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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 – October 7, 2015
Bucks County

The Delaware River was running high this past weekend due to the extended rain from Thursday into Friday, but the USGS stream gauges show that it is recovering as we reach mid-week. Hopefully conditions will continue to improve as we reach next weekend. As some sportsmen turn their thoughts toward hunting, dedicated anglers have a chance to hook into some large Smallmouth Bass and Walleyes feeding up for the coming winter months.

Montgomery County

With the summer coming to an end and fall upon us, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the cooler temperatures. Deep Creek Lake in Montgomery County is a great place for kids to enjoy a great day of fishing in the outdoors. Deep Creek Lake, which is stocked seasonally with trout by the PFBC, also sustains a great bass & panfish population to keep the little ones’ attention. This lake is within Green Lane County Park. The park’s main entrance offers plenty of parking, facilities, playgrounds and access to all the hiking and biking trails. Here is a link to the County Park’s website for more information:

Philadelphia County

Pennypack Creek is being stocked with Rainbow Trout on Wednesday, October 7. Try wax worms, spinners and paste baits. Other fall trout stockings around the region can be viewed here:

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 30, 2015
Keep in mind that rain is predicted throughout this week for the Southeast Region, and with the potential for Hurricane Joaquin to travel over the Mid-Atlantic Region, the waterways will likely be running high and off-color. The fishing will be difficult until the streams recover from the influx of rain.

Stay up to date with streamflow conditions by monitoring the USGS website here:

Lancaster County

Smallmouth Bass
Colton Dunkle caught this Smallmouth Bass on September 25 at the Rock Hill Access on a craw imitation lure drifted through rapids. He weighed it in at 2 pounds, 10 ounces. Congrats!

Eastern Schuylkill County

The fishing in the area is starting to pick up with the water slowly cooling down and the lakes turning over.  Perch were caught at Lake Tuscarora and Locust Lake on worms in the morning but seem to shut down after lunch.   Trout fishing at the lakes have also picked up as the trout are coming near the shorelines again.  Minnows and butterworms have worked well.

Catfish are hitting on the usual baits of chicken livers, night crawlers and shrimp in the Schuylkill River near Landingville.  Bass fishing has been decent in the mornings and at dusk but slow during the heat of the day.  Bass have been caught on rubber worms and crawlers worked slowly with the occasional jerk.

Locust Lake has plenty of trout jumping in the evening but few being caught.

The Little Schuylkill River still has a good number of trout and anglers are catching them on all the usual trout baits.  The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section is full of trout and a number of flies have worked, but it seems with few bugs flying around that ants are the most successful fly especially in the cool of the morning.

Trout stocking starts up again October 5 at Tuscarora Lake.  There is generally less fishing pressure for trout in the fall, so take advantage of this opportunity.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 23, 2015
Bucks County

Lake Luxembourg – Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass on crankbaits and spinnerbaits on the upper end of the lake. White Perch and Crappies are taking minnows.

Delaware River – Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass around Bulls Island and below Frenchtown on minnows, tubes and grubs.

Falls Township Lake – Just some little Largemouth Bass hitting and a few Walleyes have been picked up in the lake.

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