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


January 17, 2018

Get your 1, 3, 5 OR 10 YEAR FISHING LICENSE ONLINE NOW - http://www.gonefishingpa.com
ICE is NICE!  Learn more about ice fishing SAFETY and ice FISHING here – http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx
NOTE – PA Fish and Boat Commission does not monitor ice thickness.  Make sure you test ice conditions prior to venturing out to ice fish and be sure to take safety precautions (e.g. wear a float jacket or life jacket)
Can’t wait for some warm weather and the opening of the Early Trout Season? Consider attending what is said to be one of the largest Fly Fishing Shows in the U.S. on January 26 to 28 at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, located at 97 Sunfield Ave. in Edison, NJ 08837. Attend classes and see presentations & exhibits from hundreds of vendors while making the spring thaw seem not quite so far away. For more information, visit the website at http://flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/ The PA Fish & Boat Commission will have a booth at the event to sell licenses and help answer questions about fly fishing in the Keystone State.
The International Fly Fishing Film Festival will be held January 26 starting at 6:30 PM, at the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center at 97 Sunfield Ave. in Edison, NJ 08837. More information is available on the web at http://flyfishingshow.com/edison-nj/
 
Northampton County
On East Bangor Dam, wax worms are the bait of choice for ice anglers. Despite the lake being relatively shallow, it offers a unique fishing opportunity. The Lehigh River ice has broken up and is flowing water again. Anglers have been seen using spinners, and swim baits; additionally, an angler had a fish finder bobber that he would cast to determine depth and any fish activity directly under the bobber. In these relatively slow angling times, it’s nice to see the creative approaches people take to land a fish.
 
Southern Chester County
For those of you that are looking for fishing opportunities prior to the Regional Opening Day, (March 31 this year), the White Clay Creek DHALO Section is always open. The DHALO section is from Good Hope Road downstream 1.7 miles to the confluence with the mouth of the White Clay Creek. This secluded and scenic stream is also Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, so it is stocked with some big fish (14-20 inches) each year by the Fish & Boat Commission. The White Clay Flyfishers recently stocked the section with over 400 beautiful Brown Trout, mostly in the 11 to 15 inch size. On last patrol, The District WCO saw numerous large trout holding in all of the larger pools and only a couple of fishermen. The weather seems like it will be holding above the freezing mark so here is your chance to land (bring you camera to take a quick photo of your trophy), and then put back, some nice fish. Remember that this is a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Section so make sure to follow the law, and don't forget to bring and display a fishing license and trout stamp for those 16 or older. This section is heavily patrolled and anglers will be cited for failure to comply with the regulations. Here is the link to the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures and Trophy Select Regulations - http://pfbc.pa.gov/fishpub/summaryad/delayedartificial.html Good Luck!
A Basic Boating course will be held at Springton Manor Farm, Ranger Station, on Saturday, February 17 from 08:00 to 5:00 PM. This is an all-day course and you need to be there for the entire day to get credit for the course. 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. Pre-registration is required by emailing Andy Desko at adesko@pa.gov or by phone at 215-968-3631. You can also get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL
A Basic Boating course will be held at Springton Manor Farm, Ranger Station, on Wednesday, February 7 and Thursday, February 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. 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. Space is limited so register soon. Pre-registration is required by emailing Andy Desko at adesko@pa.gov or by phone at 215-968-3631. You can also get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL
Almost every year people go through the ice at Struble Reservoir. Struble Reservoir can be especially dangerous as it has many springs and areas with stumps near the surface and decaying vegetation that can make it dangerous. Recently this winter, a gentleman went through the ice on his ice boat. Remember that while an ice boat is heavier than one person; it also distributes all that weight over a very large area, and still his boat went through. He was thankfully able to self-rescue using ice awls; however, his boat is upside down and stuck in the ice and he is unsure when he will be able to recover it. Please be careful out there, with this up and down temperatures you have to be more careful than ever. 

