South Eastern Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report - August 15th, 2014

Octararo Lake (Lancaster, Chester counties) — Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported July 31 that largemouth bass were hitting 4- to 5-inch swim baits in pearl white or alewife color thrown to the far side of a school of gizzard shad and slowly worked through the school. Bass also were hitting double-bladed white spinnerbaits and rubber worms. Neary called the white perch bite fantastic, with some anglers releasing 40 in a day, although sizes were mixed from small to 10 inches. Little chunks of crawlers on the bottom were productive. Catfish continued to hit green nitro-worms after rainfall and clam snouts. Walleyes were reported on medium and large shiners at the covered bridge. Crappies were hitting down deep on large fathead minnows on 1⁄16-ounce jigs under slip bobbers.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Some nice-size bass were reported on crankbaits, while catfish were hitting liver and crawlers through the end of July. Panfish also were reported.

Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) — Bass were reported in recent weeks, with rubber worms or crankbaits fished through lily pads the tickets.

Susquehanna River (Lancaster County) — Smallmouth bass were reported on tubes and crayfish patterns as well as crayfish-color crankbaits well below Holtwood Dam.

Schuylkill River (Philadelphia County) — Channel catfish were reported by daytime anglers on livers, crawlers or bagels on the bottom below the art museum along Schuylkill Banks Trail. The Fairmount Dam was yielding small striped bass on rubber shad-pattern lures in recent weeks.

Nockamixon Reservoir (Bucks County) — The outflow was yielding walleyes, bluegills and bass.

Delaware River — Striped bass and catfish were reported around the Route 202 and Route 95 sections on live white perch or eels.

Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County) — Largemouth bass were hitting rubber worms and crankbaits in recent weeks. Bluegills, white perch and the occasional yellow perch were reported from the docks off Duchess Lane and other parts of the lake’s deep end. Bluegills were hitting pieces of crawler, mealworms, or rubber grubs.

Neshaminy Creek (Bucks County) — During average seasonal flow in July, sunfish were hitting earthworms, minnows, or jigs tipped with rubber split-tail bodies.

Perkiomen Creek (Montgomery County) — Smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegills and other panfish were reported on live minnows, mealworms, shallow crankbaits, twister tails and other lures through the end of July.

Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) — Trout were reported from the deep water in the middle of the lake in mid-July, while shore anglers were catching bluegills and an occasional bass on crawlers.

Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — Largemouth bass, yellow perch and bluegills were hitting with live baits more productive than lures in clear water conditions.

Little Schuylkill River — Trout were reported by the few anglers targeting them in recent weeks.

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