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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 – October 29, 2014
Many boaters have started taking their vessels off the lakes for winter storage. Winter boat storage should mean more than parking the boat and covering it. Take the time to run through some preventative boat maintenance. We have a checklist of items to inspect here on our website:
http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/03boathandbook/chap3_01_pre.htm

Montgomery County

PFBC will stock Deep Creek Dam with Rainbow Trout on 11/13/14.

Berks County

PFBC will stock Antietam Lake will be stocked with Rainbow Trout on 11/13/14.

Philadelphia County

Anglers caught Channel Catfish along the Schuylkill River down at the Bartram’s Gardens access on chicken livers & nightcrawlers over the past weekend.

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 22, 2014
E. Berks County / N. Montgomery County

Local anglers at Lake Ontelaunee in Berks County are catching panfish out of the Rte. 73 Quarry Hole. With the temperatures dropping and less daylight, the best fishing is first thing in the morning. Try using plastic grubs on jig heads down deep in the Quarry Hole to entice panfish out of the depths. Good luck and happy fishing!

S. Berks County

Much needed rainfall has picked up the fishing in the area. The recently stocked Scott’s Run Lake and the Tulpehocken Creek downstream of Blue Marsh are great spots for trout. Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout are hitting spinners and a variety of bait, and the Tulpehocken Creek is a prime location for fly-fishing. Please pay close attention to posted special regulations on the Tulpehocken Creek below the Blue Marsh Stilling Basin to the Red Covered Bridge. No bait is permitted and all fish must be released (Delayed Harvest-Artificial Lures Only Area). Good luck!

Fishing at Blue Marsh Lake has been good for both striper and bass.
The lake has been gradually releasing water, so be careful while boating and reduce speed where necessary.

Bucks County

Smallmouth Bass and panfish can be caught in Neshaminy Creek and Tohickon Creek with spinners, small poppers, grub imitations, minnows and spinners.

Lake Luxembourg will be stocked with Rainbow Trout on November 12.

Lancaster County

Muddy Run Recreation Lake received its fall stocking of trout on October 9.

Montgomery County

Deep Creek Dam will be stocked with Rainbow Trout on November 13.

Northampton County

Minsi Lake was stocked with Rainbow Trout on October 10.

Philadelphia County

Anglers are catching the fall stocking of trout in the Pennypack Creek. Be prepared with a tackle bag of spinners, meal worms, wax worms, earth worms and paste baits.

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 15, 2014
Bucks County

PFBC stocked the East Branch Perkiomen Creek and Levittown Lake with trout on October 7. Follow the Fall Trout Stocking Schedule online.

Delaware County

PFBC stocked Ridley Creek with trout on October 1. Try small size Caddis, Midges, BWOs, Wooly Buggers and terrestrials in the Catch & Release Fly Fishing Only Section.

N. Chester County

Marsh Creek: Panfish anglers continue to take Bluegills and Crappies with mealworms, wax worms and small jigs. Panfish are around structure along the shore. Bass anglers are successful with spinners and crankbaits. Use large black, purple or dark green and pumpkinseed rubber worms. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers. There have been no reports of anglers catching Muskellunge.

French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine and West Valley Creek are still low and clear. The East Brandywine Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section is productive.  Trout are taking terrestrials and assorted nymphs. This is a Special Regulation Area and anglers cannot possess fish in this section. Anglers may not possess fish in the DHALO until June 15, 2015. Anglers may never possess bait in any of the Special Regulation Areas (FFO & DHALO). The French Creek Fly Fishing Only Area is catch & release. 

Schuylkill River: Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing has picked up in the Black Rock area near the Cromby Power Plant outflow and the railroad bridge. Crankbaits and live bait are the best producers. Anglers continue to take large Flathead Catfish on Bluegills, shiners and nightcrawlers above and below the Black Rock Dam. Stay clear of the fish ladder area at the Black Rock Dam. Violators caught within 100’ of the fish ladder will receive a citation. Respect the river and wear a PFD while onboard a boat.

Philadelphia County

PFBC stocked Pennypack Creek with trout on October 9. Carry several types of bait as trout can change their appetites quickly. Try worms, mealworms, wax worms, minnows and paste bait. You might catch some panfish and Smallmouth Bass as well. Fish the Schuylkill River between Locust and Walnut along the Schuylkill Banks Trail for Channel Catfish with nightcrawlers, minnows and other live bait.

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