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

Fishing and Boating Report – August 24, 2016
Bucks County

Try the Delaware River for Smallmouth Bass with soft grub plastics on jig heads. The river is full of aquatic vegetation, so you might have to throw weedless lures. Striped Bass can be caught around the Wing Dam section of the river on live eels.

Get out early in the morning, or late in the evening. It will help you avoid the heat, but also the traffic from recreational boaters, especially on the weekends.

Anglers have been picking up Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass and other sunnies in the Neshaminy Creek around the Tyler State Park stretch. Try minnows, twister tails and spinners. The creek and surrounding creeks are all very low from the lack of rain. The creek is popular for kayaks & canoes. There is a boat concessionaire on the property that can rent these paddlecraft. More information is available here:

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 17, 2016
Bucks County

American EelDuring a fishing program last month for legally-blind Veterans supported by the PA Fish & Boat Commission, The Borough Dam Fishing Program of Doylestown, and the CMC VAMC Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST), a few Veterans fishing at the Borough Dam pond caught a number of Brown Bullhead catfish, Largemouth Bass, and sunfish. Mr. Emmett Bates was able to reel in this rather large American Eel, which was the most surprising and exciting catch of the day!

N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake: Due to the extreme heat and lack of significant rain, the bass fishing has been slow.  The few bass that have been caught were hooked on jerkbaits, large rubber worms and jigs worked in the weeds. The best colors have been black or purple rubber and make sure your lures have plenty of action to them. Marsh Creek Lake is under Big Bass Lake regulations; Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted) must be at least 15” to keep.

Bluegills and crappies are taking minnows as well as meal and wax worms.

Muskies have been striking bass spinner baits near shore in recent weeks.

Streams: French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek, and West Valley Creek are not fishing well due to warm water temps around and above 70 degrees.

Schuylkill River: Black Rock Area: Bass fishing around the Cromby Power Plant area downriver to the Black Rock Dam area has been good for Smallmouth Bass this season. Most are being caught in the weed beds and on artificial lures (rubber crayfish and worms). Flathead Catfish are being caught with the usual fare (live Bluegills and night crawlers). One fisherman caught a 25-pound Flathead upstream from the RR Bridge on a half of a nightcrawler.

S. Chester County

Anglers are catching crappies in the 10 - 12 inch range at Chambers Lake. Stay near shore in about 10 feet of water and fish either a small shiner or a crappie rig about 5 feet under a pencil bobber. If you can find structure, then fish it. Try multiple spots. Shore anglers, this will work for you as well, just pick an area where deeper water is available near the shoreline. Good luck.

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday, August 18 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. Several flies are usually demonstrated and club members who are always happy to show you how it's done, as well as spin a few tales about the one that got away. Club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for more information. Parking is behind the White Clay State Park Office.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 10, 2016
There was a break in the heat over the past few days, but it is expected to be hot again in the coming week. Try fishing early in the morning or at dusk and after dark. Try early in the morning or at dusk and into the evening. Large catfish will still take baitfish, chicken livers or eels in the Delaware River & lower Schuylkill River. Anglers on the Delaware River could catch Striped Bass with these same offerings.

Try tossing top water or weedless-rigged lures for black bass near weed beds. There are plenty on the Delaware River this summer.

Lehigh County

Anglers are using rubber grub like swim baits and small jerk baits to catch Smallmouth Bass near Treichlers Bridge in the Lehigh River.

On Saturday August 6, Ontelaunee Rod and Gun Club held JAKES (Juniors Acquiring Knowledge, Ethics & Sportsmanship) Youth Field Day. WCO Travis Miller (Lehigh Co) and WCO Zachary Rudd (Northampton Co) were there to help the 150 young outdoors men and women with safe canoeing and paddling skills.  The participants learned the safety equipment that is required to be on the water along with different paddling techniques to maneuver the canoe safely. Luckily the weather held off to the very end and turn out to be a great day!


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