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February 23, 2017

Remember that Stocked Trout Waters here in the Southeast are closed to fishing from March 1 to the opening day of the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season, this year at 8AM on April 1. You are by definition deemed to be fishing in Stocked Trout Waters if you have any fishing equipment within 25 feet of a stream, lake or pond that is closed to fishing. Stocked Trout Waters are defined as those waters that have significant portions that are open to public fishing and are stocked with trout by the Commission. No trout may be taken or possessed on these waters from March 1 to the opening of the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season, once again this year, at 8AM on April 1.
 
 
Chester County
 
West Caln Sportsmen's Club is always looking for new members. The club which was founded in 1957 and at the end of 1958 had 111 members; at the end of 2000 it had over 1000. The club owns about 40 acres of land in West Caln Township, just south of Honey Brook. The club has a 120 by 50 foot clubhouse with a 75 by 38 foot indoor range. The indoor range is used for pistol, (16 position, 50 foot range and turning targets) .22 rifle, and archery. The club also has an outdoor rifle range, with a 3 position, 50 yard outdoor pistol range and a totally separate 15 position 25 yard pistol range as well as a uniquely designed trap house to challenge the shot gunners. It is becoming difficult to find a shooting range anymore.
The club also has a cooperative trout nursery with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Chester County Parks and Recreation Department along the Birch Run in Hibernia County Park.
On March 26 the members will stock between an estimated 5000 to 9000 trout in the West Branch Brandywine Creek for the 2017 fishing season. Included in the stocking will be trophy fish, purchased by the Friends of Hibernia and the Chester County Parks and Recreation Department, for the children's pond, which as the name states is for fishing by children only.
 
The White Clay Fly Fishers Club will offer free fly-tying lessons and demonstrations at the Hamburg Cabela’s on March 11 and 12 from 10AM to 4PM. For the beginning fly angler or the advanced fly angler looking for some new ideas, just in time to get ready for the regional opening day here in the Southeast, April 1st. For more information on the club you can go to the web at http://whiteclayflyfishers.org/
 
The Big Elk Creek, Section 1, from the confluence with the East Branch & West Branch Elk Creek to T307 Camp Bonsall Road and the East Branch Big Elk, Section 2, from New London Township line to the Confluence with the West Branch Elk Creek will be stocked with trout on Wednesday, March 1. The meeting place is the intersection of Route 896 and Route 1 at noon. We need help stocking these fish so please come out to help. Thank you.
The White Clay Fly-Tying club will meet at 6PM on Thursday February 23 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 Park Office.
The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free course Fly-Tying 101 on Saturday February 25 from 10AM till 12AM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly angler will need to know to get started in tying.  Spring is almost here, take advantage of this opportunity to learn the art of fly tying. For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at www.orvis.com/downingtown
 
 
Northampton County
 
Air temperatures have been in the 50’s recently, this has caused a nice hatch of Blue Wing Olives on lower sections of the Monocacy and Saucon Creek. Anglers have also started to return to the Riverview Fishing Pier in Palmer Township. This section of the Lehigh River is a great location to fish with children, the elevated wooden pier allows you space for your tackle, and can cast without obstructions. Anglers here have caught carp on dough balls, and also some panfish once the water warms up using worms or spinners.
 
 
Philadelphia County
 
IMPORTANT UPDATE:  March 25, 2017 is Mentored Youth Fishing Day. Please note that Loch Alsh Reservoir will NOT be stocked before March 25 due to scheduling.   In the Philadelphia /SE Montgomery Co. area, the Philadelphia section of the Wissahckon Creek and the section of the Wissahickon Creek that runs through Fort Washington State Park will both be stocked before Youth Mentored Fishing Day.

 


February 15, 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Outdoor Show in Oaks runs from Thursday, February 23 to Sunday, February 26. There will be presentations on anything that has to do with the outdoors, a trout fishing pond, a 5000 gallon aquarium, a rock wall, archery range, as well as vendors that will have all the newest and greatest of outdoor gear, including boats and fishing equipment.  The physical address for the show is 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456. For more information, go to http://www.sportshows.com/philadelphia/index.html , and for directions:  http://www.sportshows.com/philadelphia/directions.html
 
The 22nd Rivers Conservation & Fly Fishing Youth Camp will be held at the Allenberry Resort on the Yellow Breeches in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania on June 18 to 23. The program that was started in 1995 and is open for 32 qualified students that will be selected through a very competitive admissions process. The program is a weeklong stay-over camp that was founded by Dr. John R. Beck, “Jack” and by the late Enoch S. Moore Jr. “Inky”, a former Pennsylvania Fish Commissioner. To apply for the program, you must be between 14 and 17 years of age and be a leader in your class. The purpose of the program is to educate future leaders of our Country who will one day be the environmental advocates who will then be able to make positive changes to the aquatic and environmental resources of our nation. Students will be given classes, taught by numerous experts in their fields, in fishing, fly tying, aquatic biology, the natural sciences, best management practices, watershed management, and more. Students will also get to work on an actual stream improvement project as part of the curriculum.  For more information you can visit the website at www.riverscamp.com . The deadline for applications for the camp is March 31.
 
