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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 – April 22, 2015
N. Montgomery County

The East Branch Perkiomen Creek (Montgomery County) (900M UPS OF SR1017 SKIP SAL RD –to- T356 BERGEYS MILL RD) will receive its in-season stocking of trout on April 23. This section only receives fish in-season, so this is your chance to get out and enjoy a wonderful stretch of the East Branch Perkie. The fish will be stocked at Camp Wawa Park, Bergey’s Mills Park, and Salford Park. All three parks offer lots of parking and plenty of room for families to experience a wonderful trout fishing opportunity. Enjoy and Happy Fishing!

N. Chester County 

Marsh Creek: Bluegills and crappies are taking the usual baits for this time of the year; meal and wax worms, minnows and small brightly colored jigs. Bass fishing has been slow so far this season. I’m guessing it’s due to the abnormally cold spring. However bass have been taking jigs, spinners and crank baits. The best rubber worm colors to use are large black, purple, dark green rubber worms and pumpkin seed. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and night crawlers. It is illegal to target bass while they are protecting their redds.

Streams: French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek were high after the strong thunderstorms on 4/20/15. The fishing pressure has been light for this time of the year, which means there are still trout left to fish for. Water temps have been hovering in the 50s.  Anglers have been doing well with spinners for trout. A few are having great success with small soft plastic baits. Bait anglers are doing equally well with minnows, small wax and mealworms.  Fly anglers have reported taking trout on black caddis, stoneflies, and midges. Small pheasant tail and hares ears nymphs are also producing good results for the fly anglers. Remember, you may never possess bait in any of the special regulation areas. The Fly Fishing area is catch & release only, and anglers cannot possess trout in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Areas until June 15, 2015

Schuylkill River: The Black Rock area; Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing near the Cromby Power Plant outflow has picked up since the warm weather moved in. Crankbaits and live bait are still the best producers. I've also spoken with several catfish anglers who have caught Channel Catfish on liver and Flathead Catfish on live bait.

Note: Stay clear of the fish ladder at Black Rock Dam. Violators caught fishing within 100’ of that area will be prosecuted.

S. Chester County

Little Muddy Creek & Middle Creek to be stocked on Thursday, April 23 at 10:30AM. The meeting place will be the PGC Middle Creek Visitor Center.

The Beaver Creek, Section 2, White Clay Creek, Middle Sec. 3, Pocopson Creek Sec. 2, White Clay Creek Section 1, will be stocked with trout on Monday, April 27. The meeting place will be across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30AM.

Hammer Creek Sections 2, 4, & 6, & Little Cocalico Creek To Be Stocked on Friday, April 24 at 11:15AM. The meeting place is the SGL at Route 322 and Pumping Station Road.

W. Schuylkill / N. Berks Counties

Nice crappies are being caught in the coves at Blue Marsh Lake.  Minnows seem to be the preferred bait.

Trout fishing throughout the district has picked up as the water temperatures have increased.  Trout are being caught in both counties.

Remember that the mandatory cold weather personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) wear regulation remains in effect until April 30.  This requires all persons on all boats less than 16 feet and all canoes and kayaks to be wearing a PFD at all times.  This regulation has been in effect since 2012.  As the air temperature warms up, many people are neglecting to wear their PFD as required and are being cited for it.  This is a major safety concern.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 17, 2015
Lancaster County

On Wednesday, April 15, the Conowingo Creek and Fishing Creek received an in-season planting of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.

Significant sections of the Conowingo Creek were float-stocked as per below:

Conowingo Creek – Downstream from Swift Road/Pilgrims Pathway Bridge Downstream of 2108 Robert Fulton Hwy. to bridge

* Goat Hill Road Bridge:  This section of the Conowingo Creek was not float-stocked due to lack of volunteers.

Anglers should be increasingly aware and appreciate that the County’s Approved Trout Waters are essentially stocked by a dedicated core group of individuals and the high school stocking teams that have been coordinated.  Anglers are encouraged to take an active role in assisting with the 7 stocking events remaining this season.

*Anglers are advised to be conscientious as to where they are parking on the premises of Flahart Transport at 752 Nottingham Road, Peach Bottom and be mindful that the premises is an active trucking business. Parking is acceptable along the lawn border; however, do not park in the truck yard. Remember to respect the land and the landowners.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 15, 2015
N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake: The warm weather over the past week has fish biting on just about everything. Blue gills and crappies are taking mealworms and wax worms, minnows and small jigs.

Bass are beginning to show signs of life after the unusually cold winter and taking jigs, crank and jerk baits. The best rubber worm colors to use are black, purple, dark green and pumpkin seed. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and night crawlers.

