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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 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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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
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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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