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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 – September 30, 2015
Keep in mind that rain is predicted throughout this week for the Southeast Region, and with the potential for Hurricane Joaquin to travel over the Mid-Atlantic Region, the waterways will likely be running high and off-color. The fishing will be difficult until the streams recover from the influx of rain.

Stay up to date with streamflow conditions by monitoring the USGS website here:

Lancaster County

Smallmouth Bass
Colton Dunkle caught this Smallmouth Bass on September 25 at the Rock Hill Access on a craw imitation lure drifted through rapids. He weighed it in at 2 pounds, 10 ounces. Congrats!

Eastern Schuylkill County

The fishing in the area is starting to pick up with the water slowly cooling down and the lakes turning over.  Perch were caught at Lake Tuscarora and Locust Lake on worms in the morning but seem to shut down after lunch.   Trout fishing at the lakes have also picked up as the trout are coming near the shorelines again.  Minnows and butterworms have worked well.

Catfish are hitting on the usual baits of chicken livers, night crawlers and shrimp in the Schuylkill River near Landingville.  Bass fishing has been decent in the mornings and at dusk but slow during the heat of the day.  Bass have been caught on rubber worms and crawlers worked slowly with the occasional jerk.

Locust Lake has plenty of trout jumping in the evening but few being caught.

The Little Schuylkill River still has a good number of trout and anglers are catching them on all the usual trout baits.  The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section is full of trout and a number of flies have worked, but it seems with few bugs flying around that ants are the most successful fly especially in the cool of the morning.

Trout stocking starts up again October 5 at Tuscarora Lake.  There is generally less fishing pressure for trout in the fall, so take advantage of this opportunity.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 23, 2015
Bucks County

Lake Luxembourg – Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass on crankbaits and spinnerbaits on the upper end of the lake. White Perch and Crappies are taking minnows.

Delaware River – Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass around Bulls Island and below Frenchtown on minnows, tubes and grubs.

Falls Township Lake – Just some little Largemouth Bass hitting and a few Walleyes have been picked up in the lake.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 16, 2015
Berks County

Fall trout stocking will begin in the county with Tulpehocken Creek on October 13 in both sections 7 & 8. Then Scotts Run Lake will be stocked on October 14. Please see the full trout stocking schedule here: You can download the free mobile app here to follow the stocking schedule.

Chester County

The East Branch Brandywine Creek is scheduled to be stocked again on October 1 in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section.

Delaware County

Ridley Creek is scheduled for a trout stocking on October 1 in the Catch & Release Fly-Fishing Only section and the section under Commonwealth Inland Regs.

Philadelphia County

The 11th annual Philly Fun Fishing Fest was held this past Saturday along the Schuylkill Banks trail around the Walnut St. Bridge. There were 111 participants, and they caught 235 fish from 7am to 11am. Fish were released after the event. The following species were caught:

Channel Catfish
Flathead Catfish
Striped Bass
American Eel
White Perch

PA Fish & Boat Commission Outreach and Law Enforcement staff provided free loaner fishing equipment, a fishing license exemption for the hours of the event and assisted newer anglers with bringing in their catch. Photos of this year’s event can be found here:

Pennypack Creek is scheduled for trout stocking on October 7.

Schuylkill County

Tuscarora Lake is scheduled for trout stocking on October 5.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 9, 2015
Bucks County

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass from the Point Pleasant, Lambertville and Morrisville sections of the Delaware River on shiners, grubs, poppers and crankbaits.

Smallmouth Bass have also been biting along the Neshaminy Creek. There is a parking lot owned by Tyler State Park on Newtown-Richboro Road across from the Langhorne Players theatre where anglers can park and access the creek. Try minnows, worms, small jigs with split-tail bodies and spinners for the Smallies, Rock Bass and other sunfish. There are some Largemouth Bass lurking in the slower pools as well, especially in the pool above the Boathouse area at Tyler Park.

Looking for a place to take a young child fishing in Central Bucks? Try the Borough Dam at Chapman Park in Doylestown. The pond is reserved to fishing for children under 16. It is stocked with trout in the spring, but it has a great population of Bluegills and some Brown Bullhead catfish that can be caught in the summer and fall. There are some smaller Largemouth Bass in the pond as well. The dam even has a ‘worm farm’ built on location where anglers can dig for their own free bait. Worms on a bobber will catch the Bluegills. Rig the rods for bottom fishing so the kids can get into the catfish and bass. The concrete path around the pond provides easy access.

Philadelphia County

Pennypack Creek is low, but anglers can still hook into Smallmouth Bass, Rock Bass and the other sunnies. Carry along small minnows, spinners, and small jigs in the park section between the Boulevard and Pine Road. Try chicken livers to catch catfish and small Striped Bass in the lower creek below State Road. The catfish have also been hitting on corn and nightcrawlers.

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