SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
April 17, 2019
The White Clay Middle Branch Section 3, Delayed Harvest Artificial lures Only Section (from Good Hope Rd Bridge to the mouth) will be stocked with trout on Wednesday, April 24. We will meet the truck at noon at the Avondale Post Office. This is the section of stream listed as Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters. Come on out and help us stock. Thanks!
The next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday, April 18 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. 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.
The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free course Fly-Fishing 101 on Saturday, April 20 from 9AM until 11:30AM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly angler will need to know to get started in fly-fishing. For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hkbrtgrab&oeidk=a07eg3zwmnhe856b455
The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free course Fly-Fishing 101 on Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 PM till 8 PM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to know to get started in fly fishing. For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hkbrtgrab&oeidk=a07eg6c9nnl4f1c2ade
Stroud Water Research at 970 Spencer Road, Avondale, PA 19311 will host a brown bag lecture on the invasive Spotted Lanternfly on Tuesday April 23 from 12 PM to 1 PM. For more information go to the web http://www.stroudcenter.org/events .
April 10, 2019
Our Gaun First Catch Center is holding a Trout Fishing Meet-up at Levittown Lake on April 19 from 5:00PM to 7:00PM. Check out our website calendar for registration information! The event is free! We ask participants to register in advance so that we can be prepared with enough equipment.
Montgomery/W. Philadelphia Counties
With the arrival of spring, area trout stockings kept us busy and we saw some beautiful trout coming from the hatcheries this year. All the stockings were a huge success and a giant debt of gratitude goes out to all our volunteers that show up year after year to help. In-season stockings remain to be done, so please check out our stocking schedules on line or on our app (fishboatpa) and consider coming out to help stock your favorite streams! Despite the recent rains and cool weather, mentored youth day was a real success, with a great turnout and youth anglers having lots of success catching trout and having fun with their mentors. Opening day saw perfect weather and an incredible turnout as well, as anglers were finally able to hit the streams and catch lots and lots of trout, including some amazing trophy sized Browns, Rainbows and Golden Rainbows (Palominos). As is always the case, the nicer weather is also beginning to bring out boaters and all are reminded that the cold water mandatory wear requirement for life vests remains in effect until the last day of April. The water's still cold, so don't just have it in the boat, be sure to wear it.
Pocopson Elementary School held its annual "Trout in the Classroom" event. With support from the Stroud Water Research Center and Trout Unlimited the students set up an aquarium complete with filtration, aeration and a chiller. They then receive from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission a shipment of Brook Trout fry which the students raise until they are large enough to be released into a local "Stocked Trout Water". In this case the stream selected was the Pocopson Creek. This is an educational event that allows the students to learn all about the importance of water quality, different types of streams, freestone and limestone, watersheds, and the different fish found in warm water versus cold water streams, and to learn about aquatic invertebrates. On release day, the students took the fingerling Brook Trout down to the Pocopson Creek, and each student got a Brook Trout in a clear plastic cup and after closely examining the fish for a few minutes they released the fish into the creek. Most of the students while examining the fish gave them a name. Some of the names I heard were Peanut, Aquaman, Brook, and Buddy. The school made a video of the release with the help of the official school drone. This is a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn all about the importance of protecting our environment and gives them a chance to get some hands on experience in conservation. For more information on the program contact your local trout Unlimited chapter or go to the website at https://www.tu.org/TIC .
The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday April 11th 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.
The Buck Run Section 2, the East Branch White Clay Creek Section 2 and the East Branch White Clay Creek Section 3 will be stocked with trout on Monday April 15th. We will meet the big white stocking truck loaded with angling fun in the lane across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30 AM. Come on out and spend a day fishing and giving something back to the resource.
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). On the last stocking of the Pocopson we had very little help (2 senior anglers to stock hundreds of trout), which made it difficult to distribute the fish as evenly as we would have liked to. The helpers were exhausted till we completed the stocking. We had multiple fishermen already this year who want to call in and complain that their favorite hole was not stocked well enough, or for reasons of bad weather and proximity to the road and or, for lack of help, it may have to be passed by altogether. The first thing we asked them is if they came along to help stock and the answer was no. 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.
The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free course Fly-Fishing 101 on Saturday April 13th from 9:00AM till 11:30AM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to know to get started in fly fishing. For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hkbrtgrab&oeidk=a07eg63hfew27547883
The water level at Marsh Creek Reservoir has been drawn down about 2 feet below normal pool to reinforce an existing concrete boat dock support that needed repairs. Soil was removed from around the base of the support so that it could be reinforced with concrete, so the water level must be kept below the concrete until it has dried. This makes using the main ramps very difficult for the bigger boats because the ramps are very shallow and I watched a number of 16 to 22 foot boat owners struggle to get their boats back on their trailers. If you are headed to Marsh Creek with a bigger boat, the ramp on the Ranger side of the lake is slightly deeper. The dirt ramp to the right of the main ramp on the Lyndell side is still very deep because the shoreline drops off steeply there, however there is only one of those so bring your patience because the line to use it got pretty long.
The concrete repair should be cured this week and normal waters levels restored.
On Wednesday, April 3, Big Beaver Creek and Little Beaver Creek received an in-season stocking of Rainbow and Brown Trout.
