Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 13th, 2013
Lake Minsi (Northampton County) — Largemouth bass, including a 7-pounder taken on a small surface crankbait in the lily pads, were reported in recent weeks. Numbers of nice bluegills also were reported.
Monacacy Creek (Northampton County) — Trout were hitting at the end of August, with one angler catching an 18-inch brookie on a mealworm.
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Numbers of crappies were reported on minnows in the Spring Creek arm at August’s end. Anglers were catching bass by jigging tubes off the bottom in 10 to 15 feet.
Tulpehocken Creek (Berks County) — Nymphs and caddisfly patterns were taking trout in the special regulations area of this creek below Blue Marsh Lake.
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — A few early-morning bass were reported on plastics and diving plugs worked along the shoreline in late August. A nice muskie was taken on a jerk bait. Numbers of crappies also were reported, mostly on live minnows.
Schuylkill River (Montgomery, Berks counties) — Nice-size catfish were hitting, with the water just downstream of Black Rock Dam, a good shore-fishing spot.
Delaware River, Darby Creek (Delaware County) — Striped bass were hitting, and so were northern snakeheads. Blue crabs were starting to move into the Delaware near the Commodore Barry Bridge in late August.
Lake Towhee (Bucks County) — Walleyes up to 26 inches were reported, with minnows a good choice. Catfish were hitting on crawlers.
Nockamixon Lake (Bucks County) — Largemouth bass were hitting artificial frogs in the lily pads near Haycock and Three Mile Run boat access areas. Bass were going deeper during warm, sunny days. Anglers were catching tiger muskies on larger casting plugs. Channel catfish were taking chicken livers, nightcrawlers and commercial baits, with the feeder stream inlets productive, particularly after rainfall.
Delaware River (Bucks County) — Smallmouth bass were hitting soft plastics and diving crayfish imitations around currents and natural and manmade structures.
Octararo Reservoir (Chester County) — The crappie bite turned on in late August with fish up to 14 inches hitting fathead minnows, small shiners fished below bobbers in 4 to 6 feet, and small baits on jigheads. Fallen trees and other structures were hot spots. Captain Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle holds its annual shore-fishing catfish tournament Sept. 13. For more, call 717-529-2488.