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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 16, 2014
E. Berks County / N. Montgomery County

The East Branch of the Perkiomen Creek (East of Schwenksville) will receive an in- season stocking of trout on April 25. The fish will be stocked at the Camp Wawa Park, Bergey’s Mills Park, and Salford Park. Salford Park did not receive any fish last year due to the bridge construction, but the construction is complete and the park will once again receive its compliment of trout. Enjoy and Happy Fishing!

S. Berks County

If you are looking for a place to fish in Berks County, then you picked a great week!

Trout stockings include Allegheny Creek, Hay Creek, and Swamp Creek on April 15, and Scott’s Run Lake and Spring Creek on April 17. Add the Tulpehocken Creek below Blue Marsh Lake that was stocked last week, and your fishing in trout paradise!

If you are not familiar with an area, check the stocking schedule and come out and join us, or use one of the many interactive maps on our web site. The weather is finally getting nice, and fishing could not be better! The Tulpehocken Creek is loaded with fish, and hot lures in the Special Regulations section above the Red Covered Bridge include spinners and light colored plastic tails (catch and release only in this area/no bait permitted).

Downstream of the Red Covered Bridge, bait fishing is permitted with a five trout limit (Gring’s Mill near Penn State is a good choice). So grab the rod, and get your fish on!

If your plans include any boating, do not forget wearing lifejackets is mandatory until April 30 on all boats under 16 feet, and on all kayaks and canoes regardless of size. The water is very cold, so wear your lifejacket!

Good luck!

S. Chester County

The Buck Run Section 2 has been stocked. This will be the last in season stocking of the year. The stocking points are Old Mill Road at 39-58'38.5" North and 75-54'09.9", just downstream of business 30 at 39-58'51.3" North and 75-54'33.4" West, Octoraro Drive at 39-59'08.2" North and 75-54'37.0" West, on Quarry Road Bridge at 39-58'11.9" North and 75-53'37.9" West, we could not utilize a float because of the heavy rain and fast flowing creek, Greenbelt Road Bridge at 39-57'58.7" North and 75-53'34,7" West and just upstream of the tunnel before West Bert Reel Park at 39-57'49.4" North and 75-53'20.2" West. Thanks to all the help that came out in the heavy downpour to assist with the stocking and to Forest for putting it all together.

The deadline for applications for this year’s Chester County Camp Cadet is May 15. Don’t miss this chance for your child ages 12 to 14 and a resident of Chester County to participate in this fulfilling program that is designed to promote a positive relationship between law enforcement and the children in our community. The weeklong stay at Camp Saginaw includes water safety and a smart angler program. For more information you can go to the website at http://www.cccampcadet.org

The White Clay Fly Fishers will host Creek Fest at Carpenter Recreation Area which is located in the White Clay Creek State Park in Newark Delaware on May 3rd from Noon to 4PM. Information about the club as well as fly casting and fly tying demonstrations and help will be available. For more information you can go to the website at http://www.whiteclay.org/creek-fest

Chambers Lake continues to fill after the modifications to its riser. It was down only about 4 feet and with the rain; it should be well on the way to near normal pool within the next two to three weeks. Some boaters are already out on the lake taking advantage of the fine fishing that it offers. Remember that if you go out that you must wear your PFD on boats under 16 feet, and canoes and kayaks.

The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free Fly-Fishing 101 course on Saturday April 26. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly angler will need to know including rigging and casting and would be a great way to get started in the sport.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at www.orvis.com/downingtown

The Chester County Envirothon will be held on April 30 and May 1 at Hibernia County Park. The event, which is sponsored by the Chester County Soil Conservation District, gives students the chance to learn, and compete with other schools about their knowledge of the outdoors. If you would like more information, you can go to the website at http://chesco.org/index.aspx?nid=1987 or call Gaye Lynn Criswell at 610-925-4920, ext. 108, or email at gcriswell@chesco.org.

The White Clay Creek Middle Branch Section 3 Delayed Harvest Area, the Pocopson Creek Section 2, and the White Clay Creek Section 1 will be stocked with trout on April 16. We will meet the big white stocking truck in the long lane across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at noon. Come on out to give a little something back, or to take a youngster on an adventure that they will remember for a lifetime.

