The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will offer two Basic Boating Courses at Hibernia Mansion at Hibernia County Park at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, Saturday May 21 from 9AM to 5PM, or a two night evening course during the week on Wednesday June 22nd and Thursday June 23rd 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. Information to register is available on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL
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.
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, Thanks to Forest C. for coordinating the stocking, and Scott M. for running the floats.
The Buck Run Section 2 has been stocked. This will be the last in season stocking of the year. The stocking points are Old Mill Road at 39-58'38.5" North and 75-54'09.9", just downstream of business 30 at 39-58'51.3" North and 75-54'33.4" West, Octoraro Drive at 39-59'08.2" North and 75-54'37.0" West, on Quarry Road Bridge we utilized a float at 39-58'11.9" North and 75-53'37.9" West, Greenbelt Road Bridge at 39-57'58.7" North and 75-53'34,7" West and just upstream of West Bert Reel Park we also used a float at 39-57'49.4" North and 75-53'20.2" West.
The White Clay Creek Middle Branch Section 3 Delayed Harvest Area, the Pocopson Creek Section 2, and the White Clay Creek Section 1 will be stocked with trout on April 25. We will meet the big white stocking truck in the long lane across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30AM. Come on out to give a little something back, or to take a youngster on an adventure that they will remember for a lifetime.
In-Season Stocking: On Wednesday, April 13, Conowingo Creek and Fishing Creek received an in-season plant of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.
Significant sections of the Conowingo Creek were float stocked as per below:
Float-Stocked Sections of Stocked Trout Waters
- Downstream From Swift Road/Pilgrims Pathway Bridge
- Downstream From The Goshen Mill Rd. Bridge
- Downstream 2108 Robert Fulton Hwy. To Bridge
Goat Hill Road Bridge: This section of the Conowingo Creek was not float-stocked due to lack of volunteer float stockers.
Anglers should be increasingly aware and demonstrate an appreciation that the county’s Stocked Trout Waters are done by a dedicated core group of individuals and the high school stocking teams that have been coordinated. Anglers are encouraged to take an active role in assisting with the 3 stocking events remaining this season of Hammer Creek, Indian Run, Little Cocalico Creek, Little Muddy Creek and Middle Creek.
Anglers are advised to be careful where they are parking on the premises of Flahart Transport at 752 Nottingham Road, Peach Bottom and be mindful that the premises is an active trucking business. Parking is acceptable along the lawn border; do not park in the truck yard. As always respect the lands and the landowner!
Trout stocking in Southern Lancaster County [South of Rt. 30] ended in the week of April 17 and four in-season stockings of Northern Lancaster County [North of Rt. 30] trout waters.
On Tuesday, April 19, the Conoy, Little Chiques and Little Conestoga creeks received their in-season stockings of Rainbow and Brown Trout.
On Thursday, April 21, the West Branch Octoraro Creek – Section #2 [ T-696 Bridge @ Mount Pleasant Road to 27 meters downstream of SR 472], West Branch Octoraro Creek – Section #4 [and the West Branch Little Conestoga Creek, received an in-season plant of Rainbow and Brown Trout.
West Branch Octoraro Creek - With its headwaters located at the confluence of Meeting House Creek and Nickel Mine Creek [at 149 Lamparter Road, Bart Twp.], the West Branch Octoraro Creek flows for an approximate 13 miles before entering the Chester Water Authority’s Octoraro Reservoir approximately 550 yards above the Spruce Grove Road bridge at the Municipal Boundary between Colerain and Little Britain Township. The West Branch Octoraro Creek, Section 2 is an approximate 5 mile stretch of the creek.
On Thursday, April 14, Hammer Creek and Little Cocalico Creek received an in-season plant of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout. Hammer Creek is a 19.2-mile-long (30.9 km)] tributary of Cocalico Creek.
Significant sections of the Little Chiques Creek, Little Conestoga, West Branch Octoraro Creek, West Branch Little Conestoga Creek, and Hammer Creek were float stocked as per below:
Float Stocked Sections of Stocked Trout Waters
Little Chiques Creek [4/19]
- Downstream From Mt. Pleasant Rd. Bridge
- Downstream From Dam At Cove Outlook Park
Little Conestoga Creek [4/19]
- Downstream From Ppl/Sr. 72 Bridge
W. Br.Octoraro Creek –Section #2 & Section #4
- Downstream From Mt. Pleasant Road – Covered Bridge
- Downstream From Fairview Rd.
- Downstream From Pa American – Pumping Station
- Downstream From 700 Wesley Rd.
W. Br. Little Conestoga [4/21]
- Downstream From Central Manor Rd. Bridge
- Downstream From Former Wright’s Furniture
Hammer Creek [4-14]
- Downstream From Michter’s Road Bridge
- Downstream From Snavely Mill
- Downstream From Carpenter Road Bridge
- Downstream From Pine Hill Road
- Downstream From The Mt. Vernon Rd. Bridge
- Downstream From 5762 Buena Vista Rd.
Anglers are advised that several traditional stocking points have been eliminated. Specifically, in consideration of safety concerns and high-density traffic, the PFBC stocking truck is not stopping at Flory Mill on the Little Conestoga Creek. Similarly, the stop on Snavely Mill Road at the crest of the hill [across from 45] on Section 4 of the Hammer Creek has been eliminated. Float-stocking from upstream will result in the distribution of trout into these stream areas.
Angler Advisory: West Branch Octoraro Creek – Run-of-the-River Dam: Anglers who may wade in this area are cautioned to stay clear of the exclusionary zone as is indicated on the posted safety signage. Anglers observed to be wade fishing within the defined exclusionary zone are subject to being cited. As for those who work the stream banks, be aware that consistent with PFBC policy, fish were not stocked within 200 yards of the dam.
Posted Property: The West Branch Octoraro Creek – The property at 95 Hollow Road, Quarryville; Bart Township, has been posted and will not be stocked.