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REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide


October 9, 2019

Chester County

If you live in Chester County and would like to get involved with a club that supports activities such as the Chester County Envirothon, The Special Needs Fishing Rodeo, Invasive Plant Removal, Trail Maintenance, as well as the preservation of Chester County's History, then you might want to consider The Friends of Hibernia. The Friends of Hibernia is a group which assists the Chester County Parks and Recreation Department to carry out its objectives for Hibernia County Park, including the encouragement of the restoration and preservation of the Hibernia Mansion, general improvement of the park facilities, and the advancement of educational and recreational benefits to the citizens of Chester County. Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM at Hibernia County Park, 610-383-3812. The next meeting will be held on October 24.

If you live in the Southern Chester County area and are interested in fly fishing, consider joining the White Clay Fly Fishers.  Meetings are held at 7 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at the London Tract Meetinghouse 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. This means that the next meeting will be held on Tuesday October 15. Parking for meetings is behind the White Clay State Park Office. The club teaches fly tying, fly fishing, holds fishing trips, outings, picnics, does stream clean ups, has a library of over 100 fly fishing books and DVDs that you can borrow and gives presentations on fly fishing by special guests at the end of the monthly meetings.

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday October 10th 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. Fly tying materials are provided for those who do not yet have their own. Several flies are usually demonstrated, and club members are happy to show you how it's done, as well as spin a few stories about the last huge one that got away. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State Park Office.

If you have been waiting for your big break into Bass Tournament Fishing, this maybe it. Captain Jim is having a Bass Open Tournament at the Octorara Reservoir on Sunday, October 20 from 7:30 AM till 1:30 PM, (6 Hours). The physical address for the Fishing Headquarters is 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA. 17536, For even more information call Captain Jim, phone 717-529-2488 or visit his website at http://www.jimsbait.net/tournaments 

 

Lancaster County

FALL TROUT STOCKING:  The Muddy Run Recreational Lake received a stocking on Monday, October 7.  Muddy Run anglers are reminded that the extended season regulations apply wherein daily creel limits are reduced from 5 to 3.  Muddy Run Recreational Lake is under Stocked Trout Waters Open to Year Round Fishing regs. Waters with this designation are considered "stocked trout waters." From 8 a.m. opening day of trout through Sept. 2, Commonwealth inland size and creel limits apply. From Jan. 1 through Feb. 28, and from Sept. 3 through Dec. 31, "extended season" size and creel limits apply. These waters are open to fishing from March 1 to opening day of trout season; however, no trout may be taken or possessed on these waters during this period. It is unlawful to fish in rivers and streams designated as stocked trout waters open to year-round fishing without a current trout/salmon permit (or Combination Trout/Salmon/Lake Erie permit). A trout/salmon permit is not required to fish in lakes and ponds that have been designated as stocked trout waters open to year-round fishing unless the person takes, kills, or possesses, while in the act of fishing, a trout or salmon on or in these waters. The 100-acre lake provides an ideal recreational venue for novice paddlers to gain flat-water paddling experience.

Boaters are reminded that the mandatory PFD wear law goes back into effect on November 1st through April 30, 2020.

https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/MandatoryPFD.aspx

 

Safe Boating Course:

The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 19-04 of Lancaster will be presenting an 8-hour About Boating Safely course on Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at ARCONIC (formerly ALCOA) Training Facility, 1530 Apollo Drive, Lancaster, PA 17601 (enter off Rohrerstown Road).  Cost will be $30.00 per registrant.  Pre-registration and payment is required in advance due to space limitations and must be done by October 15, 2019.  Classroom check-in begins 7:30 a.m. the day of the course. 

The boat and water safety course topics include: Introduction to Boating, Boating Law, Safety Equipment, Safe Boating, Navigation, Rules of the Road, Trailering, as well as other boating tips.  This class is mandatory for all operators of personal water craft, and for persons born after January 1, 1982, who operate a boat with greater than a 25 HP motor.  Upon successful completion of the course and certification exam, all students will be eligible to receive a certificate from the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, showing successful completion of the course, which is NASBLA approved. 

Send registrant contact information (name, address and phone) along with check made payable to U.S.C.G. Aux., 19-04, to Matthew Samley, FSO-PE, 2309 Bob White Lane, Lancaster, PA 17601.  For additional information contact Matt at 717-581-3434.

