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


January 22, 2020

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.

Chester County

The White Clay Fly-Tying club will meet at 6PM on Thursday January 23 at the London Tract Meeting House in the White Clay Creek Preserve, located at the intersection of Sharpless & London Tract roads, Landenberg PA 19350, next to White Clay State Park Office. At the last club meeting, Frank taught a few of the members how to tie the Ridley Ugly, which he said is supposed to imitate a yellow jacket or bee. Many of you are looking for a place to go or some activity to hold us over until we can wet a line again and this is the perfect thing. Fly tying materials are provided for those who do not yet have their own. Several flies are usually demonstrated, and club members are happy to show you how it's done, as well as spin a few stories about the last huge one that got away. Club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for more information. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State Park Office.

It is beginning to look like ice fishing is not going to happen in the Southeast this year. For those of you that are looking for fishing opportunities prior to the Regional Opening Day, (April 4th this year), the White Clay Creek DHALO, Trophy Select Section, is always open. The DHALO section is from Good Hope Road, downstream 1.7 miles to the confluence with the mouth of the White Clay Creek. This secluded and scenic stream is also Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters, so it is stocked with some big fish (14-20 inches) each year by the Fish & Boat Commission. The White Clay Fly-fishers recently stocked the section with over 400 beautiful brown trout, so finding fish in the 11 to 15-inch size is not uncommon. At a recent club meeting of the White Clay Fly-Fishers several anglers reported catching nice size Brown Trout. Remember that this is a Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Section so make sure you follow the law, and don't forget to bring and display your fishing license and trout stamp if you're 16 or older. This link will take you to the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures and Trophy Select Regulations. http://pfbc.pa.gov/fishpub/summaryad/delayedartificial.html Good Luck.

 

Delaware County

Fishermen in Delaware County seem to be taking advantage of the mild temperatures thus far this winter.  Anglers are fishing for trout throughout Chester Creek and the Fly-Fishing section on Ridley Creek.  There has been a handful of anglers daily along the Delaware River behind UPS as well. 

The Delaware River Striped Bass Tournament has a tentative date of April 18.   Complete details for the tournament are being discussed, as some regulatory changes are looming.  Anglers should be advised that the Striped Bass Regs for the Delaware River will probably be different than what is posted in your summary book.  The final rulemaking on this year's regulations won't happen until mid-February at the earliest.  Recent discussions with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission has promulgated states to refine their regulations to support plans to protect and enhance the fishery.  The currently posted slot limit ranges for the season beginning April 1st is subject to change, as well as the size of the 1 fish limit currently listed for March 1st to March 31st.  Additionally, Pennsylvania is considering adopting circle hook regulations for bait fishing in the Delaware River and its estuaries.  Pay attention to the reports and contact your local WCO or Region Office before you set out to fish for the stripers in March.

Trout stocking schedules for the 2020 season should be published soon.  Most of the Delco stockings will be status quo, with minimal changes.  The District WCO will have pocket stocking guides available by mid-February.  Check with WCO Evancho when you see him if you need one or contact your local State Rep's office.  Copies are often available in Rep. Barrar, Rep Braneky, Rep. Delloso, and Rep. Zabel's offices. 

 

Lancaster County

Donegal Trout Unlimited will be conducting a Fishing Creek Watershed public forum on Thursday January 23, 2020 to further educate the public as to water quality initiatives and Fishing Creek restoration projects within the Fishing Creek watershed. Fishing Creek is a PFBC Stocked Trout Water designated as a High Quality-Cold Water Fishery by PA DEPs Chapter 93 Water Quality Standards. To read more and register refer to the link below:  https://www.townlively.com/public-forum-to-focus-on-fishing-creek/

In 2006 a Fishing Creek Watershed Assessment was prepared by Rettew Associates for the Lancaster County Conservancy as funded in part by a grant from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and by a Chesapeake Bay Small Watershed Grant administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.  Per the studies executive summary introduction which provides a descriptive overview of the watershed: "The Fishing Creek Watershed encompasses 14.2 square miles of rolling farmland and forested woodlots and ravines in southern Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The watershed is drained by the main stem of Fishing Creek (12.2 miles in length), which is fed by 18 unnamed tributaries of varying lengths (totaling 17 miles). Fishing Creek originates just east of the village of Rawlinsville, PA in Providence Township and flows south through Drumore Township and the steep river hills to its confluence with the Susquehanna River. The rural watershed is predominantly comprised of agricultural lands including fields, pastureland, barnyards and farmsteads. Deciduous, coniferous and mixed forests (comprising less than a third of the watershed) are concentrated along Fishing Creek and most of its tributaries. Institutional, residential and urban land uses also dot the watershed's landscape. Designated as a High Quality-Cold Water Fishery, Fishing Creek supports a diverse aquatic macroinvertebrate community and a wild brown trout fishery that has the potential of even becoming better through the implementation of agricultural Best Management Practices (BMPs) and restoration remedies at various impaired stream segments in the watershed."

