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


December 4, 2019

 The 2020 PA Fishing Licenses are now available for purchase! Pick yours up today online in our Outdoor Shop or in-person at our fishing license agents or PFBC region offices.

Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket wear regulations are in effect now through April 30 for all vessels less than 16 feet or any canoe/kayak.

 

Bucks County

Anglers are still catching beautiful Rainbow Trout at both Levittown Lake and Lake Luxembourg using a variety of spoons and paste baits.  Anglers are also catching large Yellow Perch and Crappies in the Delaware River.

For those that are looking to get out for some ice fishing, whether here in Bucks County when conditions exist or you plan on traveling elsewhere, please review our websites safety tips at http://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/Fishing/Pages/IceWinterFishing.aspx.

Another reminder that the mandatory cold weather PFD wear has taken effect starting on November 1 and continue through 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 and make sure your mandatory safety gear is on board and in serviceable condition.  Check your United States Coast Guard approved PFD, ensuring it is in good, serviceable condition as well.  Visit our site at http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx for more details.

 

Chester County

A Basic Boating course will be held on Saturday, February 29 at Hibernia County Park Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Boating Safety Education Certificates 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. Space is limited so register soon. Pre-registration is required by emailing Andy Desko at adesko@pa.gov or by phone at 215-968-3631. You can also get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL         

 

Lehigh County

Please be advised Extended Trout Season is in effect. The daily creel limit is THREE (3) in all Stocked Trout Waters and waters downstream of Stocked Trout Waters. Anglers are harvesting their three fish limits in the area of Bogarts Bridge downstream through the Parkway on Little Lehigh Creek. Anglers are successful using spinners and small jigs.

 

E. Berks County/N. Montgomery County

Anglers are catching large Common Carp out of Maiden Creek on dough balls in Perry Township right where the stream crosses under Rte. 662 (Moselem Springs Rd). It's also a nice spot to catch some bass. Lots of parking is available. The property is regulated by the Pa Game Commission so no open fires or alcohol are permitted.

 

November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Cold Weather Mandatory Life Jacket wear regulations are now in effect until April 30. A person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

Buy your loved ones the gift of fishing in PA! The 2020 PA Fishing Licenses are available to purchase on December 1st.

 

Berks County

Crappie fishing is starting to heat up at Lake Ontelaunee. So far, anglers are having luck with vertical jigging off the rock drop-offs. Bring different color variations and don't hesitate to switch them up during your trip if you aren't getting many bites. Live minnows are always a good option as well.

Crappie anglers are having some success at Blue Marsh as well, look for some downed trees, stumps or porcupine crates along the shorelines, and target those areas. The Mount Pleasant bridge area is a local favorite, so you may need to get there early if you want to try that spot.

Kaercher Creek Dam will receive its winter trout stocking on December 17.

 

Chester County

A Basic Boating Course will be held on Saturday, February 29 at Hibernia County Park Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Boating Safety Education Certificates 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. Space is limited so register soon. Pre-registration is required by filling out the online registration form at https://forms.gle/G8HWfmzpp4RP2XCZA or emailing Andy Desko at adesko@pa.gov or by phone at 215-968-3631. You can also get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL    

 


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.