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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 – January 28, 2015
Cumberland County

Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery trout
The trout at the Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery are growing and getting ready for stocking.  Visit any State Fish Hatchery for free.

Dauphin County

Please stay clear of the icy boat launches.  Cars have been sliding into the icy waters.

Fulton County

Anglers reported catching trout and some bluegills while ice fishing on Cowans Gap Lake. Favorite baits included powerbait, and small jigs tipped w/wax worms.

York County

Fishing has been a little on the slow side for the lower Susquehanna River in York County. With the ice flows on the Susquehanna River, the best fishing has been at Brunner Island near the “warm water discharge”. Some Catfish and Walleye have been caught. However, most anglers have been putting a fair amount of time into their success. Baits of choice are the old standbys of liver and shrimp for the cats, and jigs with a minnow or twister tail for the walleye.

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:

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 21, 2015
Bedford County

Ice fishing conditions as of 1-15-15:

Koon Lake – fishing activity observed in the Evitts Creek & Growden Run Cove areas. Some open water viewed by the shale bank area (main section of dam area).  Bluegills, bass, & crappies have been caught.

Gordon Lake – fishing activity observed in the Rt. 220 Cove area. Open water observed around bridge & main lake areas. Catch report was negative.

Shawnee Lake is totally frozen over; but no reports of fishing activity or ice thickness reported.

Cumberland County

Fly Anglers are taking advantage of some of the warmer days this past week to get their lines wet on the Yellow Breeches and Big Springs Creek’s Fly Fishing Only Areas.  Stone nymph fished in the slower moving water seemed to be working the best.   

Lebanon County

Anglers are reminded to check the ice conditions before heading out on the ice to fish.

For more ice safety visit this link.

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Fishing and Boating Report – January 14, 2015
Bedford County

Ice conditions as of 01/06/15:
Shawnee Lake – total ice coverage; but not thick enough (1/2” to 1”).
Koon Lake – some open water on main area of lake.
Gordon Lake – main areas of lake are void of ice. The Rt. 220 cove is ice covered; but not thick enough to fish.
Dauphin County

Anglers attempting to use the Susquehanna River access will encounter river ice on the ramps.

Huntington County

Anglers fishing the Little Juniata are catching big Brown and Rainbow Trout on green caddis larva imitations in size 14-18, and on streamers.

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