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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 – December 17, 2014
Lancaster County

PPL Holtwood Tailrace Update:  After a 5-year closure due to the Holtwood hydroelectric plant expansion, public fishing access to the dam’s tailrace reopened on Monday, December 8. A new ADA compliant 42’ long by 10’ wide fishing pier gets anglers closer to the action. Improvements include a 16-space parking lot with three (3) handicapped parking spaces. Anglers can access the fishing pier on steps on the south side and a ramp access on the pier’s north side.

Holtwood

Holtwood

GPS INFO:  For anglers new to the area, try using 482 Old Holtwood Road, Holtwood, PA to get there. Test your skills in landing an Ol’ Mooneye, aka a Walleye, from the new tailrace access.

Holtwood

Recreational and angling boaters should avoid the restricted zone around the Holtwood Dam marked by a shore-to-shore overhead cable and signage.  Boaters in the restricted zone can be cited.  Additionally, this same exclusion applies to boats within 100 yards of Exelon’s two hydroelectric generating facilities on this section of river and the Muddy Run Pumped Storage Facility. At the southern boundary of the Susquehanna River’s Conowingo Reservoir (also called Conowingo Pond), boats are restricted to within 400 yards of the Conowingo Dam.

Anglers who fish at any Lancaster or York County access areas downriver of the Holtwood Dam on the 14-mile section of the Susquehanna River,  referred to as the Conowingo  Reservoir, should study the seasons, sizes and daily limits for fish found at: http://fishandboat.com/fishpub/summary/conowingo.html

Reading these regulations show that the Conowingo Reservoir Regulations are different in the size/limits for fish from the Commonwealth Inland Waters Regulations. The only exception is for the size/limits for American Eel. 

As catfish are popular on the Lower Susquehanna River pools, note that the daily limit for Channel Catfish on the Conowingo Reservoir is set at five (5).  For fish that fall in the category “All Other Fish Species” not specifically listed, the season is open year-round with no minimum size or daily limit. Therefore, an angler may possess more than five (5) Flathead Catfish, but would be in violation with six (6) Channel Catfish in possession. Positively identify your catch!

The Conowingo Reservoir regulations were established by PFBC working in cooperation with Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources for Pennsylvania’s estimated 10-mile stretch of the Conowingo Reservoir. The regulations are consistent with Maryland’s regulations for seasons, sizes and limits.

Reciprocal Fishing Privileges between PA & Maryland:  Per the 2015 Pennsylvania Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws:  Fishing Privileges in Boundary Waters - The following fishing license agreements apply to boundary waters. You must abide by all other rules and regulations of the state in which you are fishing and where you launch or retrieve your boat.

A PENNSYLVANIA or MARYLAND LICENSE is valid on the Conowingo Reservoir or Youghiogheny River Lake when fishing from a boat (excluding coves and tributaries). DOES NOT INCLUDE SHORE FISHING

In terms of the Conowingo Reservoir within PA borders, the greater section of the Susquehanna River is contained within Pennsylvania as can be seen on this map. The PA/MD borders falls somewhere between the 9 and 10 (river) miles mark. 

Conowingo Reservoir

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 10, 2014
Berks County

Do not let the winter weather stop you from getting out and catching fish. Crappies and bass are hitting jigs (try multi-colored) at Blue Marsh Lake, and you have a good chance at picking up a nice striper.

Brown Trout are striking mealworms at Hay Creek, and the Tulpehocken Creek and Scott’s Run Lake are other top choices for trout.

Lake Ontelaunee has been hit or miss for crappies along Rte. 73, but windy days are generally the best conditions for crappies at the lake. When ice does start to form on the lakes, please wait until it is safe! Remember to wear a life jacket out ice fishing and take a pair of safety awls. There is more ice safety information on our website here: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

Do not forget that life jackets are required to be worn on all boats under 16 feet, and on all kayaks and canoes from Nov. 1 to April 30.

Fishing licenses are the perfect gift this holiday season, and you will not even have to wrap it! Buy it online here: https://www.pa.wildlifelicense.com/start.php

Happy Holidays!

W. Philadelphia County/S. Montgomery County

Fishing action has dropped off markedly with the arrival of cold weather in the area.  Some catfish are still taking baits (chicken livers, worms, pepperoni) on the Schuylkill River. There are still trout in Norristown Farm Park. The trout are some Thanksgiving holiday leftovers from a recent stocking by a local sportsmen’s club.

Lancaster County

In the interest of public safety, the Safe Harbor Stoplog Bridge will be closed to the public beginning on December 10, 2014 through January 23, 2015 due to work activities taking place on the bridge.  All other surrounding public areas will remain open to fishing and recreation.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 3, 2014
Many outdoor enthusiasts are enjoying deer rifle hunting season which is in full swing right now.  Hunting season also means fewer people and less competition on area waterways.   Now is a great time to get out and do some late fall fishing if you prefer having a stream all to yourself.  Daytime temperatures will be quite tolerable for fishing and are forecast to be in the low to mid-40s over the next week.  Recent snow fall and rains should also have streams flowing a little higher.

Fly anglers might consider fishing for trout on the Catch and Release Fly-fishing Only Sections of Ridley Creek or Little Lehigh Creek. Both waterways were stocked earlier this fall and should have plenty of trout. Use small nymphs if you want to have action and catch more fish.  Nymphs in size 20 to 22 should work fine.  Or use large streamers if you prefer to target fewer, but larger trout. Fish low and slow and expect to work a little harder to connect with fish.

Spinning-gear anglers might consider the Delayed Harvest Areas of Tulpehocken Creek or the East Branch Brandywine Creek.  These waterways were also stocked earlier this fall and should have plenty of trout lingering in pools and riffles. A spinner fished low and slow might do the trick.

Chester County

Crappies and Yellow Perch were fairly active at Struble Lake prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Anglers should still have luck targeting these fun panfish.  Use minnows and jigs with twister tail bodies.

Philadelphia County / S. Montgomery County

Shore anglers should have luck with Chanel catfish on the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.  Use shrimp or chicken livers. The Schuylkill River should also still be productive in the early morning and late evening hours for walleye. Crankbaits and live minnows will likely work best.

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Fishing and Boating Report – November 26, 2014
Berks County

Kaercher Creek Dam will be stocked with Rainbow Trout on 12/16/2014.

Bucks County

Kayakers took advantage of the spike in warm temperature earlier this week to get out on their boats on Neshaminy Creek and Lake Towhee. Be dressed for the water temperatures and not the air temperatures. The mandatory life jacket wear regulation is in effect from now until next April 30 for vessels less than 16 feet in length and any canoes and kayaks. Here is a recent PSA about the topic: fishandboat.com/wear-it.htm

Chester County

Crappies and Yellow Perch are taking minnows and jigs with twister tail bodies in earlier weeks this month at Struble Lake.

Montgomery County

Need to get away from the Black Friday shopping scene? Stony Creek Anglers will be stocking trout in Stony Creek & Kepner Creek on Friday, November 28. Type Stony Creek Anglers into your web browser to find their website and details on how to join in the event.

Schuylkill County

Locust Lake will be stocked with Rainbow Trout on 12/16/2014.

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