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Anglers are catching nice Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass throughout the lake when the recreational boat traffic is low during the week.
Woodcock Creek Lake
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, panfish, and Walleye. The lake is scheduled for stocking this fall. Reminder all people on a boat less than 16 feet and all canoes and kayaks must always wear a wearable personal floatation device on this lake.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish below the dam.
Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, and panfish. Reminder to boaters using the PFBC access to the creek, boats must be properly registered before using PFBC accesses. Also be sure to have all required safety equipment onboard prior to the start of your float.
Anglers are catching Muskellunge, Walleye, and panfish.
Anglers are catching panfish, Chain Pickerel, Bowfin, and Largemouth Bass.
The lake is open to hunters, boaters, and anglers. Remember to have all required safety equipment and proper registration if going out on a boat, canoe, or kayak. Anglers remember the lake is still listed as catch and release only. Anglers are catching bass and panfish from the docks.
Anglers are catching some Walleye, Largemouth Bass, and crappie in deeper waters using a variety of lures.
Anglers are catching Walleye and Smallmouth Bass throughout French Creek.
Clinton & Lycoming Counties
Fishing and boating in the district has been ample as the continual rains fall, keeping our rivers and streams filled. Several high water events have made both activities difficult at times, but when the water recedes the fishing and boating have been great. Bass anglers have been reporting significant catches in the West Branch Susquehanna and on Pine Creek with some hearty catches. Reports are saying even the smaller fish have good weight and stature to them. It seems like just about all tackle is working to produce this time of year with these conditions. Top-water lures, jigs, creature baits, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and plugs are all currently working. The Bass fishing is hot right now!
West Branch of the Susquehanna River
Anglers have been consistently catching Channel catfish in the evenings. Minnows and chicken livers are said to be the ticket. Smallmouth bass are also being caught with regularity. Most anglers have been using kayaks or canoes to cover a large amount of water. Soft plastic baits have produced the best results.
The lake is beginning to clear after the recent rains. Anglers are reporting having limited success with bass and crappy. White twister tails or similar plastic baits are said to be working well.
Parker Lake has experienced very light fishing pressure over the past week or two. September is a great time to go visit the park and enjoy a day of paddling. Many of the stocked trout have survived the summer and will be sure to provide anglers with many more opportunities this Fall.
Shagger’s Inn Pond
Anglers are reporting a slow bite during the daytime hours. However, those willing to get on the water early in the morning or late in the afternoon have been rewarded with some nice catches. Spinners are always a great go-to if you are wanting to catch “whatever bites”.
With the heavy rainfalls hitting the area, the USACE has applied a restriction for the entire reservoir for boating. The waterway is open to fishing and boating; however, speed is limited to slow no wake. Boaters are encouraged to adhere to this restriction due to the abundant amount of floating debris in the reservoir.
Anglers are reporting an excellent Bass bite along the 287-shoreline using heavy swim jigs in color combinations of blue/black, all brown, or brown/black. With fall right around the corner, anglers can find themselves also having immaculate views with the changing foliage.
The river levels at the spillway are currently high, and the water very brown. Reports of a good Catfish bite after dark sound promising using cut bait or chicken livers.
Fall Trout Season
With the coming and going of Labor Day means a change in the trout fishing regulations. Anglers looking to pursue trout in stocked trout waters now have an adjusted creel limit from 5 per day to 3 per day, and all Class A Wild Trout waters are regulated on a Catch and Release basis. Please reference the PFBC online app or mapping system to locate these regulated waterways, and as always consult your summary fishing regulation book before hitting the water.
Lyman Run Reservoir
Non-powered boaters are having a great time on Lyman Lake due to the high waters of Pine Creek and some other popular waterways. Paddlers are reminded to ensure all necessary safety equipment is onboard their boats.
Columbia & Southern Luzerne Counties
Impoundments have been producing fish, but fishing on the creeks and Susquehanna River can only be described as frustrating. Recent rains have many of the creeks and the Susquehanna River high and muddy.
With the seasonal draw down in effect, Francis E. Walter Reservoir has crappie and other panfish stacking up and anglers, especially those fishing from kayaks, are doing well. Finding the fish, is the key and a sonar unit will improve your chances greatly. The point, at the confluence of the Lehigh River and Bear Creek seems to be a hot spot. The best bait has been a fathead/jig combination.
Lily Lake has been producing good numbers and sizes of crappies. Lily Lake, Briar Creek Lake and Lake Irena are all scheduled for fall stockings of trout. Remember the daily limit is now reduced to 3 and only in Stocked Trout Waters. The rest of the waterways have a 0 creel and possession limit for trout.
Wyoming & Southwest Susquehanna Counties
The Susquehanna River remains off colored, which is making it less than ideal for Smallmouth Bass anglers. Fish are still being caught on crankbaits and dark colored jigs, fished slowly. Channel Catfish have been biting nightcrawlers and cut-bait, especially in the evening and night hours. Anglers are still catching trout on Bowmans Creek using flies as well as wax worms. The area from the fly fishing only stretch to the confluence with the Susquehanna River has been productive. Lake Winola and Lake Carey have also been locations where anglers are having success catching some nice sized bass on a variety of artificial lures. If the weather cooperates, September should be a great month to enjoy a wide variety of fishing opportunities in Wyoming County.
Due to the recent storm events, most of the trout stocked streams in the district were flooded and unfishable. Hopefully, within the next few days the streams will return to normal flow rates.
The Lehigh River is currently flowing very high, and in most areas beyond the normal shoreline areas creating strainers. Although, the Lehigh River is popular for whitewater rafting and kayaking, boaters should currently refrain from attempting to go out on the river. Often boaters will attempt to go out on the Lehigh River during the course of very high water event only to find out later they need to be rescued along with possibility of sustaining injuries, and in some cases a fatal accident could occur. Please check the flow rate of the river and know your experience and limits before venturing out onto the river. Remember, going out on the river after a major storm event not only places you or your passengers at risk, it also risks the lives of emergency responders performing a water rescue.
The boat launches at Beltzville Lake were closed during the Labor Day weekend due to the high waters. Boaters are encouraged to contact the Beltzville State Park Office to check if the launch areas are open prior to traveling to the lake.
Mauch Chunk Lake, even with higher water levels due to the recent storms, remained opened for boating and fishing. Anglers have reported good success catching bass, pickerel, and bluegills fishing from a boat and along the shore. Most bass caught were less than the required minimum size of 15 inches required by the lake’s Big Bass Special Regulations. Posters are posted at the lake detailing its special regulations. Anglers also reported catching some large size pickerel. The panfish action appears to be good around boat launch A.
Boater are reminded that motorboats and boats powered by an electric motor must display a proper motorboat registration. Unpowered boats such as canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc. launching at Commission lakes or access areas (Mauch Chunk Lake) including PA State Parks launch or access areas (Beltzville Lake) must display either a Commission launch use permit or a PA State Parks launch permit or mooring permit. Remember, alcohol is not permitted at Beltzville Lake and Mauch Chunk Lake on both the water and shore areas. Laws pertaining to the possession and or use of alcoholic beverages are strictly enforced.
Southern Pike & Northeastern Monroe
Remnants of Hurricane Ida have left streams and lakes very high in the region. Fishing activity has slowed but anglers are having some luck catching panfish using natural bait on some of the smaller impoundments.
Family Friendly Event:
The Philly Fishing Festival will be held on September 11, 2021 at the Walnut Street Fishing Pier on the Schuylkill Banks Trail in Philadelphia. The pier is located at 2436 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
Northern Bucks County
Extended trout season began on September 7th. Remember that trout creel limits are now 3(combined species) with a minimum size of 7 inches. The East Branch Perkiomen Creek will be stocked in October. Be sure to check fishandboat.com for stocking schedules.
With the summer days getting shorter, remember to make sure your required navigation lights and all-around white light are working properly. It’s a good idea to check bulbs, switches, batteries and to make sure there are backups on board. For more information of proper lighting for your boat, and other boating regulations, check out the online version of our basic boating handbook
A note about Blue-Green Algae:
Some people may not know that Blue-green algae grows in water and is a type of bacteria; Cyanobacteria to be exact and this bacterium is old, really old and depending on your view point it is either a few thousand years old or a few billion years old. Regardless on your viewpoint on how long you think it has been on the planet we call earth; it is here, and it is affecting the world around us. Cyanobacteria is good and actually very important regarding the oxygen levels within our atmosphere; if you were not aware, oxygen is rather important to life continuing as we know it on this earth. So, the more cyanobacteria we have on the earth the better, right? Not so fast. Like all good things, the bacteria are good to a point but if it goes beyond that level of goodness you then start to see it change into a toxin. Which is bad. While this bacterium is under hot sunlit days, the microscopic organisms with cyanobacteria within it starts to bloom and thus causing the toxin levels to rise to the point of affecting mammals. Yes, people and their pets can be affected and can become very sick. At Blue Marsh lake this can be a problem but thankfully The Army Corps of Engineers at Blue Marsh pay close attention to the water quality and then raise the alarm as soon as toxicity raises to harmful levels.
Many parts of the PA southeastern region of the state received significant amounts of rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Ida last week. Local waterways were severely impacted resulting in dramatic changes. Boaters on the Delaware River should be vigilant when they head out, as massive amounts of debris are still floating around to date. Beware of large, uprooted trees that have relocated downriver and are snagged on the bottom, yet are protruding above the surface at low tide, but not so much at high tide. There are dislodged boats, refrigerators, propane tanks, docks, and many other items that can cause significant damage to a boat’s hull, outdrive, and of course your prop if you are not careful. Most boaters stayed at their docks or enjoyed cookouts at home this past holiday weekend, while very few ventured out into the debris filled, Delaware River. It has been observed a couple of boats flying through the debris, somewhat recklessly, and boats being towed back in. Next weekend should be much better.
If you are planning on boating on the Upper Schuylkill River, you may want to do some recon before heading out. Flat Rock Park boat access in Lower Merion Township is closed due to heavy damage and significant silt deposits on the ramp. Last week, the Schuylkill River had the most significant flooding in decades. The waters have receded back into her banks, but access will be a problem in many of the upper pools until the ramps can be inspected and cleaned off.
The Brandywine River near Chadds Ford was flowing over Rt. 1 and caused damage to the road and many properties in the area. The Brandywine Museum is closed to paddlers until further notice. There are several trees posing dangers along the paths that lead from the parking lot to the water’s edge. There is also debris and items that floated down downriver that is scattered throughout the museum property. Please allow time for the clean up and contact the museum before you resume any paddling activities in the area.
Water levels are still high in the area and anglers should use caution while fishing. Stream signatures have changed, and silt islands have appeared where they were not prior to the storm. Large pools have also been created due to scouring from the high waters. Please allow water levels to return to normal flows before wading out when fishing. The area below Flat Rock Dam has been changed dramatically and extra caution should be used as the Schuylkill is still at above normal levels.
Anglers are reporting Bass are biting around the edges of the Speedwell Forge Lake, the trick is finding the areas along the shoreline where there is habitat and shade is available.
Most anglers seem to do well using just worms, but some find artificial lures work just as well.
Please remind to always check to see if your inflatable kayaks meet the requirements of a boat. They must have a wearable U.S.C.G. approved PFD on board, a sound producing device and a launch permit to use Speedwell Forge Lake.
Check all signs posted on property.