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

Fishing and Boating Report – September 2, 2015
Juniata County

Anglers are catching nice Smallmouth Bass on the Juniata River near the Mifflintown area.   Artificial lures such as jerk baits, spinner baits, and small top water baits are working well. 

Water levels are very low and most boating is done by kayaks, canoes, or small boats with jet motors.

Perry County

Anglers are catching some nice Channel Catfish at night on the Juniata River using cut bait near the Newport area. 

A trap net survey targeting Tiger Muskellunge and other fish species was conducted by the PFBC’s Fisheries Management Division on the 88-acre Little Buffalo Lake during the week of April 12, 2015.  The report can be found on our website.

Dauphin / Lebanon Counties

A couple of anglers reported that they had recently caught an approximately 30-inch eel while fishing with nightcrawlers at Shuey Lake at Fort Indiantown Gap. That’s one for the memory books!

York County

Anglers are having success night-fishing for catfish all along the Susquehanna River in York County. Some nice sizes and numbers of fish are being caught on commercial catfish bait, shrimp, and nightcrawlers fished on the bottom.


Reminder: Extended Trout Season goes into effect after Labor Day.  Please make sure that you understand the regulations before going out!

The PFBC is offering four great Fishing Opportunities for Labor Day!  A $1.00 one-day adult resident (and non-resident!) license; Mentored Youth Panfish Day; Mentored Youth Trout Day; and a special Mentored Youth Photo Contest, which runs from Sept. 7-Sept. 13.  For more details, please visit our website:

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 26, 2015
Adams and Western York Counties

Fishing in Adams and western York counties has been very steady throughout the summer and still is going strong.  Lake Marburg and Pinchot Lake anglers are reporting success with bass recently.  If you’re looking for trout fishing this time of year, give the Trophy Trout Section in Porters Sidling a chance; but be sure to follow all rules and regulations.

Cumberland County

Anglers fishing large streams and small rivers such as the Conodoguinet Creek, lower end of Yellow Breeches, and Sherman’s Creek are catching plenty of sublegal Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, and occasional Largemouth Bass.  Effective lures include spinners; 1/16-1/4 ounce bucktail jigs; and soft plastics, such as twisters or tubes, in smoke, crawfish, and motor oil.   

Anglers on the Yellow Breeches are continuing to catch fish, especially late in the day.  Pheasant tail nymphs, squirrel tail nymphs, and wet flies in size 16-18 have been effective.

Huntingdon County

Boaters are reminded that if they utilize the Commission’s Point Access along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River to launch or retrieve their unpowered watercraft, they are required to possess a valid non-powered boat registration or a launch permit from either the PFBC or DCNR, as well as possessing the appropriate size Personal Flotation Device and Sound Producing Device.

The launch or retrieving of swim aids, such as inner tubes and swimming pool-type rafts/toys, are prohibited, as well as is swimming from the Commission Access Area.

Anglers fishing in and along the Juniata River are reminded that a current and valid PA Fishing License is required when attempting to take baitfish, such as crayfish and other minnows.

York County

Anglers are catching Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish on the Susqehanna River, from York Haven downstream to Wrightsville.   For flatheads, they have been using live bait, bluegills, and small suckers.  Anglers are reminded to follow the bait regulation.

NOTICE:  All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 19, 2015
Huntingdon / Mifflin Counties

The water level on the Juniata River is really low, making fishing and boating difficult. Small boats with motors are not able to maneuver in some areas. Anglers are catching nice size Smallmouth Bass on plastics and live bait. A launch permit or a registration is required to use any part of a PFBC Access, and the launching and retrieving of inflatable inner tubes and rafts from any part of a PFBC Access is prohibited.

Mark Stephens caught this 41-inch Muskellunge on the Juniata River, 1 mile from the Beacon Lodge Camp near Newton Hamilton. Great catch, Mark!
(Photo courtesy of Mark’s wife, Kimbely)

Juniata County

Water levels are low on the Juniata River but Smallmouth Bass fishing is excellent at the current time.  Anglers are using stone cats and hellgrammites.   Anglers are reminded of the No Harvest area for Smallmouth Bass which starts below the Port Royal Bridge (Route 75) down the Susquehanna River.

Perry County

Water levels are low on the Juniata River.  Some nice Channel Catfish are being caught at night time using cut bait, night crawlers, and crayfish.

Holman Lake anglers continue to catch panfish in deeper water due to warmer surface water temperatures.  Successful anglers are fishing in 8 to 10 feet of water using worms or other small live baits.

Blair County

There will be a Family Fishing Program at Canoe Creek Lake (Canoe Creek State Park) on Saturday, August 22, 2015, beginning at 9:00AM.  Pre-registration IS required for this event. (Click on this link to register)

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