Pre-season stocking is set to begin in Cumberland County, starting March 6th. 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 heavy 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, despite the bitter cold temperatures.
If you go fishing in the winter months, make sure you bring a warm change of clothes, and tell someone where you are planning to be, and when you plan on returning. Common sense will prevent most cold water accidents
On March 6 there were enough openings in the ice to get the trout in the water. Rainbow & brown trout were stocked in Manada Creek along Manada Bottom Road.
Stocking of the upper portion of the Quittapahilla Creek. Young school students are on the truck checking out the trout.
Anglers (ice fisherman) are still catching panfish on Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park) using small ice jigs tipped with wax worms or maggots.
York and Adams Counties
Anglers are doing very well through the ice at Pinchot Lake. Largemouth bass are hitting on minnows in 2-6 feet of water. Shepard Myers Reservoir has been producing but it is an Approved Trout Water and is off limits until opening day. Anglers are also picking up some panfish at Lake Marburg through the ice near the first bridge. Stocking season is among us so look online to see when your favorite stream or lake is being stocked and come participate in the stocking process, kids love it.