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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 – June 21, 2016

Bucks County

Anglers fishing Lake Galena and nearby Pine Run Dam from shore have hooked into bass and crappies while fishing jigs, soft plastics and artificial worms.

Delaware River: Crankbaits and diving minnows are the preferred baits for Smallmouth Bass anglers right now. Anglers are reporting more sightings of Flathead Catfish in the river. Live Bluegills fished in deeper water with nearby cover/structure seems to be the ticket for targeting these invasive catfish. As the water level drops and warms to summer conditions, anglers can expect to see a large increase of other river users on paddlecraft and tubers. Avoid these crowds by fishing in the early mornings and evenings.


Aerial view of Lake Nockamixon

Lake Nockamixon: Anglers have had an average fishing season for Striped Bass. Some anglers are using artificial lures on top water and are reporting success when artificial lights are not used. Large gamefish can spook easily on a lake that sees heavy fishing pressure all summer long.

Lake Nockamixon also supports a large catfish population. Anglers have success at feeder streams and shallows while fishing from shore. Chicken livers and night crawlers are still the most commonly used baits. One angler caught & released a large Channel Catfish back on June 11 from her kayak at Nockamixon, and the fish towed her around for a while before she could bring it in. One fun way to cruise around the lake!

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
S. Chester County

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will offer a Basic Boating Courses at Hibernia Mansion at Hibernia County Park at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, as a two night evening course during the week, Wednesday June 22nd and Thursday June 23rd with Officers Bonney & Benevento from 4 to 8 PM. This course is required for anyone who desires to operate a PWC, personal watercraft. It is also required for anyone who was born after January 1st 1982, to operate a boat greater than 25 hp. Pre-registration is required at adesko@pa.gov.  You can also get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL

Struble Lake: Crappies are taking small shad darts tipped with plastic split tail bodies, minnows and spinnerbaits.

Bucks County

Smallmouth Bass
Angler releasing a Smallmouth Bass back into the Delaware River.

Delaware River: Anglers were taking Stripers, Smallmouth Bass and Walleyes at the New Hope wing dam with minnows and grubs.  Some larger Stripers & catfish have also been picked up in the wing dam and above the 202 bridge on live eels after dark. There were still a few shad being caught in the river at the beginning of the month. Anglers drifting down the river should try tossing soft plastic grubs for Smallmouth Bass, Walleyes and smaller Striped Bass.

Anglers are still picking up Bluegills and White Perch in the lower end of Lake Luxembourg (Core Creek County Park). A few Largemouth Bass have been reeled in at Levittown Lake on plastic lizards and plastic worms.

Philadelphia County

Delaware River: Anglers were catching catfish, small stripers & white perch earlier this month. Most of the stripers were taken on bloodworms & clams. Some white perch & smaller stripers were taking bloodworms around the Navy Yard.

FDR park: Bluegills and smaller Largemouth Bass have been taking minnows and earthworms recently.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 8, 2016
S. Chester County

That very productive back cove at Chambers Lake, the Waterfowl Propagation Area, is now open again to fishing and boating as per the Chester County Park Rangers. It is a great fishing spot, full of  vegetation and stumps as well as other structure, all of which the fish love to hide in to ambush their prey. Good luck!

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will offer a Basic Boating Course at Hibernia Mansion at Hibernia County Park at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, as a two night evening course during the week, Wednesday June 22 and Thursday June 23 with Officers Bonney & Benevento from 4 to 8pm. This course is required for anyone who desires to operate a PWC (personal watercraft). It is also required for anyone who was born after January 1st 1982, to operate a boat greater than 25 hp. Pre-registration is required at adesko@pa.gov.

You can also get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL

If 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, June 19 from 6am until noon.  The physical address for the Fishing Headquarters is 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA. 17536. For even more information, call Captain Jim, phone 717-529-2488 or visit the website at http://www.jimsbait.net/.  Only fishing from boats is permitted & limit of two persons per boat.

Struble Reservoir: Three anglers from a boat caught 120 crappies as observed by the District WCO. Many were in the 8 to 10 inch size. They were fishing crappie jigs both without and under a bobber and small fathead shiners fished the same way. They claimed they caught the fish in about four hours of time.

Octoraro Reservoir: Many large White Perch have been caught recently. Try small shiners and chunks of nightcrawler fished on a small hook on the bottom. The fish have been active all over the lake; however, boat anglers have been doing better than shore anglers.

Lancaster County

Boating safety presentations

PFBC staff leading boating safety presentations at the Youth Conservation School. Photos courtesy of Lancaster County Conservation District.

Boating safety presentations

The Lancaster County Conservation District’s  38th Youth Conservation School is running from July 24-30, 2016, at the Northern Lancaster County Game and Fish Protective Association, located in West Cocalico Township.  The camp is for students ages 14-16. Here is the link to learn more about the program: http://lancasterconservation.org/education/youth-conservation-school/

Schuylkill County

Trout Fishing has been good in the streams including the Schuylkill River and the Little Schuylkill River.  The water levels in the streams have been good and temperatures are still cool enough that fish are biting on most baits and spinners.  Brown Trout fingerlings were recently stocked in the Schuylkill River from Pottsville downstream to Schuylkill Haven.

Locust Lake shoreline anglers are starting to see less trout and more 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 the State Park Lakes.

Tuscarora Lake has been very good for Bluegills and Yellow Perch but the crappies and Chain Pickerel have been slowing down.  A few bass are biting but not with any real consistency.  The lake has been clear and fish have been picky with artificial lures, but live bait will work on most species.

The Owl Creek Reservoirs have been a great place for bass recently, but there has been little pressure in both reservoirs.  Both reservoirs are under the Catch and Release Lakes Program and offer a peaceful, beautiful setting to fish at.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 2, 2016
The Fish and Boat Commission will have a display and publications table at the Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley event this upcoming weekend. Here is the link for more information about the event: http://www.steelstacks.org/festivals/stepoutdoors

Staff will be on hand to sell fishing licenses and answer questions from the public about fishing and boating.  The Commission will also be sponsoring a Kayak Giveaway, so be sure to stop by our display area and complete a registration form.

Bucks County

Delaware River: Anglers in the Trenton stretch of the river have been catching Striped Bass with smaller poppers, crankbaits, chunked bunker and live eels. Around New Hope and above the 202 bridge, stripers were taking minnows, grubs, live eels and poppers. Anglers around the wing dam caught Walleyes, Smallmouth Bass and catfish with live minnows, nightcrawlers, grubs and crankbaits.

Lake Luxmebourg (Core Creek Park) and Levittown Lake have been slow for trout, but panfish are taking minnows, mealworms, spinners and grubs.

Nockamixon Lake: Target shoreline structure for crappies with small jigs, small tubes and small crankbaits.

Philadelphia / Lower Montgomery County

Pennypack Creek: Anglers are catching the occasional Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass and smaller carp using corn, wax worms and spinners. Fly anglers going for trout have also been getting sunfish on dry flies. Bluegills are very active now.

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