the cold water carries a much greater threat to wading
Nockamixon Lake: Use caution when heading
out on the new ice for ice-fishing. Black and White Crappies are already in
winter schools, and are converging around the submerged timber areas. Nockamixon Lake is under our Big Bass Regulations
so please abide by these when ice fishing here.
The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness. Ice thickness and conditions can
vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life
jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the
ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm
Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (firstname.lastname@example.org), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.