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


June 5, 2019

Bucks County

There have already been multiple boating fatalities that could have been prevented by wearing United States Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFDs).  Please ensure your boat is fully equipped with serviceable PFDs for everyone on board.  Check on weather and water conditions prior to embarking on your trip.  A little bit of research could save your life.

Anglers have been doing quite well with the shad and striper runs all along the Delaware River from above the Poquessing Creek all the way up into New Hope and above. 

Please visit our site for more boating information and checklists. 

Boating Main Page: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/Pages/default.aspx

Regulations: http://www.fishandboat.com/Boat/BoatingRegulations/Pages/default.aspx

Safety FAQ: http://www.fishandboat.com/LearningCenter/FAQs/Pages/BoatingSafetyPWC.aspx

 

Chester County

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PHoto Caption: If you are hunting trophy size crappie, Chambers Lake has them. Reid Boninu of Parkesburg caught this monster at Chambers Lake. He caught it using a live minnow, under a bobber while jigging the rod. The fish measured 16 inches long. Good job Reid!

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday June 6 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. With the cold weather that has been hanging on, many of us 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.

The L.L. Bean Store in King of Prussia at 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA. 19406 will offer a Full Moon Kayak Tour on Friday, June 7 from 7 PM to 10 PM at Marsh Creek Reservoir. The event will give you the opportunity to experience the adventure of kayaking during a full moon. All needed equipment will be provided, you just need to bring your own personal items, flashlight warm clothes, snacks, etc. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about kayaking at night on one of most popular lakes in Chester County. For more information or to register you can call the store at 888-552-3261 or visit the website at https://www.llbean.com/llb/event/121456?occurrenceId=120052&locationId=1315&feat=33-ods

The King of Prussia L.L. Bean Store will offer a "Stand-Up Paddleboarding Discovery Course" at Marsh Creek Reservoir on Friday, June 7 from 6 to 7:30 PM. You must be at least 8 to attend the class. You will learn how to stay safe and how to paddle a stand-up paddleboard. Expert staff will fit you with all the necessary safety gear and equipment that you will need which of course includes a paddleboard for you to use. Once you have mastered the basics you will get to tour Marsh Creek Lake and its scenic shorelines. For more information on the course you can go to the website at https://www.llbean.com/llb/ods/33?nav=bc&STORE_CITY_STATE=[25]&EVENT_TYPE=[0]&EVENT_LEVEL=[0]&PRICE_RANGE=[0]

The King of Prussia L.L. Bean Store will offer a free Kayaking Discovery Course at Marsh Creek Reservoir on Friday, June 7 at 2, 4 & 6PM. You must be at least 8 to attend the class. You will learn how to stay safe and how to paddle a kayak. Expert staff will fit you with all the necessary safety gear and equipment that you will need which of course includes a kayak for you to use. Once you have mastered the basics you will get to tour Marsh Creek Lake and its scenic shorelines. For more information on the course you can go to the website at https://www.llbean.com/llb/ods/33?nav=bc&STORE_CITY_STATE=[25]&EVENT_TYPE=[0]&EVENT_LEVEL=[0]&PRICE_RANGE=[0

 

S. Montgomery County/W Philadelphia County

With the warmer, nicer weather, more and more boaters and anglers have been showing up on district waterways. Plenty of trout are still in district trout streams and anglers have been reporting a lot of success catching a wide variety of species throughout the district. As of May 1, the cold weather mandatory PFD wear period has ended, but all boaters are still encouraged to wear a life vest whenever on the water. It's always better to be safe than sorry, especially on the water, and in the event of the unthinkable…the vest will float and you won't.

 

Lancaster County

Chiques Creek Watershed Expo -   was Wednesday evening, June 5, at the Manheim Farm Show grounds located at 502 East Adele Drive, Manheim from 5:30-8:00. This annual event has become one of the most-attend watershed events of the year.  This year's Expo had over 30 displays, giveaways, free ice cream, and neat learning experiences.  This family friendly event is FREE and boasts seeing live stream critters, a model rain garden, making a fish-print T-shirt, hearing great music, learning about your local watersheds, and having a great all around time.

