Rod Loaner Program

Whether you are five or ninety-five, all ages can enjoy fishing thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission’s (PFBC) Fishing Tackle Loaner Program. Visitors to Springton Manor Farm and Hibernia and Nottingham County Parks, who wish to fish but lack the necessary equipment, can still wet a line. The program, also sponsored by the American Sportfishing Association and numerous other agencies, provides rods and reels free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Equipment Rental
Equipment may be borrowed April through November, with check-outs in the park office from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. (Equipment at Springton is available weekdays only). Lures and bait are not provided, and valid identification and a Pennsylvania fishing license for anglers 16 years and older is required. Each user must be aware of fishing regulations and license requirements before fishing in a specific body of water.

"We’re happy to be part of the Tackle Loaner Program, and are hopeful that many people will take advantage of the resources we have and come out to fish in our county parks," said Hibernia Regional Park Ranger and PFBC Fishing Skills Instructor Mike Trzaska. The 90-acre Chambers Lake at Hibernia County Park has warm water species, including Panfish, Channel Catfish, Chain Pickerel, and Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass. Hibernia is also well-known for the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek, which flows for three miles through the park.

Types of Fish
In Nottingham’s one-acre pond, an angler may hook Bluegill, Largemouth Bass, Channel Catfish and Brown Bullhead. The 2.5-acre McPherson Lake has Bluegill and Largemouth Bass, and is catch and release only.

At Springton Manor Farm, Indian Run, a small, fast-moving, cold water resource, is inhabited by a naturally-reproducing Brown Trout population. It also produces good hatches of Mayfly, Stonefly and Caddis Fly species. Springton’s half-acre pond includes Bluegill and Largemouth Bass, and is catch and release only.

Although Warwick County Park does not yet have the Loaner Program, fishing opportunities exist amid two miles of the French Creek that meander through the park, hosting both cold water and warm water species. Warwick also features an ADA-compliant, accessible fishing deck.

Whether you are giving fishing a try for the first time, or revisiting a childhood activity, hopefully you will enjoy it enough to get hooked for life.