The East Branch Elk Creek Section 2 has been stocked with trout. The stocking locations were the Meadowview Farm (known locally as the Hutchinson Farm) at 39-47'35.7" North and 75-54'07.7" West, Oxford Road Bridge at 39-47'19.8" North and 75-54'32.6" West, and Zargosa Road behind the machine shop at 39-47'12.2" North and 75-54'39.1" West. Thanks to everyone who came out and assisted with the stocking and thanks to Forest for coordinating the effort.

S. Lancaster County

The Penn-Dutch Sportsman’s Club held its annual Kids Trout Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Nolt’s Pond in New Holland from 8:00am until noon.  Several hundred children, accompanied by their parents, took to the pond’s banks hoping to catch a trout or two on a beautiful spring day.  Most were not disappointed as the Penn-Dutch Sportsman’s Club stocked the pond with hundreds of trout earlier this spring. Everywhere you looked, you saw ear-to-ear smiles from the children as they reeled in their prize. The children reeled in Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout or Golden Rainbow Trout that they were sure would help them win one of the several trophies to be given out at the end of the derby.  All the children who participated in the fishing derby took home a prize on Saturday, and that was the wonderful memory of the day that mom and/or dad took them fishing.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 10, 2014
Temperatures are rising and the lakes are free of ice, so many people have been talking about getting out on the water around the region. Remember that the water is still cold and takes longer to warm than the air around us.

Life jackets/PFDs must be worn until April 30 for boaters in vessels less than 16 feet and in all canoes and kayaks.

Dress for the water temperature and not the air temperature. Always plan on falling in and having the supplies to dry off and change into other apparel.

S. Berks County

Trout stocking continues this week with the Tulpehocken Creek below Blue Marsh Lake scheduled for April 10.

The area is regulated as Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only from downstream of the Blue Marsh Stilling Basin to the Red Covered bridge (catch and release with no bait permitted).
Bait fishing is permitted below the Red Covered bridge with a five fish limit.

The Tulpehocken is a very scenic waterway, with plenty of parking space, and the perfect stream for fly fishing. Come out and give it a try!

Stream conditions throughout Berks County are good considering all the recent rainfall.
Hay Creek in the Birdsboro area is still holding many fish and is worth a trip.

If you prefer lake fishing, Scott’s Run Lake in French Creek State Park is another good choice.
The lake is open 24/7 for fishing and boating (electric motor only), and trout have been really hitting early in the morning.

Good luck!

N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake has been fishing well with bass and crappie being caught on an assortment of baits ranging from Jerk baits and rubber for the bass anglers. Panfish have been taking meal & wax worms, bright colored jigs and live minnows. Marsh Creek Lake is a Big Bass Lake. A bass must be at least 15 inches to keep.  
Streams: French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek have excellent flows with water temperatures finally reaching the mid 50s. Lures have not worked as well in the low water temperatures, but should improve by the weekend with the warmer water temperatures. Fly anglers are doing well fishing with nymphs. Egg fly imitations, prince nymphs, and pheasant tail flies have been producing well. 

Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas. You may not be in possession of fish in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas until June 15. 

There has been some activity on the Schuylkill River for bass, but not much. Those who have fished the river are reporting success using bait and spinners.

S. Chester County

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 have again been restocked with trout. The stocking locations for the Big Elk Creek were Camp Saginaw at 39-46'08.0" North and 75-54'53.5" West, Saginaw Road Bridge at 39-45'44.7" North and 75-55'13.1" West, Kings Row Road at bend at 39-45'31.0" North and 75-54'48.3" West, Kings Row Road Covered Bridge at 39-45'22.3" North, 75-54'44.5" West, State Road Bridge at 39-45'02.2" North and 75-54'03.0 West, and Bonsall Road Bridge at 39-44'44.5" North and 75-52'57.7" West.

Chambers Lake is refilling and as of 4/8/14 was down about 8 feet. All the rain we are having will help to get the lake back up to normal pool so that the docks can be put back in and the boat ramp utilized.

