SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
February 13, 2019
The Philadelphia Expo Center Fishing Show will be held from Friday, February 22nd to Sunday February 24th. The Expo will offer dozens of seminars on fishing tactics and styles for various species of fish, a trout fishing pond, a 5000 gallon aquarium, as well as a host of vendors that will have all the newest and greatest of saltwater and freshwater fishing gear, including boats, kayaks and marine equipment. The physical address for the show is 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456. For more information go to
On Sunday February 24th, The Delaware River Shad Fishermen's Association will host a Fishing Flea Market. The show which will have both hunting and fishing items will be held at the Sewyco Fire Company Social Hall from 08:00 AM until 1:00 PM. The physical address for the hall is 3621 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bethlehem, PA 18015. For more information call 610-691-8518 or visit the webpage at http://drsfa.org/
The PA Fish & Boat Commission will have a booth at the Greater Philadelphia Boat Show in Oaks, Friday March 8th to Sunday March 10th. There will be presentations on anything that has to do with boating, vendors that will have all the newest and greatest of boats & boating equipment, including boats and fishing equipment. The physical address for the show is 100 Station Avenue, Oaks, PA 19456. For more information go to https://phillyboatshow.com
Locust Lake and Tuscarora Lake have had good ice but are blanketed with some snow. Reports of a few walleye and good numbers of crappie are coming in. Both lakes are good right now for trout and perch with an occasional pickerel hitting on a live minnow.
The Schuylkill River has some ice but is very inconsistent and should be considered unsafe and is currently not very accessible by boat.
A few anglers have ventured out on Deer Lake with moderate success catching perch, crappies, and pickerel. Extreme caution should be used due to the creek channel and heavy waterfowl use which causes open water.
Most of the streams, including the Little Schuylkill River, have been tough to fish but still hold trout. Anglers should be aware of the stream classifications where they are fishing because March 1st Trout Stocked Waters will again be closed to fishing until the opening day of Trout Season.
S. Chester County
The White Clay Fly-Tying club will meet at 6PM on Thursday February 14th 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 upon us, 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 live in Southern Chester County on the south side of 322, consider coming out this year and helping to stock the Stocked Trout Waters. The Stocked Trout Waters in Southern Chester County include Beaver Creek, Buck Run, Brandywine West Branch, Pocopson Creek, Elk & Big Elk Creeks, Octoraro Creek East Branch (in-season only), and four sections of the White Clay Creek (including one Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Section that is also a Keystone Select Trout Waters). There was very little help on some of the stockings which made it difficult to distribute the fish as evenly as we would have liked to. Stocking is a lot of fun and gives you a chance to give something back to the resource. It is also a great way to spend a day with a kid and to get them off the web and video games for a while. The web site below has been updated and will give you all the dates, times and meeting locations for any county in Pennsylvania. Thanks in advance for your help.
Are you waiting for the opening of trout, this year March 30th at 8 AM and for trout stockings to begin? Well your wait is over. We will stock four special regulations waters, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Areas and one Fly Fishing Only Catch & Release only on Thursday February 28th. We will meet the stocking truck at noon at the Ridge Fire Hall on Route 23. These are East Branch Brandywine Creek, 1.2 mile stretch from SR 4019 (Dorlans Mill Road) downstream to SR 4004 (Dowlin Forge Road). Pickering Creek, 1.5 miles from SR 1019 (Charlestown Road) downstream to 330 yards upstream of the railroad bridge. West Valley Creek starts 1.2 miles from the confluence with the unnamed tributary (locally known as Colebrook Run) upstream of SR 2020 (Boot Road) downstream to 0.25 miles of the railroad tunnel. There is also a Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only section of French Creek, from the breached dam upstream of the T491 Bridge to Hollow Road. These are all open to year-round fishing so while all the Stocked Trout Waters will close to fishing on March 1st, you can continue to fish all of these streams. We can always use help spreading the fish around so come on out, give something back to the resource. Good Luck!
February 6, 2019
The 2019 Pennsylvania Trout Stocking Schedules are now posted on the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission website. To search for adult trout stockings in your county go to http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx and select your county and then the date range that you want, which could be for example from today to December 31st 2019 which would give you all the stockings in your county which will happen this year.
