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

Fishing and Boating Report – May 25, 2016
Bucks County

Nockamixon Lake: Bass anglers have been doing well as the bass moved to shallower water for breeding. Anglers should note that it is unlawful to repeatedly cast into bass nests (also called redds) in an attempt to catch fish. Nockamixon is a heavily fished lake and if only a small few anglers target these male bass, it can have a negative impact on the resource. If the male bass is removed from the redd area for only a short few minutes, then the plentiful panfish population will raid the nest in his absence. The best way to avoid this is by staying out of areas where the males are guarding nests. Striped Bass anglers have been finding action fishing the cliffs area with artificial swimbaits and while trolling.

Delaware River: As the shad fishing has wrapped up for the year, anglers continued to catch Striped Bass in the Lower Delaware River through the third week in May. Anglers are reminded to abide by the seasons and creel limits in Bucks County, as the seasons, sizes and possession limits change north of the Calhoun Street Bridge. Delaware River Regulations for all fish are here: http://fishandboat.com/fishpub/summary/delaware.html

Lake Towhee: This small lake is located in the Bucks County Park System in Haycock Township on Old Bethlehem Road. There is a boat ramp and it is a popular spot for canoe and kayak anglers. This lake is also enrolled in our Big Bass Program. It can be a difficult lake to fish as it is largely covered with aquatic vegetation by Mid-June. The lake holds a good population of Largemouth Bass and Chain Pickerel.

Chester County

Crappie
Sonny Mattson, Jr. showed the District Officer this monster crappie that he caught at Chambers Lake. His awesome catch was 16 inches long and weighed 2 pounds, 4 ounces on a certified scale. Thanks to Lapps Meats for that. The fish was in an aerated cooler, and after some photographs of it he stated that he was taking it back to release it so that someone else would get to enjoy the fish as well. He caught the fish with a medium-sized shiner fished under a small bobber from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission access, just to the right of the boat ramp at Hibernia County Park.

Lancaster County

In-Season Trout Stocking: The week of May 8th marked the completion of the 2016 spring trout stocking program in Lancaster County. On Friday, May 12, Little Conestoga Creek receiving the final in-season stocking of Rainbow and Brown Trout.  The defined stocking limits extend from the powerline just upstream from Miller Road to Harrisburg Pike. Little Conestoga Creek is a 21.1-mile tributary of the Conestoga River in Pennsylvania. The Landis Mill Covered Bridge crosses the creek. The name of the creek comes from the Susquehannock word, Kanestoge, meaning "at the place of the immersed pole". This was the name of the principal Susquehannock settlement, now Conestoga, Pennsylvania.

Significant sections of the Little Conestoga Creek were float stocked as per below:

  • Little Conestoga Creek – Downstream From PPL/State Rte. 72 Bridge. Float-stocking precludes stock truck stop at Flory Mill.

Elizabethtown High School Ag Mechanics class

On Tuesday, April 19, students from the Elizabethtown High School Ag Mechanics class deployed two stocking floats that they constructed and donated to the PFBC for future use. From drawing table to saw table to the flowing water table, the student stocking teams eagerly waded into the Little Chiques Creek, as they planted trout downstream from Mt. Joy Township’s Cove Outlook Park to the SR772 Bridge.   The students under the leadership of Instructor Mr. Anderson patterned the boxes from ones utilized by the Yellow Breeches Anglers Association. The E-Town Bears float-stocking team wades into the downstream trek on the Little Chiques.

Float stocking

Brown Trout
Robert Doyle, of Holtwood, landed this 22-inch Brown Trout on Little Beaver Creek

Trout fishing has been a constant popular pursuit for area anglers, as evidenced by the 15,000 trout fishing privileges (stamps) that were purchased in Lancaster County in 2015; however, many local anglers opt stop fishing shortly after opening day or stocking days. The majority of the county’s 23 stocked trout waters still hold opportunities to catch trout.  For the trout angler willing to walk and work the stream bank that solitary fishing experience can be realized and rewarding, and that is a direct benefit resulting from the efforts of the dedicated float stocking teams.

For individuals interested in float stocking in 2017, refer to the project plans completed by Stevens College – Computer Aided Drafting Technology students at http://www.stevenscollege.edu/filerequest/18847 If you want to navigate to the link then you can go to www.stevenscollege.edu –Prospective Students-Programs of Study-Computer Aided Drafting Technology-Student Project- and then scroll down and click on Trout Box image.

Projects – Clean-Ups and Riparian Buffer Plantings:  Student, Civic and Watershed Groups that have an interest in a community service project on any one of Lancaster County’s 23 Stocked Trout Waters are encouraged to contact the PFBC’s Southeast Region Law Enforcement Headquarters at 717-626-0228.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 18, 2016
N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake:  Bluegills and crappies are taking the usual baits; mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small brightly colored jigs. Bass will take jigs, spinners and crankbaits. Use large black, purple, dark green and pumpkin seed rubber worms. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and night crawlers. The bass are on redds now and it is illegal to target them there.

