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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 – May 18, 2016
N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake:  Bluegills and crappies are taking the usual baits; mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small brightly colored jigs. Bass will take jigs, spinners and crankbaits. Use large black, purple, dark green and pumpkin seed rubber worms. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and night crawlers. The bass are on redds now and it is illegal to target them there.

Streams: The French, Pickering, East Brandywine, and West Valley Creeks are in excellent condition and offering the best fishing opportunities of the season thus far. The fishing pressure has been very light for this time of the year, which means there is still a lot of trout left to fish for. Water temps have been hovering around the mid 50’s, which makes for really good fishing.  Spin anglers have been doing fair with spinners, and a few are having great success with small crank 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.

S. Chester County

For those who think that the trout are all gone here in Chester County, think again. Anglers are still catching nice fish in the West Branch Brandywine Creek as it meanders through Hibernia County Park. Many of the anglers are catch and release; however, some leave with full stringers and other anglers are reporting that they caught and released from one to ten trout. This stream has fast moving water with deep holes as well as some long wide, deep and slow areas if the fast water is too much of a challenge or for anglers looking to teach someone how to fish. Don’t forget the Children’s Fishing Pond in the park is stocked with trout if you are looking to take a youngster trout fishing.

There were still plenty of trout found in Buck Run recently, and few anglers have been spotted on the stream. There have been 3 to 5 fish spotted at each hole. Buck Run is a small stream that was running very clear, so get to a spot, catch a fish or two, and then move on to the next spot, because it is hard to hide from the fish. You will catch one and then the fish are spooked for a while, so you have to either move on or, wait till they settle down again. Take along mealworms, worms and fathead minnows, as the trout may be picky. This isn’t a great stream for using spinners on.

N. Montgomery County

Deep Creek Lake in Green Lane County Park: Anglers fishing along the shoreline last weekend near the West Shore Boat Launch area were able to get Bluegills fishing with bobber and worm rigs while fishing at the Southeast Region Family Fishing Festival. One young angler was spotted pulling a 14” Largemouth Bass from the shoreline with the same setup. Anglers in kayaks have been able to paddle out to the channel to get at the stocked trout in the lake. Try suspending minnows, mealworms and paste baits.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 11, 2016
N. Montgomery County

The East Branch Perkiomen Creek (Montgomery County) (900M UPS OF SR1017 SKIP SAL RD –to- T356 BERGEYS MILL RD) received its inseason trout stocking on April 21. This section only receives fish inseason, so this is your chance to get out and enjoy a wonderful stretch of the East Branch. The fish were stocked at Camp Wawa Park, Bergey’s Mills Park, and Salford Park. All three parks offer parking and space for families to experience a wonderful trout fishing opportunity. Enjoy and Happy Fishing!

Chester County

The Octoraro Reservoir is producing some nice catches of large crappies. While we haven’t seen any of the 15-inch fish we usually see this time of year, we did see many 12 and 13-inch fish. The best method of catching these beauties is to fish around tree structure that has fallen into the lake. The best bet is to use crappie baits or fathead minnows fished about 5 feet under a small pencil bobber. You will need to experiment with the depth of the minnow until you find where the fish are hiding. While boat anglers have the upper hand, they are also catching some nice fish along the Spruce Grove Road and Route 472 causeways. If you take a youngster with you, set them up with a light or ultralight rod and when they experience the fight of a big crappie on an ultralight rod, they will be hooked, too. For more information on the crappie bite or to set up a trip visit the Fishing Headquarters at 212 Spruce Grove Road, Kirkwood, PA 17536, or phone 717-529-2488. 

The White Clay Creek Section 1, from the confluence of the East Branch and the Middle Branch of the White Clay Creeks to the Pennsylvania and Delaware State line has been stocked with trout.  The stocking location for the White Clay Creek Section 1, was Parking Lot #2 in the White Clay Creek Preserve at 39-44'58.0" North and 75-46'14.1" West. A float located at the confluence with the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Area was loaded with the trout and then the section was stocked to about midway to the Delaware State Line. Fishing pressure in this section has been light so there are plenty of fish left for you to catch. Thanks to Forest C. for coordinating the stocking. Good Luck!

The White Clay Creek East Branch Section 2, from SR357 (Wood View Road) to the White Clay Creek Preserve Boundary has been stocked with trout. The stocking locations for the White Clay East Branch Section 2, were Wood View Road Bridge at 39-50'26.4" North and 75-47'11.5" West, Glen Willow Orchard at 39-50'07.1" North and 75-47'21.2" West, Indian Run Road at Miller Drive at 39-49'05.8" North and 75-46'57.7" Indian Run Road at bend at 39-48'58.0" North and 75-46'59.7" West, Garden Station Bridge and Clay Creek Road at 39-48'09.2 North and 75-47'01.6 West, North Clay Creek Bridge and Church Hill Road at 39-47'51.2" North and 75-46'56.9" West, Auburn Road Bridge at 39-47'28.1" North and 75-46'15.4" West, Laurel Woods Road Bridge on Penn Green Road at 39-47'02.7" North and 75-46'29.4" West, Landenberg United Methodist Church Parking Lot at 39-46'42.0" North and 75-46'18.9" West, Once again, we had light fishing pressure, so come out and take advantage of some excellent fishing. Thanks to Forest C. for coordinating the stocking, and many others who assisted.

