Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 9th, 2013
Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County)
A good muskie bite was reported at the end of April, with bass anglers complaining that muskies were hitting the bass as they were reeling them into their boats. Bluegills were hitting mealworms and waxworms and minnows and small jigs in recent weeks. Crappies were reported at Little Conestoga Bridge on similar tackle, with large black, purple, dark green, and pumpkin-seed color soft plastic crawlers also productive.
Schuylkill River (Chester County)
Bass and catfish were released on minnows, crawlers and liver in recent weeks.
Struble Reservoir (Chester County)
Nice numbers and sizes of crappies were reported in recent weeks, with shore anglers doing well fishing 3 to 4 feet under pencil bobbers.
Trout and smallmouth bass were released through the end of April.
Little Lehigh River (Lehigh County)
Weekly trout stockings kept the action going through the end of April, with anglers releasing rainbows up to 19 inches and browns up to 24 inches on minnows, crawlers, mealworms, red worms, butter worms and minnows.
Jordan Creek (Lehigh County)
Reports were mixed at the start of trout season, with spinners producing golden rainbows up to 22 inches and 6-plus pounds. The Upper Jordan yielded a 23-inch brown trout in recent weeks. Some anglers did well on crankbaits.
Ontelaunee Creek (Lehigh County)
Small baits and light tackle were taking trout in less-than-ideal conditions at the start of the season. Numbers of nice-size trout were reported on redworms, butterworms, paste baits, mealworms and other baits in recent weeks. Fly-anglers observed baetis hatches in the afternoons and midges throughout the day. There was some caddis activity. Attractor patterns such as San Juan worms were productive on the bottom.
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County)
Bass were released in recent weeks, and crappies, 9 to 12 inches, were reported on small twister tails.
Delaware River (Delaware County)
Striped bass were starting to show up at the end of April.