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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 – September 28, 2016
Fall and winter trout stockings are fast approaching! For details visit: http://fbweb.pa.gov/stocking/TroutStockingDetails_GIS.aspx

Cumberland County

Anglers are catching Smallmouth Bass on the Susquehanna River.  Crank baits seem to be the lure of choice this week.

York County

Catfish are being caught on the Susquehanna River.  Night crawlers and cut baits are working well.

Dauphin County

Members of the Keystone Aquatic Club pulled the Aides to Navigation (ATONs) at City Island this week.  Many thanks to their efforts through the boating season!   (Photos submitted by WCO Sweppenhiser)

Keystone Aquatic Club

Keystone Aquatic Club

Boaters are reminded that the Dock Street Dam is still off limits, an exclusion area, without the posted ATON.

NOTICE: The Fish and Boat Commission announced Tuesday, September 27, 2016,  that it has closed the Halifax access area in Dauphin County as it continues to evaluate the intersection and railroad crossing following a traffic accident on Labor Day. The access area will remain closed to public use. Signage was placed at the site Tuesday morning informing the public of the closure.

N. Huntingdon / Mifflin County

This year’s weather was hot and dry, with not a lot of rainfall. All the waterways are in need of water, making it difficult to fish and boat. Anglers are wading and using kayaks to get to fishing spots.

REMINDER: PA Fish and Boat Commission Property and Accesses are for fishing and boating activities only.

Huntingdon County

Smallmouth bass are being caught on the Juniata River – Raystown Branch utilizing twister tail grubs fished on 1/8 oz. jig heads.

Lake Trout are being caught in and around the Seven Points Area of Raystown Lake.  Successful anglers are utilizing ½ to ¾ oz. jigging spoons. 
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Fishing and Boating Report – September 21, 2016
Huntingdon County

Touch-A-Truck event
At the 5th Annual United Way’s Touch-A-Truck event, over 400 participants got to learn about equipment utilized by Waterways Conservation Officers

Cumberland County

Anglers are catching Largemouth Bass on Opossum Lake.  Swim baits are working well.

Adams County

Anglers on Lake Meade are catching Channel Catfish on live bait and Largemouth Bass on crank bait.

Dauphin County

Anglers using sunfish as bait are catching Flathead Catfish south of Middletown on the Susquehanna River.  Walleye are also being caught on minnow type lures and spinners.

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Fishing and Boating Report – September 14, 2016
Huntingdon / Mifflin County

The water level on the Juniata River is really low; kayaking is the popular way to navigate during this time. Wade fishing is successful with nice size Smallmouth Bass being caught.  Greenwood Furnace’s fall stocking is Wednesday October 12. The daily limit is 3 trout.

Water levels continue to drop due to lack of rain on Raystown Lake.  Boating hazards do exist especially in the Southern end of the lake where the river channel narrows.  Boaters should use caution on the water.

Fishing is slow.  Panfish are being caught utilizing fathead minnows fished under slip bobbers.

York County

On Lake Marburg anglers are catching Black Crappie and White Perch on live minnows and swimbaits.  Muskie are hitting in the channels while trolling before dusk.  Sunfish and other small panfish are hitting under the bridges and in the coves.

Anglers on Long Arm Reservoir are catching Largemouth Bass on top water lures around the banks.  Panfish are biting at the boat launch area from shore.

Adams County

Largemouth Bass and sunfish are being caught using live bait and plastics on Orttanna Pond.

The bridge on Beecherstown Road has reopened, which is perfect timing for our fall stocking downstream on the Conewago Creek’s Special Regulation Fly Fishing Only Section.  The stocking is scheduled for October 4th.  Details regarding location and time can be found on our website. 

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