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

August 3, 2022

Northern Montgomery and Eastern Berks Counties 

Temperatures are really heating up and boating season is in full swing. Many people find relief from the heat by heading to the Schuylkill River or a local lake for some kayaking, canoeing, stand up paddle boarding, and maybe even taking a dip in the water where permitted. Boaters should remember to have the require safety equipment including a sound-producing device (whisle or horn) and wearable life jackets (PFDs) for each person on board.

Are rivers and streams are low as a result of  little rain and summer flow. It may be better to head to a lake for paddling adventures.

Low water makes fish easy to loate  in the deep holes of creeks and in the Schuylkill River. Most anglers are targeting bass with top-water lures, catfish with cut bait, and panfish with earthworms. White Perch are also biting at Green Lane Reservoir on pieces of cut up chicken breast.

A few trout anglers still hope to catch a big one at Deep Creek Lake and Unami Creek. Anglers should remember that warm water temperatures are stressefull for trout. They may die from the stress of being caught after they are released. A few trout remain  where they can find cool water and enough food. 


July 27, 2022

Northampton County

Anglers have been seen catching Catfish on the Delaware River recently from watercraft using chicken livers for bait. Most of the other anglers seen on the Delaware have been targeting bass, usually in the early morning hours or late in the afternoon. Minsi Lake still offers great shore fishing from either access area or the docks. Whether you are fishing at a lake, or river, or if you decide to go for a leisurely paddle, wherever the place, please take the time to read the sign boards or posters as many access points have specific regulations for fishing or boating.

Northern Lancaster County

Anglers are catching catfish upstream from Falmouth Boat Access area on the Susquehanna River. Some report live bait works well and others swear by artificial bait. Another area along the river that was reported well for fishing for catfish is around the Riverfront Park access area by the rocks.    

Southern Lancaster County


 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT – Many of our PFBC Officers participate in this annual Community program held across the Commonwealth and Nation.  National Night out began August 7th,1984 and is now in its 39th year.

This event provides an opportunity for local citizens to meet and interact with their communities First Responders, this family friendly outing also underscores the intra-agency cooperation that is often affected during incidents that the community does not always recognize.  District Officer Schmidt will be participating along with Officers from Columbia Borough Police Department, as well as other community organizations at the event to be held on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Glatfelter Memorial Field, 1249 Lancaster Avenue Columbia. Local Anglers and Boaters are encouraged to attend along with their families.  Complimentary publication information from the PFBC will be available on many topics of interest, of particular note for boating parents & grandparents will be demonstration PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices) to exemplify proper size and fit for their child's safety.  Representative of the Commissions role in protection of native reptiles and amphibians "on hand" will be "Deputy B.R. Snake'" a mature Eastern Rat Snake and his patrol sidekick "Mr. X-BOX Turtle."


[August 6th, 2013 – National Night Out – Manor Township PD/Millersville University PD Event]

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