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

JUne 20, 2018

Bucks County

Our Gaun Mobile Fishing Center will be delivering a fishing meet-up program on Thursday, 6/21 at 5:00PM at the Children’s Pond at Nockamixon State Park near the Marina entrance. The Gaun Mobile Fishing Center was made possible by a donation from Mr. Samuel Gaun at the time of his passing, and this effort is also being supported by the Recreational Fishing & Boating Foundation. Please stop out and join us for some fishing! This event is family-friendly. We will have staff on-hand to help teach you to fish, and we will provide bait and tackle if needed. Adults will not need a fishing license during this event. You can learn more about & register for the event on our website at  
Schuylkill County
Anglers are catching trout in area streams; including the Schuylkill River and the Little Schuylkill River.  The water levels in the streams have been desirable and temperatures are still cool enough that fish are biting on most baits and spinners.  Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout Fingerlings were recently stocked in the Schuylkill River from Pottsville downstream to Schuylkill Haven.
Locust Lake shoreline anglers are starting to see less trout and more Largemouth Bass and Bluegills along the edges.  Most of the trout are being caught in the deeper water near the middle of the lake.  Some trout have also moved to the western section of the lake where Locust Creek flows in.  Boat rentals are now open at both State Park Lakes (Locust and Tuscarora).
Tuscarora Lake has been very good for Bluegills and Yellow Perch, but the crappies and pickerel bite has been slowing down.  A few bass are biting, but not with any real consistency.  The lake has been very clear, and fish have been picky with artificial lures, but live bait will work on most species.
Owl Creek Reservoirs has been one of the best places for bass recently but has seen very little pressure in both reservoirs.  Both reservoirs are under the Catch and Release Lakes Program and offer a peaceful, beautiful setting to fish at.


June 13, 2018

Bucks County
Anglers have been catching a little bit of everything!  Recent Fisheries Biologist surveys have found Stripers in the Delaware River below Yardley, and Walleyes and Muskies in Falls Township Lake Park.
Please visit our site for more boating information and checklists. 


June 7, 2018

Chester County
Soon the kids will be out of school and looking for something fun to do. Take them fishing at Hibernia County Park! If you do not have any fishing equipment, you can borrow everything that you need from the park. In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the park, the park has been selected as a designated Fishing Tackle Loaner site. The park has a number of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat trained fishing instructors 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 Brandywine Creek, a “Stocked Trout Waters”, a heavily stocked metro designation waters, 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, Muskellunge, Chain Pickerel and bass, both Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass. Call 610-383-3812 for more information on the fishing equipment loaner program.
Bass season opens on June 16, and here in Chester County, we have some great lakes to catch some nice ones. We have two Big Bass Waters regulation lakes, Marsh Creek Lake and Chambers Lake. Marsh Creek Lake in Marsh Creek State Park is located near Eagle in Upper Uwchlan Township and is 535 acres. It has two boat ramps and lots of shoreline and structure to fish. It can get busy on a warm or holiday weekend, so you might want to get there early to get a chance at some quieter fishing. Chambers Lake, located in Hibernia County Park in West Caln Township is a smaller lake, about 80 acres in size, has one boat launch and does not have as much opportunity to fish structure, this mostly because it is a much newer lake and the structure, fallen trees etc. have not had the same amount of time to develop. Both lakes are Big Bass Waters, so the minimum size to keep a bass is 15" and the daily limit is 4.  There are three other great bass waters in Chester County; Coatesville Reservoir in West Caln Township near the Coatesville Country Club, Struble Lake in Honey Brook Township, and Octoraro Reservoir near Oxford in Lower Oxford Township. Struble is just slightly larger than Chambers Lake but has been established much longer with structure and shallow points and drop offs. Fishing from shore is limited, so consider bringing a boat to have better access to the fish at this lake. Coatesville Reservoir does not allow boating, is well established and does have many cleared areas that you can fish from. This lake seems to produce less fish; however, because of less fishing seems to produce some lunkers, and I have seen a number of four and five pound bass come out of this lake. Last, Octoraro Reservoir, is very well established in terms of structure and fish populations. They hold tournaments there throughout the year and the weigh ins are fun to watch and many trophy size bass, 5 pounds and up to 8 pound bass have been brought to the scales. Shoreline fishing is available all over the lake. You can launch a boat at Neary's Bait & Tackle on Spruce Grove Road, the lake extends into Lancaster County, there is a $4.50 launch fee. Try natural bait, large crawlers and minnows; or rubber worms and scented and unscented lures. Good luck!
Lancaster County
Conestoga River Clean Up
Saturday, June 9 ~ 9am - 1pm
Join Lancaster Water Week and our partners at one of seven locations along the Conestoga River to remove as much trash and litter as possible! Bring your waders and volunteer for the morning to help us work towards a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful Conestoga River! From 9am to 11:30am volunteers will be cleaning up debris in and along the river with a goal of filling up as many dump trucks as possible! Then, join us at noon for a FREE after-clean-up lunch to celebrate the day at Lancaster County Park!  Hosted by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Eurofins.
Follow this link to register:
SE Montgomery County/W Philadelphia
May was a busy month in the district with plenty of anglers and boaters out on district waterways enjoying the nicer weather. Trout are still being caught out of Stocked Trout Waters in Southern Montgomery County. Walleyes and Striped Bass are being caught in the Schuylkill River tidal waters, as well as bass in area lakes. Boating activity has seen a large increase since last month and all boaters, but particularly those new to boating are reminded to review the boating handbook and stay current on applicable rules and regulations.


MAY 30, 2018

Crappies are still feeding around the region, but that will slow down with the warming temperatures after this past holiday weekend. Bluegills will be in close to shore on spawning beds. It is an easier time to fish from shore for many species that are spawning or raiding nests (redds). The weeds haven’t filled in yet and fish are feeding before the heat of summer sets in.
The flood conditions over the holiday weekend did put a hamper on fishing, especially in the creeks and rivers. Predicted overcast days coming up with mild temps could lead to increased fish activity.
Boating season will be picking up now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. Check out our website for important safety and regulatory information before hitting the water.
PFBC Outreach Staff will be at the Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley Event this come weekend! Check out the details at:

Lancaster County
Looking for an activity to engage your child in the outdoors and actively introduce them to multiple recreational pursuits?  This Saturday’s June 2 Youth Field Day is structured to initiate that interest. The all-day event will be conducted at Milton Grove Sportsmen’s Association located at 731 Milton Grove Road North, in Elizabethtown.
Registration begins at 7:15AM or pre-register per the link above.  The day’s events are slated to conclude at 4:30PM. 
The annual youth field day, for 10 - 15-year-old children, includes up to thirteen different hands-on outdoor activities including trap shooting, muzzleloaders, 22 rifles, trapping, fishing, archery, canoeing, and more. One on one instruction provided for shooting events. All equipment is provided. The whole day is free of charge, including lunch. The PFBC will be providing an introduction to canoeing to include basic paddle strokes, safe boat boarding and most importantly PFD safety.

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