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OCTOBER 18, 2017

Berks County
Scott’s Run Lake, located in French Creek State Park, received a trout stocking on Monday October 16.
Tulpehocken 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.
 
Chester County
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 Park Office.
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 photos!
 
Lehigh County
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

SE Montgomery County/West Philadelphia
 
Anglers 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.
 
 
Chester County
 
2018 Basic Boating Course Opportunities - 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 adesko@pa.gov 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 adesko@pa.gov or by phone at 215-968-3631.
 
- Sprin
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 adesko@pa.gov or by phone at 215-968-3631.
 
- Spr
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 adesko@pa.gov or by phone at 215-968-3631.

 


 

October 4, 2017

Bucks County
Delaware 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.
Levittown Lake 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 County. 
 
Chester County
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
   
Lehigh County
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.
 
Philadelphia County
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.
 
The
Pennypack 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

Berks County
Anglers are reporting catching Smallmouth Bass in the Schuylkill River in the Birdsboro area on tubes and plastics. 
 
N. Chester County
Marsh 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.
Streams: French 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 October 4.
Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in the Delayed 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 & Release Only.
Schuylkill 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

Berks County
 
With 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.
 
 
S. Chester County
 
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 717-529-2488.
 
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 Park Office.
 
 
Northampton County
 
Water 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.
 
Anglers 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

N. Chester County
 
Marsh 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.
 
Streams: 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 best producers.
Catfishing 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.
 
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.
 
 
Lancaster County 
 
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.  
 
For additional information contact Matt at 717-581-3434 or at samleysnews@hotmail.com.
 
Lancaster County Conservancy is holding a 24-hour BioBlitz at the Steinman Run Nature Center.Families with students who have an interest in aquatic macro-invertebrates as well as native reptiles and amphibians should consider attending the  Lancaster County Conservancy’s Bio-Blitz to be held this Saturday, September 16. Here is a link to the Save the Date flyer for more information: http://www.lancasterconservancy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/Steinman-Run-BioBlitz-September-16-17-2017-SAVE-THE-DATE.pdf 
 
 
Schuylkill County
 
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
S. Chester County
 
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 Office.
 
 
S. Montgomery County
 
With 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. 
 
 
Philadelphia County
 
Upcoming 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
 
Northampton County
 
As 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.
 
There 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.
 
N. Chester County
 
Marsh 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.
 
Schuylkill 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 fate.
 
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. 
 
Lancaster County
 
Boaters 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 email johnnymuzz@verizon.net.

 

 

 
 
 
   

 

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.