 

JANUARY 10, 2018

 

Get your 1, 3, 5 OR 10 YEAR FISHING LICENSE ONLINE NOW - http://www.gonefishingpa.com
ICE is NICE!  Learn more about ice fishing SAFETY and ice FISHING here – http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx
NOTE – PA Fish and Boat Commission does not monitor ice thickness.  Make sure you test ice conditions prior to venturing out to ice fish and be sure to take safety precautions (e.g. wear a float jacket or life jacket)
As a continued reminder, the mandatory cold weather personal flotation device-wear remains in effect.  Visit our site at http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx for more details
Having a bit of the seasonal blues and wishing for something until the Regional Opening Day of Trout here in Southeastern Pennsylvania? Then consider attending what is said to be the largest Outdoor Show in the United States, the Great American Outdoor Show, which be held in the Farm Show Complex, February 3-11. It should be the perfect way to get you back into the excitement of another angling year. The show is an easy commute for those of us here in Southeastern Pennsylvania. The show should give you the opportunity to attend a variety of classes and presentations, view exhibits, and see what hundreds of vendors and volunteers have to offer in a venue of over 650,000 square feet in nine different halls. For more information you can visit the website at https://www.greatamericanoutdoorshow.org
 
N. Bucks County
Lake Towhee has produced for anglers on the ice seeking panfish. Wax worms and maggots jigged seem to be the most successful bait. Minnows and jigging spoons have produced Chain Pickerel.
Anglers at Nockamixon Lake have been finding fish in the coves. The main lake body had some inconsistent ice conditions. Use caution as the temperature warms up and predicted rain falls later this week. If you’ve been thinking of moving past panfish, anglers catch nice musky through the ice here. Anglers have been successful in less-than 12 feet of water using creek chubs as bait. There are also Yellow Perch, an ice fishing favorite in Nockamixon. They can be difficult to locate, but when you find them, they are a tasty treat for the frying pan!
Ice has most of the Delaware River locked up making boating impossible. Shore fishing is extremely limited due to the cold. Watch for conditions to change later in the week.
 
S. Chester County
One of the most productive ways to catch fish is to go fishing through the ice. Anglers are lost each year due to going through thin ice. Be careful, be safe. The most important consideration when ice fishing is the type of ice and the actual thickness of the ice. The ice thickness on all of the lakes in the Southern Chester County district and most others in Pennsylvania are not monitored so you will need to do a little of your own homework before deciding to go out on the ice. There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether the ice is thick enough to be safe besides thickness. 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 you should check ice thickness starting from a safe location very near shore and then every 50 feet or so as you go out. Ice can be suddenly much thinner in an area just yards away from thick safe clear ice because of an underwater spring, decaying vegetation, large schools of fish, currents, snow, temperature, etc., It would probably be best to go out with an experienced ice-fishing angler who knows that specific body of water for your first outing. You might also want to consider wearing 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. Almost every year people go through the ice at Struble Reservoir. Struble Res. can be especially dangerous as it has many springs and areas with stumps near the surface and decaying vegetation that can make it dangerous if you are not familiar with it. Ice fishing is also permitted at Marsh Creek Lake, but it is not permitted at Chambers Lake or Octoraro Reservoir. There is information available on the web about ice fishing safety and it is important to read and learn about ice safety before going out. Ice thickness website is http://fishandboat.com/water/ice_thickness.pdf  Good Luck!
Marsh Creek anglers are catching Yellow Perch off the ice. Ice fishing tip ups baited with small mealworms or fathead shiners rigged about a foot off the bottom are the preferred method. There are many small perch with the occasional 10 to 11 inch bruiser. Anglers are recommending to fish in the middle of the lake across from Carpenters Cove. Good luck!
A Basic Boating course will be held on Saturday January 13 at Hibernia County Park Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from 7:30 AM to 5 PM. 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. Pre-registration is required at adesko@pa.gov You can also get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL
The White Clay Flyfishers are offering Fly Fishing Classes. The classes are on six Tuesdays, starting on February 13 and ending on April 3 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at the London Tract Meeting House. A valid 2018 fishing license and Trout Stamp is required. For more information you can go to http://www.whiteclayflyfishers.org/calendar-of-events/
 
 

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