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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 – July 20, 2016
Dauphin County

The Susquehanna River is extremely low in the Harrisburg Area.  Wading this time of year is a very effective way to fish the river, and wearing a life jacket while wading is recommended since there are deep holes and slippery rocks in the river.

Huntingdon / Mifflin County

The water level on the Juniata River is extremely low making it difficult to use a motor boat. Canoes and kayaks are being used.  Anglers are wade fishing and having luck catching Smallmouth Bass, Catfish and American Eels. Don’t forget your life jacket and whistle along with a launch permit at state owned accesses. Swimming and launching and retrieving inner tubes and rafts are prohibited at all state accesses.

York County

Anglers are catching nice bass on Gifford Pinchot Lake. Swim baits in the early morning hours and late evening are working well.  

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 13, 2016
Dauphin County

Smallmouth Bass
AJ caught this nice bass near Halifax on a rubber worm stick bait. Fish was released.

Cumberland County

Smallmouth Bass
Mr. Brown caught this bass on the Conodoguinet Creek in Cumberland County

Channel Catfish
Anglers are catching nice Channel Catfish below the York Haven Hydro Dam. This angler had luck using earthworms.

Juniata County

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, catfish, and a few eels on the Juniata River.  River levels are low and most boating is done by kayaks, canoes, and smaller motor jet boats.  Baits for Smallmouth Bass include stonecats and jerkbaits.  Baits for catfish include nightcrawlers and cut baits.  With warmer temperatures, fishing is best early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are not as hot.

Boaters are reminded that launch permits are required for usage at PFBC access areas (Narrows/Mifflintown/Walker/Muskrat Springs/Thompsontown).  Also launching and retrieving tubes and other swimming aids are not permitted.  Many other areas exist for people who want to tube on the Juniata River in or around Mifflin and Mifflintown.

American Eel
Aaron had an outstanding night of fishing.  In less than two hours after dark, he landed his largest Channel Catfish (29 inches), his first Flathead Catfish (30 inches) and his first American Eel.  All were caught in the Juniata River below Thompsontown.

Perry County

Anglers are catching panfish at Holman Lake.  Baits of choice include worms and small plastics such as twisters and tubes.

Huntingdon County

Raystown Lake anglers fishing for Striped Bass are fishing in and around mid-lake. Most action is occurring an hour or two before dark and very early morning.  Tactics that have been successful include trolling live trout, and alewife.

Water levels continue to drop making it hard for boat-based angling on the Raystown Branch and Juniata River.  Anglers might consider a day spent wet-wading, utilizing a variety of artificial baits, as well as some live bait, for the river’s Smallmouth Bass population.

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Fishing and Boating Report – July 6, 2016
Dauphin County

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on the Susquehanna River below New Buffalo.  Last week, two anglers reported catching 42 Smallmouth Bass ranging from 10 inches to 18 inches, with the majority of the fish in the 10 – 12 inch size range.  Some nice Channel and Flathead Catfish are also being seen in the area of the river.

Lebanon County

Largemouth Bass, and an occasional crappie, are being caught on Memorial Lake and Stoever’s Dam on live bait.  Increasing catches of pickerel are occurring on Memorial Lake on spinners and minnows. Also, trout are still being caught on Lions Lake and Stoever’s Dam.

Juniata County

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass, Channel Catfish and a few Flathead Catfish on the Juniata River.  River temperatures are around 80 degrees, and fishing seems to be best in the late evening or early morning at this time of year.  Baits of choice for smallmouth are stick baits and live baits (hellgrammites or stonecats).

Perry County

Anglers are catching panfish and Largemouth Bass on Holman Lake.  Fishing seems to be best during the early morning or late evening.  Fishing deeper water during the day (8 to 12 feet) for panfish, using worms, seems to be best.

Flathead
Jeff with a nice flathead caught below Thompsontown in the Juniata River using live bluegill

Smallmouth Bass
Betty with a nice Smallmouth Bass below Thompsontown in the Juniata River using a stick bait.  It was the biggest Smallmouth Bass ever caught!  The smallmouth was immediately released after the photo.

Cumberland County

Black-phase timber rattlesnake
SGT Craig Garman bagging a black-phase timber rattlesnake that was relocated from a mountain residential area near the Michaux State Forest.  In lieu of killing the snake, the homeowner contacted the Southcentral Regional Law Enforcement Office for assistance.

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