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REGION COUNTIES -- Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York (County Guide)


February 22, 2017

Juniata County
Anglers are catching trout on local trout streams.  Water levels are low and clear, and small baits such as wax worms on 4lb test line are working the best.  Streams of choice are Cocolamus Creek and Lost Creek.  Anglers are reminded the extended season ends on February 28th for Approved Trout Waters. 
 
Perry County
Some crappies are being caught at Little Buffalo State Park on Holman Lake using minnows.
 


February 15, 2017

Adams/West York

Stocked Trout Waters will be closing March 1 until 8:00 am on April 1st, which is the Regional Opening Day of Trout. This includes Orrtanna Pond and Sheppard Myers Reservoir.

One exception to this regulation is the Mentored Youth Day on March 25th from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm. A youth angler must possess a Mentored Youth Fishing Permit or a Voluntary Youth Fishing License and be accompanied by an adult angler who possesses a valid fishing license with trout stamp. The youth angler may keep 2 trout of legal size (minimum of 7 inches) and the adult mentor is permitted to fish but must release all fish unharmed.

Another exception to the closed trout season is in the Special Regulation Areas. These areas include the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only Section of Conewago Creek and the Trophy Trout Artificial Lures Only Section of Codorus Creek. Both sections listed are catch and release areas during the closed season of Stocked Trout Waters.

Huntingdon County

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Fishing pressure has been light on Raystown Lake and the spillway area, except for this local “angler” that was observed scouting for a freshly caught meal atop the dam.

 

Anglers are reminded to abide by the restricted areas in and around the dam and spillway.

Cumberland County
Pre-Season Stocking is set to begin in Cumberland County, starting February 22th.  Contact your local newspaper, or go online the Fish and Boat Commission website, to find out when your favorite stream is being stocked.  Volunteer help is always welcome.  Make sure you arrive at the designated meeting place on-time to receive the safety briefing from the WCO.

A little snow and mud has made some stream banks a bit sloppy and slippery, but many anglers are enjoying winter trout fishing.  The Catch and Release areas on the Yellow Breeches, Big Spring and Green Spring are seeing steady angling pressure.  Be aware of construction in the vicinity of the Allenberry Playhouse in Boiling Springs, while fishing the Special Regulation Area of the Yellow Breeches.

Recent draw down of Children’s Lake Dam will not impact stocking of legal adult trout for 2017. 


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.​​