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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 – December 16, 2014
Bedford County

Anglers fishing the Yellow Creeks Delayed Harvest Area are having success on streamers.

Blair County

Anglers on the Little Juniata Creek are catching trout with streamers, Walt’s Worm, and small caddis larva in green and tan.

Cumberland County

Anglers reporting nice catches on midge fly patterns, sizes 18-24, are fishing The Fly Fishing Only Area on Big Spring Creek and Letort Spring Run.

Fulton County

Cowan’s Gap State Park Lake was stocked with trout on December 09, 2014.
Due to lack of fishable ice thickness, no ice fishing on area waters is being observed. Learn more here: http://fishandboat.com/water/ice_thickness.pdf

Huntingdon County

Raystown Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is in the process of dropping the level of the lake.  Please consult their website for most up-to-date lake levels. As the lake level drops, boaters should be cautious of new hazards on the water. 

Raystown Branch of the Juniata River
With the increased flow from the hydro plant, anglers are reporting successful catches of Walleye downstream of the dam. These fish have been hitting soft plastic jerk baits, as well as the traditional molded jerk baits. Color of choice seems to be white/silver for the soft plastic type baits, and blue/chrome for the hard stick baits.

Reminder – The 2015 Fishing License went on sale on December 1st. If you are considering purchasing a Multi-year License, special discounts will be offered only during this month. 

Boaters – Please be safe and wear your life jacket! It is not only good common sense; in PA, it is the law from November 1st to April 30th. Find out more here: http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/pfd/faq-pfd-cold.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 10, 2014
Winter stocking is still taking place across the state. For more information, check out the stocking schedule at: http://fishandboat.com/stocked.htm.

Adams County

Anglers who love to get on the creek in the winter months are fishing The Fly Fishing Only Area on Conewago Creek. Flies of choice are small egg patterns and midge fly patterns, sizes 18-24.  Anglers are also targeting bass with wooly bugger flies.

Cumberland County

Anglers who are also reporting nice catches on midge fly patterns, sizes 18-24, are fishing The Fly Fishing Only Area on Big Spring Creek and Letort Spring Run.

York County

Muddy Creek Access Area to Temporarily Close
The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is alerting anglers and boaters that the Muddy Creek public access area on the Susquehanna River in southeastern York County will be closed temporarily on Dec. 12-13 in order to install wooden guideposts along the access road.

The access area is located on the east shore of the Susquehanna River just south of Lower Bear Island. It provides parking for approximately 40 vehicles. Last month the PFBC repaved the parking lot.

The access area will reopen for public use on Sunday, Dec. 14.

Reminder – The 2015 Fishing License went on sale on December 1st. If you are considering purchasing a Multi-year License, special discounts will be offered only during this month. 

Boaters – Please be safe and wear your life jacket! It is not only good common sense; in PA, it is the law from November 1st to April 30th. Find out more here: http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/pfd/faq-pfd-cold.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – December 3, 2014
Fly Fishing has slowed down on the creeks in the Southcentral region. Many anglers are enjoying the warmth inside tying flies for next year. Other anglers are gearing up and hoping for the ice to form on the lakes across the region, so they can head out and jig for some nice crappie.

Winter stocking is still taking place across the state. For more information, check out the stocking schedule at: http://fishandboat.com/stocked.htm.

Juniata County

Some nice Smallmouth Bass are still being caught on the Juniata River. Anglers are reminded that “Catch and Release Only” area is below the Route 25 bridge (Port Royal) down to the mouth of the Susquehanna River.

Perry County

A few Walleyes are being caught in the Juniata River. Shallow diving lures or jigs tipped with larger minnows (or shiners) will also work.

York County

Despite the colder weather, Walleye fishing is productive on the Susquehanna River. Jigs with minnows or twister tails of bright colors are working well. Additionally, Channel and Flathead Catfish are still being caught on worms and chicken livers.

Reminder – The 2015 Fishing License went on sale on December 1st. If you are considering purchasing a Multi-year License, special discounts will be offered only during this month. 

Boaters: Remember the 1-10-1 rule-
If you fall overboard, remember the “1-10-1” rule. After the initial shock of falling in wears off, you will experience about one minute of deep and uncontrolled breathing before your blood circulation is altered. Staying calm will be easier if you’re wearing a life jacket because it will keep your head above the water line and help you avoid breathing in mouthfuls of water.

The 10 minutes after falling into cold water are crucial to survival. During this time, blood flow will start moving away from hands and feet in order to keep the body’s core warm. The body instinctively attempts to keep vital organs warm and functioning in an effort to avoid organ failure and death. This change in blood circulation effects nerves and muscles farther away from the body’s core, limiting their ability to function. A self-rescue attempt must be made before this time. If possible, immediately get out of the water. Even if your boat is capsized and upside down, crawling onto the part of the boat that is still above water will increase your odds of survival.

If you are not wearing a life jacket and can’t get out of the water, you will eventually lose the ability to tread water or swim due to the lack of response from your arms and legs. Using the Heat Escape Lessening Position (HELP) will keep your core warmer longer, and wearing a life jacket makes the HELP position just that much easier. In the HELP position, you pull your legs up to your chest and hug your knees, keeping your body compact and surrounding your chest with protection. If other boaters are in the water with you, huddle together for warmth.

The last part of the “1-10-1” rule refers to a person’s level of consciousness after being in cold water for one hour. Most people will lose consciousness within one hour; but if you are wearing a life jacket, your face will remain above water, allowing you to breathe even if you become unconscious.

Please be safe and wear your life jacket! It is not only good common sense; in PA, it is the law from November 1st to April 30th. Find out more here: http://fishandboat.com/boatcrs/pfd/faq-pfd-cold.htm.

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