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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 – October 22, 2014
E. Berks County / N. Montgomery County

Local anglers at Lake Ontelaunee in Berks County are catching panfish out of the Rte. 73 Quarry Hole. With the temperatures dropping and less daylight, the best fishing is first thing in the morning. Try using plastic grubs on jig heads down deep in the Quarry Hole to entice panfish out of the depths. Good luck and happy fishing!

S. Berks County

Much needed rainfall has picked up the fishing in the area. The recently stocked Scott’s Run Lake and the Tulpehocken Creek downstream of Blue Marsh are great spots for trout. Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout are hitting spinners and a variety of bait, and the Tulpehocken Creek is a prime location for fly-fishing. Please pay close attention to posted special regulations on the Tulpehocken Creek below the Blue Marsh Stilling Basin to the Red Covered Bridge. No bait is permitted and all fish must be released (Delayed Harvest-Artificial Lures Only Area). Good luck!

Fishing at Blue Marsh Lake has been good for both striper and bass.
The lake has been gradually releasing water, so be careful while boating and reduce speed where necessary.

Bucks County

Smallmouth Bass and panfish can be caught in Neshaminy Creek and Tohickon Creek with spinners, small poppers, grub imitations, minnows and spinners.

Lake Luxembourg will be stocked with Rainbow Trout on November 12.

Lancaster County

Muddy Run Recreation Lake received its fall stocking of trout on October 9.

Montgomery County

Deep Creek Dam will be stocked with Rainbow Trout on November 13.

Northampton County

Minsi Lake was stocked with Rainbow Trout on October 10.

Philadelphia County

Anglers are catching the fall stocking of trout in the Pennypack Creek. Be prepared with a tackle bag of spinners, meal worms, wax worms, earth worms and paste baits.

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 15, 2014
Bucks County

PFBC stocked the East Branch Perkiomen Creek and Levittown Lake with trout on October 7. Follow the Fall Trout Stocking Schedule online.

Delaware County

PFBC stocked Ridley Creek with trout on October 1. Try small size Caddis, Midges, BWOs, Wooly Buggers and terrestrials in the Catch & Release Fly Fishing Only Section.

N. Chester County

Marsh Creek: Panfish anglers continue to take Bluegills and Crappies with mealworms, wax worms and small jigs. Panfish are around structure along the shore. Bass anglers are successful with spinners and crankbaits. Use large black, purple or dark green and pumpkinseed rubber worms. The best live baits are crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers. There have been no reports of anglers catching Muskellunge.

French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine and West Valley Creek are still low and clear. The East Brandywine Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section is productive.  Trout are taking terrestrials and assorted nymphs. This is a Special Regulation Area and anglers cannot possess fish in this section. Anglers may not possess fish in the DHALO until June 15, 2015. Anglers may never possess bait in any of the Special Regulation Areas (FFO & DHALO). The French Creek Fly Fishing Only Area is catch & release. 

Schuylkill River: Smallmouth Bass and Largemouth Bass fishing has picked up in the Black Rock area near the Cromby Power Plant outflow and the railroad bridge. Crankbaits and live bait are the best producers. Anglers continue to take large Flathead Catfish on Bluegills, shiners and nightcrawlers above and below the Black Rock Dam. Stay clear of the fish ladder area at the Black Rock Dam. Violators caught within 100’ of the fish ladder will receive a citation. Respect the river and wear a PFD while onboard a boat.

Philadelphia County

PFBC stocked Pennypack Creek with trout on October 9. Carry several types of bait as trout can change their appetites quickly. Try worms, mealworms, wax worms, minnows and paste bait. You might catch some panfish and Smallmouth Bass as well. Fish the Schuylkill River between Locust and Walnut along the Schuylkill Banks Trail for Channel Catfish with nightcrawlers, minnows and other live bait.

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 8, 2014
Southern Berks County

With the Oct. 3rd stocking of the Tulpehocken Creek and Scott’s Run Lake on Oct. 6th, there is plenty of opportunity to hook into some real nice rainbows and browns.  Spinners and wooly buggers are hot in the Tulpehocken Creek, and minnows and bait pastes are providing good action at the Scott’s Run Lake.  The current limit is three trout per day, except in the Special Regulations Area of the Tulpehocken Creek where all fish must be released and no bait is permitted.

