South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - July 18th, 2014

Octararo Lake (Chester County) — White perch were hitting on just about everything all over the lake as of July 1. The spinnerbait bass bite improved in the last two weeks of June. Wacky-rigged soft-plastic worms were productive, with jigs and creature baits getting the big bass mid-day, according to Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle. White crappies were hitting fathead minnows on slip bobbers around submerged trees. Boaters were doing better than shore anglers for the slabs. Channel catfish were hitting large shiners and clam snouts, or, a day after rainfall, green crawlers.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were reported on mealworms, waxworms, minnows, and small jigs. Bass were hitting crawlers and minnows as well as jigs, spinners and crankbaits, with big black, purple, pumpkinseed, or dark green plastic worms the top colors.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine, and West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Light trout-fishing pressure was reported by early July, with water in the high 50s to low 60s. Fly-anglers had success on Blue-Winged Olives, midges, and Sulphurs, as well as Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear nymphs.

Schuylkill River — The smallmouth and largemouth bass bites were slow around the Black Rock area in early July. (Anglers are reminded to steer clear of the Black Rock Dam fish ladder.) Anglers caught some large channel and flathead catfish.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Good bass fishing was reported on plastics worked deep starting near-shore. Some nice crappies were taken on jigs and minnows around structure. 

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