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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 (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 – March 25, 2015
Regional Mentored Youth Trout Day is this Saturday, March 28, 2015 in the Southcentral Region.

There is still time to get your Fishing License, Trout Stamp, and a free Youth Permit or Voluntary Youth License to participate. Stop by any license-issuing agent today, or visit our Outdoor Shop and purchase everything online here: http://fishandboat.com/license.htm.

For more information visit: Mentored Youth Program

Dauphin County

Sportsmen Limited from Middletown was a big help with getting the Middletown Reservoir stocked on March 17. They used a chainsaw to cut through 16” of ice.  Thank You “Sportsmen Limited”!

Stocking Middletown Reservoir

Stocking Middletown Reservoir

Dauphin and Juniata Counties

Mahantango Creek, between Northumberland and Dauphin counties, and West Branch Mahantango Creek, between Snyder and Juniata counties, are the ONLY streams in Northumberland and Snyder counties, respectively, opening on the earlier dates as part of the Regional Mentored Youth Trout Day on March 28, as well as the Regional Opening Day of Trout Season on April 4.

Mahantango Creek

Huntingdon County

Juniata River – Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on tube baits, as well as hard and soft plastic jerk baits.

All boat-based anglers are reminded to check all of their required safety equipment prior to their maiden voyage for the year, as well as comply with PFD mandatory wear requirements.

Raystown Branch of Juniata River – Anglers are reporting catching Walleye, Lake Trout, and the occasional Striped Bass below the Raystown Dam. Live bait, as well as artificial lures, have been working.  Rainbow Trout-patterned large jerk baits are also being used to target Muskellunge.

All anglers are reminded to purchase their 2015 License prior to their first outing.   

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 18, 2015
Bedford-Fulton Counties

With warmer temps, rain, and warmer stream inflows, ice conditions are deteriorating rapidly in Bedford County.

Gladdens Run and Little Wills Creek were stocked on 3/10/15; Licking Creek in Fulton County on 3/11/15; Evitts Creek on 3/13/15; and Wills Creek on 3/14/15. Nice trout are in the waters ready for opening day. 

Cumberland County

Anglers are enjoying the warmer weather and taking advantage of the freshly stocked trout in the Catch and Release Areas open to year-round fishing in the county. Anglers are reminded to check the regulation before heading out to the waters. 

Dauphin County

Middletown Reservoir was stocked on 3/17/2015 with nice trout from our Pleasant Gap State Fish Hatchery

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Fishing and Boating Report – March 11, 2015
Bedford County

Trout were stocked in Upper Cove Creek on Wednesday the 4th, Lower Raystown Branch on Thursday the 5th, & Lower Cove Creek on Friday the 6th.
Ice fishing is still occurring on Shawnee Lake and Cumberland Dam.

Franklin County

Falling Spring Delayed Harvest Artificial Lures Only Area was stocked with trout on February 25, 2015.  Anglers wishing to fish this section of stream should consult 2015 PA Fishing Summary, page 25, for special regulations.

All other approved trout waters in the county are currently closed to fishing until 8 a.m. on the Regional Opening Day of Trout, which is Saturday, April 4, 2015.

Huntingdon County

Raystown Lake ice anglers are reporting catches of crappie, perch, and bass at various locations around the lake.  Use caution when venturing out onto the ice as conditions are continuously changing.

Huntingdon / Mifflin County

The weather is making it tough to get out and enjoy the outdoors. The Juniata River is frozen in some places, making it difficult to fish. Trout stocking is taking place; check the website for the Stocking Schedule. Trout season opening day is April 18th in Mifflin and Huntingdon Counties.

Mandatory PFD wear is still in effect until April 30 for all persons onboard a boat less than 16 feet, and all canoes and kayaks.

Lebanon County

Stocking
The Conewago Creek in Lebanon County was stocked March 4th. Several holes needed to be chopped in the ice to get the trout in the water.

York and Adams Counties

Since the weather has been so wonderful lately for ice fisherman, there is plenty of opportunity to get your ice fishing fix, for sure.  Pinchot Lake has been producing some decent panfish through the ice, as well as Largemouth Bass near mid-lake and the dam area.  Shepard Myers has been solid all year, with anglers consistently catching their share of bluegill and crappie.  Lake Marburg has plenty of anglers catching panfish. 

The stocking season is underway in Adams County, and the approved trout waters are closed until 8am of opening day.  So, if you see poaching occurring, please call it in.  There are plenty of Saturday stocking; so bring the kids out to see how the stocking process works. We’re sure they’ll enjoy it.  Stay safe!

Reminder: The PFBC does not monitor ice thickness. Ice thickness and conditions can vary greatly across the lake and across the state. Use caution as you head out onto the ice. A life jacket and a set of ice awls can be extremely important if you fall through the ice. Remember SAFETY FIRST: http://fishandboat.com/safety.htm

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