Octararo Lake (Chester, Lancaster counties) — Recent storms spurred the channel catfish bite, with Captain Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reporting weighing a dozen cats over 10 pounds by July 2.
Shiners and crawlers off the bottom were effective. Bass fishing went from phenomenal to hit or miss as a result of late-June storms, but some anglers were making nice catches on deep-diving crankbaits or jigs in the main lake towards Route 472. Numbers of white perch up to 1¼ pounds were reported on crankbaits or chunks of crawlers.
Schuylkill River (Montgomery County) — Smallmouth bass were reported around the Pottstown Area, and were feeding mostly on crayfish. Carp and catfish were reported at night.
Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were hitting mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small jigs. Bass also were talking jigs and minnows, plastic worms, spinners and crankbaits. The best crawler colors were black, purple, dark green and pumpkin seed. The most productive live baits were crayfish, minnows, and crawlers. Some anglers reported catching muskies in the weedy areas along shore.
French Creek, Pickering Creek, East Brandywine Creek and West Valley Creek (Chester County) — Fly-anglers reported catching trout on Blue-Winged Olives, midges and Sulphurs. Small Pheasant Tail and Hares Ear nymphs were productive.
Schuylkill River — The smallmouth and largemouth bass bites slowed a bit around Black Rock. Catfish anglers have reported catching some large channel cats and a few flathead catfish. Anglers are reminded to stay 100 feet clear of the fish ladder at the Black Rock Dam.
Schuylkill River (Montgomery, Philadelphia counties) — Catfish were the main catch for shore anglers through early July. Chicken liver, crawlers, shrimp and other classic baits were effective. Carp also were active. Striped bass were reported in the tidal section.
Anglers are reminded that the minimum creel limit is now 28 inches. Anglers reported seeing northern snakeheads in the tidal section at the Art Museum/Waterworks.