Striper activity is picking up at Blue Marsh Lake with the cooler weather, try using a white or yellow bucktail to increase your chance at picking up a big fish.  Crappie fishing continues to be good with nice fish taken on live minnows and jigs fished over structure

Northern Chester County

Marsh Creek Lake: Bluegills and crappies are taking mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small jigs. Anglers are having the most successin and around structure along or near the shore.  Bass fishing reports have been somewhat mixed. Anglers catching bass have reported taking them on the usual: jigs, spinners and crankbaits as well as natural bait. Best colors to use are black, purple, pumpkin seed or dark green rubber worms. Best live baits are crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine and West Valley Creeks are low and clear. The cool nights have cooled the water temps and the trout fishing is beginning to improve. The East Brandywine DHAL section was stocked last week with some very nice trout. Anglers have reported catching them on terrestrials and nymphs. No fish may be had in your possession while fishing this section. 

Note: Remember, you may never have bait in your possession in any of the Special Regulation Areas (FFO & DHAL). 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, 2015 

Schuylkill River: Smallmouth and largemouth bass fishing near the Cromby Power Plant outflow and near the Railroad bridge has been decent lately. Crankbaits and live bait are still the best producers.

Catfishing the past month has been very good, with fishermen taking large flatheads on bluegills and nightcrawlers. Channel Cats have been caught using the standard fare of chicken liver.

 When fishing at the Black Rock Dam stay clear of the fish ladder area. Violators caught within 100’ of the fish ladder will be cited. Respect the river and wear a PFD while onboard a boat.

Lehigh County

The Little Lehigh was stocked on Monday from Bogarts Bridge downstream to Martin Luther King Highway.  Also, there have been stockings from the Co-op nursery in the same section of stream and upstream of the hatchery.  These stockings combined should provide a great opportunity for some excellent fall trout fishing.

Northampton County

Minsi Lake is scheduled to be stocked on Friday, October 10th with a fresh batch of rainbow trout.  Make sure to get out and enjoy this great fall trout fishing opportunity!  Water levels in lake are lower due to the lack of recent rains, but there are plenty of areas to fish from shore.  Launching larger boats may be a problem so be careful.

Southern Montgomery & Western Philadelphia Counties

Juvenile Stripers below Fairmount Dam are active and biting; the size limit for Stripers is 28 inches on the Schuylkill River.  Anglers chasing channel cats are doing very well, with favorite baits being worms, chicken livers, pepperoni and cinnamon raisin bagels.

Reminder: Starting on November 1st, thru April 30, any person on all boats 16ft. in length or less and any canoe or kayak are required to wear a life jacket.

Western Schuylkill & Northern Berks

Fishermen are reporting increased action with panfish and bass on area lakes and streams.  The recent cooler weather should continue to improve the fishing in the region.  Currently, early mornings and evenings seem to be the most productive times for anglers targeting game fish throughout the region.

Blue Marsh Lake is in the process of being dropped to winter level, so please be careful of changing water levels.

Eastern Schuylkill County

Tuscarora Lake was stocked with brown and rainbow trout on October 2nd near the beach area of the lake.  Anglers struggled to catch fish the first two days after the fish were put in the lake but the trout are starting to hit more aggressively in recent days.  Worms and minnows have worked well throughout the day and some big brown trout were caught on jerkbaits.  

The perch are also hitting extremely well just off the lily pads in the western end of the lake.   Anglers are reporting large schools of perch hitting on worms and reports of a few musky in the area as well.  A few walleye have been caught while trolling with crankbaits or crawler harnesses and is expected to pick up as the weather continues to cool.

Locust Lake is starting to see trout gathering near the mouth of Locust Creek and should see more there in the next month.  Very few boats have been using the lake and only a handful of shoreline fisherman can be seen on the weekends.  Typically the bigger brown trout are caught from Locust Lake at the end of October to the beginning of November.

Little Schuylkill River continues to run very low and clear but still holds plenty of trout.  A few nice trout are holding in the Delayed Harvest area near New Ringgold and can be seen rising with some regularity.  Fishing pressure this time of year is minimal and this stretch can offer a good opportunity for a patient angler.

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