On Sunday, February 26, The Delaware River Shad Fishermen’s Association will host a Fishing Flea Market. The show which will have both hunting and fishing items will be held at the Sewyco Fire Company Social Hall from 08:00AM until 1:00PM. The physical address for the hall is 3621 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18015. For more information, visit the webpage at http://drsfa.org/
 
 
N. Bucks County
 
The spring 2017 trout stocking schedules are on our website!
 
 
When you open the link, first pick your county (BUCKS), then select a starting and ending date (or leave blank for the whole 2017 season), then click GO. If you’ve picked the whole calendar year, pre-season and in-season trout stockings will then be listed.
 
If you’ve selected Bucks County, you will see that the pre-season scheduled trout stocking for the East Branch Perkiomen Creek Section 2 (Perkasie/Sellersville Section) is scheduled to be stocked on March 4, 2017. This is a Saturday trout stocking, which means a great time to get the kids out for a stocking. Most of this section is off of the traveled portion of roadways, so traffic safety is less of a concern, lending this particular trout stocking to one that is kid-oriented. This particular trout stocking is Section 2, not to be confused with Section 4 in Montgomery County, which is scheduled to be stocked on 4/25/2017. So if you have a child that would enjoy a day outside, weather they have fished for trout or not, this is a great way to get them outside away from screens and video games and hopefully inspire them to fish!
Trout stocking information is also available at PA Fish and Boat Commission’s Mobile App at: https://www.fish.state.pa.us/mobile.htm
 
 
S. Chester County
Trout were biting on 2/14/17 for Deputy Ed Guthrie in the MBWCC DHALO, (Middle Branch White Clay Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Trout, Keystone Select Trout Waters), below Good Hope Road (big rock).  A #20 black/gray embroidery floss midge larvae and a #22 red thread body/red glass bead head midge landed 6 fish and two strikes.  Hits were evenly split between the two flies.  The midge naturals the fish were eating were notably smaller than the flies fished – the naturals probably were #32 or smaller.  The air temperature was just below freezing and warmed only a little. The afternoon would have been great given the high 50s, even 60 degree temperatures, around 3 PM. There were a few trout working the surface for black midge emergers (#28-32).  The rises were not as frequent as I had seen during the warm days earlier this week but enough to justify trying a dry fly. 
 
The Middle Branch White Clay Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures is one of the streams that the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission maintains as one of the states Keystone Select Stocked Trout waters. This means that the state will stock the 1.7 mile stretch with 2 to 3 year old fish, 14 to 20 inches in size at a rate of around 250 per mile. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations will be strictly enforced in this waterway to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to catch these trophy class trout. You can get more information on the web about both the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters and the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations at http://www.fishandboat.com/fishpub/summary/delayedartificial.html
 
A Basic Boating Course will be held on Wednesday February 22 and 23 at Hibernia County Park Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from 3 PM to 7 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
 
If you live in Southern Chester County on the south side of 322, consider coming out this year and helping to stock the Stocked Trout Waters. The Stocked Trout Waters in Southern Chester County include Beaver Creek, Buck Run, Brandywine West Branch, Pocopson Creek, Elk & Big Elk Creeks, Octoraro Creek East Branch (in-season only), and four sections of the White Clay Creek (including one Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Section that is also a Keystone Select Trout Waters). We had very little help last year on some of the stockings which made it difficult to distribute the fish as evenly as we would have liked to.
We often get the angler who wants to call in and report that a favorite hole was not stocked well enough, and for reasons of bad weather and proximity to the road and or, for lack of help, it may have to be passed by. The first thing we ask is if they came along to help stock and the usual answer is no. 
Stocking is a lot of fun and gives you a chance to give something back to the resource. It is also a great way to spend a day with a kid and to get them off the web and video games for a while. The web site below has been updated and will give you all the dates, times and meeting locations for any county in Pennsylvania. Simply put in the county that you are interested in and hit search and a list of all the stocked waters will come up. Thanks in advance for your help!
 
 

 FEBRUARY 8, 2017
 
S. Bucks County
It’s a new year, so be sure to pick up a copy of the 2017 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary guide anywhere fishing licenses are sold and familiarize yourself with the regulations for your regular fishing spots.  Anglers have been pulling in White Perch and Rainbow Trout at Lake Luxembourg from both the Ellis Road and Woodbourne Road access, and the 24 hour lot dock using trout magnets, a variety of paste baits, and worms.  Small Crappies and sunfish have been caught at Levittown Lake.
Don’t forget to check the fishandboat.com website for trout stocking times and locations. If you would like to assist in the trout stockings, please show up at the meeting location at least an hour early.
 
