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

Fishing and Boating Report – June 29, 2016
Chester County

Heron flying over Marsh Creek Lake.

Marsh Creek Lake: Bluegills and crappies are taking mealworms and wax worms, minnows and small jigs. Bass are taking live bait (worms & minnows) as well as jigs, spinners and crankbaits. The best rubber worm colors to use are black, purple or dark green and pumpkin seed. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers.

Streams: The French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek, and West Valley Creek had average water levels last week with plenty of trout and very few anglers fishing for them. Water temps are in the high 60s. Fly anglers have reported taking trout on caddis, midges and a few taken on sulfurs. Small pheasant tail and hares ears nymphs are a good bet for nymph anglers.

Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas. The Fly Fishing Area is catch & release only, and you may not possess bait in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Areas or Fly Fishing Only Areas.​

Schuylkill River: Black Rock area: Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing has been good this season with bass taking spinners and worms. Note: You must stay 100’ away from the fish ladder at the Black Rock Dam. Respect the river & wear a PFD while onboard a boat. Catfish anglers are catching large Channel Catfish and are also getting into Flathead Catfish as well. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 21, 2016
Bucks County

Anglers fishing Lake Galena and nearby Pine Run Dam from shore have hooked into bass and crappies while fishing jigs, soft plastics and artificial worms.

Delaware River: Crankbaits and diving minnows are the preferred baits for Smallmouth Bass anglers right now. Anglers are reporting more sightings of Flathead Catfish in the river. Live Bluegills fished in deeper water with nearby cover/structure seems to be the ticket for targeting these invasive catfish. As the water level drops and warms to summer conditions, anglers can expect to see a large increase of other river users on paddlecraft and tubers. Avoid these crowds by fishing in the early mornings and evenings.

Aerial view of Lake Nockamixon

Lake Nockamixon: Anglers have had an average fishing season for Striped Bass. Some anglers are using artificial lures on top water and are reporting success when artificial lights are not used. Large gamefish can spook easily on a lake that sees heavy fishing pressure all summer long.

Lake Nockamixon also supports a large catfish population. Anglers have success at feeder streams and shallows while fishing from shore. Chicken livers and night crawlers are still the most commonly used baits. One angler caught & released a large Channel Catfish back on June 11 from her kayak at Nockamixon, and the fish towed her around for a while before she could bring it in. One fun way to cruise around the lake!

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
S. Chester County

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission will offer a Basic Boating Courses at Hibernia Mansion at Hibernia County Park at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, as a two night evening course during the week, Wednesday June 22nd and Thursday June 23rd with Officers Bonney & Benevento from 4 to 8 PM. This course is required for anyone who desires to operate a PWC, personal watercraft. It is also required for anyone who was born after January 1st 1982, to operate a boat greater than 25 hp. Pre-registration is required at  You can also get more information on the web at

Struble Lake: Crappies are taking small shad darts tipped with plastic split tail bodies, minnows and spinnerbaits.

Bucks County

Smallmouth Bass
Angler releasing a Smallmouth Bass back into the Delaware River.

Delaware River: Anglers were taking Stripers, Smallmouth Bass and Walleyes at the New Hope wing dam with minnows and grubs.  Some larger Stripers & catfish have also been picked up in the wing dam and above the 202 bridge on live eels after dark. There were still a few shad being caught in the river at the beginning of the month. Anglers drifting down the river should try tossing soft plastic grubs for Smallmouth Bass, Walleyes and smaller Striped Bass.

Anglers are still picking up Bluegills and White Perch in the lower end of Lake Luxembourg (Core Creek County Park). A few Largemouth Bass have been reeled in at Levittown Lake on plastic lizards and plastic worms.

Philadelphia County

Delaware River: Anglers were catching catfish, small stripers & white perch earlier this month. Most of the stripers were taken on bloodworms & clams. Some white perch & smaller stripers were taking bloodworms around the Navy Yard.

FDR park: Bluegills and smaller Largemouth Bass have been taking minnows and earthworms recently.

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