Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 2, 2019

Northwest Region

Get your fishing license ONLINE!
2019 PA Fishing Licenses went on sale December 1st.

REMINDER – Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear November 1, 2018 and runs through April 30, 2019. Learn more here.
The 2019 Trout Stocking Schedule is online. If you are interested in helping with trout stocking, search for your county from the drop-down list on the schedule. Pick your favorite stream to meet the stocking trout on the date and time of stocking.

Butler County

Harbar Acres Lake

This is a Trout-Stocked Lake located on State Game Lands 95. Trout fishing here has been fantastic this year. Trout are biting on most baits but prefer minnows or maggots. Boating with an electric motor or an unpowered watercraft

Glade Run Lake

This is a Trout-Stocked Lake located in Valencia. Trout fishing here has been very good. The PFBC has stocked some very nice Rainbow and Brown Trout. Anglers are catching trout by using minnows or night crawlers off the bottom.

Lake Arthur

Fishing is still slow, but water temperatures have been in the high 50’s. The crappie fishing should be good very soon. As the air and water temperatures rise in May, expect the Hybrid Striped Bass fishing to get good; usually near the end of the month.

Clarion County

Kahle Lake

Anglers are catching bluegill, crappies, yellow perch, and a few largemouth bass. Please keep in mind that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered to use this facility.

Piney Dam and the Upper Clarion River

Anglers are catching some Yellow Perch, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye. Please keep in mind that all boats, including canoes and kayaks, are required to be registered to use the PFBC’s Mill Creek and Gravel Lick Access Area’s.

Lower Clarion River (Piney Dam to Confluence with Allegheny River)

Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and Northern Pike near the confluence with the Allegheny River.

Northcentral Region

In-Season Trout stocking season continues!
Want something fun to do with your family, friends, church group, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and/or classroom? Join us by meeting our hatchery trucks and Waterway Conservation Officers at our designated “trout stocking meeting locations”!

FIND A TROUT STOCKING date and location that suits you!

Tioga County

Hills Creek Lake and Beechwood Lake

Anglers are catching Crappie and Yellow Perch using fathead minnows, waxworms and a variety of small jigs. Afternoons and evenings are the best times to be on the water.

Clinton County

Fishing Creek

Water level is still high, but currently fishable. Water temperature is in the low 50s. More rain is predicted for this coming weekend, so be prepared for the water conditions to change.

Anglers are catching trout using nymphs when there is not action on the surface. Nymph patterns that are working include (Iron lotus #16-18; flashback pheasant tail #14-18; pats rubberlegs #8-12; caddis larvae patterns). Don’t be afraid to swing some caddis pupa during hatches.

When trout are active on the surface of the water, anglers are catching them using Grannom Caddis #12-14; Midges #20-26; Hendrickson light and dark #14-16; Elk hair caddis black #12-14; March Brown #10-12; Blue Wing Olives #18-22.

During or after rain events, fish olive or black streamer patterns (Headbanger sculpin #4-8) work well.

Center County

Bald Eagle Creek

On upper Bald Eagle Creek, Milesburg to Port Matilda, anglers are catching trout using green mop fly patterns, beadhead prince nymph and olive, caddis larvae fly patterns.

Brown trout
Brown trout caught using a beadhead, prince nymph fly pattern. (Photo provided by angler)
Tracey McAfoos rainbow trout
Tracey McAfoos caught a nice rainbow trout using a green mop pattern while fishing Bald Eagle Creek a few days ago! (photo provided by angler)

Spring Creek

Spring Creek is currently in good shape with good coloration. Water temperatures are in the 50s. Rain events are predicted for this coming weekend, so be prepared to switch up your game plan while fishing.

Anglers are catching trout using nymphs and emergers. Nymph patterns that are working include blue wing olive nymphs and emergers; hot spot sow bug; walt’s worm; black zebra midge; sucker spawn and mop fly.

Anglers are also catching trout using dry flies (Sulphur Dun #14-16; Sulpher #14-16; Blue wing olives #18-22; Tan Caddis #14-16; Elk hair caddis #14-16; Midges #22-26).

During or after rain events, fish olive or black streamer patterns (slumpbusters #6-10).

Northeastern Region

Western Bradford & Sullivan County

According to anglers on several streams; Elk Creek, Hoagland Branch, Muncy Creek, Sugar Creek and Towanda Creek, trout are going after small pink worms with a peculiar flavor.  Apparently, they’re sold out at the bait shops, but if you find them hold on tight and wait for the bite!