N. Berks County/W. Schuylkill County
“When does ice fishing season start?”  Unfortunately, in Western Schuylkill/Northern Berks Counties it hasn’t yet.  There has been little to no safe ice in the district this winter; however, the open water has provided opportunities, especially at Blue Marsh Lake for some good late season fishing.  For those willing to brave the elements, crappie and bass anglers have been experiencing success at Blue Marsh, as well as some limited success at other lakes throughout the district.  Keep in mind that while there may not be ice, the water is still cold and you need to adjust your fishing technique accordingly to be successful.
Trout season closes February 28 and stocking begins March 1 for the upcoming season.  If anyone is aware of any problems with access or posting, or any areas where landowners might be amenable to allowing trout fishing on their property, please forward that information to the Southeast Region Office so that we can check on them before trout stocking starts.
For waters in the Regional Opening Day Program (which includes Western Schuylkill and Northern Berks) Mentored Youth Trout Day will be March 25 and opening day for all anglers will be April 1.  Statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day will be April 8 and opening day will be April 15.
A PFBC Basic Boating Course is scheduled for February 25 from 8:00AM to 4:30PM at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse.  Pre-register by contacting Drew Kline at 570-527-2505.  A Boating Safety Education Certificate is required for all persons born on or after January 1, 1982 to operate a motorboat greater than 25 horsepower, and for all operators of Personal Watercraft (PWCs, commonly referred to as jet skis) regardless of age.
Just a reminder, the cold weather mandatory life jacket wear period is in effect and remains so until April 30.  All persons on all boats less than 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks are required to be wearing a life jacket at all times.
 
S. Chester County
The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown, PA 19335 will offer a free course Fly-Tying 101 on Saturday, February 11 from 10AM to noon. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to know to get started in tying.  Spring is almost here, take advantage of this opportunity to learn the art of fly tying. For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at www.orvis.com/downingtown
The next meeting of the Atglen Sportsmen’s Club will be on February 14 starting at 7PM. Meetings are held at the Atglen Sportsmen’s Club Clubhouse which is located along Creek Road, in Atglen, PA. 19310. To get directions to the club click on http://www.atglensportsmensclub.org/directions.asp. For more information you can send an email to Bob Butler atglenmembership@gmail.com. For more information on the club you can check out the website at
A Basic Boating Course will be held on Saturday February 11th at the Ranger Station at Springton Manor Farms, from 8:00AM 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 operates 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 More information is on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL
A Basic Boating Course will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, February 15 and 16 at the Ranger Station at Springton Manor Farm at 860 Springton Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343, from 3:00PM to 7:00PM. This is a two evening course, and you must attend both evenings to get credit. 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 There is more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL
 
S. Montgomery County/W. Philadelphia
With the continued winter weather, fishing and boating activity remains at a minimum in the district. Anglers that are out are reporting limited success fishing carp using homemade dough baits and the occasional bass using lures. Boaters are reminded of the cold weather mandatory PFD wear requirement, which remains in effect until April 30.
 
Northampton County
In the Trophy Trout Section of the Saucon Creek, anglers are working hard to be rewarded with some larger Brown Trout. There are plenty of great undercut banks, and tree roots hanging out into the water, to float a fly over. The water color is slightly darker than normal but still good clarity and there is good flow. Despite all of these factors that make it seem favorable, anglers have not been met with much success. They have used both light and dark colored nymphs and have also tried some wooly buggers, but can’t manage to land many trout. However, it’s still a great time to get outside and enjoy these great conditions without much competition from others!
 
Philadelphia County
This year please join us in the Philadelphia Area for the Youth Mentored Fishing Day.  On March 25, 2017 all approved trout waters will be open to Youth Mentored Fishing from 8AM through 7PM.  To participate, anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania fishing license and current trout/salmon permit and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth fishing permit or Voluntary Youth fishing license from the Commission.  Please be advised that although all approved trout waters will be open for fishing, only select waters will be stacked by that date.  Please check our website for the most up to date information regarding the waters that will be stocked prior to that date. 
* In the Philadelphia/SE Montgomery Co area, the Philadelphia section of the Wissahckon Creek and Loch Alsh Reservoir will both be stocked before March 25. *
The adult trout stocking schedule is now on the PA Fish and Boat Commission Website.  Please look up the dates for stocking in your favorite stream by county.  The Waterways Conservation Officers and the Fish Culturist that stock these stream really depend on the anglers to come out and assist with the stockings.  We appreciate any and all help.
 

 

 


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.