Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 19th, 2015
Octararo Lake (Lancaster, Chester counties) — On June 7, Captain Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported nice releases of bass on 8-inch rubber crill-tail worms in dark colors. Crappies were in their springtime pattern and hitting on fatheads around structure and cover, or on Trout Magnets or Crappie Magnets jigged off the bottom. Trees down in a recent storm were providing new structure to fish. Catfish were hitting later in the day. Yellow and white perch also were reported.
French, Pickering, East Brandywine, and West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Some nice trout were reported in early June, with spinners, crankbaits, minnows, small waxworms, and mealworms each productive. Fly- anglers did well on Black Caddis, Stonefly, and Midge patterns.
Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — In early June, nice-size yellow perch, as well as crappies and bluegills were taking meal and wax worms. Bass were released on jigs, spinners and crankbaits, and large black, purple, dark green or pumpkin-seed plastic worms. Best live baits were crayfish, minnows and night crawlers.
Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Smallmouth bass were released in early June on spinners, crawlers and jigs.
Little Schuylkill River — Trout fishing was productive in early June on meal worms and small jerkbaits.
Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — Crappies and bluegills were biting through early June, with small jigs and minnows around submerged trees taking crappies, and wax worms the ticket for bluegills. A few trout, pickerel and bass also were reported.
Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) — Anglers trolling deeper sections of the lake were still taking trout in early June. Bluegills and chain pickerel were hitting near the shorelines.
Lake Ontelaunee (Berks County) — Crappies and some perch were reported on small jigs and plastic grubs in the Peter’s Creek section. Catfish were taking on chicken livers and crawlers.
Lake Luxembourg (Bucks County) — A few trout were reported through the end of May, with pastebaits in white, chartreuse and yellow effective.
Neshaminy Creek (Bucks County) — A few trout were hitting through the end of May, while smallmouth bass and panfish were taking spinners. One angler released a number of panfish on terrestrial floating flies in clear water.
Delaware River — American shad were reported through late May around Trenton and New Hope. Anglers were also trying for striped bass on clams, bloodworms and bunker around Trenton.
Pennypack Creek (Philadelphia County) — Trout were still hitting through late May on mealworms, waxworms and small jigs and spinners. Smallmouth bass, rock bass and sunfish also were reported.