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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 – June 29, 2016
Dauphin County

Tiger Musky
Mr. Rehm caught this 46-inch Tiger Musky on Lake Frederick
(photo submitted by WCO Mark Sweppenhiser)

Blair County

Peyton Woomer of Duncansville caught this “big ol' sunfish” when she was fishing at Canoe Creek State Park recently. It was so big that she had to get some help from her father to reel it in!
(photo submitted by Mr. Woomer)

Lebanon County

Memorial Lake State Park is a great place to fish for bass! Try using diving lures of 4-to-5 feet or live minnows for best chance to reel one in.

Adams / West York County

Welcome to new WCO Rachael Thurner-Diaz! You can meet her on Monday, July 11, 2016, at the PFBC’s 150th Anniversary event, which is a Family Fishing Festival, at Gifford Pinchot State Park at 6pm. Pre-registration is required.

Franklin / East Fulton

Welcome to new WCO Jeremy Ney! WCO Ney, along with WCO Thurner-Diaz, graduated from the H.R. Stackhouse School of Fishery Conservation and Watercraft Safety as part of the 21st class, on Friday, June 24, 2016, and began their duties on Monday, June 27, 2016.

Statewide Fishing

Families and friends visiting Pennsylvania’s popular outdoor spots over the Independence Day holiday weekend can enjoy a day of free fishing, thanks to the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). Monday, July 4, marks the second of two free fishing days in the Commonwealth. The first was on May 29. Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone – residents and non-residents – to legally fish in Pennsylvania without a fishing license. From 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on both days, no fishing license is needed to fish in Pennsylvania's waterways. All other fishing regulations apply.

Statewide Boating

The Fourth of July holiday normally sees an increase of boats out on the water.  Before taking your boat out, please be sure to review the General Boating Regulations for your watercraft.

Take note that alcohol is prohibited on land and water at all Pennsylvania state parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property, and on many other waterways in the Commonwealth. Also, it is illegal to operate a watercraft on all the waters of the Commonwealth while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance.

Finally, if you will be using any PFBC-owned or Commission-controlled property, we suggest that you review the PFBC Property Regulations.

Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day weekend!

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 22, 2016
Dauphin County

Anglers are reporting bass being caught on the Susquehanna River.  Motor oil and dark green rubber worms perform well.   Boat Launches have been busy; arriving early is recommended if you plan to get a parking spot.

York County

Nice Largemouth Bass are being caught at Gifford Pinchot Lake.  Swim baits are working the best.

Catfishing has slowed on the Susquehanna River. Night crawlers are working well on the Conewago Creek for Catfish.

Huntingdon / Mifflin County

The water level on the Juniata River is getting low, and anglers are catching nice size 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 Accesses, 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!!   

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Fishing and Boating Report – June 15, 2016
Juniata County

Anglers are catching some nice Channel Catfish on the Juniata River on cut baits, chicken livers, and night crawlers. Most action is occurring in the late evenings and night time. 

Alexa Kuhn (age 10) with a nice Bullhead and Channel Catfish caught at the Muskrat Springs access on the Juniata River

Perry County

Anglers are catching some panfish at Little Buffalo State Park on small baits, which include redworms, wax worms, small minnows, and small jigs (1 / 64 oz. tipped with a small twister or tube). Some trout are also still being caught on paste baits.

Some Channel Catfish are also being caught on the Juniata River using night crawlers, cut baits, and chicken livers. Most action is occurring at night.

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