PFBC District Officer Schmidt staffed an informational exhibit to underscore the "Resource First" motto, various PFBC publications were available along with the Officer's reptilian patrol partners; an Eastern Rat Snake and an Eastern Milk Snake.

May 30, 2019

S. Chester County

Are you interested in catching a fish that explodes on your lure and then puts up an intense fight? Something that is great tasting and you catch and release guys don't have to feel guilty about killing and taking home with you? Snakeheads are increasing in number in the Octoraro Creek below the Pine Grove Dam spillway located just upstream of the Red Covered Bridge on Ashville Road on the border between Chester and Lancaster Counties. Snakeheads are an invasive species and you should not hesitate to dispatch them if you catch them. The Northern Snakehead has an impressive amount of very sharp teeth and can reach lengths of from1 to 3 feet long, although nothing that big has been caught below the Pine Grove Dam Spillway, they are getting larger with each passing year. Try a medium weight and action spinning rod. Many anglers have been using steel leaders and have been having luck catching them are using braided line in the 15 to 20-pound weight and that does not seem to spook these toothy predators. Braided line is thinner and not nearly as likely to be cut by all those very sharp teeth, have you ever tried to cut braided fishing line with anything besides a pair of braid scissors? Any noisy, flashy lure will work, but the baits that seem to produce most of the fish are natural baits. Minnows, fatheads, small sunfish are the top producers. Leave the worms at home. Keep in mind if you catch a fish and want to use it as bait that the fish must be of legal size and season to be used. Snakeheads prefer heavy vegetative cover if it is available. If not, then whatever cover is available will draw them in. Everything I have read and had anglers tell me is that they are very good to eat. I have contact information for an angler who has a large one that was given to him and he has cleaned it and put it in the freezer. He will cook it soon and I will post the recipe if it turns out well. Good Luck!

The King Of Prussia L.L. Bean Store will offer a "Stand-Up  Paddleboarding Discovery Course" at Marsh Creek Reservoir on Saturday, June 1st from 9 to 10:30 AM. You must be at least 8 to attend the class. You will learn how to stay safe and how to paddle a stand up paddleboard. Expert staff will fit you with all the necessary safety gear and equipment that you will need which of course includes a paddleboard for you to use. Once you have mastered the basics you will get to tour Marsh Creek Lake and its scenic shorelines. For more information on the course you can go to the website.

Looking for some keeper size and bigger Walleye? Chester County has them. Walleye are present in numbers and size at Struble Reservoir, I had two reports of both undersize and legal-size Walleye. Larger Walleye reported being caught in the Octoraro Creek below the Pine Grove Dam spillway just above the Red Covered Bridge on the border of Chester and Lancaster County. Large shiners are the bait that is producing most of these larger fish using a slip sinker and fished on the bottom.

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday May 30 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. With the cold weather that has been hanging on, many of us 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.

 

Delaware County

Fishing in Delaware County has been excellent all year.  Trout fishing is still pretty good in most streams with a good amount of fish still left over.  Many groups have had trout derbies in streams and complimented the state stockings with stockings of their own which makes for an enhanced fishing experience.  Kent Park on Darby Creek, across from the Brookhaven Swim Club on Chester Creek, and Mount Road along Chester Creek in Aston are just a few places where there are many fish left over.

Striped Bass fishing has been hit or miss in the Delaware River this year.  The biologists from Pennsylvania and Delaware have found decent numbers of fish in the river, although they have been mostly limited to pods.  We have seen some decent catches, and the fish are still in the river if you haven't had the chance to get out.  Fish are still being caught in the usual spots; off of Tinicum Island, Chester Island, the rock wall by the UPS, and near the cove across from Ft. Mifflin. 