Significant sections of the Big Beaver Creek were float stocked as per below:
FLOAT STOCKED SECTIONS OF STOCKED TROUT WATERS
|Big Beaver Creek|
Downstream From 20 Main St. New Providence To 1930 Beaver Valley Pike-
Downstream From Concrete Bridge At Near Old Rd & Beaver Valley Pike
Downstream From Krantz Mill Road Bridge
Downstream From 92 Refton Road
Downstream From 66 Smithville Road To Past Smithville Road Bridge
|Little Beaver Creek||Downstream From 302 Hilltop Road To Sawmill Road 343 Sawmill Road|
With many anglers harvesting their 5 trout limit the opening weekend and others not quite as successful; ample numbers of trout remain to be creeled from the pre-season plant in combination with the supplemental in-season plant. Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the fishing opportunities on Big Beaver Creek. With its headwaters located on property at 1190 May Post Office Road Road, Quarryville [Eden Twp. – near Springville Road]. Big Beaver Creek flows 10.6 miles before meeting the Pequea Creek approximately 500 yards upstream from the bridge at Herrville Road. The stocked portion of Big Beaver Creek traverses 5.34 miles with its Upper Limit at SR 222 (Beaver Valley Pike) and White Oak Road -and its Lower Limit at the mouth where it enters the Pequea Creek.
*Anglers are advised that the property at 15 Main Street, New Providence is posted, subsequently Big Beaver Creek was not stocked upstream of this location. Conversely at the defined Lower Limit the property at 153 Smithville Road remains posted to fishing access, accordingly the STOCKED lower limit extends approximately 300 yards downstream of the Smithville Road Bridge.
Restricted Access Advisory
Big Beaver Creek: No Sunday Fishing is in effect at 1930 Beaver Valley Pike.
Little Beaver Creek: Little Beaver Creek is effectively posted to restrict Sunday Fishing. This lawful restriction will be enforced under the provisions of section 2104 of the Code. Posted Property – The property at 501 May Post Office Road at present remains posted with no fishing access.
On Friday, April 5, Conowingo Creek and Fishing Creek received Rainbow and Brown Trout.
Significant sections of the Conowingo Creek were float stocked as per below:
Float Stocked Sections of Stocked Trout Waters
|STOCKED TROUT WATER||SECTION|
Downstream From Black Bear Road Bridge
Downstream From Swift Road Bridge –
Downstream From The Goshen Mill Rd. Bridge
Downstream From 2108 Robert Fulton Hwy. To Sr 222 Bridge -
Downstream From Bridge At Goat Hill Rd. To Sr 222 Bridge
|Fishing Creek||Downstream From Silver Spring Rd. Bridge At Camp Andrews|
Fishing Creek: With its headwaters located near the pond at 1000 Truce Road, New Providence, Fishing Creek flows for approximately 14 miles before entering the Susquehanna River near the railroad bridge west of Susquehannock Drive [dead end]. The stocked section is an approximate 8.5 mile stretch of Fishing Creek.
Consider an angling excursion to the Lancaster County Conservancy's Fishing Creek South Preserve that is trout stocked by the PFBC; refer to the link below for more: At present the LCC Fishing Creek Preserve has been experiencing environmental impact damage because of illegal off-roading activity. Those who may be inclined to "muddy their vehicles" off-road are forewarned that they will be charged accordingly. Anyone with knowledge of this activity can report same accordingly to the PFBC, PGC or PSP via Lancaster County-Wide Communications at 717-664-1180 or via the respective agencies at Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's SE Region Office at 717-626-0228 [M-F 8-4], Pennsylvania Game Commission's SE Region Office at 610 – 926-3136 [extension #9], Pennsylvania State Police –Troop J/Lancaster at 717-299-7650.
As a general caution, anglers are advised to be aware of where they are parking, so as not to restrict the ingress/egress of landowners, this includes blocking a safe line of sight when landowners are exiting driveways.
Do Not Park on The Grass – heed this caution, anglers are duly advised that they are subject to being cited when observed to be in violation. Many landowners do allow for an off-road parking area, in all other areas the common courtesy guideline of keep off the grass applies. Anglers are encouraged when interacting with a landowner to thank them for their consideration to allow their lands to be open to public fishing access. This simple expression of gratitude reaps rewards in maintaining access as does retrieving any litter left behind by ethically-lacking anglers.
Illegal fishing activity can be reported to Southeast Region Law Enforcement Headquarters in Elm at 626-0228, Monday – Friday [8-4] or at all other times to the non-emergency number of Countywide Communications at 664-1180. Inform the Dispatcher immediately that it is a fishing violation and moreover to refer it to Officer Schmidt. Conscientious anglers are cautioned per Officer Schmidt to not engage individuals observed to be in violation, but rather to report it in real time so that an Officer can respond for follow-up law enforcement action.
Safe Boating Course Announced
The U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 19-04 of Lancaster will be presenting an About Boating Safely course on Saturday, April 13, 2019 (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.), at the Muddy Run Visitors Center at Muddy Run Park, 172 Bethesda Church Road West, Holtwood, PA 17532. Cost is $30.00 per registrant. Pre-registration and payment is required in advance due to space limitations. Classroom check-in begins 7:45 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.
With the bulk of Lehigh County stockings completed, anglers are reporting a great catch rate across the county. Through Lock Ridge Park in Alburtis, you may have success fishing for trout in Swabia Creek. On Jordan Creek in South Whitehall Township, anglers are catching trout through Covered Bridge Park.
Pseudacris crucifer may be an unfamiliar name, but the sound that the Spring Peeper (as it's commonly called) makes is something even the newest outdoorsman can distinguish. Our job is not only about stocking trout, and patrolling lakes but also protecting other aquatic resources. Spring time is a great season to head out to your closest stream, lake, or swamp and see the new life emerging. For those still looking to hit the streams in pursuit of trout there are still plenty of in-season stockings throughout the county, just keep watching the online trout schedule.
Photo Caption: A photo of a Spring Peeper can be difficult as they stop peeping when you get close and given their small size can be easily overlooked. I snapped this photo at a pond near my house one night.
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.