SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
OCTOBER 18, 2017
Run Lake, located in French Creek State Park, received a trout
stocking on Monday October 16.
Creek Section 7, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lure Only, (from
Reber’s Bridge to the red covered bridge); and Section 8 (from the red covered
bridge to the mouth), was stocked with trout on October 17.
The bass fishing has been decent in the Schuylkill River, anglers are finding
success with soft worms and top water baits. Be aware that there is ongoing
bridge construction in Leesport on the river.
The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be
at 6PM on Thursday, October 19 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. Several
flies are usually demonstrated and club members, Tom P., Joe A. & Barbara
are always happy to show you how it's done, as well as spin a few tales about
the 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
Don’t put that boat away just yet! Fall colors are
starting to appear here in Pennsylvania. Hibernia County Park, located in
Chester County, offers a wide variety of photographic opportunities on the lake
by boat. The shoreline of the lake mirrors the colorful trees, giving the
outdoorsperson a wonderful opportunity for fantastic photos. Chambers Lake has
a very nice boat ramp and ample parking. Boats with electric motor only are
allowed and must have a launch permit or registration whether they are powered
or unpowered. While you should always wear a life jacket when boating, wearing
a life jacket is mandatory from November 1 to April 30 in boats 16 feet and
under and while operating all canoes and kayaks. Don't forget to tie a whistle
to your life jacket. A trail map for Hibernia Park is available at the park
office or you can get more information on line at http://dsf.chesco.org/ccparks/site/default.asp
Enjoy this fall season and record your travels with plenty of beautiful fall
On Monday, 10/16, Lehigh County completed the 2017 trout
stocking season with the final stocking for the year. The Little Lehigh Creek was stocked with trout from Bogart’s Bridge
downstream to Martin Luther King Drive. Please keep in mind the Extended Season
daily limit is three (3).
OCTOBER 11, 2017
Montgomery County/West Philadelphia
are catching catfish, bass and carp on the Schuylkill
River and small inland lakes. Fall trout stockings are coming up, and
anglers can access the stocking schedules on our PA Fish and Boat Commission
website (fishandboat.com) or our app (FishBoatPA), and are encouraged to show
up to help stock their favorite streams. Many boaters are taking advantage of
late season opportunities to get out on the water and there have been very few
reported or observed incidents on area waterways. All anglers and boaters are
reminded that our Commonwealth waterways are here for the enjoyment of
everyone, and a sincere thanks goes out to the vast majority that show mutual
respect for their fellow anglers and boaters.
2018 Basic Boating
- 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. These free
PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) courses are 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).
- Saturday, January 13 at Hibernia County Park
Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from 8:00A to 5:00P. A minimum
of eight hours of classroom instruction is required to pass the course.
Participants should bring a lunch and snacks. Space is limited so register
soon. Pre-registration is required by emailing Andy Desko at email@example.com or
by phone at 215-968-3631.
Hibernia County Park Mansion House, at 1 Park Road in Coatesville. This is a
two evening class on Tuesday January 16 and Wednesday, Jan. 17 from 3 PM to 7
PM, you must attend both evening classes to get credit for the course. A
minimum of eight hours of classroom instruction is required to pass the course.
Bring a lunch and snacks. Space is limited so register soon. Pre-registration
is required by emailing Andy Desko at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at
gton Manor Farm, Ranger Station, on Saturday, February 17 from 8:00A to
5:00 P. This is an all-day course and you need to be there for the entire day
to get credit for the course. Pre-registration is required by emailing Andy
Desko at email@example.com or by phone at 215-968-3631.
ington Manor Farm, Ranger Station, on Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday,
Feb. 8 from 3 PM to 7 PM. This is a two day course and to get credit for the
course you will need to attend both full days. Bring a meal and snacks. Space
is limited so register soon. Pre-registration is required by emailing Andy
Desko at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 215-968-3631.
October 4, 2017
River – The fall bite is on for Smallmouth Bass up and down the
river. Try spinners, poppers, weighted worms, soft plastic grubs and minnows.
Many outdoorsmen leave the waters for the woods as hunting seasons open, but
the fish are feeding in anticipation of winter, and leaner times. You could
also pick up Striped Bass or Walleyes fishing these baits/lures.
