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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 – May 4, 2016
Cumberland County

With the boating season upon us, now is the perfect time to check your safety equipment prior to using your watercraft.  Make sure you have a USCG approved wearable personal flotation device on board for every passenger -- it’s not just a good idea, it’s the law!  If your boat requires a fire extinguisher, make sure it is charged, and properly mounted.  Make sure your Type IV throwable flotation device isn't torn or worn out.  Years of hot sun and rain can really weaken your safety equipment.

Take time to visually inspect your vessel for cracks in the hull.  Pay especially close attention to the transom, where the motor attaches to the boat.  The weight of the outboard motor can cause hairline cracks on the hull, if it is too heavy.

Remember, it is a good idea to have an anchor and paddles on board, to prevent any mishaps while on the water. Plan ahead, and have a safe boating season.

Dauphin County

Float stocking
Members of the Millersburg Conservation club float stocking Wiconisco Creek

Golden Rainbow
Nice Golden Rainbow caught and released on the Mahantango Creek

Juniata County

Local Trout streams continue to be stocked by local sportsman clubs and the PA Fish and Boat Commission.  Recent rains have brought up water levels on streams and will continue to fluctuate with rainfalls.  Anglers continue to catch lots of trout.  Baits of choice are paste baits, spinners, minnows and small artificial sinking minnow baits.

Perry County

Anglers are catching trout and panfish on Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park).  Local streams continue to be stocked with trout from local cooperative nurseries and the PA Fish and Boat Commission.  Baits of choice are paste baits, spinners, minnows and small artificial sinking minnow baits.

Limits of Brook Trout
Donald and Kim with limits of Brook Trout caught on Little Buffalo Creek
               
Brown Trout
Aaron located this nice 19-inch Brown Trout in a log jam area on the lower end of Little Buffalo Creek

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 27, 2016
Cumberland County

Paddlers are reminded that mandatory life jacket wear is in effect until Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Anglers and boaters are also reminded that rainfall can change the water conditions and checking the water level at the USGS site is recommended before heading out on the water.

Dauphin County

Float stocking
Members of the D.C.A.C. assisting with trout stocking on Clarks Creek. Clarks Creek was stocked upstream of the PGC rifle range. Pictured is a float placed at the Appalachian Trail.

Walleye fry
3.5 million Walleye fry were stocked from City Island to Duncannon on Susquehanna River

Local Waterways Conservation Officers reported that many operators of kayaks and canoes were cited this past weekend for not having PFD’s in their watercraft.  Not only do you need them but they must be worn until the end of the month.  One Officer was told by 6 different operators that they knew they needed them in a boat, but not a kayak.

Lebanon County

Trout fishing has been very good the last week at both Marquette Lake and Lions Lake.  Power Bait and worms are working well.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 27, 2016
Cumberland County

Paddlers are reminded that mandatory life jacket wear is in effect until Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Anglers and boaters are also reminded that rainfall can change the water conditions and checking the water level at the USGS site is recommended before heading out on the water.

Dauphin County

Float stocking
Members of the D.C.A.C. assisting with trout stocking on Clarks Creek. Clarks Creek was stocked upstream of the PGC rifle range. Pictured is a float placed at the Appalachian Trail.

Walleye fry
3.5 million Walleye fry were stocked from City Island to Duncannon on Susquehanna River

Local Waterways Conservation Officers reported that many operators of kayaks and canoes were cited this past weekend for not having PFD’s in their watercraft.  Not only do you need them but they must be worn until the end of the month.  One Officer was told by 6 different operators that they knew they needed them in a boat, but not a kayak.

Lebanon County

Trout fishing has been very good the last week at both Marquette Lake and Lions Lake.  Power Bait and worms are working well.

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Fishing and Boating Report – April 20, 2016
Perry County

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is alerting anglers and boaters who use the Howe Township access area in Perry County that the facility will be closed beginning May 2 while improvements are made to the site.

The access area is located north of Harrisburg off of US-322 and PA-34 and provides access to the Juniata River.

The project is expected to last approximately 9 weeks. The access area is tentatively scheduled to reopen to the public on Saturday, July 2.

The project includes the widening and resurfacing of the entrance roadway and parking area; construction of a new launch ramp for boats, canoes and kayaks; construction of an access ramp and a boarding dock which meet standards for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and improvements to storm water structures.

Click here to use the PFBC’s interactive county maps to find other nearby access areas.

Cumberland County

Staff
Staff from the PFBC headquarters in Harrisburg assisted with the trout stocking along 14 different sections of the Yellow Breeches on Friday, April 15, in preparation of the Statewide Opener

Trout
This fella’ appears to be eager to be stocked! PFBC staff, Kelly Wiley, caught this photo before catching him and putting him back into the bucket for release

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