French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creeks are all low and clear with decent flows and have been fishing well. Water temps have been hovering in the mid-40s to low 50s. Bait anglers are catching trout with minnows and small wax or mealworms. Fly anglers have reported taking trout on black caddis, stoneflies, and midges. Small pheasant tail and hares ears nymphs are also producing good results for the fly anglers. Remember that you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas. The French Creek Fly Fishing Area is catch & release only and you may not possess fish in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas until June 15.

S. Chester County

The West Branch of the Brandywine Creek Section 3 was just stocked last week. The stocking points were the Drive at Freedom Circle at 40-00'56.2" North and 75-50'09.1" West, the Hatfield Road Bridge at 40-00'54.4" North and 75-50'38.3" West , Rim Trail RR Bed Stop #1 at 40-01'02.3" North and 75-50'42.3" West, Rim Trail RR Bed Stop #2 at 40-01'13.4" North and 75-50'49.3" West, RIM TRAIL BRIDGE at 40-01'18.6" North and 75-50'50.5" West, below the Wagontown Road Bridge at 40-01'19.0" North and 75-50'50.5" West, above Wagontown Road Bridge at 40-01'19.8" North and 75-50'51.6" West, park side RR bed trail (gators used to stock) at 40-01'19.7" North and 75-50'50.4" West, The Wall at 40-01'32.0" North and 75-50'39.5" West, the old dam and picnic area above old dam (fish stocked both directions on gators) at 40-01'41.2" North and 75-50'17.9" West, and downstream of the Cedar Knoll Bridge. Thanks to everyone that took the time to come out to help and to Forest Campbell for coordinating the stocking.

The Beaver Creek Section 2, from SR 30 to the mouth has been stocked with trout. The stocking locations for the Beaver Creek Section 2, are behind the Animal Clinic of Thorndale at 40-00'20.9" North and 75-44'43.9" West, King Street and West Pennsylvania Avenue at 40-00'40.1" North and 75-43'32.4" West, The Lloyd Avenue Bridge at 40-00'12.1" North and 75-43'28.8" West, G O Carlson Blvd. at 40-00'12.3" North and 75-44'15.1" West, Lloyd Avenue Park at 40-00'17.6 North and 75-43'25.5 West, Saint Joseph Field at Aston Avenue and Mary Street at 40-00'18.4" North and 75-43'25.5" West.

The East Branch Octoraro Creek, Section 2, was just stocked and is a great place to fish. A little off the beaten path between Chester and Lancaster County it does not have much canopy cover, so it is a great place to fly-fish and does have some very nice wide, slow moving water, open areas and deep holes so it is a good spot to take a child with limited ability or to teach a person to fish. It is a little hard sometimes to feel a bite or to get your bait to stay down on the fast water trout streams. To get to the East Branch Octoraro Creek get on Route 41 just above Cochranville you will turn on to Center Hall Road. Follow Center Hall Road to Fording Road and turn right on Fording Road. Follow Fording Road and it will take you to the bridge at the bottom of the stocked section. Go North on Bryson Road from this point and the stream will be on your left. The upstream limit of the stocked section is Steelville Road. The stocking points are the Steelville & Schoff Road Bridge at 39-54'17.8" North and 75-59'42.8" West, Bryson Road Stop #1 at 39-53'46.6" North and 75-59'20.2" West, Bryson Road Stop #2 at 39-53'39.8" North and 75-59'13.4" West, Ross Fording Road Bridge at 39-52'57.3" North and 75-59'29.7" West. Thanks to Forest C. for coordinating the stocking and John for all the great help. Good Luck.

Schuylkill County

Locust Lake was still ice covered on the opening day of the Regional Trout Season, but it is now finally clear of ice.  Anglers were catching some trout from shore on minnows and wax worms.  The fish are still biting tentatively probably due to colder temperatures.    The lake is due to be stocked again on April 25 with Brook Trout and Brown Trout.

The Little Schuylkill River has seen a lot of angling pressure throughout the stocked areas.  Trout are still being caught on all the common baits, gold spinners, and chartreuse colored lures have worked as well.  The Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area of the river has seen moderate pressure and has proven to be tougher as the season progresses.  As hatches of insects start to come off, expect fly-fishing to increase through this section.

The Schuylkill River is at good water level for canoes and kayaks to travel from Auburn to Port Clinton.  A few have floated this section already, just make sure you dress appropriately and wear your life jacket.

Philadelphia County

Luke
Luke Lojewski caught this beautiful trout out of the Wissahickon Creek back on the SE Mentored Youth Fishing Day, 3/28

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 8, 2015
Berks County

Wet-wading
Mike Ward from Birdsboro, PA was wet-wading (no waders) on Hay Creek in Birdsboro on the SE regional opening day for trout. Our field staff couldn’t pass up the chance to acknowledge his dedication, considering that the temperature didn’t rise above the low 50s. He did admit the water was cold!