River conditions on the Delaware River:  There has been limited amounts of floating debris in the river so far this season.  The buoys are in the water, and there is a No Wake Zone behind Tinicum Island and for the entire length of Darby Creek from the mouth on upstream.  Launch ramps at Chester is open, but the docks are still not installed.   Ridley Marina is an excellent option to launch your boat.  Please be honest and pay the nominal boat ramp fee.  Personal Watercraft Operator should be reminded that you are REQUIRED to carry your certification card with you while operating your watercraft.  Photos of this card are not acceptable, and you will be sent off the water and possibly cited for this infraction.

 

W. Berks/N. Schuylkill Counties

The traditional opening of boating season has just passed with the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.  The generally good weather and the first of the two Fish for Free days provided plenty of opportunities for people to get out and enjoy the weekend.

Following are some reminders for those heading out on their first boating trip of the season:

Make sure your registration or launch permit is up to date.  Registrations can be renewed online at The Outdoor Shop and you can likewise purchase a launch permit for your unpowered boat at the same place.

If you are going to operate a boat, whether it be powered or unpowered, familiarize yourself with the laws and regulations.  All boats, including unpowered boats, canoes and kayaks, are required to have a wearable personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) on board for each person and a mechanical sound producing device (bell, whistle, or horn).  If you are planning to be out after sunset do not wait until sunset to find out whether your navigation lights are working.  If you were born on or after January 1, 1982, you are required to have a boating safety certificate to operate any boat greater than 25 horsepower.  All operators of personal watercraft (PWCs, commonly referred to as jet skis) are required to have a boating safety education certificate regardless of when they were born.  No person operating a pwc is exempt from the requirement to obtain and have on board the pwc their boating safety education certificate while operating.

Regarding PWCs and boating safety certificates; a word of caution to owners and/or persons borrowing other individuals PWCs.  As an owner or other person responsible for operation of a PWC you can (and likely will) receive a citation for allowing someone who does not possess a boating safety education certificate to operate the PWC.  If you let someone operate the PWC, you need to ensure that they are legally qualified to do so.  Over the past weekend, all but one of the PWCs that were stopped were being operated by unqualified persons.  It is surprising that so many owners are willing to accept the liability of allowing an unqualified person to operate their PWC.  Should that unqualified operator be involved in an accident it could have severe consequences for the owner or other person who authorized the operation as well as the person involved in the accident.

A little preparation and common sense will go a long way towards ensuring a safe and enjoyable boating season.

 

Philadelphia County

Recent reports from our fisheries biologist have confirmed that the Striped Bass in the Delaware River are still spawning.  Although it is late this year, the rain has kept water temps down and allowed the spawn to continue over a longer period.  The water temp is hovering around 58 degrees and the fishing over the next two weeks should be good.  Please remember all safety equipment if fishing from a boat, including a sound producing device. 

 

May 23, 2019

This Sunday is the first Fish for Free Day in PA! Don't miss out!

Gaun First Catch Center

The Gaun First Catch Center (GFCC) is up and running with public fishing programs for the 2019 season! The Gaun First Catch Center provides opportunities to learn about fishing or improve existing skills in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. To join one of their outings, please refer to the GFCC website at: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/GaunFirstCatch/Pages/default.aspx

The GFCC is running a Family Fishing Program at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday evening (5/25). Go to the link above for details.

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Bucks County

Photo Caption: Trout, Bluegills and Bass can be found in the Fanny Chapman Park Pond in Doylestown, Bucks County. The Fanny Chapman Pond was stocked with trout sponsored and provided by the friends of the borough dam, doylestown rotary, dave's sport center, and doylestown borough council. This pond is open to children, senior citizens, disabled vets and other people with disabilities only. See their website for details: http://www.fishdoylestown.com/ The trout have been biting on butterworms, red worms, spinners and meal worms 3 ft under a bobber. Try small #10 hooks and light line (2-4 lb test).

 

S. Chester County

The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a Fly-Fishing for Bass 101 on Thursday June 13 from 5:30 PM till 7:30 PM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to target Bass using fly fishing gear.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400.

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday May 23rd 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. With the cold weather that has been hanging on, many of us 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.