Please remember, the mandatory cold weather PFD wear will
take effect starting November 1 and continue until April 30, 2018. Boaters must wear a life jacket on boats less
than 16 feet in length or on any paddle craft to include canoes, kayaks, and
paddleboards. Always plan ahead and make sure your mandatory safety gear is on
board and in serviceable condition.
Check that your United States Coast Guard approved PFDs are in good,
serviceable condition as well.
will be stocked with trout on October 17.
The truck will be at the boat ramp around 12:45. Trout will also be stocked in Lake Luxembourg at Core Creek Park on
November 14 around 12:30. Core Creek
Park will be stocked at both the 24 hour lot and boat house ramp. PLEASE NOTE: dates and times may change last
minute due to weather conditions so please check the www.fishandboat.com
website regularly for updates. As
always, we rely on your support, so please come out and bring the family to
help get those trout in the water!
Earlier this year, the trout were grabbing green paste
bait and small jigs tipped with split tail bodies across Lower Bucks
Anglers are catching nice perch off the rock wall near
the dam at Chambers Lake. The lake
water has cleared up substantially with the colder weather and two anglers on
the wall fishing with minnows under small bobbers were catching some nice perch
on a recent boat patrol. Every few minutes they had another one and many of
these were legal size although they did not keep any of them. Remember that
perch must be 9 inches to be kept at Chambers
Lake as it is in the Enhanced Panfish program. Good Luck!
The West Caln Sportsmen’s Club has received its
allocation of about 4500 fingerling trout which are provided by the
Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The fingerling trout are raised in the
West Caln Sportsmen's Club Trout Nursery, which is located in Hibernia County
Park by club members. The Club has been actively involved in the local stocking
of the West Branch Brandywine Creek and each spring the club stocks about 4500+
Trout in the stream. The club also provides trophy size fish for a Handicap
Fishing Rodeo. The trout that are stocked into the Children’s Pond are provided
solely through contributions and help from local business and individual Trout
sponsorships; as well as the Friends of Hibernia and Chester County Parks &
Recreation. The club is located at 1271 Telegraph Road. Mailing address is P.O.
Box 58, Wagontown, PA. 19376. Phone 610-384-5710. Web address http://www.wcsportsmen.org
Due to cooler water temperatures, anglers are having
success catching Muskies at Leaser Lake.
In the evening hours, anglers report they are having success using top water
lures in the wooded coves.
Anglers are catching catfish on the lower Delaware River fishing bunker, clams,
nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bagels. Smaller stripers are taking bloodworms,
chicken livers, crankbaits and poppers.
Creek will be stocked with trout again on October 10.
Catfish, Yellow Perch
and small Striped Bass are taking bagels, nightcrawlers and chicken livers in the Schuylkill
River around the Grays Ferry area.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2017
Anglers are reporting catching Smallmouth Bass in the Schuylkill River in the Birdsboro area
on tubes and plastics.
N. Chester County
Creek Lake: Bluegills and crappies are taking mealworms, wax worms,
minnows and small jigs, and they can be found in and around structure along the
shore. Bass fishing reports have been somewhat mixed. Anglers catching bass
have reported taking them on jigs, spinners and crank baits. The best colors to
use on Marsh Creek Lake are large
black, purple, dark green or pumpkinseed rubber worms. The best live baits are
crayfish, minnows and night crawlers.
Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creeks are clear and warm
after the hot week we just had. The cool nights should cool down the water
temps and the trout fishing will improve in the coming weeks. Hoppers, ants,
and crickets are good flies this time of the year. The East Brandywine Creek Delayed
Harvest Artificial Lures Only will be stocked again on
Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in
Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas, and no trout may be
had in your possession from the day after Labor Day until June 15 of 2018
(Possession is (3) minimum size of 9”). The Fly Fishing Area is Catch &
River: Black Rock area; Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass
fishing near the Cromby Power Plant outflow has been good this season.
Crankbaits and live bait are still the best producers. Catfishing the past
month has been good, with anglers taking large Flatheads on Bluegills and night
crawlers. Channel Catfish have been caught using the standard fare of chicken liver. When fishing at the Black Rock Dam stay clear
of the fish ladder area. Violators caught within 100’ of the fish ladder will
be cited. Respect the river and wear a PFD while onboard a boat.
