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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 – April 8, 2014
Juniata County

Anglers continue to catch trout in local streams.  Water levels continue to fluctuate due to recent rain events and water clarity is constantly changing.  Anglers are using brighter baits such orange, pink or bright green paste baits and spinners when the water is cloudy and wax worms, small worms, minnows when the water is clear.

Perry County

Anglers are catching some nice trout in Holman Lake, Little Buffalo State Park.  Some panfish are starting to be caught but water temperatures are still below average for this time of year.  As the weather gets warmer, the panfish action will increase. 

Anglers are still catching trout on local streams.  

Golden rainbow trout
Joey and Aaron with nice golden trout caught in the Little Juniata Creek, Perry County.  Joey fish was 18 1/2 inches and Aarons was 18 inches.

Golden rainbow trout
Brett Potter with a nice golden trout caught in the Little Juniata Creek.  It was a little over 19 inches.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 2, 2014
Fulton County

Trout stockings this week – Cowans Gap State Park Lake on Thursday April 03

Mentored Youth Day for Cowans Gap Lake was rescheduled to Sat. May 10th. Cowans Gap Lake will be closed to all fishing after 12:00 PM on Friday May 09. Check the PFBC website for more info.

Boaters keep in mind that mandatory ware for PFD’s is in effect until April 30th for all canoes and kayaks and boats less than sixteen feet.

Juniata County

Recent rains have brought water levels up.  Anglers are catching some nice trout on power bait (bright colors) on trout waters that are off colored.  On streams that are clear, try using smaller baits such as wax worms, small red worms or maggots on lighter line (4 lb. test).

Perry County

Many of the larger trout streams (Buffalo and Sherman) are up due to recent rains.  Anglers are catching some nice trout on bright color power baits.  On the smaller trout streams, anglers are catching most trout on smaller spinners and baits such as maggots, mealworms, wax worms or red worms.

Little Buffalo State Park (Holman Lake) is now free of ice.  Lake is stocked with some nice trout including some nice trophy golden rainbows.  Remember to have your PFD on if boating in a boat less than 16 feet.  Water temps are still cold.

York and Adams Counties

Catfish fishing continues to be productive on the Susquehanna River around the York haven area. Catfish are being landed at the Brunner Island warm water discharge on liver and shrimp. Crappy fishing is picking up at Lake Redman and Lake Williams as well as on the Susquehanna River at Lake Clarke.

The 2014 Stocking schedule is available on the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission web site. The local paper will also have a listing of trout stocking times and dates.

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 31, 2014
Dauphin County

Photos from Trout Opening Day, 3/29, at Clark Creek.

Jason and Masyn Wendt
Jason and Masyn Wendt

The Grundon's
Dan Grundon, with kids Mare, Cory and Kasey

The Evans'
Brady, Mason and Beyan Evans

Steve and Hannah Baum
Steve and Hannah Baum

The Weis's
Hunter and Kadi Weis with parents Jared and Kelly

Clark Creek

Clark Creek

The Downie's
Dad Kevin Downie with Kirra and Christian

Limits of trout
Bob Baker, Jacob Helm, John Helm, Anthony Adams, Joseph Helm, Kevin Helm

Mark Robers with a 19 inch brook trout from Clark Creek
Mark Robers with a 19 inch brook trout from Clark Creek

Clark Creek catches
A couple of nice ones

Lebanon County

Photos from Trout Opening Day, 3/29, at Lions Lake

Easton and Dad.
Easton and Dad

Lions Lake catches
Lions Lake catch

Perry County

Photos from Trout Opening Day, 3/29.

Bo Fulkrod with Golden Rainbow from Shermans Creek
Bo Fulkrod with a nice golden rainbow trout from Shermans Creek

Brandy Leigh
Brandy Leigh of Loysville caught this nice rainbow trout from Shermans Creek

Kim Miller and Donald Kretzing
Kim Miller and Donald Kretzing and Shutz Creek

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 11, 2014
Cumberland County

Pre-season stocking is set to begin in Cumberland County, starting March 6th.  Contact your local newspaper, or go online the Fish and Boat Commission website, to find out when your favorite stream is being stocked.  Volunteer help is always welcome.  Make sure you arrive at the designated meeting place on-time to receive the safety briefing from the WCO.

A heavy snow and mud has made some stream banks a bit sloppy and slippery, but many anglers are enjoying winter trout fishing.  The Catch and Release Areas on the Yellow Breeches, Big Spring and Green Spring are seeing steady angling pressure, despite the bitter cold temperatures.

If you go fishing in the winter months, make sure you bring a warm change of clothes, and tell someone where you are planning to be, and when you plan on returning.  Common sense will prevent most cold water accidents

Dauphin County

On March 6 there were enough openings in the ice to get the trout in the water.  Rainbow & brown trout were stocked in Manada Creek along Manada Bottom Road.

Lebanon County

Stocking
Stocking of the upper portion of the Quittapahilla  Creek. Young school students are on the truck checking out the trout.

Perry County

Anglers (ice fisherman) are still catching panfish on Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park) using small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots.

York and Adams Counties

Anglers are doing very well through the ice at Pinchot Lake.  Largemouth bass are hitting on minnows in 2-6 feet of water.  Shepard Myers Reservoir has been producing but it is an Approved Trout Water and is off limits until opening day.  Anglers are also picking up some panfish at Lake Marburg through the ice near the first bridge.  Stocking season is among us so look online to see when your favorite stream or lake is being stocked and come participate in the stocking process, kids love it.

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