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Map highlighting counties in the Southcentral RegionREGION COUNTIES -- Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York (County Guide)

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

Fishing and Boating Report – November 25, 2014
Cumberland County

Fishing has really slowed down and not many anglers are out fishing.  With the holidays and hunting seasons in full swing, many anglers forget that you can still fish on Sunday and the trout are still biting. If you dress for the weather, fishing can still be a great experience with fewer anglers on the water. 

Juniata County

Water levels on the Juniata River are low and clear.  Walleye action on the river should start picking up with water temperatures continuing to drop.  Jigs tipped with nightcrawlers or artificial scented twister tails will work.

Perry County

Anglers are catching some trout on Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park). Paste baits are working best. Anglers are reminded that the limit on trout is three per day at this time of year.

Adams / Western York Counties

With the cold weather approaching, fishing pressure has slowed down; but anglers are doing quite well catching panfish at Lake Marburg and Long Arm Dam. Bait of choice seems to be live minnows. Pinchot Lake is still producing some nice Largemouth Bass, as well.

Huntingdon County

Crappie are being caught at various locations in the southern end of Raystown Lake. Anglers have been utilizing minnows rigged on slip bobbers to catch these fish.

Striped Bass are being caught in the Aitch and James Creek Area of the lake. Anglers are trolling umbrella rigs in an attempt to entice strikes.

Reminder: Boating can be a fun and safe activity just about year round, especially when the proper procedures are in place; but high winds, icy waters, and freezing temperatures can pose serious risks. Anglers and waterfowl hunters braving icy waters this winter must wear life jackets and are encouraged to arm themselves with the tools and knowledge necessary to survive, should a boating incident occur.
As a rule of thumb, if the sum of the air and water temperatures added together equals less than 100 degrees and you fall into the water, you could be at risk for hypothermia. Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it. Cold water can rob the body of heat 25 times faster than cold air, so time is of the upmost importance should a boater fall in the water. If a boater’s core body temperature drops below normal (98.6 degrees F), the risk of becoming hypothermic increases dramatically. Please be safe!

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Fishing and Boating Report – November 19, 2014
Lebanon County

These nice trout were stocked at Stoever's Dam in Lebanon County this past week

Mifflin and Huntingdon Counties

Anglers on the Juniata River are reporting catching Walleye from early evening to late at night.  

York County

The colder temperatures have slowed the fishing down in York County.  Very few anglers are out on Pinchot Lake, but there have been reports of Perch and Crappie being caught. Anglers are reporting that Walleye are also being caught on the Susquehanna River.

REMINDER: Hunters, boaters, and anglers are reminded that as of November 1, 2014 you MUST wear your life jacket while onboard boats under 16 feet, including canoes and kayaks. 

REMINDER: Hunting is permitted on PA Fish and Boat Commission property (unless otherwise posted); however, hunters need to make sure they do not encroach upon the safety zones extending from neighboring properties.

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Fishing and Boating Report – November 12, 2014
Cumberland County

Anglers at Laurel Lake
Anglers were getting their lines wet as soon as the Rainbow Trout went into the Laurel Lake during last week’s stocking. Many anglers commented that the trout looked great and were surprised to see nets of 20” trout being released.

Anglers are also catching trout on the Yellow Breeches from the Cold Springs Inn downstream to Lower Allen Township Park. Nature bait seems to be working well.

Huntingdon County

On the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River, anglers, using a variety of live bait, have been catching Rock Bass in the area of the hydro plant and the Raystown Dam Spillway. Anglers are reminded that the daily creel limit on Rock Bass is 10 per day in the Juniata River and its tributaries.

Some anglers have been targeting Walleye in the river as well; successful anglers report that the bite has been on suspending and sinking type stick baits.

Remember Mandatory PFD Wear is in effect at this time!

Mifflin County

The water level on the Juniata River is extremely low for this time of year; wade fishing is being done in certain areas. Smallmouth Bass are being caught, and a few Walleye catches have been reported, as well.

There has been an increase in angling on Kish Creek, Honey Creek, and Tea Creek, using both spinning rods and fly rods. Anglers report some nice trout being caught in those locations.

Hunting season is upon us. People using small watercraft, canoes, and kayaks are reminded to wear their life jackets.

The public is also reminded that PFBC Accesses are for Fishing and Boating, not extra-curricular activities.
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