The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a Fly-Fishing For Trout 101 on Thursday June 6th from 5:30 PM till 7:30 PM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to target Trout using fly fishing gear.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/calendar/monthview?eso=001fKxmLwVQXJ4wJ6faQPCYNQ==&llr=hkbrtgrab

 

Schuylkill County

The Little Schuylkill has been excellent for trout fishing despite high water levels.  The section upstream of Tamaqua was stocked on May 16 and has seen very little pressure.  Those anglers fishing it have done well with mealworms and butterworms.  Spinners and small jerkbaits have also done well throughout the river.  Water levels are very high making the upper section an exciting place to kayak.  The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area of the Little Schuylkill River was also stocked with trout on May 16 and has seen only a few fishermen throughout the days.  Anglers report catching fish on small jigs as well as wooly buggers. 

Tuscarora Lake has been good for panfish recently, especially bluegills.  Crappies, Perch, and Pickerel are also hitting well on minnows.

Locust Lake continues to hold a significant amount of trout and was stocked again on May 17.  Green Sunfish and Bluegills have appeared near the shoreline and are the most likely fish to be caught if fishing from land.  Trolling with small flatfish or spinners through the deeper sections of the lake have produced the most trout.

 

May 15, 2019

Gaun First Catch Center

The Gaun First Catch Center (GFCC) is up and running with public fishing programs for the 2019 season! The Gaun First Catch Center provides opportunities to learn about fishing or improve existing skills in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. To join one of their outings, please refer to the GFCC website at: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/GaunFirstCatch/Pages/default.aspx

Berks County

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Caption: Recently the YMCA of Reading and Berks County and the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department held a "Healthy Kids Day" event. The event is designed to encourage children and their families to get outside and get active. This annual event, which draws crowds of up to 3,000 people, has many different and unique activities and displays. This year, Law Enforcement agencies and Emergency Responders were encouraged to bring emergency vehicles and display them for the kids and their families to see. WCO Troy Merrell and WCO Travis Miller, assisted by SGT Jeff Sabo, set up a display that included a PFBC Chevrolet Tahoe and well as one of the equipment trailers used by the PFBC's SWERT water rescue team, which WCO Miller is currently a member of. The officers set up one of the inflatable SWERT boats and had the kids don PFDs and get in the boat, where they were given paddling instructions by the officers. The kids were also taught how to use a throw bag (a hand-held nylon bag that contains a coil of line and is used for water rescues) and got to practice using the bags. The PFBC's display attracted quite a bit of attention and the kids had fun, while at the same time learning about boating and water safety. The attendees at this event were asked to vote for their favorite emergency vehicle display, and thanks to the efforts of the PFBC officers, the PFBC display was awarded First Place in the Emergency Services Vehicle display contest.

 

Chester County

The 2019 Handicapped Fishing Rodeo was again a huge success. Over 325 individuals from the Chester County Intermediate Unit had the chance to come out and try to catch a trout or two and to "Set the Hook on A Smile" with a little bit of help from some friends. The event was held on Wednesday May 8, at the Children's Fishing Pond at Hibernia County Park. Some of the individuals that we assisted caught multiple fish including bass, sunfish, catfish & trout, and everyone had a wonderful time. I would like to thank Chester County Parks & Recreation, West Caln Sportsmen, and The Friends of Hibernia & Kurtz Fish Hatchery for providing all the bait for the event and for their continued support in making this event special, year after year. I would also like to thank the dozens of individuals who come out and help the individuals to catch a fish or two.

Many boaters and anglers ask about why the back cove at Chambers Lake is closed to boating. It is a waterfowl propagation area and is closed from now till June 15th so that waterfowl may use it as a nesting area. This area is one of the more productive areas of Chambers Lake, full of stumps and vegetation that holds lots of big Bass. This works out well this year with the opening day of Bass on the same date.  The area is closed now, and there will be another post when it reopens.

