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Map highlighting counties in the Southeast RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Schuylkill (County Guide)

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 17, 2014
Berks County

Largemouth Bass are hitting soft plastic crayfish and creature-style baits around main lake points with structure at Blue Marsh Lake.

The Commission will be stocking the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section and Section 8 of Tulpehocken Creek on October 3.  

The Commission will also be stocking Scotts Run Lake with trout on October 6.

Bucks County

East Branch Perkiomen Creek: PFBC staff plan to stock the creek with trout on October 7.

Neshaminy Creek: Sunfish are taking small jigs with rubber split-tail bodies and earthworms are always reliable bait for the sunfish family. Try minnows or minnow-imitation lures for the Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass. The Tyler State Park section of the creek is a great place for families to go for a leisurely morning of fishing. While the thoughts of many people drift from fishing to football, school and the holidays, dedicated anglers know that fish activity picks up as the winter months approach.

Delaware County / Philadelphia County

PFBC Outreach Staff will be exhibiting at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum as part of the Cradle of Birding, Wildlife & Conservation Festival on Saturday, September 20 from 7am to 3pm. The event is free to the public. The Cradle of Birding Festival engages people of all ages and experiences to get outside, learn about wildlife and connect with nature. The fun begins early with 7:00am guided bird walks. Exhibits and workshops start at 9:00am. Dozens of exhibitors highlight programs, projects and organizations, including eco-friendly ideas, birding optics, information about wildlife, conservation and education. Workshops highlight birds, butterflies, plants, fishing, nature photography, and more. Learn more about the event at the John Heinz NWR website at http://www.fws.gov/refuge/john_heinz/

Lancaster County

The Commission will be stocking Muddy Run Recreation Lake with trout on October 9.

Additional information about fall stockings is available on the agency’s online trout stocking schedule.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 10, 2014
S. Berks County

The trout fishing was slow on Tulpehocken Creek (Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only area) with the recent hot weather, but it should pick up as fall approaches. The next stocking for the area is Oct. 3 at 12:15pm. PFBC staff and volunteers are meeting at the Blue Marsh Park Office. Add the date to your calendar, and come out and do some trout stocking!

The bass fishing continues at Blue Marsh Lake with most fish caught on crank baits and soft plastics. The heavy summer boat traffic is gradually winding down. This should really improve fishing the main lake on weekends.

Anglers are catching catfish around the region. Some catfish hotspots include the Schuylkill River, Blue Marsh Lake, Lake Ontelaunee, and Middle Creek Lake. Chicken liver works great for catfish, and it doubles as good bait for the Striped Bass at Blue Marsh Lake. Do not forget to obtain a launch permit prior to using non-powered watercraft at PA Fish and Boat Commission accesses and State Park waterways.

N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake: The best baits for bluegills and crappies have been minnows and small jigs. Anglers caught a few large yellow perch on minnows and worms. Panfish are in and around structure along the shore. The fall bass bite has not turned on yet, although experienced anglers are doing well around weeds and in 15'-25' of water. Live bait has been the champion this summer. Night crawlers, in particular, worked well. Jigs, spinners and crank baits are catching a few bass as well as some Muskellunge. The best colors to use on Marsh Creek Lake are large black, purple, dark green and pumpkinseed rubber worms. The Muskellunge fishing has been steady all summer long, with some of the best baits being crankbaits. That is right, crankbaits! Just watch the youngsters along the shoreline fishing for bass to learn a thing or two.

Streams: French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine and West Valley Creek are still low and clear. The cool nights should cool down the water temperatures and turn trout on.

Remember that anglers may never possess bait in any of the special regulation areas. The Fly Fishing Area is catch & release only.  Anglers may not possess fish in Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only areas from the day after Labor Day until next June 15.

Schuylkill River: Black Rock area: The Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass bite is slow but consistent near the Cromby Power Plant outflow. Crank baits, night crawlers and minnows are still the best producers. The catfish are still active on the Schuylkill River. Anglers continue to take large Flathead Catfish on bluegills and night crawlers. Anglers are catching Channel Catfish with chicken liver.
 
Stay clear of the fish ladder area when fishing at the Black Rock Dam. Officers caught and cited violators found within 100’ of the fish ladder. Respect the river and wear a PFD while onboard a boat.

