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

November 17, 2021

Philadelphia County and Southern Montgomery County

For the past several years, Waterways Conservation Officer Czech has been participating in a joint program with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia for Drexel students. The Lakes at FDR Park are electrofished, and the students assist in the process of measuring and recording all the fish that are caught.  The diversity in species and size prove that it is a great fishery.  From carp, eels, bass, snakeheads, crappie, bluegills, sunnies, and shad.

If you are looking for a great place to fish with plenty of parking and several connected lakes, try fishing the Lakes at FDR Park in Philadelphia located at Broad St. and Patterson Ave. 


November 10, 2021

Eastern Berks County

Antietam Reservoir has received a fall trout stocking and anglers eager to get into some fall trout have reported good success in early evening. The preferred bait of choice for these fall trout seem to be pale colored or white and pink trout magnets. Some anglers report a few are being caught on wax worms as well.

Western Montgomery County

Deep Creek Lake received its fall stocking of trout. Anglers report that the trout have been a bit slow to turn on but seem to be coming around, feeding more in the cold early mornings and just before sunset. Worms, trout magnets and artificial bait appear to be the meal of choice for Deep Creek's fall time trout fishing.

Northern Chester County

At Marsh Creek Lake, panfish anglers are catching bluegills and crappies with the usual fare, mealworms, waxworms, and small jigs. Panfish are being caught in and around structures along the shore.

Bass anglers are hooking bass on spinners and crankbaits as well as minnows and nightcrawlers. The best colors to use on Marsh Creek Lake are large black, purple, or dark green rubber worms and pumpkin seed. Muskies are being caught on lures.

The French, Pickering and East Brandywine Creeks are low, yet trout are being caught down near Kerr Park and in the Delayed Harvest Area (DHAL). The DHALO is a Special Regulation Area and no fish will be allowed in your possession while fishing this section until June 15, 2022. You may possess only (3) trout. 

Please remember, you should never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas (FFO & DHAL).

The Fly Fishing-Only Area is Catch & Release Only.  

There are not many anglers in the Schuylkill River; however large Flatheads are still being caught on bluegills and nightcrawlers above and below the Black Rock Dam. The go to baits for Flathead Catfish is Bluegills and Shiners. 

When fishing at the Black Rock Dam, stay clear of the fish ladder area. Violators caught within 100 ft of the fish ladder will be cited. Respect the river and wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) while onboard a boat.

 Reports compiled by Anneli Frank Langer (, Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.