Southeast Pennsylvania Fishing Report – June 3rd, 2016
Octoraro Lake (Chester County) — As of May 21, Jim Neary’s Bait & Tackle reported a “ferocious” crappie bite on fathead minnows and 2-inch yellow or white twister tails fished in 4 to 8 feet of water along riprap. White perch, crawlers, small shiners, and downsized crankbaits also were working. Catfish were not yet full on, but after rainfall, were hitting on green nightcrawlers along Bluegill Road Bridge. Some walleyes were reported on crawlers on splitshot rigs, or size 7 crankbaits in gold and black or silver and black twitched in water along the low-head dam.
Marsh Creek Lake (Chester County) — Bluegills and crappies were hitting mealworms, wax worms, minnows and small, brightly-colored jigs, and bass were released on jigs, spinners and crankbaits. Large black, purple, dark green and pumpkin-seed plastic worms worked best for the bass. The best live baits were crayfish, minnows and nightcrawlers.
French, Pickering, East Brandywine, West Valley creeks (Chester County) — Water temperatures in the mid 50’s in mid-May made for good trout fishing, with spinners and small crankbaits effective, and bait anglers are doing just as well on minnows, small waxworms, and mealworms. Fly-fishermen had success on Black Caddisfly, Stonefly, and Midges patterns.
West Branch Brandywine Creek (Chester County) — Trout remained active through mid-May on mealworms, crawlers, and fathead minnows.
Deep Creek Lake (Montgomery County) — This Green Lane County Park impoundment was yielding bluegills from shore near the West Shore boat launch. Largemouth bass also were reported from shore.
Little Schuylkill River (Schuylkill County) — A final state trout stocking was slated for May 11. Anglers were catching trout on mealworms and minnows, while spinners and jerkbaits were working in slightly warmer temperatures.
Locust Lake (Schuylkill County) — Trout were reported through mid-May on live bait and artificial lures, with float baits just off the bottom effective for some anglers.