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Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (adesko@pa.gov), Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – August 26, 2015
Bucks County

Delaware River
Anglers have noticed shad and herring starting to move downriver early this year. Smallmouth Bass fishing is great in the Delaware River, and fish can be caught on lures that imitate the herring, such as jerk shad, stickbaits and also try poppers in the evening. Consider trying live minnows as well. Walleyes have been mixed in with the Smallmouth Bass. September and October are usually the peak of the Smallmouth bite. Try spots around Bull’s Island, Stockton NJ, Lambertville and Washington’s Crossing.

Neshaminy Creek
Smaller bass, panfish and Rock Bass are being hooked on spinners, small grubs on jig bodies and minnows. Look for deeper pools where fish are hiding at the bottom of riffles waiting to strike. This is a fun creek to float and fish from a kayak. You might have to get out and pull the kayak through an occasional shallow riffle. The kayak will allow you get in spots not accessible from shore that don’t see as much fishing pressure.

Giving Pond
Anglers are catching smaller bass and crappies on plastic worms and twister tail grubs.

Montgomery County

Schuylkill River
Anglers are pulling out Channel Catfish on nighcrawlers and shrimp. Flathead Catfish have been taken on Bluegills. Cast poppers, twister tails, crankbaits and live minnows for Smallmouth Bass.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 19, 2015
Eastern Schuylkill County

Tuscarora Lake is very clear which has made the bass fishing tough for the past few weeks, but a few have been caught during early morning hours and near dusk.  Plastic worms and top water baits are recommended for Largemouth Bass.  Live bait has worked for the panfish, crappies, Yellow Perch and Bluegills recently.

The Little Schuylkill River continues to hold trout in most of the deeper pools.  There is little angler pressure, and fish are biting if you can avoid scaring them when you approach.  The clear water makes them finicky, so live bait or small flies will work well.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 12, 2015
Berks County

Lake Ontelaunee
With the heat wave sweeping through the state, the Largemouth Bass weren’t hitting much, but recent rain and lower humidity has triggered the bass to come out of the depths and feed. Try working plastic worms or crank baits through the lily pads. If you’re out in the heat of the day, try fishing in the depths of the quarry hole off Rte. 73.

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