The White Clay Creek Middle Branch Section 2, from T364 (Good Hope Road Bridge) to SR3009 (Guernsey Road) has been stocked with trout. The stocking locations for the White Clay Middle Branch Section 2, were Guernsey Road Bridge at 39-48'12.4" North and 75-50'02.9" West, East Avondale Road Bridge at Chambers Road at 39-47'46.5" North and 75-49'29.5" West, Wickerton Road Stop #1 at 39-47'37.3" North and 75-49'24.3" West, Wickerton Road Stop #2at 39-47'19.7" North and 75-49'11.9" West, Wickerton Road Bridge and Pennock Bridge Road at 39-47'10.3 North and 75-49'01.8 West, Church Hill Road and Creek Road at 39-47'20.8" North and 75-48'08.8" West, Creek Road (Dirt Road) Stop #1 at 39-47'11.8" North and 75-48'10.1" West, Creek Road (Bend on Dirt Road) Stop #2 at 39-47'02.8" North and 75-48'10.9" West, Chesterville & Creek Road Bridge at 39-46'54.3" North and 75-48'01.8" West, North Creek Road (200 Block) Stop #3 at 39-46'10.1" North and 75-47'53.6" West, Mercer Mill Road Bridge at 39-45'59.4" North and 75-47'41.9" West, and North Creek Road Stop #4 above Delayed Harvest Area and Good Hope Road at 39-45'46.9" North and 75-47'09.8" West. Thanks to Forest Campbell for coordinating the stocking and John and Scott and the very few others that helped in the gusting wind and hard rain.

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 15. We will meet the big white stocking truck loaded with angling fun in the lane across from the Sadsburyville Post Office at 11:30 AM. Come on out and spend a day fishing and giving something back to the resource.

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 West Branch of the Brandywine Creek Section 3 was just stocked. The stocking points where 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 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 a lot of 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 a fast water trout stream. 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 thanks to Roger and John for all the great help. Good Luck!

The next meeting of the White Clay Fly Fishers will be held on Tuesday April 15 starting at 7 PM at the London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse, which is at the intersection of Sharpless and London Tract Road in Landenberg Pa. 19350. For more information on the club or the meeting, you can visit the website at www.whiteclayflyfishers.org

Nottingham County Park has two small ponds that are well populated with warm water fish. The ponds make an ideal location to teach someone to fish. The smaller pond is an acre and the larger, which is a catch and release only pond, is 2.5 acres. Bass, sunfish & catfish can be found in the ponds that have a cleared shoreline that is great for teaching someone how to cast. If you do not have a fishing rod or fishing tackle, you can borrow a fishing rod, reel and tackle box through the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissions rod & tackle loaner program at the park from 08:30 AM to 4:00 PM, April through November. The park is located 4 miles south of Oxford off Route 1 at 150 Park Road, Nottingham, PA 19362 or call 610-932-2589 for more information on borrowing equipment. A fishing license is required of individuals who are 16 years old and over that fish any Chester County Park or Commonwealth waters.

Lancaster County

Lance with golden rainbow
Lance Livengood from Mt. Joy caught this Golden Rainbow Trout in southern Lancaster County on March 31, 2014

IN-SEASON STOCKING:

On Friday. April 4, the West Branch Octoraro Creek [Section #4 – downstream from  End of Special Regulation Area [210 meters upstream 2nd unnamed tributary downstream of Puseyville Road to Noble Road], Bowery Run and Big Beaver Creek received an in-season planting of  Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.

On Wednesday, April 9, Conwingo Creek and Fishing Creek received an in-season planting of Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout.

Significant sections of Big Beaver Creek ,Conowingo Creek and Little Beaver Creek were float stocked as per below:

FLOAT STOCKED SECTIONS

ATW SECTION
Big Beaver Creek Downstream from 20 Main St. New Providence to 1930 Beaver Valley Pike
Downstream from concrete bridge at near old rd & beaver valley pike
Downstream from krantz mill road bridge
Downstream from smithville road bridge
Conowingo Creek Downstream from  swift road bridge
Downstream from 2108 robert fulton hwy. To sr 222 bridge
Downstream from bridge at goat hill rd. To sr 222 bridge
Little Beaver Creek Downstream from 302 hilltop road to childrens clinic at bunker hill road

With limited catch rates on the opening weekend, ample numbers of trout remain to be creeled, and anglers are encouraged to take advantage of the fishing opportunities on Big Beaver Creek with its headwaters located on property at 1190 May Post Office Road, Quarryville [Eden Twp. – near Springville Road].  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, so Big Beaver Creek was not stocked upstream of this location.

