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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 (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 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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Fishing and Boating Report – October 8, 2014
Blair County

If you would like to know the current water levels at the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River at Williamsburg, PA, you can visit the U.S. Geological Survey’s data here: http://waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv/?
site_no=01556000&agency_cd=USGS&amp
;
Their website is full of information you can use for numerous waterways across the state to help you plan your next fishing trip.

Dauphin County

Trout anglers are looking forward to the trout stocking scheduled for October 9th on Clarks Creek.

Flathead Catfish
This 34", 17 lb. Flathead Catfish was caught on the Susquehanna River, just below the Harvey Taylor Bridge, by Jeffrey Guise
Photo Submitted by David Burnham

Juniata County

Anglers are catching some nice Smallmouth Bass on the Juniata River.  Baits of choice include hellgrammites, stonecats, and shiners.  Artificial baits include tube jigs (dark colors with 1/8 to ¼ oz jig head).  River conditions are low and clear.

Channel Catfish
Jeff Yohn with a nice 25 inch Channel Catfish caught on the Juniata River at the PFBC Greenwood Access area

Lebanon County

Trout anglers are looking forward to the trout stocking scheduled for October 9th on Quittapahilla Creek.

Perry County

Anglers are catching a few trout at Holman Lake on paste baits fishing the bottom.  Some Largemouth Bass are also being caught on spinner baits and plastics.

York County

With the coming of cooler weather, the bass are beginning to start to feed more aggressively. Anglers are reporting good catches around Yorkhaven and the Conowingo Reservoir.

Both Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish are being reported in good numbers in the Susquehanna River from Yorkhaven south to Lake Aldred.

Lake Redman and Lake Williams have reported good catches of bass and panfish.

Trout anglers are looking forward to the trout stocking scheduled for October 9th on Muddy Creek.

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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Fishing and Boating Report – October 1, 2014
Perry County

Smallmouth Bass from 9-19 inches in length were being caught with white zoom flukes and pumpkin tube lures on the Juniata River near the Greenwood Access, which is a Catch and Release Only area.  The Greenwood Access was listed in August as one of PA’s Best Views 2 in an article by PennLive entitled “Sixteen Destinations Our Readers Told Us to Share”.
http://www.pennlive.com/projects/2014/pennsylvanias-best-views-2/

View from the Greenwood Access
View from the Greenwood Access
Photo submitted by PFBC staff

Adams County

Trout anglers are looking forward to the trout stocking scheduled for October 2nd on Conewago Creek.

Dauphin County

Boaters are reminded to pay attention to the Dangers at Low Head Dams.  Fishermen seem to get tempted to go inside the exclusion zone, resulting in hefty fines.  It is not worth risking your life at these dangerous dams.  Boaters are telling Officers that they didn’t feel they were in danger, and are taking this very lightly.  Many people lose their lives at these dams.  Please, stay away!

Franklin County

Trout anglers are looking forward to the trout stocking scheduled for October 2nd on Letterkenny Reservoir.

Huntingdon County

Trout anglers are looking forward to the trout stocking scheduled for October 2nd on Greenwood Lake.

York County

Lake Clarke users are reminded that the Safe Harbor Water Power Corporation has announced plans to draw down the water level above the Safe Harbor Dam, beginning on October 8th, in order to support an inspection of the dam as required by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.  Questions regarding the drawdown should be directed to the Hydro Schedulers at (717) 872-0230, as this is not a PFBC lake.

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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