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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 – July 1, 2015
Huntingdon / Mifflin County

The water level on the Juniata River is up, making fishing and boating more successful. Anglers are catching nice-sized Smallmouth Bass. Catfish are being caught at night from shore.

The nicer weather is bringing out more kayakers and smaller boats on the river. Remember to at least have your lifejacket and a sound-producing device onboard with you. If you are using any State-owned access, then a launch permit or boat registration is required. There is NO swimming, and the use of inner tubes and rafts are prohibited at any PFBC Access. Be Safe!!

Juniata and Perry County

Some anglers are catching Channel Catfish at the PFBC access areas around the PFBC boat ramps.

River levels are high and muddy.  Be sure to check USGS web site for current water level conditions.

York County

Catfishing continues to be productive on the Susquehanna River from the Yorkhaven area south to the Conowingo Reservoir. Anglers are having success with liver, worms, and shrimp.

Dauphin County

High water is  the normal this week.   Boaters must scout their areas and use caution before heading out this holiday weekend, as there is a lot of floating debris.

Low Head Dam
Low head dam at North Middleton Park, Conodoguinent Creek, Cumberland County

Boat Ramp
Boat ramp at North Middleton Park

Boaters Beware! “Boating under the influence is no different than driving a car after someone’s been drinking,” said Colonel Corey Britcher, director of the PFBC Bureau of Law Enforcement. “Alcohol impairs an individual’s ability to operate a boat safely and puts the driver, his passengers, and others on the water at risk.”
“Many boaters may not know that the threshold for BUI is the same as with motor vehicles – 0.08 percent,” added Britcher. “Fish and Boat officers regularly patrol waterways and will have an increased presence around the upcoming July 4 holiday.”

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 24, 2015
York County

Anglers reported that bass are hitting at Lake Redman and Lake Williams in the early morning hours. Top water lures, as well as tube jigs, have been the most successful.

The crappies are biting well all over York County. They can be caught on all of the usual crappie baits, fished either under a bobber or without; and small minnows fished 3 to 5 feet below a bobber have been successful.

Adams / West York Counties

Anglers have been doing very well bass fishing in Adams and York county lakes.  At Pinchot, anglers have been catching many legal-sized Largemouth Bass on plastics.  At Lake Marburg, the white perch have been starting to hit on nightcrawlers.  At Long Arm Dam in York County, a few Walleye have been reported, as well.

Dauphin County

Anglers are catching nice-sized Flatheads below the Red Hill Dam on the Susquehanna.  Bait of choice remains a sunfish of the 7” range.

More than 233 youth participated in the annual Youth Field Day at HBG Hunters and Anglers Association on Saturday, June 20

Juniata County

Recent rains has brought the Juniata River levels up some.  Anglers are catching some Smallmouth Bass above the Port Royal Bridge area using dark colored tube jigs and twisters, in addition to some jerk baits.

Perry County

Anglers are catching some Bullheads (Catfish) at Holman Lake using nightcrawlers at dark.  Also, some panfish are being caught using redworms or small minnows.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 17, 2015
Perry County

Some Largemouth Bass are being caught at Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park) on tube baits and worms.  Early hours, before the hotter weather kicks in, seems to be the best time for fishing at the lake.

Juniata County

Hot and humid temperatures have slowed down fishing during the daytime hours; but some anglers are still catching Channel Catfish on chicken livers, creek chubs, or cut bait after dark.

Bedford County

Koon & Gordon Lakes – the first day of bass season on these waters appeared to be a little slow. Catch rates were down, based on interviews with anglers. The bluegills were biting, if you could locate them.

Shawnee Lake – The TMO Bass Club is holding a tournament on June 20th.
Flow rates in area rivers & streams are low.

Raystown Branch – while conducting safety inspections over the weekend, several kayaking groups were contacted. The most common violation was the failure to have a sound-producing device onboard. Parents also need to make sure that children are fitted with the appropriate sized life jacket. Adult-sized life jackets on some children will potentially slide up and over their heads. Make sure to conduct the “Touchdown Test”.

York County

There will be a Family Fishing Program at Lake Marburg, at the Main Launch/Band Shell area, on Saturday, June 20, 2015, beginning at 9AM.  Pre-registration is not required.

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 10, 2015
PA Hatch Watch: On, or around June 15, anglers can expect Little Blue Wing Olive Dun to emerge in morning/afternoon, while Light Cahill, Cream Cahill, and Sulphur Dun should emerge in the evening.  Be sure to “match the hatch”!

Perry County

Anglers are catching some nice panfish at Holman Lake using worms or small jigs with tubes or twisters.  Some Largemouth Bass are also being caught.

Brown Trout
Aaron caught this 22 ½ inch Brown Trout on Raccoon Creek, on a small jig.  Congratulations, Aaron!

Juniata County

Anglers are catching some nice Channel Catfish on the Juniata River using chicken livers and cut bait. 

Channel Catfish
Xaviera caught this nice Channel Catfish at the Thompsontown access using chicken livers. Way to go, Xaviera!

Boating: We continue to spot paddlers who do not have a life jacket and a sounding-device (whistle) on board their kayaks.  While mandatory to wear the life jacket from November 1 to April 30, boating regulations clearly state that “all boats must have a USCG-approved wearable (Type I, II, III, or V) life jacket on board for each person” at all other times.  In addition, children 12 years of age and younger on Commonwealth waters when underway in any boat 20 feet or less in length and in all canoes and kayaks, as well as on Pittsburgh District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes (only), everyone in boats under 16 feet and in all canoes and kayaks MUST wear their life jackets year-round.

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