A Basic Boating course will be held on February 23rd at Hibernia County Park Mansion from 8 AM to 4 PM at Hibernia County Park, Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville. The course allows participants to apply for Boating Safety Education Certificates, which are required for all operators of personal watercraft, regardless of age, and for boat operators born after January 1, 1982 that operate motorboats of more than 25 horsepower. This free PA Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) course is designed to help boaters make better informed decisions on the water. Instructors will provide course materials and information via a classroom setting to help you reduce the risk of injury and conflict on the water. Those who successfully complete the course may obtain this certificate, which is good for a lifetime (fees apply). A minimum of eight hours of classroom instruction is required to pass the course. Participants should bring a lunch and snacks, and we usually work through lunch if everyone agrees. Pre-registration is required at email@example.com You can also get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL
For those of you looking for some fishing opportunities other than through the ice, the White Clay Creek DHAL Section, is flowing ice-free right now. The ice that had covered it has been melted by this last bout of warm temperatures. The DHALO section is from Good Hope Road, downstream 1.7 miles to the confluence with the mouth of the White Clay Creek. The White Clay Fly-fishers recently stocked the section with hundreds of beautiful brown trout, most in the 10 to 14-inch size. On a recent patrol over the bridges there were numerous large trout in the deep holes at each bridge crossing and virtually no fishing pressure. The weather should to continue to warm up a bit so here is your chance to land and then put back some nice fish. Remember that this is a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Section so make sure you follow the law, and don't forget your fishing license if you're 16 or older.
One of my many responsibilities of a Pennsylvania Waterways Conservation Officer is to review and approve, or not approve, Special Activities Permit Applications for a Fishing Tournament. Sometimes these groups will request to hold a bass tournament on the opening day of bass, as an example. Tournaments cannot be held on the opening day of any species of game fish, so these requests have to be denied and returned to the club, marked as disapproved. A quick summary of the rules might help; remember complete rules can be found on our website listed below, or in the unlawful section of the Pennsylvania Fishing Summary Book. If you are holding a tournament in which 10 or more people will be involved you are required to have applied for a special activities permit at least 60 days prior to the event, the permit form can be found at www.fishandboat.com and then once it has been granted, the permit will lists all the conditions, number of persons, boats, safety boats, culling, etc. Fishing tournaments may not target a species during the closed season. An accurate tournament catch report must be provided as required. Tagged fish tournaments in boundary waters also require a permit. The permit application can also be obtained from the Regional Law Enforcement Office in which you wish to hold the tournament. In Lancaster and Chester County that would be the Southeast Region, P.O. Box 9, Elm, PA 17521 or phone 717-626-0228 for more information.
The White Clay Fly-Tying club will meet at 6PM on Thursday February 7th 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 up and down weather upon us, 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.
We are fortunate to have an environmentally active fly fishing club here in Southern Chester County. The White Clay Fly-Fishers also host quest speakers on fishing topics and provide educational classes for both fly tying and fishing. Meetings are held starting at 7 PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, so the next meeting will be on February 19. Meetings are held at the London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse at the intersection of Sharpless and London Tract Roads, Landenberg, PA. 19350, which is next to the White Clay Park Office. The Club is always looking for new members. For more information check out the website at www.whiteclayflyfishers.org
W. Philadelphia/S. Montgomery Counties
With the cold winter weather, all boaters are reminded that the cold weather mandatory PFD wear period is still in effect and remains in effect until April 30, 2018.
January 30, 2019
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness. Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST:
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Northampton County Fishing Report
The 2019 adult trout stocking schedule has been uploaded to our mobile app. Please come on out to help this spring as this is a great opportunity to see what lands are open to fishing, and to assist in the trout stocking. A couple angler features (such as rock deflectors) have been added to some streams in connection with bridge replacement projects. With good water levels last fall and winter, many anglers have reported catching many young of year fish, indicating a good reproduction year last year.
This newly placed rock deflector was created in connection with the Lefevre Rd bridge replacement project over the Little Bushkill Creek.
Leaser Lake continues to receive a lot of ice fishing activity. Anglers report they are having successful catch rates for Muskie on jigging rods using small live shiners.
The PA Fish and Boat Commission does not monitor ice thickness. Prior to walking out on the ice take all safety precautions by testing the ice and wearing all safety equipment.
Please remember Leaser Lake is a Special Regulation all species except for trout- Catch and release/no harvest lake. The use of gaffs, spears, and gigs to retrieve fish through the ice is prohibited.
Eastern Schuylkill County
Locust Lake has had good ice throughout the last few days and ice anglers have done very well. Good numbers of trout were caught on jigs tipped with wax worms near the beach area.
Tuscarora Lake has been tough for the ice fishermen this year but can be productive at times. Several trout are still being caught near the boat cove and along the beach. Perch and crappies are also being caught on occasion as well near the dam breast. Pickerel fishing is good for those willing to walk up to the shallow end of the lake near the mouth of Locust Creek. Large shiners have done well for pickerel.
The Little Schuylkill River is still a good place for open water trout fishing. There is almost no fishing pressure and still a good number of fish throughout the stocked area of the stream.
Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (RA-FBSEFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.