During a fishing program last month for legally-blind Veterans supported by the PA Fish & Boat Commission, The Borough Dam Fishing Program of Doylestown, and the CMC VAMC Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST), a few Veterans fishing at the Borough Dam pond caught a number of Brown Bullhead catfish, Largemouth Bass, and sunfish. Mr. Emmett Bates was able to reel in this rather large American Eel, which was the most surprising and exciting catch of the day!
N. Chester County
Marsh Creek Lake: Due to the extreme heat and lack of significant rain, the bass fishing has been slow. The few bass that have been caught were hooked on jerkbaits, large rubber worms and jigs worked in the weeds. The best colors have been black or purple rubber and make sure your lures have plenty of action to them. Marsh Creek Lake is under Big Bass Lake regulations; Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted) must be at least 15” to keep.
Bluegills and crappies are taking minnows as well as meal and wax worms.
Muskies have been striking bass spinner baits near shore in recent weeks.
Streams: French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek, and West Valley Creek are not fishing well due to warm water temps around and above 70 degrees.
Schuylkill River: Black Rock Area: Bass fishing around the Cromby Power Plant area downriver to the Black Rock Dam area has been good for Smallmouth Bass this season. Most are being caught in the weed beds and on artificial lures (rubber crayfish and worms). Flathead Catfish are being caught with the usual fare (live Bluegills and night crawlers). One fisherman caught a 25-pound Flathead upstream from the RR Bridge on a half of a nightcrawler.
S. Chester County
Anglers are catching crappies in the 10 - 12 inch range at Chambers Lake. Stay near shore in about 10 feet of water and fish either a small shiner or a crappie rig about 5 feet under a pencil bobber. If you can find structure, then fish it. Try multiple spots. Shore anglers, this will work for you as well, just pick an area where deeper water is available near the shoreline. Good luck.
The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday, August 18 at the London Tract Meeting House in the White Clay Creek Preserve, located at the intersection of Sharpless & London Tract roads, Landenberg PA 19350, next to White Clay State Park Office. Several flies are usually demonstrated and club members who are always happy to show you how it's done, as well as spin a few tales about the one that got away. Club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for more information. Parking is behind the White Clay State Park Office.