Chester County

Kriston with Brown Trout
While on patrol late Sunday afternoon on the West Branch Brandywine Creek, DWCO Raetsch had the opportunity to observe an awesome 10 minute battle between Kriston Miller of Downingtown, PA and this beautiful 23-inch trout.  Mr. Miller is just one of the many happy anglers that enjoyed great weather and a productive opening weekend here in Chester County. 

The boat dock at Chambers Lake is pulled out of the water each winter to prevent damage to it during the freezing weather. With the return of the warm weather, the boat dock has been returned to the water and is now available for launching and retrieving your boat. Good luck.

The West Chester Fish and Game and Wildlife Association will be stocking the Paradise Farm Pond for the Kids Trout Rodeo on April 17 and could use your help. Wear waders and have the ability to carry 35 pound buckets of fish.  The West Chester Fish and Game and Wildlife Association will host the Kids Trout Rodeo on April 18 from 8am to 2pm. The event will be held at the Paradise Farm Pond, 1300 Valley Creek Road, Downingtown, PA. 19335. Lunch will be provided for you but you must bring your own baits of choice and fishing equipment.

The Coventryville Trout Club and Warwick County Park will host an Outdoor Fest and Kids Trout Rodeo on the French Creek on May 9 from 8:15am to 2pm. The event will be held at Warwick County Park. For more information you can visit the website at http://www.chesco.org/index.aspx?NID=1070  and click on the Chester County Fishing Link.

The Brandywine Trout Club will host the Brandywine Trout Club Kid’s Only Trout Rodeo at Kerr Park in Downingtown on April 18. Trout, including tiger, palominos and brooks will be stocked for the event. Participants must be 15 years and younger. There are a limited amount of tickets available. For more information, you can visit the website at www.BrandywineTrout.net

The Buck Run Section 2, the East Branch White Clay Creek Section 2 and the East Branch White Clay Creek Section 3 will be stocked with trout on Tuesday April 21st. We will meet the big white stocking truck loaded with angling fun in the lane across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30am. Come on out and spend a day fishing and giving something back to the resource.

The Big Elk Creek, Section 1, from the confluence with the East Branch & West Branch Elk Creek to T307 Camp Bonsall Road and the East Branch Big Elk, Section 2, from New London Township line to the Confluence with the West Branch Elk Creek, and the White Clay Creek, Middle Branch Section 2, will be stocked with trout on April 14. We will meet at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 896, we will be on 896 at 12pm. Help with the stocking has been really light and we can use the help. Please come out to assist us with the stocking. Thanks.

Lancaster County

On Tuesday April 7, the West Branch Octoraro Creek Section #4, Bowery Run and the Big Beaver Creek all received an in-season stocking of Rainbow and Brown Trout.

Significant sections of Big Beaver Creek were float stocked as per below:

FLOAT STOCKED SECTIONS OF APPROVED TROUT WATERS

ATW SECTION
BIG BEAVER CREEK Downstream from 20 Main St., New Providence to 1930 Beaver Valley Pike
Downstream from concrete bridge near Old Rd. & Beaver Valley Pike
Downstream from Krantz Mill Road bridge
Downstream from 92 Refton Road
Downstream from Smithville Road bridge
W. BRANCH OCTORARO CREEK – SECTION #4 Downstream from  700 Wesley Road

Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the fishing opportunities afforded them on Big Beaver Creek.  With its headwaters located on property at 1190 May Post Office Road, Quarryville.  Big Beaver Creek flows 10.6 miles before meeting the Pequea Creek approximately 500 yards upstream from the bridge at Herrville Road.  The stocked portion of Big Beaver Creek traverses 5.34 miles with its Upper Limit at SR 222 (Beaver Valley Pike) and White Oak Road -and its lower limit at the mouth where it enters the Pequea Creek.

*Anglers are advised that the property at 15 Main Street, New Providence is posted, subsequently Big Beaver Creek was not stocked upstream of this location.

S. Montgomery County / Philadelphia County

The Stony Creek Anglers will host a trout tournament on the Stony Creek on April 25 from 8am to 4pm and April 26 from 7am to 4pm. Camping is not permitted during the tournament. The tournament will be held at the Norristown Farm Park & State Hospital grounds which you enter at gate 5 off of Stanbridge Street. For more information you can visit the website at StonyCreekAnglers.org

The SE Regional Trout Season is off to a great start. Anglers have been out in force with parking lots and side roads packed with eager anglers throughout southern Montgomery County.   Come on out and enjoy the fun in Montgomery County. Check out the PFBC website for in-season stocking dates. 

The fishing on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia at the Fairmount Dam/Water Works is still very slow. Anglers are still waiting on the Gizzard Shad and river herring to show up. American Shad are soon to follow/chase the baitfish below the Fairmount Dam/Fish Passageway. The “shorty” stripers should be arriving soon after the Gizzard Shad and herring in the tidal section of the Schuylkill River as well. Let’s Go Shad!

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