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Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (adesko@pa.gov), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – October 1, 2014
We start stocking trout this month in streams and lakes around the region. Follow the online trout-stocking schedule here to see when waters receive the fish.

There is less competition with other anglers in the fall as many Outdoors enthusiasts switch to hunting and football. Try minnows, earthworms, paste baits, corn kernels, mealworms and wax worms in the Approved Trout Waters where baits are allowed. Try taking as many of these baits as possible as trout change their appetites through the day. Spinners work well or small jigs with split-tail grub bodies for those anglers who do not like to use bait. Try white spinners in off-color water and darker colors in clear water conditions.

Lancaster County

NOTICE: Lake Clarke Drawdown
Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation, a hydroelectric generating station on the lower Susquehanna River, announced plans to draw down the water level in Lake Clarke above the Safe Harbor Dam. The purpose of this drawdown is to support an inspection of the dam as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The drawdown will begin on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, lowering in stages until 8:00 am Thursday, October 9, 2014, when the lowest level will occur. This low level will be approximately six feet below the normal lake level, or 222.0 feet above mean sea level and will be held until 1:00 PM on Thursday, October 9, 2014. If staff cannot complete the inspection due to inclement weather, the Lake Clarke drawdown will be extended.

A return to normal lake levels will begin as early as Thursday at 1:00 PM, but no later than Sunday, October 12, 2014, at 1:00 PM. Contact the Hydro Schedulers at (717) 872-0230 with questions and concerns. Staff may postpone the inspection due to high river flow or inclement weather. More information will be available on the Lower Susquehanna Hotline 1-800-692-6328 as the date for drawdown approaches.

KIDS EXPO: Come out with your family and meet the District WCO at the Kids Expo sponsored by State Senator Lloyd Smucker.  The Senator is hosting this family-friendly event on Saturday, October 4 from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at the McCaskey East High School Gymnasium [1051 Lehigh Avenue, Lancaster, PA 17602].

Anglers and boaters are encouraged to stop by and meet the District Officer and express their concerns and questions directly.  Numerous PFBC publications will be available for both experienced anglers and boaters and those who are considering these rewarding outdoor pursuits Pennsylvania League of Angling Youth Publications for Educators and kids will be available as well.  Learn more about the many programs offered by the PFBC and local Southeast Region fishing and boating opportunities. Organizations looking for streamside clean-up projects are also encouraged to stop by.

Additionally, WCO Schmidt will have on hand three species of native reptiles afforded protection under the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Code, an Eastern Rat Snake, Eastern Milk Snake and a Painted Turtle. Individuals interested in assisting with Trout Float Stocking next spring are also encouraged to stop and express your interests in participating in stocking the District’s 13 Approved Trout Waters.

Mill Creek
Rock Bass
Michael Brown was fishing Mill Creek in Lancaster County Park with a Texas-rigged 3-inch senko worms, and caught fish including this Rock Bass

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 24, 2014
S. Berks County

Fall is a great time for fishing and boating in Berks County.

Cooler temperatures kindle trout fishing activity, and changing fall foliage is an ideal reason for a paddling trip or boat ride.

Upcoming trout stockings include the Tulpehocken Creek downstream of Blue Marsh on Oct. 3, and Scott’s Run Lake Oct. 6.

On the Tulpehocken Creek, bait fishing is permitted only downstream of the Red Covered Bridge, with a three fish limit (Extended Trout Season regs). Upstream of the Red Covered Bridge, the Tulpehocken Creek is regulated as Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only with no bait permitted and anglers must release all trout caught. The special regulations area is well posted. The Tulpehocken Creek is well worth the trip!

Scott’s Run Lake is located in French Creek State Park, and it is a perfect place to get the kids out fishing for the day. Boating is permitted (electric motors only), and the lake is open 24/7 for fishing and boating.

Lancaster County

Smallmouth Bass
Tim Bennett caught & released this 19" Smallmouth Bass on the Conestoga River near the Rock Hill access. He hooked the fish out of a solo canoe on a deer hair popper from a fly rod.

Montgomery County

Deep Creek Lake in Montgomery County is a great place for kids to enjoy a great day of fishing. PFBC stocks Deep Creek Lake seasonally with trout, and the lake sustains a great bass population and panfish to keep the little ones’ attentions. The park’s main entrance offers parking, facilities, playgrounds, and access to all the hiking and biking trails.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 17, 2014
Berks County

Largemouth Bass are hitting soft plastic crayfish and creature-style baits around main lake points with structure at Blue Marsh Lake.

The Commission will be stocking the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section and Section 8 of Tulpehocken Creek on October 3.  

The Commission will also be stocking Scotts Run Lake with trout on October 6.

Bucks County

East Branch Perkiomen Creek: PFBC staff plan to stock the creek with trout on October 7.

Neshaminy Creek: Sunfish are taking small jigs with rubber split-tail bodies and earthworms are always reliable bait for the sunfish family. Try minnows or minnow-imitation lures for the Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. The Tyler State Park section of the creek is a great place for families to go for a leisurely morning of fishing. While the thoughts of many people drift from fishing to football, school and the holidays, dedicated anglers know that fish activity picks up as the winter months approach.

Delaware County / Philadelphia County

PFBC Outreach Staff will be exhibiting at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum as part of the Cradle of Birding, Wildlife & Conservation Festival on Saturday, September 20 from 7am to 3pm. The event is free to the public. The Cradle of Birding Festival engages people of all ages and experiences to get outside, learn about wildlife and connect with nature. The fun begins early with 7:00am guided bird walks. Exhibits and workshops start at 9:00am. Dozens of exhibitors highlight programs, projects and organizations, including eco-friendly ideas, birding optics, information about wildlife, conservation and education. Workshops highlight birds, butterflies, plants, fishing, nature photography, and more. Learn more about the event at the John Heinz NWR website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/john_heinz/

Lancaster County

The Commission will be stocking Muddy Run Recreation Lake with trout on October 9.

Additional information about fall stockings is available on the agency’s online trout stocking schedule.

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