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Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 12th, 2014

Lake Minsi (Northampton County) — Bluegills and other panfish were active in recent weeks. A good largemouth bass bite was reported, with rubber worms along lily pads taking nice fish. Pickerel were hitting the same baits, as well as live minnows.

Leaser Lake (Lehigh County) — Panfish were hitting jigs and rubber grubs and small minnows in recent weeks
Lehigh River — A good smallmouth bass bite was reported on silver spinners and small jigs and grubs. Trout were reported from Lehighton through Northampton. Sporadic Trico hatches were reported.

Little Lehigh River  — Tricos were hatching into early afternoon, Caddis and small Yellow Sulphurs also were occurring, although terrestrials remained a good bet.
Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) — Jim Neary’s Tackle Shop reported Aug. 28 that white perch fishing continued to be fantastic on chunks of crawlers, 2- to 3-inch

jigheads, and downsized crankbaits. Bass fishing was average on Carolina rigs fished deep off the Girl Scout Beach. Channel catfish were hitting clam snouts or, after a rainfall, green nitroworms. Some anglers were targeting the bigger channel cats with live bluegills.

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — A good crappie bite was reported on small jigs and minnows around structure at sunset, although daytime anglers were having success, too.

Lake Nockamixon (Bucks County) — Evening bass anglers reported decent action.

Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Largemouth bass up to 20 inches were reported in deeper water, with weedbeds yielding some of the larger fish on this Big Bass Program water. Crawlers were effective, as were jigs and rubber worms in black and purple, crankbaits and spinnerbaits. Bluegills and crappies were hitting jigs, minnows, mealworms and wax worms. Bass anglers reported catching a few muskies on spinnerbaits close to shore.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine, West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Terrestrials were effective on trout in the early morning and evening hours.

Schuylkill River (Chester County) — The bass bite was slow from the Cromby Power Plant area down to the Black Rock Dam area, although the same water was yielding flathead catfish on bluegills and crawlers, and channel cats on liver and other go-to baits. Anglers are reminded to stay clear of the Black Rock Dam fish ladder.

Chambers Lake (Chester County) — This 90-acre fishery was yielding nice yellow perch up to 11-plus inches on minnows near the bottom, from shore.

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