SEPTEMBER 20, 2017
fall approaching, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures. Deep Creek Lake in Montgomery County is
a great place for kids to enjoy a great day of fishing in the outdoors. Deep Creek Lake, which is stocked
seasonally with trout by the PFBC, also sustains a great bass population; as
well as plenty of panfish; including crappies. The park’s main
entrance offers plenty of parking, facilities, playgrounds, and access to all
the hiking and biking trails.
Anglers on the Octoraro Reservoir are catching nice crappies.
While we haven’t seen any of the lunkers that the lake sometimes provides,
there are plenty of 12 and 13 inch fish. Fishing from a boat is recommended for
success here. Cast around the many fallen trees that ring the lake with a
fathead minnow under a pencil bobber. Use four to six feet of line below the
bobber, fish close to the structure and you will be in the zone. Don't be
surprised to catch other types of fish along with the crappie. For more
information on the crappie bite or to set up a trip, visit the Fishing
Headquarters at 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA. 17536, or phone
The next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM
on Thursday, September 21 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. Several flies
are usually demonstrated. The club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg,
PA 19350 for more information. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State
levels have receded in the streams throughout the county, but angling
opportunities have remained. In the Bushkill
Creek, above Northwood Ave, trout are surfacing and feeding on aquatic bugs
and flies. Anglers here are using trout magnets and rooster tails without much
success; perhaps flies will work better in this clear water.
are catching bass from shore or boat North of Belvidere, NJ on the Delaware River, near where the small Mill Creek flows in. When fishing from
a boat, remember to bring all of the required safety equipment, also all Coast
Guard approved Life Jackets must be properly fitted.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2017
Creek: Bluegills and crappies are taking mealworms and wax worms, minnows and
small jigs and can be found in and around structure along or near the shore. Bass
fishing reports have been somewhat mixed. Anglers catching bass have reported
taking them on jigs, spinners and crankbaits. Best colors to use on Marsh Creek
Lake are large black, purple and pumpkinseed worms. The best live baits are
crayfish, minnows and night crawlers. One angler showed local WCOs a photo of a
5-6 pound Largemouth, and they observed another land a 36" Muskellunge on
a rubber bass lure on Sunday.
French Creek, Pickering Creek, East
Brandywine Creek and West Valley
Creek are at average levels with temps in the high 60s to low 70s.
Schuylkill River: Black Rock area; The
Smallmouth Bass fishing near the Cromby Power Plant outflow and near the
Railroad bridge has been decent lately. Crankbaits and live bait are still the
the past month has been very good, with anglers taking large Flathead Catfish
on Bluegills and night crawlers. Channel Catfish have been caught using the
standard fare of chicken liver.
fishing at the Black Rock Dam, stay clear of the fish ladder area. Violators
caught within 100’ of the fish ladder will be cited. Respect the river and wear
a PFD while onboard a boat.
The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla will be presenting an 8-hour About Boating Safely course on Saturday, October 7 and Sat, Oct. 14 (1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.), at the Lampeter-Strasburg YMCA, 800 Village Road, Lancaster, PA. Cost will be $30.00 per registrant. Pre-registration and payment is required due to space limitations by October 1, 2017. Upon successful completion of the course and certification exam, all students will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, showing successful completion of the course, which is NASBLA approved.
The fishing in the area is
starting to pick up with the water slowly cooling down and the lakes turning
over. Perch are being caught at Lake
Tuscarora and Locust Lake on
worms in the morning but seem to shut down after lunch. Trout
fishing at the lakes has also picked up as the trout are coming near the
shorelines again. Minnows and butterworms have worked well.
Catfish are hitting on the
usual baits of chicken livers, night crawlers and shrimp in the Schuylkill River near
Landingville. Bass fishing has been decent in the mornings and at dusk
but slow during the heat of the day. Bass have been caught on rubber
worms and crawlers worked slow with the occasional jerk.
The Little Schuylkill River still has a good number of trout and
anglers are catching them on all the usual trout baits. The Delayed
Harvest Artificial Lures Only section is full of trout and a number of flies
have worked, but it seems with few bugs flying around ants are the most
successful fly especially in the cool of the morning.
Trout stocking picks up again
October 4 at Tuscarora Lake.
Fall trout fishing is fun, and there is generally less fishing pressure.
SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM
on Thursday September 7th at the London Tract Meeting House in the White Clay
Creek Preserve, located at the intersection of Sharpless & LondonTract roads, Landenberg PA 19350, next to White
Clay State Park Office. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State Park
the summer winding down and fall weather beginning, fishing and boating
activity has started to taper off as well. Water temperatures currently remain
comfortable for water activities, but as the season changes and water
temperatures begin to cool, boaters should be aware of the cold water and the
hazards it poses. PFD wear is not mandatory until November, but boaters are
still encouraged to wear their PFD’s whenever on the water. As always when it
comes to safety, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Enjoy the last days of the
boating season, and stay safe.
Fall Trout Stocking: October 10, 2017 at Pennypack
Creek in Philadelphia. If interested in assisting with the Pennypack
Stocking, please meet at 8600 Pine Rd (Parking Lot) at 1:00 pm.
Please come out and enjoy fishing this fall!
AUGUST 30, 2017
Labor Day Weekend approaches, this is a reminder that all boaters need to have
enough Personal Flotation Devices (Life Jackets) on board for each person in
the boat. This includes all canoes, kayaks and other non-powered watercraft.
For those launching from either the Sandts Eddy boat launch on the Delaware River, or the Rte. 33 launch
on the Lehigh River, a PFBC
non-powered launch permit or DCNR launch permit are required for all
non-powered boats. You are also not permitted to launch, or retrieve swim-aids
from these locations, this includes inner tubes.
are still many fishing opportunities within the area. This includes carp
fishing in the Lehigh River near
Hugh Moore Park in Easton with dough balls, Bass fishing with jigs up by the
PPL boat launch, or targeting panfish with worms or small twisters in the
canals up by Walnutport, Bethlehem, or Easton.
Creek: Bass are being caught in the deeper water and grass if you can
find it. If you can find weed beds you’ll most likely find a few bass.
Emphasis on a few bass because there aren't many weed beds and the ones you do
find are small. Otherwise you'll have better luck in 12'-20' of water, anything
deeper the oxygen levels will be low and not suitable for the fish. Best baits
to use are crankbaits and spinner baits, very large rubber worms and jigs
working best in the weeds. The best soft plastics colors are large black or
purple and pumpkin seed with a lot of action. Bluegills and crappies are taking
minnows as well as meal and wax worms.
Marsh Creek Lake is a Big Bass Lake; your catch must be at least
15” to keep.
Anglers have reported hooking decent numbers of musky this season.
Several have been caught close to shore on Bass spinner baits.
Streams: French Creek,
Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek are in decent
shape due to all of the rain this summer; although they are on the warm side.
The best times to fish are early morning and late evening. Terrestrials are
beginning to take some fish.
River: Bass fishing in the Cromby Power Plant area down river to the
Black Rock Dam area has been good for Smallmouth Bass this season. Most are
being caught in the weedbeds on artificial lures, rubber crayfish and worms.
Flathead Catfish are being caught with the usual fare (live bluegills and night
crawlers working best). Channel Catfish are being caught on liver and other
baits. The dam is extremely dangerous at the time of this report. You’d be
well advised to stay completely away from it… This is a killer dam, don’t tempt
Note: Stay clear of the fish ladder at the Black Rock Dam. You may
not fish within the fishway, fish ladder fish passage facility. It is unlawful
for any person to fish within a radius of 100’ of the entrance, or exit points
of the chute or fish ladder passage way, and you must stay 100’ below the boil
below the dam when fishing there.
Advisory/Blue Rock Access: Paddlers
planning an outing on the Susquehanna River – Conejohola Flats area are advised
to be cognizant that they will be sharing the water with water fowlers with
this Friday’s September 1st start to the Canada Goose hunting
season. The early season continues
through September 25. Shooting hours
during the September goose season are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half
hour after sunset, except when the season overlaps with youth waterfowl hunting
days. On Saturday, September 16, 2017,
shooting hours end at sunset.
The 2017 Muddy Run Lake Canoe/Kayak race to benefit the
Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue Team will be held on the lake at Muddy Run Park
in Holtwood on Sept. 16. There will be many different classes for all different
types of canoes, kayaks, and stand up boards. All skill levels are welcome. Registration and sign in
will be 8:00am to 10:00am with race start at 10:45am. Cost is $15 per person. All registrations received by Sept. 8 are
guaranteed to receive a T-shirt. For more information, visit keschneider11.wix.com/muddyrunrace, visit Facebook at Muddy Run Canoe and Kayak Race, call 717-872-2805, or
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.