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Reports compiled by Adam Spangler (, Southcentral Regional Education Specialist, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers and other PFBC staff.

Fishing and Boating Report – July 27, 2016
Juniata County

The Juniata River water levels are low.  Wading the river and fishing stone cats and some other small jerk baits and spinners are working well for bass.  Anglers are reminded that Smallmouth Bass may be harvested above the Port Royal Bridge (Route 75), but may not be harvested below the bridge.  Check your current 2016 summary books for regulations before heading out on the water.
Catfish are also being caught on the river using cut baits, stonecats and night crawlers.

Perry County

Anglers are catching panfish in deeper water on Holman Lake.  Small worms seem to be working best. 

Mifflin County

Trout are still being caught on streams in Mifflin County.  Water levels are extremely low; but if you are willing to walk long distances, you may just catch some beautiful trout that haven’t seen an angler for a long time.  Long casts with small spinners have been working well for anglers. 

Brown Trout
Cody displays a nice 18 inch Brown Trout  with fishing partner, Aaron.  They caught and released 12 brown and rainbow trout one morning on Kish Creek. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 20, 2016
Dauphin County

The Susquehanna River is extremely low in the Harrisburg Area.  Wading this time of year is a very effective way to fish the river, and wearing a life jacket while wading is recommended since there are deep holes and slippery rocks in the river.

Huntingdon / Mifflin County

The water level on the Juniata River is extremely low making it difficult to use a motor boat. Canoes and kayaks are being used.  Anglers are wade fishing and having luck catching Smallmouth Bass, Catfish and American Eels. Don’t forget your life jacket and whistle along with a launch permit at state owned accesses. Swimming and launching and retrieving inner tubes and rafts are prohibited at all state accesses.

York County

Anglers are catching nice bass on Gifford Pinchot Lake. Swim baits in the early morning hours and late evening are working well.  

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 13, 2016
Dauphin County

Smallmouth Bass
AJ caught this nice bass near Halifax on a rubber worm stick bait. Fish was released.

Cumberland County

Smallmouth Bass
Mr. Brown caught this bass on the Conodoguinet Creek in Cumberland County

Channel Catfish
Anglers are catching nice Channel Catfish below the York Haven Hydro Dam. This angler had luck using earthworms.

Juniata County

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, catfish, and a few eels on the Juniata River.  River levels are low and most boating is done by kayaks, canoes, and smaller motor jet boats.  Baits for Smallmouth Bass include stonecats and jerkbaits.  Baits for catfish include nightcrawlers and cut baits.  With warmer temperatures, fishing is best early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are not as hot.

Boaters are reminded that launch permits are required for usage at PFBC access areas (Narrows/Mifflintown/Walker/Muskrat Springs/Thompsontown).  Also launching and retrieving tubes and other swimming aids are not permitted.  Many other areas exist for people who want to tube on the Juniata River in or around Mifflin and Mifflintown.

American Eel
Aaron had an outstanding night of fishing.  In less than two hours after dark, he landed his largest Channel Catfish (29 inches), his first Flathead Catfish (30 inches) and his first American Eel.  All were caught in the Juniata River below Thompsontown.

Perry County

Anglers are catching panfish at Holman Lake.  Baits of choice include worms and small plastics such as twisters and tubes.

Huntingdon County

Raystown Lake anglers fishing for Striped Bass are fishing in and around mid-lake. Most action is occurring an hour or two before dark and very early morning.  Tactics that have been successful include trolling live trout, and alewife.

Water levels continue to drop making it hard for boat-based angling on the Raystown Branch and Juniata River.  Anglers might consider a day spent wet-wading, utilizing a variety of artificial baits, as well as some live bait, for the river’s Smallmouth Bass population.

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