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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 – July 1, 2015
N. Montgomery County

Anglers on the Schuylkill River are reporting large Smallmouth Bass around the Pottstown Area. The bass in this area mainly feed on crayfish so try using similar baits. Carp and catfish are also being caught in this area late at night. Pottstown Riverfront Park is a great place to fish this section of the river, with adequate parking and a trail along the water that stretches ½ mile.

N. Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake: Bluegills and crappies are taking mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small jigs.

Bass are taking live bait (worms & minnows) as well as jigs, spinners and crank baits. Best soft bait worm colors to use are large black, purple, dark green and pumpkin seed. Best live baits are crayfish, minnows and night crawlers.

Muskies are also being caught on very large lures (the larger the better), as well as bass spinners and crankbaits. They are being found along the shore in the weedy areas.

French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek have good water with plenty of trout and very few anglers fishing for them. Water temps are in the mid to high 70s. Fly anglers have reported taking trout on blue wing olives, midges and a few taken on sulfurs. Small pheasant tail and hares ears nymphs are a good bet for nymphing. Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas. The Fly Fishing Area is Catch & Release Only. You cannot possess bait in the Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Areas.

Schuylkill River: Black Rock area: Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass fishing has slowed a bit. Catfish anglers have reported catching several large Channel Catfish and are also getting into Flathead Catfish as well. 
Note: Stay 100’ clear of the fish ladder at the Black Rock Dam. Respect the river, and wear a PFD while onboard a boat. 

S. Montgomery/W. Philadelphia Counties

Fishing on the Schuylkill River is in full swing with the arrival of Bass Season on June 13.  Anglers are reporting sightings of fish believed to be Northern Snakeheads in the tidal section of Schuylkill River at the Art Museum/Waterworks.

Catfish are the main catch on the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River when fishing from the shore. Chicken livers, worms, shrimp, and bagels are the favored baits when fishing for catfish. Live bait offered after dark is the best choice when fishing for the monster flatheads. Stripers are still being reported in the tidal section of the Schuylkill River, the minimum size limit is now 28 inches. Last, but certainly not least, Common Carp fishing is starting to heat up in the river as well.

Warm weather in the area brings with it increased boating activities on the Schuylkill River, especially around the Flat Rock Park/Access Area.  Boaters are reminded to maintain a safe distance between boats, rowers and skiers.  Be safe.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 24, 2015
Lancaster County

Chiques Creek Watershed Expo – This event will occur Wednesday, June 24 from 6-9 PM at the Lancaster Leiderkrantz (off Route 283, Mount Joy). This annual event has become one of the area must-attend watershed events of the year. This year's expo promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 30 displays, giveaways, free ice cream, and neat learning experiences. This family friendly event is FREE and boasts live stream critters, a model rain garden, making a fish-print T-shirt, hearing great music, learning about your local watersheds, and having a great all around time.

For more information, go to the Lancaster County Watersheds website. PFBC District Officer Schmidt will staff an informational exhibit to underscore the “Resource First” motto, various PFBC publications will be available along with the Officer’s reptilian patrol partners; an Eastern Ratsnake and an Eastern Milk Snake.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Montgomery County

Anthony Deal caught this 53 lb. Flathead Catfish on the Perkiomen Creek below the dam from the Perkiomen Trail on 8-lb test and a 7-ft rod with a night crawler.

Flathead Catfish

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