If you have been waiting for your big break into Bass Tournament Fishing, this maybe it. Captain Jim is hosting the Gambler Open Bass Tournament at the Octoraro Reservoir on Sunday, June 16th, from 6:00 AM until 2:00 PM, (8 Hours). To get to the lake, simply get on Rte 1 in Southern Chester County and get off on the Rt 472 Exit. Turn West on Rt 472 West and you will go over the Rt 472 Bridge and at the top of the next hill you will turn left on to Spruce Grove Road. You will go about a mile and at the bottom of the hill you will see the lake and the Fishing Headquarters on your left. The physical address for the Fishing Headquarters is 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA. 17536, For even more information call Captain Jim, phone 717-529-2488 or visit his website at  http://www.jimsbait.net/tournaments .  You must register online to enter the tournament at  www.gambler-lures.com .   Only fishing from boats is permitted, limit of two persons per boat.

Crappie fishing continues to be good at Struble Lake. While on patrol yesterday evening, the District WCO checked two anglers that both had about 20 nice size crappies. Both told me that they had caught more than that, but they had released the smaller ones and only kept anything that was at least 8 inches long, the biggest was around 11 inches. Both anglers were fishing from shore, but anglers in boats working shoreline structure in 8 to 12 feet of water will usually catch more of these scrappy fish. Both anglers were using conventional crappie baits, one under a bobber and the other not. A favorite tactic is a fathead shiner fished under a bobber is the local Officer's favorite bait. Good luck.

The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown, PA. 19335 will offer a free course Fly-Fishing 101 on Saturday, May 25 from 9AM till 11:30AM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to know to get started in fly fishing.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at  http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/calendar/monthview?eso=001fKxmLwVQXJ4wJ6faQPCYNQ==&llr=hkbrtgrab

Are you hunting for monster size crappie? A fine 16-inch beauty was just caught by a young angler at Chambers Lake. I am seeing numbers of nice size crappie starting to come out of Struble, Octoraro Reservoir, and Chambers Lake. I have seen crappie to 15 ¾ inches at Octoraro Reservoir and 16 ½ inches at Chambers Lake in past years. I can't give you brand names but just use "crappie jigs" or small minnows fished 3 -5 feet under a pencil bobber and you will do great. Boat anglers doing better because they are better able to find the structure and locate a school. Once you find a fish you can usually anchor up over the school and continue to catch additional fish. Boat rentals, (rowboats are inexpensive to rent, it is the motor that makes it expensive), can be had at Octoraro Reservoir and Marsh Creek Reservoirs. Good Luck!

 

E. Schuylkill County

Trout fishing has been very good in the Little Schuylkill River for the last few weeks.  Water levels are up slightly, and it has a good color to it.  Pressure has been moderate especially during the weekdays but plenty of fish are still holding up throughout the stocked stretch.  May 16 is the final trout stocking on the stream for the year, but it should be good fishing all year long.  Mealworms and minnows have been excellent all year, spinners and jerk baits are working better as the water temperature rises. 

Locust Lake is starting to see more boats on the water as camping season gets underway.  Trout are being caught in the lake near shore on all types of baits and lures.  Baits floated just off the bottom seem to do well for trout.  The lake receives another stocking on May 17.

Owl Creek Reservoirs have been good for both pickerel and bass lately.  Live shiners, crankbaits, and soft plastics have all worked well there.  Anglers should be aware that the reservoirs are catch-and-release areas, also it is unlawful to cast at a bass on a visible red (fish nest).

 

 

May 9, 2019

 

Gaun First Catch Center

The Gaun First Catch Center (GFCC) is up and running with public fishing programs for the 2019 season! The Gaun First Catch Center provides opportunities to learn about fishing or improve existing skills in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. To join one of their outings, please refer to the GFCC website at: https://www.fishandboat.com/Fish/GaunFirstCatch/Pages/default.aspx

 

Chester County

Chester County Elementary Level 2, 2019 Envirothon was held May 3rd in Hibernia County Park. The cold weather and wind throughout the event did nothing to dampen the spirit of the participating students who were broken down into over 30 teams of 3rd to 5th graders from schools in all of Chester County. The event tests the students on environmental knowledge and issues at six different stations including Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatics, Crafts, Outdoor Safety and Current Environmental Issues. On the Aquatics Station and we had live specimens of Carp, Bluegill Sunfish, Crayfish, Bullfrog Tadpoles, Salamanders, Painted Turtles, Aquatic Insects, etc. I then scored and judged the students' knowledge of Aquatics. Chester County Soil Conservation and the Chester County Parks & Recreation Staff were knowledgeable and worked hard to make this year's Envirothon a success and they need to be acknowledged for all their hard work in making the event such a successful learning opportunity for the students.