E. Philadelphia County

The PFBC will stock trout on October 7 at Levittown Lake and October 9 at Pennypack Creek in Philadelphia. Meet at 8600 Pine Rd (Parking Lot) at 12:45pm to assist with the stocking.

S. Montgomery County/W. Philadelphia County

The Bassmasters Elite Tournament on the Delaware River this past month was a big hit in Philadelphia .The local fan favorite and tournament champion “Ike” showed everyone how to catch bass on the tidal portion of the river. Fishing around structure during the low tide proved to be successful. 

Anglers are catching juvenile Striped Bass. The size limit for Striped Bass is 28” minimum and two Striped Bass per day.  Anglers up and down the Schuylkill River are catching Flathead Catfish on live sunfish. Flathead Catfish are most active at night.  Anglers on the Delaware River and Schuylkill River are catching Channel Catfish, and their bait choices include chicken livers, chicken breast, cheese, clams, shrimp and corn.

Channel Catfish
This 26” Channel Catfish took the award for the largest fish of the day at the annual Philly Fun Fishing Fest. We released this fish and all other fish caught during the event.  The Philadelphia Water Department and Schuylkill River Development Corporation held the Philly Fun Fishing Fest on September 6 along Schuylkill Banks Trail around Walnut Street Bridge. The PA Fish & Boat Commission provided loaner fishing rods and tackle. The partners hold the event the first Saturday in September, so mark those calendars for next year.

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 3, 2014
N. Bucks County

Delaware River-Anglers are catching some nice Walleyes around large structure like bridge piers and deep holes that have some cover. Hard baits like crankbaits and stickbaits seem to be the most effective. Some anglers are having average or above average catches of Smallmouth Bass, with a good number of sub-legal fish as well. Anglers are reporting catching Flathead Catfish as far north as Riegelsville. Boaters launching unpowered watercraft from Fish and Boat Commission Accesses along the Delaware River should remember to display a valid Powered or Non-Powered Boat Registration, a Use Permit PFBC or a launch or mooring permit issued by DCNR.
 
Nockamixon Lake-Several anglers surveyed at recent bass tournaments have reported catches on Largemouth Bass on soft plastics. Anglers have also reported good activity with Muskies as well.
 
Boating-Waterways Conservation Officers in Bucks County continue to encounter a high number of paddlers out on the water that do not have a USCG Approved wearable flotation device on board their vessels, as well as sound producing devices. Read more about life jacket requirements here: http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/pfd/brochure.pdf.

S. Chester County

Chester Water Authority manages Octoraro Reservoir and this impoundment provides access to aquatic recreation in Southern Chester County. There are some specific regulations for this area as the water authority operates it. To learn about the fishing opportunities at this reservoir, check out the Chester Water Authority’s website at http://www.chesterwater.com/newsletter/fishing.htm .

Lancaster County

Walleye
Joe Tabbutt, Parkesburg, caught this 24 inch Walleye at the confluence of the Conestoga River and Susquehanna River on a jighead with a soft plastic minnow.

E. Schuylkill County

Tuscarora Lake has seen little fishing pressure in the last few weeks, but the lake is beginning to give up more fish lately.  The lake is clear and causes fish to be very fussy.  Walleye are starting to hit as the weather cools off in the evenings.  White jigs used near the drop-offs in about 10 feet of water are productive.  Anglers are catching Yellow Perch with consistency.  Large groups of fish gathering at the west end of the lake near the lily pads.  Bass fishing continues to be quiet mid-day, but anglers have caught a few in the evenings on top water and soft plastics.

Locust Lake has had boating pressure and shoreline anglers due to the high number of campers at the park.  With most of the campground now closed, the traffic should slow down.  With autumn approaching, trout fishing at the lake should improve.  Cast some jerk baits for big Brown Trout in Locust Lake during the fall months.  Fish gather in the mouth of Locust Creek this time of year.

The Little Schuylkill has been running very low and clear, so it is a bad choice for canoeing or kayaking.  The Schuylkill River is low, but paddlers can float it from Landingville down to Port Clinton. This section also offers good fishing along the way.

All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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