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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 – September 21, 2016
Northampton County

Brown Trout
This naturalized Brown Trout was caught during a recent survey on Sobers Run (a tributary to Bushkill Creek) located just downstream of Belfast Rd. in the Jacobsburg EE Center State Park property

Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout can still be caught in lower sections of the Bushkill Creek. Also, you may find them pooled up in undercut banks and holes created by tree blow-overs on upper sections of the Bushkill main stem. The stretch of Bushkill Creek – 1.19 miles; from the dam at Binney and Smith downstream to the 13th Street Bridge is under catch & release artificial lures only regulations. http://fishinpa.com/

Walleye have been caught on crankbaits near the scenic overlook parking area of the Delaware River. Largemouth Bass have also been reported being caught just north of Easton city limits on the Delaware River using an assortment of topwater lures.

Bass have also been caught using small creek chubs on the Delaware Canal south of Easton.

Small bluegills seem to be the most common caught species in Minsi Lake currently.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 14, 2016
S. Chester County

The local WCO is always getting questions about the fish that are found in Chambers Lake, Hibernia County Park, as well as questions about if we would consider stocking trout and walleye in the lake. We did stock trout in the lake at one time and had angler turnout that was so low it was surprising. If you just have to fish for trout the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek is walking distance away and is very heavily stocked with trout. Chambers Lake provides wonderful fishing opportunities for many species which include, Large & Smallmouth Bass, Tiger Musky, Chain Pickerel, Channel Catfish, Black & White Crappie, Bluegill, Green, Redbreast, Pumpkinseed, Rock Bass, and Yellow Perch.  As for Walleye, one of the staff at Hibernia asked our Fisheries Manager, Mike Kaufmann, if that would be possible. Here is Mike’s reply:

“I was involved in some of the early planning fish habitat before the lake was constructed and set the lake up with the various stockings that have occurred since its construction.  While on its face the lake (Chambers), might seem to be suitable for walleye stocking, it is highly unlikely that the stockings would be successful due to the great abundance of largemouth bass combined with the lake’s relatively small size, (80 acres).  Based on past experiences in SE Pa and NW Pa, as well as reports from the scientific literature, largemouth bass in moderately high to high densities usually prevent the development of anything but meager walleye fisheries and many expensive walleye fingerlings need to be stocked in order to provide these meager fisheries (along with expensive forage for the bass).  That is the reason why we stopped stocking walleye in Marsh Creek Lake, but continued at Struble.  The bass population in Marsh Creek Lake is substantial, while that in Struble is of fairly low density (but nice size fish) and the walleye populations that developed from stockings were reflective of that. Struble's walleye population varies in abundance, but it meets the statewide abundance standard. Past evidence from Chambers Lake has also provided guidance that stocked walleye fingerlings would most likely be decimated by bass predation.  This is why we believe that both the tiger muskellunge and channel catfish failed to produce desirable fisheries except, in the channel catfish case, when the lake was young and the bass population and channel catfish populations were building together.  Later, however, after the bass population reached a very good to high density repeated channel catfish stockings and attempted tiger muskellunge stockings were not successful to any desirable extent.  Given the aforementioned experiences, I could not recommend the stocking of walleye in Chambers”.

Philadelphia County

The Philly Fun Fishing Fest was held this past Saturday, 9/10. We had 195 participants and 297 fish caught.  The event is made possible by staff from the Philadelphia Water Department, The Schuylkill River Development Corporation, the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Department and the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. PFBC Outreach and Law Enforcement staff was on hand to assist and provided fishing rods & tackle on loan, and provided a waiver to allow participants to fish without a fishing license requirement during the hours of the program.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 7, 2016
S. Chester County

An angler showed the local Conservation Officer some catfish he caught over at Chambers Lake recently. The angler fished at night and in the early morning hours using crawlers on a slip sinker fished on the bottom just to the right of the boat ramp. Good luck!

The next meeting of the White Clay Creek Fly Tyers is this Thursday starting at 6 PM at the London Tract Meeting House next to the Park Ranger Station. Tom P. was helping members tie an 'Articulated Pike Minnow Fly'. This fly is beautiful and would be suitable for display or fishing. He planned on working on more of these on Thursday, so this would be a great time to come out.

Philadelphia County

Upcoming Fall Stocking: Pennypack Creek will be stocked on October 12, 2016 in Philadelphia.  If interested in assisting with the Pennypack stocking, please meet at 8600 Pine Rd (Parking Lot) at 12:45pm.   Please come out and enjoy fishing this fall.
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