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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 – September 17, 2014
Adams County

Anglers are getting ready to head out for some fall trout fishing.  Conewago Creek is a great place to try and land that trout you are looking for. To find out if streams are going to be stock near you check out the fall stocking schedule.

Dauphin County

There are very good reports from bass anglers on the Susquehanna River this past week.  Very nice sized bass have begun to hit on just about anything thrown to them.  This will continue to get better as the water cools through the end of November.

Huntingdon / Mifflin County

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. With the temperatures changing and summer ending, remember to at least have your lifejacket onboard with you. Starting November 1st, it is a new law to wear your life jacket on all canoes and kayaks, and boats less than 16 feet.   

Waterways Conservation Officer’s participated in the third annual United Way Touch-A-Truck event held at the Huntingdon County Fairgrounds.  Kids as of all ages were provided educational information from the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission and were given the opportunity to explore Commission Patrol Vehicles and Boats.

United Way Touch-A-Truck event

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 http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 10, 2014
Cumberland County

Looking for a great fly fishing area? Try Big Spring Creek’s Fly Fishing Only Area in Newville.

Huntingdon County

Raystown Lake anglers are catching Largemouth and Smallmouth with crayfish, jigs and night crawlers. Early morning and evening hours have been reported as more productive.

Boat traffic on the lake has started to slow down with kids back to school and football season kicking off.  If you are out on the water make sure you have all of the required safety equipment and keep a proper lookout. 

Anglers fly fishing on the Little Juniata River are still catching trout on dry flies.     

Juniata County

Anglers are catching some nice smallmouth bass in the Juniata River from the county line down to the Port Royal Bridge.  Anglers are using dark colored tube jigs and some 3 to4 inch jerk baits.   

Lebanon County

Anglers on Marquette Lake are reporting catching nice Largemouth Bass on night crawlers and jerk bait.  Bluegills are also being caught.

Perry County

Anglers are catching panfish in Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park).  Small jigs with twisters or live bait (minnows, wax worms) are working the best.  Some largemouth bass are also being caught.

York County

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

With cooler temperatures bass fishing has begun to pick up.  Anglers have reported catches of various sizes from York haven to Conowingo.

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 http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 3, 2014
Cumberland County

Anglers are catching trout on the Yellow Breeches.  Spinners and red worms are working well.

The Catch and Release Section near Boiling Springs is seeing a steady flow of anglers.

Dauphin County

Anglers are seeing healthy bass, in large numbers, in the Montgomery Ferry and Millersburg sections of the Susquehanna River.  Most of the angler success occurred prior to 1100AM (afternoon hours had the fish lazy and inattentive). Many areas of the River have numerous young- of- the- year, Smallmouth Bass.

Anglers should try and target Walleye as the weather cools this month.  The Dock Street Dam, under the 83 Bridge on the East side of the River, is a favorite, morning and evening.

Anglers are reminded Hunting on the River begins in September and to be cautious and respectful in these “hunting areas.”

Huntingdon / Mifflin County

The fishing on the Juniata River is good; Smallmouth Bass and Catfish are being caught. The water level is up a little due to the recent rain. Just a reminder- wearable Personal Floatation Devices are required on all boats, appropriate size, and 1 per person. Swimming and launching of inner tubes and floatation devices are prohibited activities at PFBC Accesses. Launch permits or appropriate boat registrations are required to launch any canoe, kayak or boat from any PFBC Access.

Lebanon County

Those using unpowered vessels are reminded to have a boat registration or a PFBC/DCNR launch permit to use a State facility such as Waterworks Access on the Swatara Creek, Swatara Creek State Park and Memorial Lake State Park.

Perry County

Anglers are catching some nice Channel Catfish on the Juniata River on cut bait, night crawlers, Creek Chubs and chicken livers.  Night time seems to be the most productive.  Some catfish are in the 25 to 30 inch range.

Anglers continue to catch nice pan fish around the structures in Holman Lake.  Baits of choice include small red worms, small minnows and small jigs with twisters (1/64 oz and 1/32 oz sizes).

York County

Anglers on Lake Marburg are catching Largemouth Bass and Rock Bass.  Baits that are working well are night crawlers and twister tails.

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 http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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