The White Clay Creek East Branch Section 3, from the White Clay Creek Preserve Boundary to the mouth has been stocked with trout. The stocking locations for the White Clay East Branch Section 3, were Penn Green Road at the top of the Preserve Boundary at 39-46'24.2" North and 75-46'11.1" West, London Tract Road at 39-46'07.6" North and 75-45'54.2" West, and Yeatmans Station Road at 39-45'54.2" North and 75-45'45.8" West. Thanks to Forest for coordinating the stocking.

Schuylkill County

Brown Trout

Trout fishing has been good in the Little Schuylkill River for the last few weeks.  Water levels are up slightly and the stream has a good color to it.  Pressure has been moderate, especially during the weekdays, but plenty of fish are still holding up throughout the stocked stretch.  May 11 is the final trout stocking on this stream for the year, but it should offer fishing all year-long.  Mealworms and minnows have been excellent all year, and spinners and jerkbaits are working better as the water temperature rises. The 1.7 mile section from SR 0895 in New Ringgold downstream to the T-848 Bridge near Rauschs is under Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only regulations.

Locust Lake is starting to see more boats on the water as camping season gets underway.  Trout were caught in the lake near shore on all types of baits and lures.  Float baits just off the bottom for trout.  The lake receives another stocking on May 19.

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 6, 2016
Lancaster County

Middle Creek and Little Muddy Creek were stocked with Rainbow and Brown Trout on Thursday, 4/28. Middle Creek is a 15.5-mile-long tributary of Cocalico Creek. There is a dam between Hopeland and Kleinfeltersville, which creates a small lake in the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, also known as State Game Lands #46. Middle Creek joins Cocalico Creek just upstream from Hammer Creek near the village of Rothsville.

Significant sections of Middle Creek were float-stocked per below:

Middle Creek – Sect. #2

  • Downstream From The Mt. Airy Road Bridge

Middle Creek – Sect. #2

  • Downstream From Farm Lane [105 N. Clay Rd.]To The Clay Road Bridge

Middle Creek – Sect. #2

  • Downstream From Bridge At Wissler And Middle Creek Road [Near To 402 Wissler Road]

Youth Fishing Derbies

The month of May in Lancaster County provides opportunities for adults to introduce youth to fishing in the form of youth fishing derbies.  Popular baits include minnows, worms, salmon eggs, corn, cheese, paste baits in yellow, chartreuse and white. Check with organization running the derby for any restrictions they have to these bait choices. For questions for adults wanting to help a child and if the adult needs a license, check here:
or refer to page 8 of the 2016 Pennsylvania Summary of Fishing Regulations and Laws

Plan to enjoy an outing with a child at one or more of these derbies.  As stated by District Officer Schmidt, “These derbies are typically well organized and well attended; the respective sponsoring organizations are to be commended for their efforts in promoting angling amongst today’s youth.”

Parents & Sportsmen, consider providing your child with a voluntary youth fishing license to proudly display amongst their peers. For more information on this PFBC initiative to promote youth fishing, check out our website here:




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Mill Creek Sportsmen’s Association
[1877 Windy Hill Road, Lancaster]


Ages 3-13

Mill Creek

9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M.
Note: No Spinners Or Lures


Paradise Sportsman’s Association

12 & Under

Londonland Run

Belmont & Quarry Road
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Conoy Township

Ages 15 & Under

Conoy Creek

8:30 – Noon @ Conoy Park East


Manheim Sportsmens Association

Ages 5-15

Chiques Creek

1:00 – 4:00 @ Manheim Memorial Park


Lititz Sportsman’s Association


Disabled Persons (Of All Ages)

Lititz  Run

10:00 A.M. – 2:30 P.M. Warwick Twp. Riparian Park – Sr 772

Organizations planning “derbies” or “rodeos” are reminded that a Special Activity Permit is required: For questions about obstructing a stream for a fishing derby, link to:

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 4, 2016
Northern 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 have been taking jigs, spinners and crank baits. Best colors to use are large black, purple or dark green rubber worms and pumpkin seed. Best live baits right now are crayfish, minnows and night crawlers. It is illegal to target bass on their redds.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine and West Valley Creeks are low & warm for this time of year.  Water temps have been hovering in the low 60’s and fishing pressure has been very light which means there is still a lot of trout fishing left.   Spin fishermen have been doing well with spinner and small soft plastic baits. Bait fishermen are doing equally well with minnows & worms, while some are taking fish on small wax and mealworms.  Fly fishermen 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 fishermen.

A few Remembers: you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas, the Fly Fishing Only Area is Catch & Release only and you may not possess fish in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Areas until June 15.

Schuylkill River: In the Black Rock area both Smallmouth and Largemouth bass fishing near the Cromby Power Plant outflow has picked up. Crankbaits and live bait are still the best producers. There have also been cat fishermen who have caught channel cats on liver and flatheads 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. 

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