With 7 PFBC in-season stocking days remaining of 12 Approved Trout Waters is, it is anticipated in response to volunteer interest and active participation that the momentum to conduct more float stocking will continue.  Per District WCO Schmidt, ““As volunteers step-up or rather wade-in to the challenge of actively participating in float stocking we will continue to stock accordingly and thereby  ultimately provide anglers a more authentic fishing experience.” “Anglers awaiting the arrival of the PFBC stocking truck in-season at their favorite location may instead observe a team of float stockers passing by, planting fish at random.”  “Angling is considered a sport, and as such anglers may find that they need to work the stream banks, and put some distance between themselves and the road to garner their creel.”

Anglers are reminded to maintain a separate creel as per the regulation delineated on page 35 of the 2014 Pennsylvania Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws. Each angler in the fishing group needs to have a separate stringer or creel for their catches of the day.

Illegal fishing activity can be reported to Southeast Region Law Enforcement Headquarters in Elm at 717-626-0228, Monday – Friday [8-4] or at all other times to the non-emergency number of Countywide Communications at 664-1180.  Inform the Dispatcher that it is a Fishing Violation and to refer it to Officer Schmidt.  Conscientious anglers are cautioned per Officer Schmidt to not engage individuals observed to be in violation, but rather to report it in real time so that an Officer can respond for follow-up law enforcement action.

Lehigh County

Leaser Lake is open to fishing and small boats can be launched.  The lake has been stocked both preseason and inseason and very few trout have been caught.  On the opening day, much of the lake was still covered in ice limiting the number of areas of easy access.  There are still plenty of trout to be caught, and as the warmer water returns, then the fish should begin to bite fairly well. 

As a reminder, only trout may be harvested at Leaser Lake.  Any other fish caught must be immediately returned to the water.

Jordan Creek was stocked last week and again due to the colder water temperatures trout were very reluctant to bite.  Trout can be seen in various areas but are not attracted to any type of bait.  It seems only anglers fishing with nymphs and wooly buggers are picking up any trout.  The Jordan Creek should turn on with the warmer temperatures.

Schuylkill County

Locust Lake has been free of ice since the third day of the Regional Trout Season and has been productive for trout fishing since.  Shoreline anglers have done well with paste baits, minnows, and wax worms.  Water temperatures continue to be slightly colder than normal causing fish to be less aggressive so slower presentations seem to be more successful.

The Little Schuylkill River saw angler pressure on the opening weekend but has seen little fishing pressure during the week.  The fish seem to be slowly hitting better as the season continues.  Mealworms, red worms, and spinners worked slowly have done well.

Whippoorwill Dam still holds a number of trout.  Butter worms and wax worms seem to be the baits working the best here.

Tuscarora Lake still had ice covering most of the lake, as of April 6, but should clear off within the next week.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 3, 2014
S. Berks County / N. Lancaster County

Good size crowds greeted the 2014 trout opener in Berks County, with many anglers catching their limit, or just choosing to catch and release. Trout were hitting on a variety of baits and lures, including worms, corn, minnows, wax worms, spinners, and a rainbow of colors of bait pastes.

A few lucky anglers landed large trophy size trout, making great first day photos and fish stories to tell in years to come. The rain began late morning, thinning down the crowd, but fishing remained good throughout the day.

If you forgot your raincoat on Sunday, you are probably still wet!

Heavy rains caused muddy creek conditions, and chilly winds made the fishing a little tough.
Larger blade spinners were a good choice, worked low and slow. The creeks are still holding many fish, and conditions should improve by mid-week. Try Scott’s Run Lake to pick up some nice brookies and browns.

Good luck!

S. Chester County

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday April 10 at the London Tract Meeting House in the White Clay Creek Preserve, located at the intersection of Sharpless & London Tract roads, Landenberg PA 19350, next to White Clay State Park Office. With the cold weather upon us, many of us are looking for a place to go or some activity to hold us over until we can wet a line again and this is the perfect thing. Fly tying materials are provided for those who do not yet have their own. Several flies are usually demonstrated and club members are happy to show you how it is done, as well as spin a few stories about the last huge one that got away. Club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for more information. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State Park Office.

