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

December 11, 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.


Berks County

Blue Marsh Lake: The Corps of Engineers will be conducting a Trees for The Fishes habitat improvement project between December 26, 2019 and January 12, 2020.  You can recycle your Christmas tree by dropping it off at the PFBC Sheidy Access Area or the COE State Hill Boat Launch and the trees will be used to create habitat improvement for fish and other wildlife.  Trees dropped off for this project must be free of all decorations (including tinsel, fake snow, etc.), any colored paint, or any other chemical treatments.  For more information, contact Ranger Jonah Eckert or Ranger Brianna Treichler at 610-376-6337.


Delaware County

The Delaware River has been producing Striped Bass.  I wouldn't believe it if I hadn't seen it for myself, but there seems to be a small run of Striped Bass this fall in the river.  There has been spotty success when trolling the river and some decent success from the shore.  Traditionally, the stripers are only known to run up the river in the spring to spawn.  It is also no surprise that these same fish come into the Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay to feed in the fall.  So, maybe these fish have decided to continue upriver to feed?  No matter the reason "why?", it has provided some additional angling opportunities in Delaware County.


Some anglers are still showing up in Ridley Creek to do some trout fishing.  The fly-fishing area still has decent numbers in the traditional "holes" and some of those fish have even worked their way downstream and out of the special reg area.  Bass anglers are also having decent success in Darby Creek.  Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are still loading up on food for the winter and boat anglers are having the most success.  Don't forget that the Darby Draw Bridge is closed until next spring. 


Northampton County

Although many anglers have hung up their gear for the year, there are still opportunities throughout the county. The Bushkill Creek through Easton continues to offer a great winter fishery with easy access. The Monocacy and Saucon Creek both have resident Brown Trout populations with easy fishing access as well. Anglers wanting to use a small watercraft on our local water bodies are reminded to read up on the dangers of cold-water immersion. Lastly, as ice may start to form on different water bodies, ice safety and proper monitoring should be reviewed.



December 4, 2019

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

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 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 or by phone at 215-968-3631. You can also get more information on the web at         


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.


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