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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 27, 2014
S. Berks County

There was heavy boat traffic at Blue Marsh Lake on Sunday after a rainout on Saturday.

A reminder to boaters to arrive early to avoid long lines at boat launches, especially with the upcoming holiday. Please reduce speed to slow no-wake where required, and check mandatory safety equipment prior to launching.

Boating Education Safety Certificates must be obtained to operate any personal watercraft, and for motorboats exceeding 25 horsepower if born on or after January 1, 1982. Boat operators must carry a certificate while on-board. All boaters should remember to be safe on the water during these last days of summer.

Crappie fishing has been very good at Blue Marsh Lake, with the majority of fish taken on live minnows and small jigs. Structure is the key to success, if you are not catching fish, move to another spot. Best fishing has been around sunset, but anglers are also catching fish during the during daylight hours. Crappie regulations at Blue Marsh Lake are a minimum of 9 inches, and a 20 fish per day limit.

Don’t forget, the second Mentored Youth Fishing Day is Labor Day Sept. 1, which includes Blue Marsh Lake.

N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake: Anglers are catching twelve to twenty-inch largemouth bass in the deeper water.  Weeds beds are also an excellent place to find large bass. Best baits to use are the crank baits and spinner baits, with very large rubber worms and jigs working best in the weeds. Best colors are large black or purple rubber worms with a lot of action. The most successful bass anglers this season are those using night crawlers. Bluegills and Crappies are taking minnows, mealworms and wax worms. Jigs are also producing well. Marsh Creek Lake is in the Big Bass Program; your catch must be at least 15” to keep. Anglers have caught a number of Muskellunge; several close to shore on bass spinner baits.

The French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek are in decent shape, although on the low and clear side. The best times to fish are early morning and late evening. Terrestrial patterns are a good bet for fish.

Schuylkill River: The Cromby Power Plant area down to the Black Rock Dam area has been slow for bass, but very good for Flathead Catfish with Bluegills and night crawlers working best. Liver and other baits are working well for Channel Catfish.  Crank baits and live bait have been the best producers for bass.

Note - Stay clear of the fish ladder at the Black Rock Dam. You may not fish within the fishway/ fish ladder. It is unlawful for any person to fish within a radius of 100’ of the entrance, or exit points of the chute or fish ladder passageway, and you must stay 100’ below the boil below the dam when fishing there.

N. Montgomery County

Anglers on the Schuylkill River are landing nice catfish this time of year. With the temperatures cooling in the evenings, it is a great time of year to get out at night and enjoy some catfishing. Just downstream of the Black Rock Dam is a great place to fish from the shore. Montgomery County Parks maintain the Canal Park on the Mont Clare side of the river. This park offers parking, and it is open all evening to anglers. All Montgomery Park rules apply at this location. A signboard is in place listing all the local rules, which include no open fires on park property.

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 20, 2014
S. Berks County

It was a great weekend for fishing and boating at Blue Marsh Lake. All types of fish were hitting throughout the lake, and the weather was perfect. A strong crappie bite using live minnows over structure produced some big fish, and nice size bass were striking crank baits in the Tulpehocken arm of the lake. A few good size Striped Bass (30 inch/9 lb. range) were taken on live Alewives in 15-20 feet of water near the southern end of the island. Striped Bass activity should really pick up, as the fall approaches, and Alewives are always top bait.

The use of a cast net to catch Alewives requires a permit that can be obtained through our web site.

Trout fishing continues to be good on the Tulpehocken Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area, with caddis and wooly buggers being the best choice. The next trout stocking on the creek is scheduled for Oct. 3.

S. Chester County

Chambers Lake, in scenic Hibernia Park, is an often-underutilized resource.  At 90 acres, it is a great place to paddle your canoe or kayak and a great place to hook up with a wide variety of fish.

This beautiful 11 ½” Yellow Perch was caught recently from shore on a minnow near the bottom.

Yellow Perch

It is a nice representative sample of the benefits of the Panfish Enhancement Special Regulations in place at Chambers Lake that require Bluegills to be at least 7 inches and Yellow Perch and Crappies to be at least 9 inches before you put them in your bucket or stringer.   Chambers Lake is also a Special Regulation Big Bass Lake with a minimum size of 15 inches.  

If you are going to be boating on Chambers Lake, make sure you have your launch permit for any unpowered boat, or that your boat is registered if powered by an electric motor, as you may not run a gas motor on Chambers Lake.  All boats must have one wearable USCG approved PFD for each person on board and children 12 and under must wear their PFD while underway.  A complete list of boating regulations is here http://fishandboat.com/regs_boat.htm

Muskellunge
Big bait means big fish? Maybe not! After watching countless Muskellunge anglers casting and trolling those 12 to 14 inch plugs in all kinds of different colors, this 42-inch beauty fell for a one-inch long Crappie rig!

Northampton County

Minsi Lake has been fishing very well lately for Largemouth Bass.   Run dark rubber worms along the lily pads.  Pickerel are also being caught on the same rubber worms along with live minnows.  Bushkill Creek Catch & Release area anglers are doing well fly-fishing using very small nymphs and black gnat imitations.

Lehigh County

The Lehigh River is providing Smallmouth Bass action due to low flows for anglers using silver spinners and grubs on small jig heads.  The Little Lehigh Fly Fishing Only area is a little slow.  For the fly anglers, Trico hatches have been sporadic early in the mornings.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 13, 2014
Southern Berks County

Fly fishing in the Tulpehocken Creek (Delayed Harvest-Artificial Lures Only Area) below Blue Marsh has been very productive.  Small caddis imitations have been the hot fly; don’t be afraid to go as small as a No. 24 hook.  If you decide to try your luck, make sure to fish mornings and evenings to better your chance at success. Rainbows are being caught in the upper section of the creek, with primarily browns being hooked in the lower section.  The creek hasn’t been crowded, plenty of room to fish, come out and give it a try!

Bass fishing was good at Blue Marsh Lake over the weekend, with fish being taken on spinner baits and plastics.  Try launching out of the PFBC access near Bernville to avoid heavy boat traffic on weekends.

Another area worth a fishing trip is PFBC Kaercher Creek Lake in Hamburg, a smaller lake (electric motors only), with a good number of bass being caught and great for catfish.

Lehigh County

Anglers targeting trout have found success on the Little Lehigh throughout the Parkway.  The pale morning dun hatch has been good in early mornings and has brought the fish to the surface.  Good Smallmouth Bass fishing can be found around the Cementon and Little Gap area with small spinners and crankbaits, as well as live minnows. 

Action at Leaser Lake has been very good.  Largemouth Bass, pickerel, and musky are being caught on crankbaits, however, no fish may be kept until June of 2016.

Northampton County

Minsi Lake bass anglers have been doing well around the weed beds using rubber frog imitations and black rubber worms.  Panfish anglers also have been doing well using meal worms and small earthworms. 

Smallmouth Bass action has picked up considerable on the Delaware River with the recent lower flows.  Small silver spinners and crankbaits have been working well in the area around the scenic overlook and Martins Creek.

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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