 

Northampton County

Introduction to Fly Fishing Course:

Fly fishing can be a fun way to fish for the first time or it can present a new experience for seasoned anglers. Anyone ages 12 years and older with an interest in learning the basics of fly-fishing equipment, knot tying, casting techniques, and on the water skills is welcome. It is the perfect opportunity to learn fly fishing basics and meet other fly anglers. All equipment is provided. Those under age 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Forks of the Delaware Chapter of Trout Unlimited and Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center are providing this FREE introduction to fly fishing program in partnership with the PA Fish and Boat Commission. Classroom instruction will start at Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center, 400 Belfast Rd, Nazareth, PA 18064. On water skills and fishing will be provided at a nearby pond on Bushkill Township "Preserved Open Space" located on Kromer Rd. approximately 3 miles from the center. Participants must provide their own transportation to the fishing site. Registration required at https://events.dcnr.pa.gov/

NOTE: The fishing license requirement is waived during the program for participants age 16 and older.

Participants should dress for outdoor weather. Bring your own lunch and snacks. The program will be held rain or shine.

 

October 2, 2019

Berks County

Local anglers of Blue Marsh Lake are catching Crappies with the temperatures getting lower and the days shorter. Fish in the early morning. Try the Mt Pleasant (RT 183) Bridge area. Cast plastic grubs on jigs around the shoreline fallen trees. Good Luck.

 

Chester County

The West Caln Sportsmen's Club has received its allocation of about 4000 fingerling trout which are provided by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. The fingerling trout are raised in the West Caln Sportsmen's Club Trout Nursery which is located in Hibernia County Park by club members. The Club has been actively involved in the local stocking of the West Branch Brandywine Creek and each spring the club stocks about 4500+ Trout in the stream. The club also provides trophy size fish for a Handicap Fishing Rodeo. The trout that are stocked into the Children's Pond are provided solely through contributions and help from local business and individual Trout sponsorships as well as the "Friends of Hibernia" and "Chester County Parks & Recreation". The club is located at 1271 Telegraph Road. Mailing address is P.O. Box 58, Wagontown, PA. 19376. Phone 610-384-5710. Web address   http://www.wcsportsmen.org

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday October 3rd 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. With the cold weather that has been hanging on, many of us are looking for a place to go or some activity to hold us over until we can wet a line again and this is the perfect thing. Fly tying materials are provided for those who do not yet have their own. Several flies are usually demonstrated and club members are happy to show you how it's done, as well as spin a few stories about the last huge one that got away. Club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for more information. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State Park Office.

If you have been waiting for your big break into Bass Tournament Fishing, this may be it. Captain Jim is having a Bass Open Tournament at the Octoraro Reservoir on Sunday, October 13th from 7:15 AM till 1:15 PM, (6 Hours). To get to the lake, simply get on Rt 1 in Southern Chester County and get off on the Rt 472 Exit. Turn West on Rt 472 West and you will go over the Rt 472 Bridge and at the top of the next hill you will turn left on to Spruce Grove Road. You will go about a mile and at the bottom of the hill you will see the lake and the Fishing Headquarters on your left. The physical address for the Fishing Headquarters is 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA. 17536, For even more information call Captain Jim, phone 717-529-2488 or visit his website at http://www.jimsbait.net/tournaments   Only fishing from boats is permitted, limit of two persons per boat.

 

S. Bucks County

Please remember, the mandatory cold weather PFD wear will take effect starting November 1st and continue until April 30, 2020.  Boaters must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length and on any paddle craft to include canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards. Always plan ahead and make sure your mandatory safety gear is on board and in serviceable condition.  Check that your United States Coast Guard approved PFD is in good, serviceable condition as well.

Don't forget to come out to the trout stocking events at Lake Luxembourg on October 17 and Levittown Lake on October 23.  Dates and times may change depending on weather and water conditions.  Keep up to date on schedule changes on our website, http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx Also, keep in mind the extended season regulations that apply from September 3, 2019 to February 29, 2020 at these locations; the 7 inch minimum remains in effect, but the daily limit is reduced to 3.

 

Northampton County

Due to a lack of rain, both the Delaware River and Lehigh River are lower than normal and can be difficult to navigate. Despite the low water conditions anglers have caught catfish, bass and bluegills on the Lehigh River from the Rt. 33 access. Anglers have also reported catching Brown Trout in the section through Easton along the arts trail. If you plan on taking a boat out on these rivers caution should be observed as rocks that are normally well below the surface maybe just under the surface and if struck could cause serious boat damage.

 


Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (RA-FBSEFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Southeast Region Outreach & Education Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.