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Chester County 2019 Senior Level Envirothon was held May 3rd in Hibernia County Park. Participating students were broken down into 10 teams of 9th to 12th graders from schools in all of Chester County. The event tests the students on environmental knowledge and issues at five different stations including Forestry, Wildlife, Aquatics, Soils and Current Environmental Issues. I was responsible for the Aquatics Station and we had live specimens of Carp, Bluegill Sunfish, Crayfish, Rams Head Trapdoor Snails, Freshwater Mussels, Bullfrog, American Eel, Fathead Minnows, Large-mouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Bullhead and Channel Catfish. I scored and judged the students' knowledge of the Aquatics. The winning team will now move on to the state wide competitions. Chester County Soil Conservation and the Chester County Parks & Recreation Staff were knowledgeable and worked hard to make this year's Envirothon a success and they need to be acknowledged for all their hard work in making the event such a successful learning opportunity for the students.

 The White Perch are starting to bite at Octoraro Reservoir. Some of the white perch in the lake are rather large. Octoraro Reservoir gets little fishing pressure when you consider how large it is. Boat anglers doing better as they can get to the warm shallows and anchor up when they find a bunch of these schooled together. The best baits are pieces of crawler and small minnows fished on the bottom.

Soon the kids will be out of school and you will be looking for something fun to do with them. Why not take them fishing at Hibernia County Park? If you do not have any fishing equipment, you can borrow everything that you need from the Park. In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and the park, the park has been selected as a designated fishing equipment loaner site. The park has a number of Pennsylvania Fish & Boat trained fishing instructors as well to help you decide where to go and what to use to help you. The Park has two bodies of water, one is the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek, a "Stocked Trout Waters", a heavily stocked metro designation waters, which winds its way through rapids and boulders in the upper part of the park into wider, deeper and slower pools in the center of the park. The second is Chambers Lake, a roughly 90 acre warm water impoundment that holds, catfish, sunfish, crappie, muskie, pickerel, and bass, both large and smallmouth. You can call 610-383-3812 for more information on the fishing equipment loaner program.

Berks County

Walleye is back in season and anglers are having luck at the Blue Marsh Stilling Basin in the evening hours. You may also want to try your luck on the river near the confluence of the Schuylkill and Tulpehocken Creek.

The last trout stocking (until fall) will be on May 15. We will be meeting at the Blue Marsh Lake Park Visitors Center parking lot at noon. We will be stocking the Tulpehocken Creek Section 6 (Keystone Select) and Spring Creek. If you would like to help float stock, please arrive at least 15 minutes early and bring along chest waders and a suitable net.

With the warm days, boating season is picking up steam. Remember to register your powered watercrafts before you head out, as the registrations expire on March 31st. All people utilizing PFBC or DCNR properties are reminded their watercraft will need a registration or use permit (for unpowered boats, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards etc.…).

An upcoming PA Basic Boating Course will be taking place at Blue Marsh Conference Center on June 22, 2019 from 9am-5pm. Prior registration will be required. reservations will be accepted via phone upon the announcement on PFBC's website and Facebook page.

S. Montgomery County

With trout season, stockings, and the nicer weather, April was a busy month in the district. Lots of anglers of all ages and skill levels have been out catching lots of trout and having lots of fun. Boaters have been hitting the water as well, and with the end of April the cold-water mandatory life-vest wear period has ended as well. All boaters are reminded however that a USCG approved, wearable life vest is still required to be carried on board for every person present on any boat, and still required to be worn by all persons on board or operating any PWC or sailboard. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.