The next meeting of the White Clay Fly Fishers will be held on Tuesday April 15 starting at 7 PM at the London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse, which is at the intersection of Sharpless and London Tract Road in Landenberg Pa. 19350. For more information on the club or the meeting, you can visit the website at www.whiteclayflyfishers.org.

Nottingham County Park has two small ponds that are well populated with warm water fish. The ponds make an ideal location to teach someone to fish. The smaller pond is an acre and the larger, which is a catch and release only pond, is 2.5 acres. Bass, sunfish & catfish can be found in the ponds, which have a cleared shoreline, which is great for teaching someone how to cast. If you don’t have a fishing rod or fishing tackle, you can borrow a fishing rod, reel and tackle box through the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commissions rod & tackle loaner program at the park from 08:30 AM to 4:00 PM, April through November. The park is located 4 miles south of Oxford off Route 1 at 150 Park Road, Nottingham, PA. 19362, or call 610-932-2589 for more information on borrowing equipment. A fishing license is required of individuals who are 16 years old and over that fish any Chester County Park or Commonwealth waters.

The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free Fly-Fishing 101 course on Saturday April 19. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly angler will need to know including rigging and casting and would be a great way to get started in the sport.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at www.orvis.com/downingtown.

The modifications to the Chambers Lake riser are complete and the engineers have closed the valves on the dam and turned off the siphons to begin the process of refilling the lake. The modifications were to pull water from different levels of the lake instead of just one with little or no oxygen to make for a healthier downstream release. The lake was drawn down about 12 feet and how long it will take to refill depends, in part, on how much rain we receive. I think it reasonable to assume a few weeks at this time. I will keep you posted as it fills. Chambers is a valuable fishing and boating resource to us here in Chester County and surrounding areas. As a big bass program lake and panfish enhancement program lake, it provides us with great fishing opportunities right in our backyard.

There are many questions about why the back cove at Chambers Lake is closed to boating. It is a waterfowl propagation area and is closed from about April 1 until June 15 so that waterfowl may use it as a nesting area. This area is one of the more productive areas of Chambers Lake, full of stumps and vegetation that holds many big bass. This works out well this year with the opening day of Bass around that same time.  The area is closed now and a post will be added when it is opened.

Opening day proved to be cloudy and rainy, with water temperatures just cold enough to make many of the fish a bit lethargic and uncooperative. The West Branch of the Brandywine Creek did not disappoint however. I have never seen so many smiles on happy anglers who would walk up to us and hold up a stringer with a limit of nice size streamlined tackle busters. Either that or the catch and release guys would tell me what the count was so far that day, 7, 8, & 11 in one case. Saw some big bruisers as well a 23-inch rainbow and a 24-inch palomino. The children's pond was also very accommodating and while I only saw a few limits on the pond, it was an easy way for the children to learn to fish and many of them had three and four fish on stringers. I would like to tell you that all the anglers were behaving on opening day, but that was not always the case as we encountered person after person who just decided that they did not want to play by the rules. At one point in the day as we encountered another violator, I was concerned that I had not brought along enough citations for the day. So while 95% of the anglers we encountered went home with big ear to ear smiles, others went home with big frowns and some very expensive paperwork to take care of.

The East Branch Octoraro Creek Section 2, West Branch Brandywine Creek Section 3, and Beaver Creek Section 2, were stocked on Thursday April 3 at 11:30 AM. The meeting place is the lane across from the Sadsburyville Post Office. If you have not taken a child on a trout stocking yet, put it on your got to do list and bring a camera to catch all those smiles.

Delaware County

Weather conditions made for a rough opening day in Delaware County.  Although anglers were able to catch some fish in the morning, by lunchtime many anglers decided to get out of the rain in favor of a warm lunch.  The crowds were below average almost everywhere, but most anglers were catching fish.  Some anglers complained that there were not fish in the holes that they typically fish.  The only possible reason for this would be that those particular waterways were stocked in the first week of March, thus the fish dispersed throughout the streams.  WCO Evancho received very few complaints of early season fishing as compared to years past... so, "no", they were not poached out.  Our local Cooperative Trout Nursery, DELCO Anglers, will be stocking fish this month as well.  If you catch a Brook Trout in one of these waters, chances are the DELCO Anglers raised them.  The organization is supported through memberships and through the sales of fishing buttons.  Please support them in their endeavors.  Buttons can be purchased at the Sporting Gentleman in downtown Media.

