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

APRIL 26, 2017

Berks County
The in-season trout stockings are underway and about to wrap up. Due to high, muddy water the first few days of the Southeast season opener, plenty of trout remain in the stocked waters and should provide extended angling opportunities.
Crappies have been biting at Kaercher Dam, located in Windsor Township, just east of Hamburg Borough; some up to 17” have been caught recently.
Boating and fishing has been heating up at Blue Marsh Lake. Remember to check your life jackets for serviceability, ensure your fire extinguisher is charged and operational, and your boat registration is up to date before heading out on the water.

Caption: In less than two weeks, (May 6), Walleyes will be back in season, try your luck at Blue Marsh Lake on the Spring Creek arm of the lake, or head over to the Stilling Basin and fish the tail race.

Bucks County
The East Branch Perkiomen Creek, Tohickon Creek and the Delaware Canal Section 5 stretches get another stocking of trout today, 4/26. In the canal, try green paste bait and meal worms.


APRIL 20, 2017

N. Bucks County
Delaware River-Shad anglers are reporting a great spring run, one of the best years in recent memory. River is still dropping and clearing up, and hovering in the mid-50’s. Shad are still coming into the river, so now is the time to get out and hit the shores or launch the boat. Wading along the shoreline is still a popular way to fish for shad. WCOs have been seeing many of these anglers wearing personal flotation devices, a good sound safety investment. Anglers in boats are using flutter spoons of all colors. Most have reported that finding the right color for conditions has been a trial-and-error ordeal every day they have been out.  
Trout are still being stocked in N. Bucks County and trout anglers have had a good spring since the water levels have receded after the opening weekend washout. To see when your favorite trout stream gets an in-season stocking, check here: 
Nockamixon Lake - Anglers are reporting good crappie and bass action at Nockamixon Lake. Bass are in the shallows right now. Adult bass are beginning their breeding cycle, and adult bass over a bass redd (nest) should be avoided. Crappies are around banks and submerged structure. Gulp minnows and spider-rigged live minnows are working well.
N. Chester County
Marsh Creek Lake - The warm weather over the past week has fish biting on just about everything. Bluegills and crappies are taking mealworms and wax worms, minnows and small jigs. Some bass are being caught as well, taking everything from jigs to spinner and crank baits.  The best soft plastic worm colors to use are black, purple, dark green and pumpkin seed. Best live baits are crayfish, minnows and night crawlers.
French Creek, Pickering Ck, East Brandywine Ck, and West Valley Ck have average flows and are very clear, but have been fishing well. Water temps have been hovering between 58-62 degrees. With clear conditions it makes it a bit more difficult on the spin fishermen. Bait anglers are catching trout with minnows and small wax or mealworms. Fly anglers have reported taking trout on very small (24-28) midges. Small pheasant tail and hares ears nymphs are also producing results for the fly fishermen.
Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas. The Fly Fishing Area is Catch & Release Only. You may not possess fish in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas until June 15.
Note: Stay clear of the fish ladder at the Black Rock Dam. Respect the river, wear a PFD while onboard a boat. *There was a near drowning at the dam last week!
S. Chester County
The next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday, April 20 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. 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 tell few stories about the last big one that got away, or the best place to fish and what to use. 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 White Clay Creek Middle Branch Section 3 Delayed Harvest Area, the Pocopson Creek Section 2, and the White Clay Creek Section 1 will be stocked with trout on April 24. We will meet the big white stocking truck in the long lane across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30AM. Come on out to give a little something back, or to take a youngster on an adventure that they will remember for a lifetime.
The White Clay Creek East Branch Section 3, from the White Clay Creek Preserve Boundary to the mouth has been stocked with trout. The stocking locations for the White Clay East Branch Section 3, were Penn Green Road at the top of the Preserve Boundary at 39-46'24.2" North and 75-46'11.1" West, London Tract Road at 39-46'07.6" North and 75-45'54.2" West, and Yeatmans Station Road at 39-45'54.2" North and 75-45'45.8" West.
The White Clay Creek East Branch Section 2, from SR357 (Wood View Road) to the White Clay Creek Preserve Boundary has been stocked with trout. The stocking locations for the White Clay East Branch Section 2, were Glen Willow Orchard at 39-50'07.1" North and 75-47'21.2" West, Indian Run Road at Miller Drive at 39-49'05.8" North and 75-46'57.7" Indian Run Road at bend at 39-48'58.0" North and 75-46'59.7" West, Garden Station Bridge and Clay Creek Road at 39-48'09.2 North and 75-47'01.6 West, North Clay Creek Bridge and Church Hill Road at 39-47'51.2" North and 75-46'56.9" West, Auburn Road Bridge at 39-47'28.1" North and 75-46'15.4" West, Laurel Woods Road Bridge on Penn Green Road at 39-47'02.7" North and 75-46'29.4" West, Landenberg United Methodist Church Parking Lot at 39-46'42.0" North and 75-46'18.9" West, Thanks to Forest C. for coordinating the stocking, and Scott M. for running the floats.
The Buck Run Section 2 has been stocked. This will be the last in season stocking of the year. The stocking points are Old Mill Road at 39-58'38.5" North and 75-54'09.9", just downstream of business 30 at 39-58'51.3" North and 75-54'33.4" West, Octoraro Drive at 39-59'08.2" North and 75-54'37.0" West, on Quarry Road Bridge at 39-58'11.9" North and 75-53'37.9" West, Greenbelt Road Bridge at 39-57'58.7" North and 75-53'34,7" West and just upstream of West Bert Reel Park at 39-57'49.4" North and 75-53'20.2" West.
Lehigh County
With the bulk of Lehigh County stockings completed, anglers are reporting a great catch rate across the entire county. Through Lock Ridge Park in Alburtis you may have success fishing for trout in Swabia Creek. On Jordan Creek, in South Whitehall Township, anglers are getting trout through Covered Bridge Park.
Northampton County
The trees in the county have leafed out and seemingly pulled up a lot of water from those streams. They have gone from high and muddy to low and clear in what seems like one week. For those anglers targeting trout, there are still plenty in the streams and we continue to stock them with in-season stockings. Anglers going for trout have transitioned from using pate baits (in the opening week) to minnows (currently) and have had more success with minnows on streams like the Bushkill Creek, Martins Creek and the Hokendauqua.
American Shad have been making their way up to Easton in the Delaware River with many anglers catching shad in the 19-22” range on spoons and swim baits.
Thank you to all the helpers who have come out to help stock trout in the various streams over the last month and a half. For those who want to see what stocking trout is all about there are still plenty of opportunities to come out and help in the next month.
E. Schuylkill County
Locust Lake was very good for trout fishing on the opening day of trout season.  Anglers were catching some trout from shore on minnows and wax worms.  The lake is due to be stocked again on April 22 with Brook Trout and Brown trout.
The Little Schuylkill River has seen a lot of angling pressure throughout the stocked areas, but still holds trout, probably due to high waters.  Trout are still being caught on all the common baits, gold spinners, and chartreuse colored lures have worked as well.  The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area of the river has seen quite a bit of pressure and has proven to be tougher as the season progresses.  As hatches of insects start to come off expect fly fishing to increase through this section.
The Schuylkill River is at a moderate water level for canoes and kayaks to travel from Auburn to Port Clinton.  A few have floated this section already. Just make sure you dress appropriately for the water temperatures and wear your life jacket.



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