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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 – February 10, 2016
S. Chester County

The Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission has selected the Middle Branch White Clay Creek Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only as one of the states Keystone Select Stocked Trout waters. This means that the state will stock the 1.7 mile stretch with 2 to 3 year old fish, 14 to 20 inches in size at a rate of around 250 per mile. Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations will be strictly enforced in this waterway to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to catch these trophy class trout. You can get more information on the web about both the Keystone Select Stocked Trout Waters and the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations at this link:

Anglers at Struble Reservoir are catching lots of crappie straight out from the ramp about 80 yards. They are on the ice and I am not sure how much longer it will be safe to fish it. They are fishing using ice fishing rods tipped with crappie jigs and are slowly jigging the baits up and down. Make sure that you understand ice and what is safe before you go out on the ice.

A Basic Boating Course will be held on Saturday, March 19 at Hibernia County Park Hibernia Mansion at 1 Park Road in Coatesville, from 9AM to 5PM. You can also get more information to register on the web at

Delaware County

The trout stocking lists are in! Delaware County has provided a condensed PDF version of the stocking list to print out and store in a wallet.  WCOs of the PA Fish and Boat Commission could not get all of the trout in our waterways without help from the anglers and the general public.   There are no changes in the trout stocking from last year in Del Co.  To help stock the fish, meet PFBC staff at the designated meeting places, and follow the convoy.  When arriving at a stocking spot, please be sure to keep your vehicle as far off the road as possible while NOT driving on somebody's lawn or property.  Did you know that approximately 70% of PA’s trout fishing takes place on private land?  Let's keep them happy!  If waiting to carry a bucket, or just swapping stories, please stay off the road.  The helper on the truck will hand the buckets off of the back of the truck when operating along a traveled roadway.  When carrying buckets to the stream/lake; please don't walk too far with the fish.  Our fish have traveled many miles on the stocking truck, and are holding their breath in the small 5 gallon buckets on their way to be stocked.   When you get to the water, find a spot that is deep enough.  If a bucket of fish is dumped into a couple of inches of water, one of two things will happen; a) the fish will find itself with its head in the mud which clogs their gills, or b) the fish gets a head wound from the rocks below.  Give the fish a little toss.  The mild slap on the water rejuvenates the fish from the ride in the bucket, and they spread out well.  Also, don't dip the bucket in the water if possible to prevent the spread of aquatic nuisance species.  Thanks in advance for the help.  Let’s go stock some trout!

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Fishing and Boating Report – February 3, 2016
Berks County

For some great winter trout fishing opportunities, try out Antietam Lake in Berks County. Antietam Lake is stocked seasonally with trout by the PFBC.  Just remember if you’re going to venture out on the ice, be careful and know the proper thickness. Ice may not be the same thickness all over so use caution, and try to stay away from stickups like brush, plants, or logs as the ice will be less thick near debris. Remember to always let someone know where you are going ice fishing and how long you plan on being gone. With the varying temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately, the lake may thaw and refreeze a couple times this winter so make sure you are cautious before venturing out.  Good luck and happy fishing!

Bucks County

The weather is again challenging anglers with colder temperatures, but not enough to create a good hard-water fishing environment. If ice does form thick enough to venture out upon, please do so with caution. The State and County Parks in Bucks County do not monitor ice conditions, so do not assume that because others have ventured out on the ice that it is safe to do so.

Anglers fishing for Walleyes in the Delaware River have had good success jigging slowly in the deeper waters surrounding structure and current breaks.

Several anglers have reported slow but steady success trolling and slowly working top water lures for stripers on Nockamixon Lake.

This can be a great and rewarding time to be on the water, just be certain to take the proper precautions for recreating around cold water. This winter has given us many days with warm air temperatures, and it seems many anglers seem to disregard the dangers that lay below their boats in the form of very cold water. Follow this link to read about the dangers of cold water fishing and boating:

Be Safe!

Chester County

The White Clay Flyfishers in Southern Chester County host guest speakers on fishing topics and provide educational classes for both fly tying and fishing. Meetings are held starting at 7PM on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, so the next meeting will be on February 16th. Meetings are held at the London Tract Baptist Meetinghouse at the intersection of Sharpless and London Tract Roads, Landenberg, PA. 19350, which is next to the White Clay Park Office.  The Club is always looking for new members. For more information check out the website at

Philadelphia County

This year, please join us in the Philadelphia area for the Mentored Youth Fishing Day.  On March 26, 2016 all stocked trout waters will be open to Mentored Youth Fishing.

ADULTS – To participate in the Mentored Youth Fishing Day, anglers 16 years of age or older (adult anglers) must possess a valid Pennsylvania Fishing License and be accompanied by a youth (less than 16 years of age) who has obtained a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission.

YOUTH – Youth anglers must obtain a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or Voluntary Youth Fishing License from the Commission and be accompanied by an adult licensed angler in order to participate. More information is available at this link:

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 27, 2016
Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness.  Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall though the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST:

Delaware County

Ridley Creek still has a few fly anglers in the Fly Fishing Only area and the open water in the Ridley Creek State Park. People are still not wearing their PFDs/life jackets when boating this time of year.  Remember, November 1 through April 30, anyone on boats under 16 feet in length and all kayaks and canoes regardless of size have to wear a PFD.  Duck and goose hunters must wear these even while at anchor.

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