Southeastern Region

Gaun First Catch Center

The Gaun First Catch Center (GFCC) is up and running with public fishing programs for the 2019 season! The Gaun First Catch Center provides opportunities to learn about fishing or improve existing skills in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. To join one of their outings, please refer to the GFCC website at:

Philadelphia County

Recent fishing reports have confirmed that the striped bass in the Delaware River have begun to make their way upriver. Over the next few weeks our biologist will be out tagging and collecting data on this years striped bass run. Please remember all safety equipment if fishing from a boat including a sound producing device and make sure your fire extinguisher is working order and charged.

E. Berks/N. Montgomery Counties

Antietam Lake and Antietam Creek (From: Antietam Reservoir, To: Exeter Park) received its second and final in season stocking of Trout on Wednesday 4/24. Antietam Creek was stocked from the Lake downstream to Exeter Park. No fish were stocked in the creek above Angora Rd as access to the Lakes Dam is prohibited.

Southern Bucks County

The weather is warming up and boats are being launched.  Make sure all of you required safety equipment is not only on board, but in good and serviceable condition.  Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are U.S.C.G. approved and fully charged.  Personal flotation devices (PFDs) or lifejackets need to also be U.S.C.G. approved and in good working condition.

As paddling is becoming more popular in our area, it is important to note there are also mandatory safety equipment requirements for all paddle craft as well.

Although the mandatory cold weather wear period is over, there are still rules and regulations you need to abide by.  It is still recommended to always wear your PFD!

An additional reminder, the entire length of the Neshaminy Creek is a Slow No Wake zone.

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S. Chester County

The Middle Branch White Clay Creek, Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only, section was stocked with Trout on Wednesday April 24th. This section is also “Keystone Select Trout Waters”. The trophy fish were big, some of them really big. I was busy with traffic but I had a few fishermen tell me that they saw a few fish that were lunkers. Thank you to all the individuals who came out to help and special thanks to the White Clay Fly Fishers for the float stocking help. The stocked section is a 1.7 mile stretch that runs from Good Hope Road at 39 45′ 43.7″ North, 75 47′ 03.9″ West to the confluence with the East Branch White Clay in the White Clay Creek Preserve at 39 44′ 57.7″ North, 75 46′ 10.4″ West. The points that were stocked are Good Hope Road at 39 45′ 43.7″ North, 75 47′ 03.9″ West, the Iron Bridge on London Tract in the center of the section at 39 45′ 16.2″ North, 75 46′ 51.6″ West. The Bridge on Sharpless Road at 39 45′ 01.9″ North, 75 46′ 16.3″, is down toward the lower limit of the stocked area.

State Representative Christina Sappey
State Representative Christina Sappey from Chester County went out on her first fly-fishing trip with Deputy WCO Ed Guthrie, and she helped to stock the Keystone Select DHALO on the White Clay in Chester County.
State Representative Christina Sappey helping to stock the Keystone
State Representative Christina Sappey helping to stock the Keystone

The Next meeting of the White Clay Fly-Tying Club will be at 6PM on Thursday May 2nd at the London Tract Meeting House in the White Clay Creek Preserve, located at the intersection of Sharpless & London Tract roads, Landenberg PA 19350, next to White Clay State Park Office. Fly tying materials are provided for those who do not yet have their own. Several flies are usually demonstrated and club members are happy to show you how it’s done, as well as spin a few stories about the last huge one that got away. Club mailing address is P.O. Box 762, Landenberg, PA 19350 for more information. Parking for club is behind the White Clay State Park Office.

Have you wanted to try a kayak or paddleboard to see if it is something that you would enjoy before investing a lot of money into it and deciding that it just wasn’t for you. Rentals are available in two locations here in Chester County. Two of these are Jims Bait and Tackle located on the Octoraro Reservoir, another is Marsh Creek Boat Rentals located on Marsh Creek Lake. The LL Bean Store in King of Prussia Mall sets up meet ups where you can try a few different types of kayaks at a few different local lakes to let you try out the products and gives you training before taking you out. Remember to always wear a life jacket when boating.

The Handicapped Fishing Rodeo for all Chester County I.U. Students will be held on Wednesday May 8th at the Children’s Fishing Pond in Hibernia County Park. The children will have a chance to catch a few trout that will be stocked by the West Caln Sportsmen’s Club. Thanks to the Friends of Hibernia, Hibernia County Park Staff, & West Caln Sportsmen for their continued support of this special event. For more information you can call Hibernia County Park at 610-383-3812.

The Orvis Store in Downingtown at 70 Quarry Rd, Downingtown Pa. 19335 will offer a free course Fly-Fishing 101 on Saturday May 11th from 9 AM till 11:30 AM. The course will cover everything that the beginning fly fisherman will need to know to get started in fly fishing.  For more information you can call the store at 610-873-8400 or visit the website at

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