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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 02-12-2019, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Chasing Pickerel

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I fish year round, and I try to mix it up as much as possible. During the Winter I find it a little harder to do so. Most of the season is spent fishing for trout, with the occasion try at some walleye/smallmouth in the Susquehanna River.

I would like to take a day to go after some Pickerel. I'm sure that this isn't a common request but where I live in Lancaster County, there aren't many options if any. I've caught a pickerel here and there while fishing for trout, but never more than 1 or 2. For open water I was thinking about streams for the most part. I am open to driving up to an hour and a half or so. I'm thinking the area north of Reading might be good, but I really have no idea what I'm doing.

I'm not looking to spot burn anyone, I just need some direction as to where to get some good numbers. Any advice would be much appreciated!
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There used to be pickerel in the Stoney Creek in Dauphin Co. I couldn't begin to tell you how to access the are anymore, it's been a long time since I was there. Also, I heard there were some in what they called the Ice Dam in Mount Gretna area.

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I've taken some at Pinchot State Park thru the ice on large shiners. I know guys catch them other times also. Some of the backwater inflow areas have decent lily pad/weed bed habitat.

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There used to be pickerel in the Stoney Creek in Dauphin Co. I couldn't begin to tell you how to access the are anymore, it's been a long time since I was there. Also, I heard there were some in what they called the Ice Dam in Mount Gretna area.
Stony is actually one of the few places around that I have caught a pickerel at. Only 2 ever though. I just went about a month ago though, and i didn't catch any.
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I've taken some at Pinchot State Park thru the ice on large shiners. I know guys catch them other times also. Some of the backwater inflow areas have decent lily pad/weed bed habitat.
I have heard that there are some in Pinchot as well. However, not sure if there is safe ice at the moment. I would prefer to wade a creek right now if possible.
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I have heard that there are some in Pinchot as well. However, not sure if there is safe ice at the moment. I would prefer to wade a creek right now if possible.
Agree on the ice. I know Lake Redman's(York County) ice is now unsafe plus even gone in some areas. So far this year only had a narrow window of a few days where you could get on.

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If you really want to chase pickerel head up to the Pocono's(anywhere LOL). If staying "local" is your only option Scotts Run lake in French Creek SP had a good(but mostly small in size) population. However the lake is down for repairs so not sure if you can get to the remaining pool to fish....Exposed muddy lake bottoms can be quick sand like ! Plus if they get done with the work and refill it before the trout opener it becomes "off limits" prior to opening day. Hopewell lake(same park) also has some in it but they were not as numerous. They were also stocked(once mid 90's) into Ontelaunee and Kearcher and a few are caught still - mainly by guys on the ice. Over in Chester they claim they are in Chambers lake... IDK.

It doesn't seem like pickerel were real common here in the SE. Before they stocked them in Ontelaunee + Kearcher I never heard of any in Berks except at Scotts Run.

P.S. -- check the stocking list for Speedwell don't know if they put any in there or not(catch +release only for awhile yet)

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Check out the Big Chiques creek in Lanc Co.

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If you really want to chase pickerel head up to the Pocono's(anywhere LOL). If staying "local" is your only option Scotts Run lake in French Creek SP had a good(but mostly small in size) population. However the lake is down for repairs so not sure if you can get to the remaining pool to fish....Exposed muddy lake bottoms can be quick sand like ! Plus if they get done with the work and refill it before the trout opener it becomes "off limits" prior to opening day. Hopewell lake(same park) also has some in it but they were not as numerous. They were also stocked(once mid 90's) into Ontelaunee and Kearcher and a few are caught still - mainly by guys on the ice. Over in Chester they claim they are in Chambers lake... IDK.

It doesn't seem like pickerel were real common here in the SE. Before they stocked them in Ontelaunee + Kearcher I never heard of any in Berks except at Scotts Run.

P.S. -- check the stocking list for Speedwell don't know if they put any in there or not(catch +release only for awhile yet)
Yeah I figured I might have to go up to the Poconos. I was hoping to wade a stream and fish for them rather than lake fish. I'm guessing feeder creeks to lakes up there might be a decent shot? I definitely don't mind a drive.

I have caught a few at Scott's Run as well, but never in Speedwell. I know that they are not on the stocking list, but i saw a picture of a Musky out of there this summer so you never know!
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Check out the Big Chiques creek in Lanc Co.
Does that have Pickerel? I grew up in Manheim and fished that creek hundreds of times, never caught one. Plenty of little smallies and largies though.
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