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South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - April 22nd, 2016

Regional opening day on streams in Lancaster County April 2 drew angling pressure to varying degrees, despite morning rain. 

Octararo Lake (Chester County) — Jim’s Live Bait & Tackle reported April 10 that crappies and white perch were biting medium and large fatheads on jigs fished on the bottom, or under slip bobbers 10 feet down. Largemouth bass were hitting big shiners. Aggressive bass were taking chatterbaits in white. In the mornings and before dusk, anglers were doing well on half-ounce jigs with decent-size trailers in back.

Struble Lake and Chambers Lake (Chester County) — Crappies were starting to hit jigs and small minnows fished 3 to 5 feet under bobbers in early April. Boaters are reminded that the back cove at Chambers is closed to them until June 15 as it is a wildlife propagation area.

Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — As of April 8, water levels were very fishable, according to TCO Fly Shop. Trout were hitting on Zebra Midges (18-20), natural, olive, or black Pheasant Tails (16-20), chartreuse, wine or olive Copper Johns (16-20), Red Lightning Bugs (18), and other basic patterns. Hatches included blue-winged olives (20-24), cream midges (18-28), and caddis (18-20)

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