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Reports compiled by Andrew Desko (, Southeast Region Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – July 22, 2015
The recent heat wave that passed through may keep some anglers indoors, but those willing to go out after dusk can find success in deeper pools fishing for catfish, such as pools created by dams. Be careful and heed all signage where you can and can’t fish around a dam. Channel Catfish may take nightcrawlers, commercial stink baits, shrimp or chicken livers dropped on the bottom. If bait fishing isn’t for you, then Channel Catfish are also known to strike lures traditionally used for bass angling, such as stick baits. Stick baits with reflective paint/striping will draw more attention for game fish after dark.

Target Largemouth Bass early in the morning and later in the evening. Try tossing lures around weedbeds. Anglers with a keen eye can find gamefish chasing baitfish around the weeds, and dropping your lure into this underwater chaos could lead to a hooked bass.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 15, 2015
Lancaster County

Here is a reminder for paddlers about launch permits.

This includes stand-up paddleboards.

Use permit - click for illustration of where to place on your boatUnpowered boats used at Commission lakes or access areas, PA state parks or PA state forests must be:

  • properly registered, or
  • display an official and valid Commission use permit, or
  • display an official and valid watercraft launch or mooring permit issued by DCNR.

Permits are available:

Several upcoming unpowered watercraft races provide local opportunities for paddlers to test their skills and endurance.  These featured events for canoeists, kayakers and paddle boarders will take place on various sections of the Lower Susquehanna, as well as Exelon’s Muddy Run Lake.  For specific information on any one race event, refer to the links for race details, safety requirements and registration forms.

Saturday, July 18, the 2nd Annual Susquehanna Gateway Flatwater Challenge launches from Indian Steps on the York County side of the Susquehanna River’s Lake Aldred (8 mile impoundment formed between the Safe Harbor Dam and Holtwood Dam).  For race details:
Read more about the race as posted by the York Dispatch “Flatwater challenge promotes Susquehanna River beauty”

On Saturday, July 25, the 2nd Annual Race to the Rock launches from Koser Park, Race Street Bainbridge with a 9 a.m. start, racing eight miles downriver to the Chiques Rock Outfitters location on the Chiques Creek. The second race will be an attainment race launching from the Columbia River Park with paddlers racing upriver to the Chiques Rock Outfitters location at Chiques Creek. (water levels permitting) More information & waiver forms are available on the event’s website at:
On Saturday, August 8, the 5th Annual Chiques Challenge sponsored by the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce kicks off with a trail run from East Donegal Townships section of the Northwest River Trail. Per the SVCC website:
“Participants in this event have such a great time they tell us they can't wait to do it again!  The "Chi Cha" is a duathlon event which combines running and kayaking. The morning begins in Columbia’s River Park. Participants will be transported to Vinegar Ferry Road for the official 8:30 am start, then will run along the river via the Northwest Trail and on through Marietta.  There, runners will take to the river aboard a kayak and finish downstream at Columbia. We've partnered with Shank's Mare and Chiques Rock Outfitters for this event which is held rain or shine.  Due to the nature of this event, pre-registration is required. New this year: team registrations. For more information call 717-684-5249.  Please, no pets.”
Refer To The Link For Event Details and Registrant Information:

On Saturday, September 19 is the 6th Annual Muddy Run Canoe and Kayak Race.
For information or to registration for the race, please either call (717) 872-2805 or email: The proceeds from the race will again be donated to The Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue Team. Information can be found on the ACA website here:

Saturday, October 11 features the final river race event of 2015 with the Eastern York Area Recreation Commission’s 2nd Annual Lower Susquehanna Biathlon being conducted on the Lake Clarke section of the river.  For race details and registrant information:

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 8, 2015
When summer settles in and the trout activity slows down on Approved Trout Waters, sunfish can still be found near the shoreline and are great fish for introducing children to fishing. All fish like structures in the water, so try casting around docks and fallen trees with garden worms on a bobber. It helps if this structure is in an area where shallow water retreats quickly into deeper water. Small jigs with feathers or rubber twister tail bodies can also draw a sunfish to strike. Occasionally, bass or catfish will also take the bait and bring some variety to the day. As the weather warms up, try fishing early in the morning and later in the evening.

Anglers throughout the region are also beating the heat by trying for catfish after dark. Channel Catfish will take nightcrawlers, chicken livers, commercial stink baits and there are plenty of homemade stink baits that have been shared online. Flathead Catfish prefer live bait like small sunfish.

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