Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – September 11th, 2015
Octararo Lake (Lancaster, Chester counties) — As of Aug. 26, Jim Neary’s Bait and Tackle reported a “fantastic” white perch bite with fish hitting all over the lake on chunks of crawlers fished on the bottom with a couple of split shots. A good-to-average largemouth bass bite was reported on chatter baits and topwater chuggers before 9 a.m., and Texas-rigged plastics and jig-and-pigs in the afternoon. Jig-and-pigs also were working in the evenings. Catfish were hitting, with green crawlers and clam snouts excellent after rainfall, or big shiners fished on the bottom. Walleyes were hitting at the covered bridge.
Delaware River (Bucks County) —As of Aug. 26, shad and herring were moving down river, which some anglers noted seemed earlier than in past years. A good smallmouth bass bite was reported on herring-pattern lures, such as jerk shad, or poppers in the evening. Walleyes also were reported.
Neshaminy Creek (Bucks County) — Smaller bass, panfish and rock bass were reported on spinners, small grubs on jig bodies, and minnows. Yields were good from deeper pools where fish hide at the bottom of riffles waiting to strike.
Giving Pond (Bucks County) — Smaller bass and crappies were reported on plastic crawlers and twister tail grubs.
Schuylkill River (Montgomery County) — Channel catfish were hitting nighcrawlers and shrimp, and flathead catfish were reported on bluegills. Smallmouth bass were taking poppers, twister tails, crankbaits and live minnows.
Tuscarora Lake (Schuylkill County) — Largemouth bass were hitting on soft plastics and topwater baits in recent weeks. Perch, crappies, and bluegills were coming on live bait.
Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — Trout were reported in the deeper pools, with live bait and small flies productive.