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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 – June 24, 2015
Lancaster County

Chiques Creek Watershed Expo – This event will occur Wednesday, June 24 from 6-9 PM at the Lancaster Leiderkrantz (off Route 283, Mount Joy). This annual event has become one of the area must-attend watershed events of the year. This year's expo promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 30 displays, giveaways, free ice cream, and neat learning experiences. This family friendly event is FREE and boasts live stream critters, a model rain garden, making a fish-print T-shirt, hearing great music, learning about your local watersheds, and having a great all around time.

For more information, go to the Lancaster County Watersheds website. PFBC District Officer Schmidt will staff an informational exhibit to underscore the “Resource First” motto, various PFBC publications will be available along with the Officer’s reptilian patrol partners; an Eastern Ratsnake and an Eastern Milk Snake.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Montgomery County

Anthony Deal caught this 53 lb. Flathead Catfish on the Perkiomen Creek below the dam from the Perkiomen Trail on 8-lb test and a 7-ft rod with a night crawler.

Flathead Catfish

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 10, 2015
Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake: Bluegills and crappies are taking mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small jigs (just about anything you throw at them actually). They are being caught along the shoreline around areas with structure. Bass are taking live bait (worms & minnows) as well as jigs, spinners and crankbaits. The best colors to use are large black, purple, pumpkin seed or dark green rubber worms. Best live baits are crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers. Bass are being found in deeper water now (9'-15')

French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek are flowing higher now after the recent rains. There are still plenty of trout with very few anglers fishing for them (just the way you like it). Water temps are in the mid high 50s to low 60s at the moment.

Fly anglers have reported taking trout on blue wing olives, midges with a few taken on sulfurs. Small pheasant tail and hares ears nymphs are a good bet for nymphing. Remember, you may never possess bait in any of the Special Regulation Areas, including the Catch and Release Fly-Fishing Only and Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas.

Schuylkill River, Black Rock area: Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing has been slow. Catfish anglers have reported catching several Channel Catfish on chicken livers and are also hooking Flathead Catfish on live bait as well.

Lancaster County

Get outdoors to learn and explore the wealth of local fishing and boating opportunities as the Lancaster County Parks hosts GO PA Outdoors – PFBC staff will be participating and have available many of the agencies popular publications.  Moreover, a few of the Commonwealth’s native snakes will be display as an aid to identification and representing the PFBC’s protection of native reptiles and amphibians.  Per the County Parks Press Release:

Celebrate your love of the outdoors or perhaps find a new hobby at the 2nd Annual Get Outdoors PA (GOPA) Celebration on Sunday, June 14th from noon until 4:00 p.m.  GOPA is an initiative of the DCNR, PRPS, PGC, PFBC and local partners to promote outdoor activities in Pennsylvania.  GOPA’s website full of wonderful recreation areas and opportunities will be celebrating its first birthday in June and we want to help the southeast region celebrate.  Lancaster County Parks is organizing the day and inviting various organizations to the event.  Last year we had over 100 visitors and we hope to top that this year with an even bigger turnout.

Visitors can enjoy guided walks, canoeing, fishing, demonstrations, presentations, information and more from some of the County’s leading outdoor enthusiasts.  The Pennsylvania Game Commission will be on hand representing their nearly 1.5 million acres of State Game Lands available for various recreation pursuits.  The PGC’s Bert Myers will be holding a presentation on Wetland Wildlife beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Also attending will be the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission highlighting the wealth of water related recreation available in the State.  Andrew Desko and District Officer J.  Schmidt will be educating visitors on safety issues related to kayaking.  This is especially important as kayaking explodes in popularity and over the last two years non-motorized boating fatalities outnumbered those for motorized craft.

The Lancaster County Bird Club will be on hand to introduce participants to the avian community of Lancaster.  They will be leading a bird walk beginning at 2:00 p.m.  The Lancaster County Fossil & Mineral Club and the PA Master Naturalist program will also be in attendance to highlight their organizations. 

The Lancaster County Department of Parks & Recreation will be holding several activities during the day.  Visitors can try their hand a canoeing with “Paddle in the Park” going on throughout the event. Paddlers under 12 years of age must paddle with an adult; parents of participants age 12 years and older must stay riverside during the program and a liability waiver will need to be signed.  There will also be a chance to test your casting and fishing skills in the Conestoga as well as search for critters under the rocks in the River.  Naturalists will also be hosting plant walks, wilderness survival presentations, and more.  Please check our website at for the final schedule as a few organizations are still confirming their participation.  

Explore All The Stations and Collect a Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful Patch: 

Get Outdoors PA will be held in the areas surrounding Pavilion #1 in Central Park.  Please call 717-209-3234 for more information on this fun, exciting and very active afternoon.

E. Philadelphia County

As of June 1, the new limit for striped bass is ONE fish 28 inches or larger.  There are still reports of striped bass being caught all along the river from the Navy Yard to Bucks Co. See Delaware River regulations for Pennsylvania here:

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