SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
September 8, 2021
Family Friendly Event:
The Philly Fishing Festival will be held on September 11, 2021 at the Walnut Street Fishing Pier on the Schuylkill Banks Trail in Philadelphia. The pier is located at 2436 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Here is the website to register: Philly Fun Fishing Fest 2021 – Philadelphia Water Department
Northern Bucks County
Extended trout season began on September 7th. Remember that trout creel limits are now 3(combined species) with a minimum size of 7 inches. The East Branch Perkiomen Creek will be stocked in October. Be sure to check fishandboat.com for stocking schedules.
With the summer days getting shorter, remember to make sure your required navigation lights and all-around white light are working properly. It's a good idea to check bulbs, switches, batteries and to make sure there are backups on board. For more information of proper lighting for your boat, and other boating regulations, check out the online version of our basic boating handbook at: https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/BoatingHandbook.aspx
A note about Blue-Green Algae:
Some people may not know that Blue-green algae grows in water and is a type of bacteria; Cyanobacteria to be exact and this bacterium is old, really old and depending on your view point it is either a few thousand years old or a few billion years old. Regardless on your viewpoint on how long you think it has been on the planet we call earth; it is here, and it is affecting the world around us. Cyanobacteria is good and actually very important regarding the oxygen levels within our atmosphere; if you were not aware, oxygen is rather important to life continuing as we know it on this earth. So, the more cyanobacteria we have on the earth the better, right? Not so fast. Like all good things, the bacteria are good to a point but if it goes beyond that level of goodness you then start to see it change into a toxin. Which is bad. While this bacterium is under hot sunlit days, the microscopic organisms with cyanobacteria within it starts to bloom and thus causing the toxin levels to rise to the point of affecting mammals. Yes, people and their pets can be affected and can become very sick. At Blue Marsh lake this can be a problem; but thankfully The Army Corps of Engineers pay close attention to the water quality and then raise the alarm as soon as toxicity raises to harmful levels.
Many parts of the PA southeastern region of the state received significant amounts of rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida last week. Local waterways were severely impacted resulting in dramatic changes. Boaters on the Delaware River should be vigilant when they head out, as massive amounts of debris are still floating around to date. Beware of large, uprooted trees that have relocated downriver and are snagged on the bottom, yet are protruding above the surface at low tide, but not so much at high tide. There are dislodged boats, refrigerators, propane tanks, docks, and many other items that can cause significant damage to a boat's hull, outdrive, and of course your prop if you are not careful. Most boaters stayed at their docks or enjoyed cookouts at home this past holiday weekend, while very few ventured out into the debris filled, Delaware River. It has been observed a couple of boats flying through the debris, somewhat recklessly, and boats being towed back in. Next weekend should be much better.
If you are planning on boating on the Upper Schuylkill River, you may want to do some recon before heading out. Flat Rock Park boat access in Lower Merion Township is closed due to heavy damage and significant silt deposits on the ramp. Last week, the Schuylkill River had the most significant flooding in decades. The waters have receded back into her banks, but access will be a problem in many of the upper pools until the ramps can be inspected and cleaned off.
The Brandywine River near Chadds Ford was flowing over Rt. 1 and caused damage to the road and many properties in the area. The Brandywine Museum is closed to paddlers until further notice. There are several trees posing dangers along the paths that lead from the parking lot to the water's edge. There is also debris and items that floated down downriver that is scattered throughout the museum property. Please allow time for the clean up and contact the museum before you resume any paddling activities in the area.
Water levels are still high in the area and anglers should use caution while fishing. Stream signatures have changed, and silt islands have appeared where they were not prior to the storm. Large pools have also been created due to scouring from the high waters. Please allow water levels to return to normal flows before wading out when fishing. The area below Flat Rock Dam has been changed dramatically and extra caution should be used as the Schuylkill is still at above normal levels.
Largemouth Bass are biting around the edges of the Speedwell Forge Lake, the trick is finding the areas along the shoreline where there is habitat and shade is available.
Most anglers seem to do well using just worms, but some find artificial lures work just as well.
Please always check to see if your inflatable kayaks meet the requirements of a boat. They must have a wearable U.S.C.G. approved PFD on board, a sound producing device and a launch permit to use Speedwell Forge Lake.
Check all signs posted on property.
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Southern Bucks County
Extended trout season will begin on September 7, 2021 until February 28, 2022.
Lake Luxembourg and Levittown Lake will still be stocked this year with trout in October. All stocking event dates and times are subject to change without notice due to weather conditions.
Note: During the Extended Season for Trout, the minimum size remains at 7 inches, but the daily limit is reduced to 3 trout. https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/PennsylvaniaFishes/Trout/Pages/TroutSeasonOverview.aspx
As boating season starts to wind down for most, be sure to inspect all safety equipment for wear, tear, and damage that may have occurred throughout the season. Store flotation devices in a safe manner to prevent the growth of mold or mildew.
Fire extinguishers should be checked and replaced if necessary. Proper maintenance early on will provide for a smooth transition into next year's season.
The U.S. Army Corps Engineers Philadelphia District has announced it will draw down the reservoirs at Blue Marsh Lake in preparation for significant forecasted rainfall associated with Hurricane Ida. Blue Marsh Lake is located on the Tulpehocken Creek, a tributary of the Schuylkill River, about four miles northwest of Reading, Pa.
Reservoir drawdowns are being conducted to create additional flood control capacity in the reservoir.
At Blue Marsh Lake, the reservoir will be lowered to elevation 285 ft NGVD (its normal winter elevation) down from the normal summer pool level of elevation 290 ft NGVD.
Southern Bucks County
Due to recent storm activity, water levels are still high and there is plenty of debris, both floating and submerged, in the water. Ensure to keep a proper lookout to avoid Breaking Out Another Thousand for those repairs.
There has been an increase in Personal Watercraft (PWC) operators boating without first obtaining a Boater Safety Education Certificate (BSE). All PWC operators of all ages are required to first obtain a BSE prior to operating a watercraft. If you are going to allow someone to operate your PWC, it is your responsibility to ensure they have first obtained a BSE. To learn more, visit the PFBC website at https://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingCourses/Pages/default.aspx.
Boaters be advised that the ENTIRE length of the Neshaminy Creek is a Slow No Wake Zone. It is up to you as the operator to recognize conditions that require you to operate at a Slow No Wake Speed. One of the many examples includes operating a boat at slow, no-wake speed within 100 feet of the shoreline, docks, launch ramps, swimmers or downed skiers, persons wading in the water, anchored, moored or drifting boats and floats.
Slow, no-wake speed is the slowest possible speed of a motorboat required to maintain maneuverability so that the wake or wash created by the motorboat on the surface is minimal.
Reports compiled by Anneli Frank Langer (RA-FBSEFISHNRPT@pa.gov), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.