Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – May 20th, 2016

Octoraro Lake (Chester County) — Jim’s Live Bait & Tackle reported May 5 that the white perch bite remained strong, with fish hitting chunks of crawlers with a couple of split shot fished on the bottom. Bass were hitting chatterbaits, 7-inch plastic worms, and jigs and pigs. Walleyes were being released at the covered bridge, but few had any real size to them. The best bait was medium shiners on 1⁄8-inch ballhead jigs. 

Marsh Creek (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were reported on mealworms, waxworms, minnows, and small, brightly-colored jigs. Bass were released on jigs, spinners, and crankbaits; black, purple, or dark green plastic worms; and crayfish, minnows and crawlers.

French, Pickering, East Brandywine, West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Spin fishermen were catching trout on spinners and small, soft plastic baits. Minnows, mealworms, waxworms, and crawlers, also were effective. Fly-anglers reported success on Black Caddis, Stonefly, and Midge patterns, as well as small Pheasant Tail and Hares Ear nymphs.

Schuylkill River — The Black Rock area was yielding releases of both smallmouth and largemouth bass on crankbaits or live baits. The water near the Cromby Power Plant outflow picked up in early May. Channel catfish were hitting on livers, and flatheads were taking live bait. 

Blue Marsh Lake (Berks County) — Striped bass and hybrid stripers were hitting large shiners in early May. 

Have de Grace, Maryland — This part of the Chesapeake Bay was yielding big numbers of striped bass, including some 25 and 30 pounders, during the catch-and-release season that ended in early May. Plugs with single barbless hooks were the ticket.

Categories: Import, Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *