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Dove and goose season open. Antlerless deer in 5c and 5D open Sept. 20.

Berks Bass Masters' Tuesday night bass tournaments at Dry Brooks, Blue Marsh Lake end September 16.

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Berks Fishing 9/12/14

Weather: cooling with low pressure

Water Temps: mid 70s in the lakes

Schuylkill flow: below normal

Lower Tully flow: low

Actively feeding fish: Summer fishing patterns changing to fall.
for bass, catfish, panfish, musky and walleye. Best to fish early morning/late evening

Hot lures:tubes, crankbaits and topwater for bass, live minnows, grubs, rooster tails, tricos, streamers and small nymphs

AGDO Radio Schedule

Roger Mallon and Bob Entler have been co-hosting A Great Day Outdoors for 22 years, beginning with a 1/2 hour radio show in 1990 on WEEU-AM/830 in Reading.

WEEU-AM/830, Reading, PA. Sunday Mornings at 7 a.m.

WWSM-AM/1510, Lebanon, PA. Saturday mornings at
7 a.m.

Berks County Outdoors

Watch archived editions of Berks County Outdoors with Roger and Bob and Berks Community Television, here.

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Berks County Bait Shops

Chris’s Bait and Tackle
9611 Longswamp Road, Mertztown
Open: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday, 8 am.-4 p.m. Closed Sunday

Fink’s Bait and Tackle
433 Main Street (Route 73)
Open: Monday and Friday, 1-6 p.m; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Wednesday

Four Seasons Sporting Goods
409 Main Street
Open: Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri–5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday-9 a.m.-2 p.m. Closed Sunday and Wednesday.

Joey’s Skateboard and Tackle Shop
1701 Centre Ave. Reading (corner Exeter)
Open: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Sunday.

Reifsnyder’s Ag Center
Route 183 (1 mile north of Bernville)
Open: Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8a.m.-5; closed Sunday

Ric’s Marine
Route 183, Bernville
Open: Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m-8 p.m

Terenchin’s Live Bait Shop
Routes 10 and 724, Reading
Open: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-4 p.m, Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Wyomissing Creek Outfitters
519 Church Road, near Reading Archery Club
Open: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 6 a.m.-5 p.m
and Monday-Wednesday evenings only.

Berks County Fishing Spots

Big Waters:

Lake Ontelaunee:
No boating is allowed on Lake Ontelaunee. Shore fishing only, excepting during ice fishing season.

Blue Marsh Lake: Unlimited boating allowed. Lake has a picky bass population, also popular for crappies, catfish, walleye, muskie, striper and panfish.

Schuylkill River: Under-fished resource for bass, muskie and catfish. Float trips are a popular way to fish this water. Bank fishing access is wide spread.

Small Lakes:

Hopewell Lake: (French Creek Park) 68 acres, trolling motor only, offers bass, muskie, Northern Pike, catfish and panfish. Shore fishing opportunities are limited.

Scotts Run Lake: (French Creek Park) 22 acres, cold water lake. Primarily for trout fishing, although site current state record for smallmouth bass. Trolling motor only. Lots of shore fishing spots.

Kaercher Creek Lake: (Hamburg) 31 acres. Popular for bass, muskie,panfish and trout.(Winter especially). Trolling motor only. Limited shore access.

Antietam Lake: Shore fishing only, primarily for trout, year round.

Trout Run Reservoir: Shore fishing only, primarily for bass and panfish.

Trout streams:

Spring and Fall: For many anglers, the popular trout holes are on Upper Tulpehocken, Maiden, Manatawny, Hay and Northkill creeks.

Summer trout fishing: Lower Tulpehocken from below Blue Marsh Dam to Schuylkill River.