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

Amphibian and Reptile Coloring Page Series

For a PDF version of this week's releases in the Amphibian and Reptile Series, open here: Coloring Series 18.pdf

Previous releases are over in our Activities & Education Portal


 July 30, 2020

Lehigh County

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass at Leaser Lake near the wooded timbers along the shoreline of the northern part of the lake using spin baits and medium-sized jerk baits.


July 22, 2020

Chester County

While on boat patrol on the Susquehanna River, Waterways Conservation Officers Benevento and Schmidt came across a couple anglers in a boat fighting a big fish. This was well after dark as seen in the photo. It turned out that the fish was so large only part of it fit into the net. It was an estimated 25-30 lb. Flathead Catfish. The men stated that they had caught several them in that same size range the evening before as well. They were fishing about 40 feet from the eastern shoreline of Weise Island, directly across from the Pequea Boat Club. Bait for these monsters using live sunfish as bait that they had caught earlier in the day. They were using medium-heavy fishing equipment, about a 2-ounce sinker and they had rigged a couple of floating beads above the sunfish to keep him off the bottom.

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Northampton County

Panfish, such as Bluegills and Pumpkinseeds, have been caught in great numbers (and in large sizes) in the Lehigh Canal on Sand Island (Bethlehem) with simple setups such as worms, corn, and bread. This is also a great place to bring young and new anglers as its easy casting from the canal path and flat for walking. Anglers have also reported catching panfish in the Lehigh River in the area of the PA Fish and Boat RT 33 access.

As we begin to move into mid-summer boaters and anglers alike are advised to frequently check the weather before and during your trip. Intense and fast-moving storms may put a damper on a fun fishing trip or worse, you may find yourself on a boat in a flash flood scenario. A little bit of research will help you enjoy your time and may very well save your life.

Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (, Southeast Region Outreach & Education Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.