SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
AuGUST 16, 2017
Lake Luxembourg (Core Creek County
Park): Some Brown Bullheads and small panfish were caught last week on
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.
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 http://www.jimsbait.net/. Only fishing
from boats is permitted, limit of two persons per boat.
Montgomery County/Philadelphia County
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.
August 9, 2017
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
Montgomery County/W. Philadelphia County
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!
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
July 26, 2017
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
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.
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.
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.
results and photos link to:
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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 www.fishandboat.com 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.