DELCO Angler Stocking Dates -

  • April 9th, Ridley Creek at Rose Tree Rd. and Creek Rd. in Media
  • April 19th, Darby Creek at Rt. 320 and Darby Rd. in Havertown AND Sawmill Park in Radnor
  • April 19th, Ridley Creek in Ridley Creek State Park along the bike path and the Fly Fishing Only Area
  • April 26th, Chester Creek at Lenni and Mount Road in Aston

Lancaster County

As anglers look forward with excitement and enthusiasm to opening day, they should endeavor to be conservation-minded on the lands that they fish.  Carryout any trash, i.e. bait containers, monofilament, hook packages, etc.  Additionally, the privilege to camp and have a campfire on private property is not an inherent rite of tradition; rather it can only be lawfully done with the landowner’s consent.  Refer to page 35 of the 2014 Pennsylvania Fishing Summary (2nd Column – bottom) for additional property regulations.  Anglers should be conscientious in where they are parking their vehicles, so as not to block the ingress or egress of the landowner, damage the property turf or create a traffic hazard.  Per the PFBC’s Coldwater Unit Manager Tom Greene approximately 75% of lands trout stocked in the Commonwealth are privately owned.

WCO Schmidt also expressed recognition for the consent of the landowners who permit their respective properties to be open to fishing.  “This is a tacit mutual agreement as it were between landowners and anglers, in that anglers must respect these properties, and demonstrate the true sportsmen’s commitment to conservation in keeping these areas free of litter.”

Parents are encouraged to share in the tradition of the Opening Day with their children, and as a courtesy reminder are required to maintain separate creels [ refer to page 35of the 2014 Pennsylvania Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws, under the heading IT IS UNLAWFUL, see the 5th bulleted regulation]. Refer also to the section entitled ASSISTANCE TO CHILDREN on page 34.

FISHING DERBIES:   Sportsmen’s Group and civic groups who are planning to host youth fishing derbies are reminded that per PA Title 30 Fish and Boat Code 2102 (b) 63.40, a Special Activity Permit is required.  The permit application can be downloaded from the website; there is no attached fee for permit submission and approval.  The permit shall be applied for at least 60 days before the date of the event. As defined by Title 30 a Fishing Derby is: an organized event involving 10 or more participants conducted for children under the age of 16, senior events (as defined in section 2701 in the code relating to definitions), anglers with disabilities, special populations or other group when the principal purpose is education or enjoyment rather than competition among anglers.

REPORTING VIOLATIONS:  Illegal fishing activity can be reported to Southeast Region Headquarters in Elm at 626-0228, Monday – Friday [ 8-4] or at all other times to the non-emergency number of Countywide Communications at 664-1180 – Be certain to inform the Dispatcher that it is a Fishing Violation and request that it be routed to Officer Schmidt.

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 AT ----BEAVER VALLEY PIKE
DOWNSTREAM FROM SMITHVILLE ROAD BRIDGE
CONOWINGO DOWNSTREAM FROM  SWIFT ROAD BRIDGE
DOWNSTREAM FROM 2108 ROBERT FULTON HWY. TO SR 222 BRIDGE
DOWNSTREAM FROM BRIDGE AT GOAT HILL RD. TO SR 22? BRIDGE
FISHING CREEK DOWNSTREAM FROM DRUMORE PARK TO SLATE HILL ROAD
HAMMER CREEK – SECT. #2

 

