|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 email@example.com.
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.
PFBC staff leading boating safety presentations at the Youth Conservation School. Photos courtesy of Lancaster County Conservation District.
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/
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.