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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 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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Fishing and Boating Report – September 23, 2014
Dauphin County

Anglers on the Swatara Creek are having success catching panfish on red worms and artificial lures from the county line down to Keller Field.

Juniata County

With cooler temperatures, the Smallmouth Bass fishing continues to be good on the Juniata River.  2 ¼ to 3 inch dark tubes are working well.  Also some jerk baits near the surface are working.

Huntingdon County

Raystown Lake – Surface temperatures on the lake are running between 70-72 degrees.  Topwater baits have been productive for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass in the early morning hours.

Raystown Branch of Juniata River – Water levels are low, but anglers are still reporting catches of Rock Bass.  Anglers are reminded that the daily limit of Rock Bass is 10.

Perry County

Anglers are catching some nice Channel Catfish with cut bait on the Juniata River.

York County

Anglers on the South Branch of Codorus Creek are catching Smallmouth Bass on spinners.  Gold and silver are working well in the late morning hours.  

Lake Clarke users should be aware 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.

Reminders
Now that it is officially autumn, you can check out our fall stocking schedule.

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 – September 17, 2014
Adams County

Anglers are getting ready to head out for some fall trout fishing.  Conewago Creek is a great place to try and land that trout you are looking for. To find out if streams are going to be stock near you check out the fall stocking schedule.

Dauphin County

There are very good reports from bass anglers on the Susquehanna River this past week.  Very nice sized bass have begun to hit on just about anything thrown to them.  This will continue to get better as the water cools through the end of November.

Huntingdon / Mifflin County

The water level on the Juniata River is really low, making fishing and boating difficult. Small boats with motors are not able to maneuver in some areas. Anglers are catching nice size smallmouth bass on plastics, and live bait. With the temperatures changing and summer ending, remember to at least have your lifejacket onboard with you. Starting November 1st, it is a new law to wear your life jacket on all canoes and kayaks, and boats less than 16 feet.   

Waterways Conservation Officer’s participated in the third annual United Way Touch-A-Truck event held at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.  Kids as of all ages were provided educational information from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and were given the opportunity to explore Commission Patrol Vehicles and Boats.

United Way Touch-A-Truck event

NOTICE: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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