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


December 13, 2018

All boaters are reminded that the cold weather mandatory PFD wear period is in effect as of November 1st and remains in effect until April 30th, 2019.

Pennsylvania Fishing Licenses are now on sale for the 2019 season. Buy a fishing license voucher for the stockings of the anglers in your life!

 

Northampton County

Anglers have been catching Brown Trout in the Stocked Trout Waters section of the Martins Creek and the lower section of the Monocacy Creek. Fly anglers have been nymphing, and bait anglers using butter worms to land these wild Brown Trout.

Anglers have also been fishing for Muskies in the Lehigh River below the Rte. 33 access, using various streamers and jigs.

 

Chester County

A "Basic Boating" course will be held at Hibernia County Park Mansion House, at 1 Park Road in Coatesville. This is a two-evening class on Tuesday January the 29th and Wednesday the 30th from 3 PM to 7 PM, you must attend both evening classes to get credit for the course. 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. Get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL

A Basic Boating course will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at Hibernia County Park Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 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

 

December 6, 2018

All boaters are reminded that the cold weather mandatory PFD wear period is in effect as of November 1st and remains in effect until April 30th, 2019.

 

Bucks County

Anglers are still having luck at both Levittown Lake and Lake Luxembourg catching beautiful Rainbow Trout using a variety of spoons and paste baits. 

Anglers are also catching large Yellow Perch and Crappie in the Delaware River.

Although temperatures are nowhere near conducive for ice conditions in Lower Bucks County, if you decide to travel elsewhere to ice fish 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 1st and continue until April 30th, 2019.  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 that your United States Coast Guard approved PFD is in good, serviceable condition as well.  Visit our site at http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/WaterandIceSafety/Pages/default.aspx for more details.

 

Berks County

Kaercher Creek Lake will be stocked with trout on December 11th.

With the temperatures becoming colder, the crappie fishing is heating up at Blue Marsh Lake. Anglers have easy access around the entire lake due to the exposed shoreline from the winter drawdown.

The panfish fishing is also heating up at Lake Ontelaunee; try the coves and drop-offs on the eastern shorelines when the winds are blowing from the Northwest.

 

S. Chester County

The boat dock at Chambers Lake has been pulled from the water. This is done to prevent damage to the dock when the lake freezes. Additionally for those that keep asking me, ice fishing is not permitted at this lake. This is not a Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission rule but is a decision made by the Chester County Facilities Department which Hibernia County Park falls under.

The Middle Branch White Clay Creek, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only, as well as Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters section will be stocked with Trout on Wednesday, December 12. Thank you to the White Clay Fly Fishers for the fish which they will provide. The stocked section is a 1.7 mile stretch that runs from Good Hope Road at 39 45' 43.7" North, 75 47' 03.9" West to the confluence with the East Branch White Clay in the White Clay Creek Preserve at 39 44' 57.7" North, 75 46' 10.4" West. The fish will be float stocked by the White Clay Fly Fishers at two points, with about half the fish at each location. The points are Good Hope Road at 39 45' 43.7" North, 75 47' 03.9" West, and the Iron Bridge on London Tract in the center of the section at 39 45' 16.2" North, 75 46' 51.6" West, The Bridge on Sharpless Road at 39 45' 01.9" North, 75 46' 16.3", would be the lower limit of the stocked area..

Two maps of the DCNR White Clay Creek Preserve are available, regular and large print at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/whiteclaycreek/whiteclaycreek_maps.aspx

To get to the Middle Branch White Clay Creek, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section, take Route 41 to just south of Avondale and turn south on Penn Green Road. Follow Penn Green Road to Good Hope Road and turn right on Good Hope. Go past Bank Road and Crestwood Road and you will come to the top of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section of the Middle Branch White Clay. Limited Parking is available on either side of the bridge. More parking is available in the lot near the Iron Bridge at London Tract in the center of the section. For more information on The White Clay Creek Preserve, you can call the park office at 610-274-2900.

Be mindful of the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations if you decide to go fishing there. Open to year round fishing, no closed season. A current fishing license with a trout stamp is required when fishing in a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area at all times. The park is open from sunrise to sunset.

Fishing can only be done with artificial lures, only constructed of metal, plastic, rubber, or wood, or with flies and streamers constructed of natural or synthetic materials. All lures may be fished with spinning or fly fishing gear. The use or possession of any natural bait, baitfish, fish bait, bait paste and similar substances, fish eggs, or any other edible substance is prohibited. Taking baitfish or fish bait is always prohibited. The DCNR's White Clay Creek Preserve http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/stateparks/parks/whiteclaycreek.aspx

A "Basic Boating" course will be held at Hibernia County Park Mansion House, at 1 Park Road in Coatesville. This is a two-evening class on Tuesday January the 29th and Wednesday the 30th from 3 PM to 7 PM, you must attend both evening classes to get credit for the course. 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. Get more information on the web at http://fbweb.pa.gov/Calendar/All_Gridview.aspx?TN=boating_courses&DAY=ALL

A Basic Boating course will be held on Saturday, February 23rd at Hibernia County Park Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 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

 

 


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.