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AuGUST 16, 2017

Bucks County
Lake Luxembourg (Core Creek County Park): Some Brown Bullheads and small panfish were caught last week on crankbaits.
Anglers have been hooking into some smaller bass & panfish in the Neshaminy Creek on minnows and plastic grubs.

Photo Caption: Brown Bullhead caught on a crankbait at Lake Luxembourg from a kayak.
S. Chester County
If you have been waiting for your big break into Bass Tournament Fishing, this may be it. Captain Jim is having a Bass Open Tournament at the Octoraro Reservoir on Sunday, August 20 from 6:30AM till 12:30PM (6 Hours). To get to the lake, simply get on Rte. 1 in Southern Chester County and get off on the Route 472 Exit. Turn West on Rte. 472 West and you will go over the Route 472 Bridge and at the top of the next hill you will turn left on to Spruce Grove Road. You will go about a mile and at the bottom of the hill you will see the lake and the Fishing Headquarters on your left. The physical address for the Fishing Headquarters is 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA 17536. For even more information, visit the website at   Only fishing from boats is permitted, limit of two persons per boat.
SE Montgomery County/Philadelphia County
Schuylkill River: Anglers are catching Common Carp up and down the river from Philadelphia to Norristown. Try boilies, corn, carp baits and bagels. Anglers are getting into some large Flathead Catfish as well. For the Flatheads, try shrimp, chicken livers, live eels and live Bluegills.
The Philly Fun Fishing Fest will return along the banks of the Schuylkill River on September 9, 2017 from 7AM-11AM. Enjoy a morning of free catch and release fishing and friendly competition on Schuylkill Banks! The Fishing Fest is perfect for anglers of all ages and level of experience. No fishing license is required during the fishing competition and fishing gear will be available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis.
To register, follow the link:

August 9, 2017

Lehigh County
Mid-to-late evening anglers have been successfully catching Bullheads and Channel Catfish at Leaser Lake. Anglers have been targeting the South Launch Coves with chicken liver and night crawlers for successful trips. 
S. Montgomery County/W. Philadelphia County
With the summer heat, fishing activity has been relatively slow and anglers have been reporting limited success along district waterways. Boating activity has been busy on weekends, and as always anglers and boaters alike are reminded to periodically review fishing and boating laws and regulations. Be safe on the water and most of all, have fun!
The Free Philly Family Catfish Festival was held last Saturday on August 5, 2017 along the Schuylkill Banks River Park between the Chestnut Street and Walnut Street bridges. PFBC staff taught families about catfish biology, how to fish for catfish and how to prepare and care for their catch. Anglers caught Channel Catfish, Flathead Catfish, White Perch and a few Bluegills. Although there was a rainy start to the morning, the sun broke through and it was a beautiful morning for fishing along the Schuykill!