 

DTU is to be commended for their leadership in acquisition of grant funding and meeting with riparian landowners to bring restoration projects from concept to conclusion.  As a PFBC Stocked Trout Water since 2003, the PFBC currently stocks from access points extending for 8.5 miles of the total 12.2 miles from headwaters at near to Rawlinsville to the mouth with the Susquehanna River.  The 2020 Trout Opener is slated for Saturday, April 4, plan accordingly to catch your creel at either of the two recent years improved creek sections. In 2018 a stream restoration project was completed at Camp Andrews, with installation of 21 in-stream devices that will serve to slow stormwater runoff, trap sediment and provide fish habitat.

 

Photo 1:

Caption: The United States Fish & Wildlife site plan for the work completed to date at Camp Andrews .

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In 2019, work was completed on two riparian properties nearer to the PFBC Stocked Trout Water Lower Limit, fish habitat structures extended to approximately 5,000-lineal feet of Fishing Creek. Installed structures included 1,629 feet of mudsill, 195 feet of rock or log toe, twenty-one single rock or log vanes, seven rock cross vanes, five random boulder clusters, four large wood removals or placements, and two livestock crossings.

Photo 2 & 3:

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Caption: The corresponding USFW Project Plans are above.

 

Northampton County

Anglers have been catching Brown trout and a few Rainbow Trout in the Martins Creek above the lower dam. These anglers were using nymph patterns with fly rods. During the nice weather in January anglers have been seen fishing Saucon Creek in Saucon Park. This Trophy Trout regulated section is a great place to find some larger Brown Trout. Anglers are reminded to read the signs and be familiar with the regulations, and boundaries of the section. Lastly, the adult trout stocking schedule should be published on the website soon. Trout stocking in the spring is a great way to assist in the stocking process, as well as provide an opportunity to get out of the house as the temperatures start to warm.

 

January 15, 2020

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.

Enjoy this break in the weather to get out fishing or paddling before the wintry mix and cooler temps hit this coming weekend. Stocked Trout Streams are open to fishing until the statewide closure on March 1 with an Extended Season Creel Limit of 3.

Look for the 2020 trout stocking schedule around the first week of February.

We will have a booth at The Fly Fishing Show, Edison, NJ this coming January 24-26. Come visit our booth! Check out The Fly Fishing Show's website or Facebook page for hours and details. https://flyfishingshow.com/

We will have a booth at the Philly Fishing Show at the Oaks Expo Center this coming February 21-23. Stop by the booth to ask a question and peruse our selection of free informational publications. The Philly Fishing Show has a website and they are on Facebook for more information. http://www.phillyfishingshow.com/

Chester County

The L.L. Bean Store in the King of Prussia Mall is hosting a "Park Cleanup" at Marsh Creek Lake on Sunday, January 26 from 12PM to 2PM. Join other civic minded individuals in cleaning up one of our local treasures here in Chester County. All you need to bring is yourself and your enthusiasm, volunteers will explain the process and direct you. Make sure that you also bring a snack and water and protective clothing depending on the weather.   For more information you can visit the website at http://www.llbean.com/llb/ods/33?nav=bc&STORE_CITY_STATE=[25]&EVENT_TYPE=[0]&EVENT_LEVEL=[0]&PRICE_RANGE=[0]

 If you are a woman looking to join a Fly-Fishing Club for women, there is the Delaware Valley Woman's Fly-Fishing Association. The group which has membership in the entire Mid-Atlantic Region includes a newsletter, "The Woman's Angle", trips, outings, and social events for women. They also host a Women and Girl's Fly-Fishing Day each year. For more information or to join you can go to the website at www.dvwffa.org/

The White Clay Fly Fishers will hold a fly swap on Tuesday, January 21 at the London Tract Meeting House at 7 PM during the regular meeting at the London Tract Meeting House. The Meetinghouse is located at the intersection of Sharpless and Meetinghouse Road. To exchange flies, you will need to tie about a dozen of your favorite flies which you can then exchange one for one with a dozen others. You should bring an extra fly or two to donate to the banquet raffle for the club.

The White Clay Fly-Fishers is offering Fly-Fishing Classes. The classes are on six Tuesdays starting on February 25 and ending on April 7 from 6:30 to 8:30PM at the London Tract Meeting House at the intersection of London Tract and Sharpless Roads. For information or to sign up you can call Joe at 302-547-6612 or email whiteclayflyfisahers@yahoo.com. A valid 2020 fishing license and Trout Stamp is required. For more information you can go to http://www.whiteclayflyfishers.org/

The Brandywine Trout and Conservation Club is always looking for dedicated sportsmen. The club was founded in 1955 by a group of concerned fishermen who wanted to see that trout fishing opportunities would be enhanced and to raise trout for stocking. Each year members raise money and raise trout to be able to stock trout at least twice for the next trout season.   If you are interested in joining or for more information you can go to the club's website at http://brandywinetrout.net/home.html or email at BrandywineTrout@Comcast.net or by regular mail at P.O. Box 32, Downingtown, PA. 19335.

 

 


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.