Streams: The French, Pickering, East Brandywine, and West Valley Creeks are in excellent condition and offering the best fishing opportunities of the season thus far. The fishing pressure has been very light for this time of the year, which means there is still a lot of trout left to fish for. Water temps have been hovering around the mid 50’s, which makes for really good fishing.  Spin anglers have been doing fair with spinners, and a few are having great success with small crank baits. Bait anglers are doing equally well with minnows, small wax and mealworms. Fly anglers have reported taking trout on black caddis, stoneflies, and midges. Small pheasant tail and hares ears nymphs are also producing good results.

S. Chester County

For those who think that the trout are all gone here in Chester County, think again. Anglers are still catching nice fish in the West Branch Brandywine Creek as it meanders through Hibernia County Park. Many of the anglers are catch and release; however, some leave with full stringers and other anglers are reporting that they caught and released from one to ten trout. This stream has fast moving water with deep holes as well as some long wide, deep and slow areas if the fast water is too much of a challenge or for anglers looking to teach someone how to fish. Don’t forget the Children’s Fishing Pond in the park is stocked with trout if you are looking to take a youngster trout fishing.

There were still plenty of trout found in Buck Run recently, and few anglers have been spotted on the stream. There have been 3 to 5 fish spotted at each hole. Buck Run is a small stream that was running very clear, so get to a spot, catch a fish or two, and then move on to the next spot, because it is hard to hide from the fish. You will catch one and then the fish are spooked for a while, so you have to either move on or, wait till they settle down again. Take along mealworms, worms and fathead minnows, as the trout may be picky. This isn’t a great stream for using spinners on.

N. Montgomery County

Deep Creek Lake in Green Lane County Park: Anglers fishing along the shoreline last weekend near the West Shore Boat Launch area were able to get Bluegills fishing with bobber and worm rigs while fishing at the Southeast Region Family Fishing Festival. One young angler was spotted pulling a 14” Largemouth Bass from the shoreline with the same setup. Anglers in kayaks have been able to paddle out to the channel to get at the stocked trout in the lake. Try suspending minnows, mealworms and paste baits.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 11, 2016
N. Montgomery County

The East Branch Perkiomen Creek (Montgomery County) (900M UPS OF SR1017 SKIP SAL RD –to- T356 BERGEYS MILL RD) received its inseason trout stocking on April 21. This section only receives fish inseason, so this is your chance to get out and enjoy a wonderful stretch of the East Branch. The fish were stocked at Camp Wawa Park, Bergey’s Mills Park, and Salford Park. All three parks offer parking and space for families to experience a wonderful trout fishing opportunity. Enjoy and Happy Fishing!

Chester County

The Octoraro Reservoir is producing some nice catches of large crappies. While we haven’t seen any of the 15-inch fish we usually see this time of year, we did see many 12 and 13-inch fish. The best method of catching these beauties is to fish around tree structure that has fallen into the lake. The best bet is to use crappie baits or fathead minnows fished about 5 feet under a small pencil bobber. You will need to experiment with the depth of the minnow until you find where the fish are hiding. While boat anglers have the upper hand, they are also catching some nice fish along the Spruce Grove Road and Route 472 causeways. If you take a youngster with you, set them up with a light or ultralight rod and when they experience the fight of a big crappie on an ultralight rod, they will be hooked, too. For more information on the crappie bite or to set up a trip visit the Fishing Headquarters at 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA 17536, or phone 717-529-2488. 

The White Clay Creek Section 1, from the confluence of the East Branch and the Middle Branch of the White Clay Creeks to the Pennsylvania and Delaware State line has been stocked with trout.  The stocking location for the White Clay Creek Section 1, was Parking Lot #2 in the White Clay Creek Preserve at 39-44'58.0" North and 75-46'14.1" West. A float located at the confluence with the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Area was loaded with the trout and then the section was stocked to about midway to the Delaware State Line. Fishing pressure in this section has been light so there are plenty of fish left for you to catch. Thanks to Forest C. for coordinating the stocking. Good Luck!

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 Wood View Road Bridge at 39-50'26.4" North and 75-47'11.5" West, 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, Once again, we had light fishing pressure, so come out and take advantage of some excellent fishing. Thanks to Forest C. for coordinating the stocking, and many others who assisted.

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. Thanks to Forest for coordinating the stocking.

Schuylkill County

Brown Trout

Trout fishing has been good in the Little Schuylkill River for the last few weeks.  Water levels are up slightly and the stream has a good color to it.  Pressure has been moderate, especially during the weekdays, but plenty of fish are still holding up throughout the stocked stretch.  May 11 is the final trout stocking on this stream for the year, but it should offer fishing all year-long.  Mealworms and minnows have been excellent all year, and spinners and jerkbaits are working better as the water temperature rises. The 1.7 mile section from SR 0895 in New Ringgold downstream to the T-848 Bridge near Rauschs is under Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations.

Locust Lake is starting to see more boats on the water as camping season gets underway.  Trout were caught in the lake near shore on all types of baits and lures.  Float baits just off the bottom for trout.  The lake receives another stocking on May 19.

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