SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
JUne 20, 2018
Our Gaun Mobile Fishing Center will be delivering a fishing
meet-up program on Thursday, 6/21 at 5:00PM at the Children’s Pond at
Nockamixon State Park near the Marina entrance. The Gaun Mobile Fishing Center
was made possible by a donation from Mr. Samuel Gaun at the time of his
passing, and this effort is also being supported by the Recreational Fishing
& Boating Foundation. Please stop out and join us for some fishing! This
event is family-friendly. We will have staff on-hand to help teach you to fish,
and we will provide bait and tackle if needed. Adults will not need a fishing
license during this event. You can learn more about & register for the
event on our website at www.fishandboat.com.
Anglers are catching trout in area streams; including the Schuylkill River and the Little Schuylkill River. The water levels in the streams have been desirable
and temperatures are still cool enough that fish are biting on most baits and
spinners. Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout Fingerlings
were recently stocked in the Schuylkill
River from Pottsville downstream to Schuylkill Haven.
shoreline anglers are starting to see less trout and more Largemouth Bass and Bluegills
along the edges. Most of the trout are
being caught in the deeper water near the middle of the lake. Some trout have also moved to the western
section of the lake where Locust Creek
flows in. Boat rentals are now open at both
State Park Lakes (Locust and Tuscarora).
has been very good for Bluegills and Yellow Perch, but the crappies and
pickerel bite has been slowing down. A
few bass are biting, but not with any real consistency. The lake has been very clear, and fish have
been picky with artificial lures, but live bait will work on most species.
Creek Reservoirs has been one of the best places for bass
recently but has seen very little pressure in both reservoirs. Both reservoirs are under the Catch and
Release Lakes Program and offer a peaceful, beautiful setting to fish at.
June 13, 2018
Anglers have been catching a little bit of everything! Recent Fisheries Biologist surveys have found
Stripers in the Delaware River below
Yardley, and Walleyes and Muskies in Falls
Township Lake Park.
Please visit our site for more boating information and
June 7, 2018
Soon the kids will be out of school and looking for
something fun to do. Take them fishing at Hibernia County Park! If you do not
have any fishing equipment, you can borrow everything that you need from the park.
In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the park,
the park has been selected as a designated Fishing Tackle Loaner site. The park
has a number of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat trained fishing instructors to
help you decide where to go and what to use to help you. The Park has two
bodies of water, one is the West Branch Brandywine
Creek, a “Stocked Trout Waters”, a heavily stocked metro designation
waters, which winds its way through rapids and boulders in the upper part of
the park into wider, deeper and slower pools in the center of the park. The
second is Chambers Lake, a roughly 90-acre
warm water impoundment that holds catfish, sunfish, crappie, Muskellunge, Chain
Pickerel and bass, both Largemouth Bass and Smallmouth Bass. Call 610-383-3812
for more information on the fishing equipment loaner program.
Bass season opens on June 16, and here in Chester County,
we have some great lakes to catch some nice ones. We have two Big Bass Waters
regulation lakes, Marsh Creek Lake
and Chambers Lake. Marsh Creek Lake
in Marsh Creek State Park is located near Eagle in Upper Uwchlan Township and
is 535 acres. It has two boat ramps and lots of shoreline and structure to
fish. It can get busy on a warm or holiday weekend, so you might want to get
there early to get a chance at some quieter fishing. Chambers Lake, located in
Hibernia County Park in West Caln Township is a smaller lake, about 80 acres in
size, has one boat launch and does not have as much opportunity to fish
structure, this mostly because it is a much newer lake and the structure,
fallen trees etc. have not had the same amount of time to develop. Both lakes
are Big Bass Waters, so the minimum size to keep a bass is 15" and
the daily limit is 4. There are three other great bass waters in Chester
County; Coatesville Reservoir in
West Caln Township near the Coatesville Country Club, Struble Lake in Honey Brook Township, and Octoraro Reservoir near Oxford in Lower Oxford Township. Struble is
just slightly larger than Chambers Lake but has been established much longer with
structure and shallow points and drop offs. Fishing from shore is limited, so consider
bringing a boat to have better access to the fish at this lake. Coatesville
Reservoir does not allow boating, is well established and does have many
cleared areas that you can fish from. This lake seems to produce less fish;
however, because of less fishing seems to produce some lunkers, and I have seen
a number of four and five pound bass come out of this lake. Last, Octoraro Reservoir, is very well
established in terms of structure and fish populations. They hold tournaments
there throughout the year and the weigh ins are fun to watch and many trophy
size bass, 5 pounds and up to 8 pound bass have been brought to the scales.
Shoreline fishing is available all over the lake. You can launch a boat at
Neary's Bait & Tackle on Spruce Grove Road, the lake extends into Lancaster
County, there is a $4.50 launch fee. Try natural bait, large crawlers and
minnows; or rubber worms and scented and unscented lures. Good luck!
Conestoga River Clean Up
Saturday, June 9 ~ 9am - 1pm
Join Lancaster Water Week and
our partners at one of seven locations along the Conestoga River to remove as
much trash and litter as possible! Bring your waders and volunteer for the
morning to help us work towards a cleaner, safer, and more beautiful Conestoga
River! From 9am to 11:30am volunteers will be cleaning up debris in and along
the river with a goal of filling up as many dump trucks as possible! Then, join
us at noon for a FREE after-clean-up lunch to celebrate the day at Lancaster
County Park! Hosted by Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Eurofins.
Follow this link to register:
SE Montgomery County/W Philadelphia
May was a busy month in the district with plenty of anglers
and boaters out on district waterways enjoying the nicer weather. Trout are
still being caught out of Stocked Trout Waters in Southern Montgomery County. Walleyes
and Striped Bass are being caught in the Schuylkill
River tidal waters, as well as bass in area lakes. Boating activity has
seen a large increase since last month and all boaters, but particularly those
new to boating are reminded to review the boating handbook and stay current on
applicable rules and regulations.
MAY 30, 2018
Crappies are still feeding around the region, but that will slow down with the warming temperatures after this past holiday weekend. Bluegills will be in close to shore on spawning beds. It is an easier time to fish from shore for many species that are spawning or raiding nests (redds). The weeds haven’t filled in yet and fish are feeding before the heat of summer sets in.
The flood conditions over the holiday weekend did put a hamper on fishing, especially in the creeks and rivers. Predicted overcast days coming up with mild temps could lead to increased fish activity.
Boating season will be picking up now that Memorial Day weekend has come and gone. Check out our website for important safety and regulatory information before hitting the water.
Looking for an activity to engage your child in the outdoors and actively introduce them to multiple recreational pursuits? This Saturday’s June 2 Youth Field Day is structured to initiate that interest. The all-day event will be conducted at Milton Grove Sportsmen’s Association located at 731 Milton Grove Road North, in Elizabethtown.
Registration begins at 7:15AM or pre-register per the link above. The day’s events are slated to conclude at 4:30PM.
The annual youth field day, for 10 - 15-year-old children, includes up to thirteen different hands-on outdoor activities including trap shooting, muzzleloaders, 22 rifles, trapping, fishing, archery, canoeing, and more. One on one instruction provided for shooting events. All equipment is provided. The whole day is free of charge, including lunch. The PFBC will be providing an introduction to canoeing to include basic paddle strokes, safe boat boarding and most importantly PFD safety.
Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (RA-FBSEFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.