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Reports compiled by Adam Spangler (adspangler@pa.gov), Southcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – October 29, 2014
Bedford County

Shawnee Lake received a stocking of fingerling Channel Catfish in October.

On the Raystown Branch, very little fishing pressure has been observed for Smallmouth Bass. In years past, fishermen reported catches of quality fish in October.  Remember that as of October 01, the daily creel limit is four, with the minimum length fifteen inches.

All area waterways are still at below normal flow rates.

Cumberland County

Anglers are reporting catching trout on the Yellow Breeches from Lower Allen Township Park to Messiah College.

Huntingdon County

On Raystown Lake, anglers are catching Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass by vertically jigging a variety of sizes of spoons.

Boaters are reminded of the Mandatory PFD wear beginning on November 1st for all boaters aboard watercraft less than 16 feet in length and all canoes and kayaks.
Please take the time to read all posted regulations found at the PFBC Point Access Area.

Mifflin County

The fishing on the Juniata River is average; fishing is mostly being done at dusk and evening hours. The weather is changing and is soon going to be cold; walleye fishing on the Juniata River is slowly beginning. There has been some bass being caught in the Newton Hamilton Area. The waterfowl have arrived on the river, along with the color changing of the leaves. It would be a good time to take a boat ride and enjoy the outdoors and snap some good photos. Just make sure you have your lifejacket with you, and after Nov. 1st, you must wear it in smaller boats, canoes, and kayaks.

York County

The fall fishing action is heating up for Channel and Flathead Catfish. Worms, chicken livers, and small baitfish are the most popular for catching channel and flathead cats.

Walleye fishing is also getting productive with water temps cooling off. Jigs with minnows or twister tails of bright colors are working well.

Muddy Creek CATCH AND RELEASE FLY-FISHING ONLY section - (1.6 miles; from 300 yards downstream of Bruce Road Bridge (T-628) in Bruce downstream to 300 yards upstream of Bridgeton Road (SR 2032) Bridge in Bridgeton was stocked in early October.

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 22, 2014
Adams County

Trout are being caught in the Fly Fishing Only Section on the Conewago Creek.  

Huntingdon / Mifflin County

There hasn’t been much boat traffic on the Juniata River. Fly fisherman have been catching nice trout in Tea Creek, Kish Creek and the Little Juniata River.
Anglers on Raystown Lake are catching Channel Catfish in the shallow backwater areas of the lake using cut bait. The lake level continues to drop and anglers and boaters should consult the US Army Corps of Engineers website for current lake elevation.  Boaters are reminded that as the water level drops hazards may become more prevalent.  Boat safely, maintain a proper lookout, and wear your lifejacket.    

York County

Anglers have been catching panfish at Lake Marburg, under each of the bridges by fishing the bottom with live bait, and also at Pinchot Lake near the dam breast. Anglers on Pinchot Lake are also catching Largemouth Bass while jig fishing.

Notice: November 1st is the start of the PFBC’s cold weather mandatory life jacket “Wear It!” Regulation, which states that “a person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.”  For more information, please visit http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/pfd/faq-pfd-cold.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – October 15, 2014
Adams County

Fishing in Adams and Western York counties was good this week.  Anglers are enjoying the recent fall stocking of the fly fishing section of the Conewago Creek in Biglerville, and the Crappie are starting to hit over at the dam breast of Pinchot Lake.  Anglers also have been doing well over at Long Arm Dam picking up some nice Largemouth Bass!

Dauphin County

Fly fisherman! The fly fishing only section of Clark’s Creek was recently stocked with some nice fat Brook Trout.  Get out and also enjoy the beautiful scenery of Clark’s Valley.

Bedford County

Fishermen are reporting nice sized Bluegills & Perch being caught at Gordon Lake.

Koon Lake – with lack of recent rainfall, the water levels are around 6 – 8’ below normal pool levels. Launching larger boats from the existing launch slide structure will be extremely difficult.

Shawnee Lake – a recent habitat project was completed at the lake. Shoreline trees were cabled, cut, and dropped to provide shoreline habitat at various locations around the lake. Thanks to the Shawnee Lake management & maintenance dept. for their assistance with this project. Water clarity continues to improve at the lake.

Franklin County

Letterkenny Reservoir received a trout stocking on October 2, 2014.  Anglers are reminded that the daily limit on trout is 3 per day.  All boat-based anglers utilizing the access area must possess current and valid motorboat registration and/or current launch permit if the vessel is unpowered.  The use and possession of any type of gasoline engine is prohibited.  Please be sure to read all posted regulations.

Juniata County

Water levels continue to be low and clear.  Water temperatures continue to cool down.  Anglers are still catching some Smallmouth Bass near the Narrows Boat Ramp area during the day.  Small jerk baits and plastics are working.

Lebanon County

The Quittapahilla Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only section was recently stocked with hefty Brown Trout.  A gold blade small spinner was working very well the first two days.

Perry County

Anglers are catching some recent trout that was stocked in Holman Lake for the fall stocking period.  Remember a trout stamp is required to keep trout, and also the limit is 3 fish per angler.  Paste baits and red worms are the baits of choice.

Notice: Mark your calendars now! November 1st is the start of the PFBC’s cold weather mandatory life jacket “Wear It!” Regulation, which states that “a person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.”  For more information, please visit http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/pfd/faq-pfd-cold.htm.

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