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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 – July 20, 2016
Berks County

The bass are striking over at Lake Ontelaunee in Berks County. With the heat wave sweeping through the state, the bass haven’t been as active, but recent rain brought bass out of the depths to feed. Try plastic worms or crank baits through the lily pads. Anglers are also getting Common Carp back under the old West Shore Drive Bridge. If you’re out in the middle of the day, try the fishing in the depths of the quarry hole off Rte. 73 just up from the main parking lot. Good Luck!

S. Chester County

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass at Chambers Lake. One pair of anglers had mentioned catching ten bass in two hours of fishing while being checked by the local WCO. Motor oil and pumpkinseed plastic worms seemed to be the favorite artificial, but night crawlers and small shiners also produced fish. The best areas to fish have been along the face of the dam (It is accessible by boat only. Park visitors are not allowed on the dam.), and along the shoreline on the PFBC-controlled boat ramp parking area.

E. Schuylkill County

The Little Schuylkill River has had low to moderate flows through the summer making it difficult to kayak.  The fishing has been good in the deeper holes.  Trout are being caught throughout the stocked areas on spinners, meal worms, and redworms.  There has been little pressure on the stream lately, providing anglers with a peaceful fishing opportunity with plenty of quality trout fishing.  The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area of the Little Schuylkill near New Ringgold has been excellent for trout fishing in the last month.  Some very large trout have been caught recently on various lures, and wooly buggers have worked well for fly anglers.

Tuscarora Lake has not seen many anglers lately, but has seen quite a bit of boat activity.  Kayakers have been using the lake in large numbers probably due to the quiet, calm atmosphere.

Locust Lake had moderate fishing pressure recently with Largemouth Bass hitting on spinnerbaits, jigs, and night crawlers.  The occasional trout can still be caught by boaters in the deeper parts of the lake.

The Owl Creek Reservoirs are full and have seen very few anglers or boats.  Both reservoirs can be good for bass. Remember they are catch and release only lakes.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 13, 2016
Bucks County

Nockamixon Lake: Bluegills were taking minnows off the Three Mile Run launch around the post cluster habitat structure placed in the cove there.

Nockamixon Lake

Nockamixon Lake
A view from Nockamixon Lake’s Three Mile Run Access on the Friday before the Fourth of July weekend

N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake: Bass are being caught in the deeper water as well as in and around the weed beds. Best baits to use are crankbaits and spinnerbaits, with very large rubber worms and jigs working best in the weeds. The best rubber worm colors are black, purple, dark green or pumpkin seed. Bluegills and crappies are taking minnows as well as meal and wax worms. Marsh Creek Lake is a Big Bass Lake, your catch must be at least 15” to keep.

Streams: French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek are low and very warm due to the 90+ degree heat this summer. The local streams have not been fishing well this summer, according to reports by local anglers. 

Schuylkill River: Black Rock Area: The Cromby Power Plant area down to the Black Rock Dam has been good for Flathead Catfish with live Bluegills and night crawlers. Channel Catfish are taking liver. Crankbaits and live bait have been best producers for the bass. The Smallmouth Bass fishing has been good this spring and summer. Note: Stay clear of the fish ladder at the Black Rock Dam. You may not fish within the fishway/fish ladder fish passage facility. It is unlawful for any person to fish within a radius of 100’ of the entrance, or exit points of the chute or fish ladder passage way, and you must stay 100’ below the boil below the dam when fishing there.

Northampton County

Despite the lower water levels in many of the streams and rivers, anglers are still having luck catching fish. You may need to alter your strategy to catch them, though. In Minsi Lake, with the vegetation getting thick, weedless topwater lures are working well. Other anglers are fly fishing for Bluegills and other panfish with great success.

In the Lehigh River, Smallmouth Bass have been caught through the Borough of Northampton.

Brown Trout are still being caught in some of the lower portions of the Bushkill Creek. There are also reports of people catching trout in various streams with deep cool pools or undercut banks. They are out there, and you just need to look a bit further. As a reminder, anyone who is fishing from a boat (powered or non-powered) must have a lifejacket available for each person on board.
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Fishing and Boating Report – July 6, 2016
Anglers are reminded to check their 2016 Pennsylvania Summary Book for current seasons, sizes and creel limits.  Be sure to check the Summary Book, especially if you head to a new lake, river or stream since some waterways may have special regulations for which you may not be aware. An online version of the 2016 Summary Book can also be found on the Commission’s website at this link:

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There should still be plenty of trout left on waterways throughout the region.  Fishing for these trout might be more challenging, especially if the waterway is warming up and becoming lower and clearer.  Anglers will need to be patient and stealthy.  Try cover along shady banks, deeper pools or stream sections were cool springs enter the waterway.   Trout may congregate in these spots for relief from warmer water temperatures and to stay out of the summer sun. Fish the early morning or late evening hours to improve your chances at hooking into fish.
Anglers should consider trying some top-water fishing for bass and panfish, if the trout fishing proves to be too challenging.  Use fly fishing gear to deliver small poppers for sunfish around pond edges.  Or try a spin or bait casting combo to deliver a surface plug along weedy edge areas of a lake.

Eastern Berks & Northern Montgomery Counties

Anglers on the Schuylkill River are reporting nice size Smallmouth Bass around the Pottstown Area and Limerick Area. The Bass in this area mainly feed on crayfish so try using similar baits. Carp and Catfish are also being caught in this area late at night. Trinley Park along Trinley Mill Road has access to this section of the river as well as Pottstown Riverfront Park which has adequate parking and a trail along the water that stretches ½ mile.

Southern Chester County

Anglers have been having good success fishing for panfish at Chambers Lake.

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