SE Region Reports
REGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)
August 15, 2019
E. Berks/N. Montgomery Counties
The Bass are starting to strike over at Lake Ontelaunee in Berks County. With the recent heat wave sweeping through the state the Bass haven't been hitting much, but with the recent rain the Bass are starting to come out of the depths and feed. Try working plastic worms and or crank baits through the lily pads. Anglers are also getting nice sized Carp and Channel Catfish back under the old West Shore Dr Bridge. If you're out in the middle of the day try the fishing in the depths of the quarry hole off Rt 73 just up from the main parking lot. ….. Good Luck!!
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.
Anglers are still fishing Furey Pond in Chichester Twp. Mostly bass and bluegill are being caught, but there may still be some trout leftover from the kids derby in the spring. Many anglers are also fishing the pier at the Ridley Marina. Anglers are catching catfish, resident striped bass, and panfish on the pier. Fishing on the Delaware River has been steady. Anglers are reminded that they can use a New Jersey of Pennsylvania fishing license to fish the section of the Delaware River directly between Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Keep in mind that you must conform with the regulations in the respective state that you are fishing in.
It's been a very hot July. Boaters are reminded to drink plenty of fluids while recreating on the water. Water is the best to maintain hydration. Remember, there is a "No Wake" zone in Darby Creek from the mouth of the Delaware River and the entire way upstream. There is also a "No Wake" zone along the marinas behind Little Tinicum Island. These areas are marked accordingly.
Photo Caption: Last week our Outreach Division staff provided a Fishing Meet-up along the Schuylkill Banks River Trail below Walnut Street Bridge. Channel Catfish were biting on the bottom on nightcrawler and hot dogs below slip sinker rigs. This program is being run in partnership with the Schuylkill Banks organization prior to their Thursday night movie nights.
July 31, 2019
This weekend is the SE Region Mentored Youth Catfish Opportunity at the Children's Pond at Lake Nockamixon near Quakertown. The details for the event are provided on the link here. No registration required - https://www.register-ed.com/events/view/145972
Adults must have a PA Fishing License and mentored youth must have a Mentored Youth Permit or a Voluntary Youth Fishing License. Youth can keep two fish and adults can fish catch & release during the event.
There will be demonstrations on how to catch, fillet and cook catfish from 2PM-5PM this Saturday. The pond will be stocked around 10:30AM on Saturday. Any interested helpers are welcome to come out and help with the stocking on Saturday at the Children's Pond. Fishing will occur from noon to 11PM on Saturday and from sunrise to 11PM on Sunday.
The Schuylkill Action Network is committed to getting everyone involved with recreation on the Schuylkill River. Fishing is one way that people can connect to our waterways. Linking users to local fishing opportunities is a great way to "catch" the fun of fishing and inspire clean water conservation!
The Schuylkill Action Network is beginning the #FishTheSchuylkill initiative so that recreators can see the variety of fish catches and fishing spots on the river and get connected to local Schuylkill River partners.
It is their hope that the initiative will continue in the future, building a network of recreators and supporters for clean water and healthy ecosystems.
Learn more about the initiative here: https://www.schuylkillwaters.org/projects/fishtheschuylkill
The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday August 8th 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, and yes, the Meeting House has air conditioning! 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 Gaun First Catch Center Panfish Meet-up that was scheduled for August 24 at the Octoraro Reservoir has been cancelled.
The next meeting of The Friends of Hibernia will be this Thursday, August 22nd at 7:00 PM at the Hibernia County Park Historical Annex. Members support trout and catfish stocking for the children's pond, the handicap fishing rodeo, as well as the Chester County Envirothon. Membership information can be obtained by mail to Friends of Hibernia, Post Office Box 355, Wagontown, PA. 19376. You can also get more information by contacting the Hibernia County Park Office, at 610-383-3812.
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 August 20th. Parking for meetings is behind the White Clay State Park Office. The club's mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for membership information. 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.
July 25, 2019
The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday August 1st 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, July 28th from 6:00 AM till 12:00 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.
The Lancaster Farm & Home Center will host its Annual Fishing & Hunting Flea Market & Show on Saturday August 10th at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center, located at 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA. 17601, from 9 AM to 1 PM. For more information you can contact Ron Funk at 717-371-0395 or go to the website at https://pa-vendors.com/events/lancaster-county/lancaster-pa-hunting-fishing-shows/
Despite the heat and low water levels, fly-fishing anglers are using dry flies to catch trout raising late in the evening on the Little Lehigh River. This is occurring in the fly-fishing only section.
Anglers have been catching Smallmouth Bass on the Delaware River in the area of the PPL boat access in Lower Mt. Bethel on white twisters and shallow diving lures. Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch and Black Crappie have been caught on the Lehigh River in the area of the Rt 33 boat access on various lures. For those looking to get out on the boat this summer, please remember to bring your Coast Guard approved life jacket. Many new life jacket styles make it possible to be safe by wearing them, and not get too hot.
Lastly, Minsi Lake has been busy with activity as fish structures have been installed in the dry lake bed in preparation for the refilling.
Photo caption: Fish habitat structures installed at Minsi Lake off the East Shore ramp.
There have been several reports of Northern Snakehead fish being caught and or seen in the Philadelphia area. Most of them have been caught historically at FDR park in the Lakes however we have been receiving reports from the Delaware River and Schuylkill Rivers as well. The latest confirmed report is in the Manayunk Canal area. If you believe that you have come across one please take a photograph of the fish and contact the PA Fish and Boat Commission via our website at www.fish.pa.us and report the fish. Make sure you include the county, body of water, average size of the fish and if at all possible a photograph. Please be aware: you cannot possess live snakeheads in the commonwealth. They must be killed immediately.
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.