Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 8th, 2015
Octararo Lake (Lancaster County) —Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported April 26 that wild fluctuations in water temperatures made for inconsistent bites on crappie and white perch. Bass releases were good to excellent on chatterbaits and white spinnerbaits along rip-rap near Route 472. If near shore, jigs and pigs in green pumpkin and black and blue were productive. Bull heads were biting.
Marsh Creek (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were reported on wax worms, mealworms, minnows and small brightly-colored jigs. The bass bite was slow in late April, but some releases were reported on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits. Large rubber crawlers in purple, dark green, pumpkin seed and black were productive. Best live baits were crawlers, crayfish, and minnows.
French, Pickering, East Brandywine, West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Water was in the 50s as of April 22 and anglers were catching trout on spinners and small soft plastics. Minnows, waxworms, and meal worms also were productive. Fly-anglers had success on stonefly, black caddis, and midge patterns, with Pheasant Tail and Hare’s Ear nymphs productive.
Schuylkill River — The Black Rock area was yielding releases of smallmouth and largemouth bass near Cromby power plant, with live baits and crankbaits productive. Channel catfish were hitting on liver and flathead catfish on live bait in recent weeks.
Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Crappies were hitting in the coves, with minnows productive.