July 26, 2017

Delaware County
Anglers have been steadily visiting the Brandywine River and they’ve been rewarded with consistent returns on smallmouth bass.  Lots of small baits like jigs and tubes seem to work well.  The Delaware River and Darby Creek are great places to go if you want to catch some nice catfish.  There’s always an angler or 5 at the Ridley Marina pier in Ridley Township.   The pier is free to fish on and is well maintained.  Please take your trash out with you.  The hot weather has put a damper on any trout fishing that may have been left, with the exception of the Fly-Fishing Only area along Ridley Creek which is still producing a trout or two.  Look for the shaded riffles and deeper pools for fishing finding the cooler water. 
Recent rains have put a small amount of debris into the Delaware River.  Boaters should keep an eye out for floating trees and take caution.  The Chester boat ramp is open; however, the docks have been removed for much needed repairs.  Boats can be launched at the Ridley Marina for a small fee and the new Stinger’s restaurant is open and is a great place to have lunch or dinner right on Darby Creek.  Boaters should be reminded that all of Darby Creek, from the mouth of the Delaware River and all the way up, is a designated “Slow, No Wake Zone”.  Buoys have been placed from the mouth of the creek up to the Heinz Refuge indicating as such.  These buoys do move/disappear due to tides, vandalism, or other natural causes.  The absence of a “No Wake” buoy does not eliminate the requirement to follow the regulations for that particular area.    
Lancaster County
National Night Out – Many of our Officers participate in this annual Community event held across the Commonwealth and Nation.  National Night out began August 7, 1984 and is now in its 34th year.
The program provides an opportunity for local citizens to meet and interact with their communities First Responders, this family friendly outing also underscores the intra-agency cooperation that is often effected during incidents that the community does not always recognize.  PFBC District Officer Schmidt will be participating along with Officers from Columbia Borough Police Department, as well as other public safety agencies at the event to be held on Tuesday, August 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Glatfelter’s Field in Columbia, located at 1201 Lancaster Avenue. This year’s event will also feature fireworks. Local Anglers and Boaters are encouraged to attend along with their families.  Publication information from the PFBC will be available on many topics of interest, of particular note for boating parents & grandparents will be demonstration PFD’s (Personal Floatation Devices) to exemplify proper size and fit for their child’s safety.  Deputy B.R. Snake, a mature Eastern Rat Snake; and his patrol sidekick, Mr. X-BOX Turtle, will be present to represent the Commission’s role in protection of native reptiles and amphibians.
On Saturday, July 15 the 5th Annual Susquehanna Gateway Flatwater Challenge launched from the East Donegal Riverfront Park bordering the Northwest Lancaster County River Trail. A total of 52 paddlers in 43 boats participated in one of two competitions; a 4 mile course and an 8 mile course.
For race results and photos link to: 
Lehigh County
At Leaser Lake, anglers are having success catching Muskies in the early morning from the West Launch using deep diving crank baits. In the late evening hours, anglers report they are having success catching Muskies from the North Launch using top water lures. If you are targeting crappies, try your luck on the south side of the island using live minnows and smaller rubber worms.



JULY 19, 2017

Berks County
The recent heatwave has cooled the Largemouth Bass bite over at Lake Ontelaunee, but try working plastic worms and crank baits through the lily pads. Anglers are also getting Common Carp and Channel Catfish back under the old West Shore Dr Bridge. If you’re out in the middle of the day, try the fishing in the depths of the quarry hole off Rte. 73 just up from the main parking lot. Good luck!
Bucks County
Delaware River – From Trenton up to Stockton, most anglers have been catching Striped Bass while fishing around the bridges with live eels, white perch and plugs. From Washington’s Crossing up to Lambertville, anglers are having success with eels, soft plastic shad bodies and poppers for the Stripers. Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass up and down the river. Try soft plastic worms rigged wacky style, crayfish imitations and soft plastic worms.
Montgomery County
Schuylkill River - Anglers are catching Flathead Catfish below the Black Rock dam using American eels, Bluegills and White Perch. Channel Catfish are taking nightcrawlers, shrimp and chicken livers. Common Carp are taking boilies and different carp dough baits.
E. Schuylkill County
Water levels have been very high the last week due to heavy rainfalls.  Kayaks and canoes have plenty of water in the Little Schuylkill River and the Schuylkill River.  Some sections are dangerous due to trees and debris causing “strainers” (Allows water through but not a boat or person).  Boaters should check the area out before floating through and always have a lifejacket.  Trout fishing has been good in the early morning hours in the rivers on worms, minnows, and spinners.  During the middle of the day it has been very tough.  Most of the lakes and impoundments have seen a turn from trout to warmwater species.
Tuscarora Lake has been up and down for bass anglers.  Panfish are almost always eager to hit throughout the lake with the weedy end of the lake being the most popular.  A few Chain Pickerel are also being caught, but Walleyes and Muskies have been hard to find.
Locust Lake has seen the trout move to the middle of the lake to deeper water.  Trout anglers at Locust need to have a boat to have any success.  The lake still has Largemouth Bass, sunfish and Chain Pickerel action near the shoreline.

July 13, 2017

Philadelphia County & S. Montgomery County
There have been several reports of snakehead fish being caught and or seen in the Philadelphia area.  Most of them have been caught historically at FDR park in the lakes; however, we have been receiving reports from the Delaware River and Schuylkill Rivers as well.  The latest confirmed report is in the Darby Creek area.  If you believe that you have come across one, please take a photograph of the fish and contact the PA Fish and Boat Commission via our website at  and report the fish.  Make sure you include the county, body of water, average size of the fish and, if at all possible, a photograph.  Please be aware: You cannot possess live snakeheads in the Commonwealth.  They must be killed immediately. 



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