HAMMER CREEK – SECT. #4 DOWNSTREAM FROM SNAVELY’S MILL TO PROXIMITY OF 405 SNAVELY MILL ROAD
HAMMER CREEK – SECT. #6 DOWNSTREAM FROM NEAR 1310 PINE HILL ROAD
LITTLE BEAVER CREEK DOWNSTREAM FROM 302 HILLTOP ROAD TO CHILDRENS CLINIC AT BUNKER HILL RD.
LITTLE CONESTOGA CREEK DOWNSTREAM FROM MILLER/BUCH RD. BRIDGE –
DOWNSTREAM FROM PPL [UPSTREAM SECTION TO MANHEIM PK]
DOWNSTREAM FROM PPL TO FLORY MILL
PEQUEA CREEK DOWNSTREAM FROM  5762 BUENA VISTA DR. TO 8967 – DOWNSTREAM  FROM BUENA VISTA BRIDGE TO MT. VERNON RD.
SWARR RUN DOWNSTREAM FROM YE OLD MILL RD [DEAD END] TO GOLD’S GYM
W. BR. LITTLE CONESTOGA DOWNSTREAM FROM WRIGHT’S FURNITURE (LETORT ROAD) TO NEAR OWL BRIDGE RD.
W. BR. OCTORARO CREEK – SECT. #2* DOWNSTREAM FROM COVERED BRIDGE AT MT. PLEASANT ROAD – DOWNSTREAM FROM 95 HOLLOW RD.
W. BR. OCTORARO CREEK – SECT.#3
FLY FISHING ONLY
DOWNSTREAM FROM SR 472 BRIDGE –
 DOWNSTREAM FROM PUSEYVILLE BRIDGE AT STREET ROAD
W. BR. OCTORARO CREEK – SECT. #4 DOWNSTREAM FROM 785 WESLEY ROAD (WALK-IN ONLY) TO NOBLE ROAD BRIDGE
* As per the West Branch of the Octoraro Creek at Pumping Station Road on lands belonging to the PA American Water Company: “Anglers are informed that the section of water downstream of the Run-of-the River Dam was not stocked as access was blocked by snow cover and downed trees., it is anticipated that it will be stocked in-season on April 17th.” Schmidt cautioned that anglers should be aware of the safety signage in place at the dam and comply accordingly, “anglers observed to be wade fishing within 50 feet of the dam, or on the dam itself are subject to being cited.”

WCO Schmidt continues to promote “float stocking,” wherein approximately 200 – 300 trout are placed in floats, i.e. 55 gallon plastic drums, specially constructed for this purpose.  This facilitates the “planting” of the trout throughout a given section of stream, as individuals donned in waders, intermittently net out the fish using catch and release nets.  This practice promotes a more “natural distribution” as opposed to simply dumping buckets of approximately 25 fish in at stocking point locations.  Schmidt continues to seek out Sportsmen’s organizations to take ownership so to speak of a stream, or portion thereof to accomplish more float stocking.   “Going forward, I want to increase the numbers of stream sections that are float stocked, contingent as always on acceptable water levels and stalwart volunteers.”

For More on Float Stocking link to: http://lancasteronline.com/sports/outdoors/volunteer-float-stockers-needed-to-spread-the-trout-across-lancaster/article_90bdb91c-9746-11e3-9bb7-0017a43b2370.html
Within the article is an active link for construction build plans as completed by students at Stevens College.

SAFETY REMINDER FOR BOATING ANGLERS:  “Anglers who may opt to cast a line from a boat on Muddy Run Lake are reminded that **Mandatory PFD Wear regulations remain in effect until 30 April.” ** all boats under 16 feet, and all canoes and kayaks irrespective of length.[www.fishandboat.com for additional information on fishing and boating regulations]  Water temperatures currently  present for a sudden cold water-immersion event to result in the onset of hypothermia.  As always, BOAT SMART – BOAT SAFE.
[Refer to 2014 Pennsylvania Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws]

POSTED PROPERTY ADVISORY

LITTLE BEAVER CREEK:   Little Beaver Creek is effectively posted so as to restrict Sunday Fishing. This lawful restriction will be enforced under the provisions of section 2104 of the Code.

BIG BEAVER CREEK: No Sunday Fishing is in effect at 1930 Beaver Valley Pike.

WEST BRANCH LITTLE CONESTOGA CREEK:   Parking is no longer available at 1101 Central Manor Road; additionally the immediate downstream property has been posted.  Anglers are cautioned not to park in such a manner as to restrict a safe line of sight for passing traffic on either Miller Rd. or Central Manor Road.

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