|Fly Fishing has slowed down on the creeks in the Southcentral region. Many anglers are enjoying the warmth inside tying flies for next year. Other anglers are gearing up and hoping for the ice to form on the lakes across the region, so they can head out and jig for some nice crappie.
Winter stocking is still taking place across the state. For more information, check out the stocking schedule at: http://fishandboat.com/stocked.htm.
Some nice Smallmouth Bass are still being caught on the Juniata River. Anglers are reminded that “Catch and Release Only” area is below the Route 25 bridge (Port Royal) down to the mouth of the Susquehanna River.
A few Walleyes are being caught in the Juniata River. Shallow diving lures or jigs tipped with larger minnows (or shiners) will also work.
Despite the colder weather, Walleye fishing is productive on the Susquehanna River. Jigs with minnows or twister tails of bright colors are working well. Additionally, Channel and Flathead Catfish are still being caught on worms and chicken livers.
Reminder – The 2015 Fishing License went on sale on December 1st. If you are considering purchasing a Multi-year License, special discounts will be offered only during this month.
Boaters: Remember the 1-10-1 rule-
If you fall overboard, remember the “1-10-1” rule. After the initial shock of falling in wears off, you will experience about one minute of deep and uncontrolled breathing before your blood circulation is altered. Staying calm will be easier if you’re wearing a life jacket because it will keep your head above the water line and help you avoid breathing in mouthfuls of water.
The 10 minutes after falling into cold water are crucial to survival. During this time, blood flow will start moving away from hands and feet in order to keep the body’s core warm. The body instinctively attempts to keep vital organs warm and functioning in an effort to avoid organ failure and death. This change in blood circulation effects nerves and muscles farther away from the body’s core, limiting their ability to function. A self-rescue attempt must be made before this time. If possible, immediately get out of the water. Even if your boat is capsized and upside down, crawling onto the part of the boat that is still above water will increase your odds of survival.
If you are not wearing a life jacket and can’t get out of the water, you will eventually lose the ability to tread water or swim due to the lack of response from your arms and legs. Using the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP) will keep your core warmer longer, and wearing a life jacket makes the HELP position just that much easier. In the HELP position, you pull your legs up to your chest and hug your knees, keeping your body compact and surrounding your chest with protection. If other boaters are in the water with you, huddle together for warmth.
The last part of the “1-10-1” rule refers to a person’s level of consciousness after being in cold water for one hour. Most people will lose consciousness within one hour; but if you are wearing a life jacket, your face will remain above water, allowing you to breathe even if you become unconscious.
Please be safe and wear your life jacket! It is not only good common sense; in PA, it is the law from November 1st to April 30th. Find out more here: http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/pfd/faq-pfd-cold.htm.