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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 – May 20, 2015
Dauphin County

Members of the Yellow Breeches Anglers Club assisting in a PFBC stocking of Mountain Creek in Cumberland County.

Yellow Breeches Anglers Club stocking

Yellow Breeches Anglers Club stocking

Franklin County

2015 Project Healing Waters participants
2015 Project Healing Waters participants. Special thanks to the Gabler Family for hosting the fly fishing event for our military and the continued access to the Falling Spring Creek.

York County

MuskyKen Sloat caught this small muskie on Sunday, May 10th in Lake Marburg in the cove directly southeast of Round Island. He was fishing with a Rapala Deep Tail Dancer. The fish was 5 feet from the shoreline. He didn't know these fish hung out in shallow coves.

Juniata County

Anglers are still catching some nice trout in local trout streams.  Try fishing deeper holes with structure, such as large rocks, submerged logs, or undercut banks.

Perry County

Anglers are still catching panfish at Holman Lake early in the morning and late evening.  Some trout are also being caught on paste baits.

With May 16-May 22 recognized as National Safe Boating Week, we would like to remind you about the REGISTRATION OF NON-POWERED WATERCRAFT REQUIREMENT AT PFBC LAKES/ACCESS AREAS:
With the 2015 boating season beginning, boaters are reminded that non-powered watercraft, which otherwise would not require registration, are required to display either current registration or a launch permit when launching or retrieving at all PFBC lakes and/or access areas.  For a complete listing of regulations pertaining to PFBC properties, please refer to the following link:  http://fishinpa.com/pfbcproperty.html. Boaters are encouraged to check all the required safety equipment on their boats such as wearable personal flotation devices, (required for each person onboard the boat and of the appropriate size including children 12 years of age or younger must wear on boats 20’ or less) type IV throw device (required on boats 16’ in length except canoes and kayaks), fire extinguisher (if required) and sound producing device.  Boaters are also reminded to check that the motorboat (including boats propelled by an electric motor) have a current motorboat registration.

For more information about Boating Basics, please visit our website: http://fishandboat.com/boat_basics.htm

And, with our first Fish-for-Free Day on Sunday, May 24, we thought it would be a good idea to also remind everyone of AN ANGLER’S CODE OF ETHICS:
Many local landowners extend anglers the courtesy of recreational fishing opportunities.  Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission signage is routinely placed along stream sections open to public fishing.  When in doubt, stay out.  Ethical anglers DO NOT litter, camp, build fires, cut trees, block property, or operate any motorized vehicle or ATV on property of another without advanced permission of the landowner.  These unlawful actions will, and do, get ground POSTED!

For more information about Fish-for-Free Days, please visit our website: http://fishandboat.com/fishforfree.htm

Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend. And, remember to “Wear It, PA!”

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 13, 2015
Adams County

Plenty of trout are still in the streams in Adams County. Red worms and spinners seem to be the baits that are working the best.

Juniata County

Anglers are still catching trout on approved trout waters.  Water temperatures are on the rise due to warmer weather.  Try fishing early morning and late afternoon as the temps drop a few degrees.

Perry County

Anglers are catching some nice panfish at Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park).

Anglers are still catching trout on local trout streams due to cooperative nursery and state stockings.

York County

The Susquehanna River along with Lake Redman and Lake Williams are seeing an increase of angler activity.  Bass, Crappie, and Catfish are becoming more active with the warming water temperatures.

Lake Marburg has been off to a slow start this year, but recently has been producing some nice Crappie around the 1st bridge.  Anglers have been doing good at Long Arm Dam catching Crappie and also a few Northern Pike, as well.  Pinchot Lake has been solid for Panfish the last month. 

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Fishing and Boating Report – May 5, 2015
Dauphin County

Golden Rainbow Trout
Bradley Kaup caught his biggest trout ever on Powell’s Creek on a wax worm.  He said that he had never even seen the 23-inch Golden Rainbow Trout hiding in the under-cut bank.

Float stocking
Nice trout were stocked in Stony Creek.  The whole length was float-stocked and, in some cases, bucket-stocked on May 1st. Terry, one of the helpers, is float-stocking downstream of Lindsey Lane.

York County

The 2015 Trout Opener received a large turn-out for York County. Anglers were having success with the traditional baits of worms, spinners, minnows and Power Bait in yellow and orange. Muddy Creek and Otter Creek produced some very nice sized trout with plenty of fish still in the creek.

Noah
Several new anglers caught their first fish at the Southcentral Family Fishing Festival, which was held on Sat., May 2nd, at Gifford Pinchot State Park.  Shown here is Noah, being assisted by NE RES Allan Schreffler.

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