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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 – August 27, 2014
Adams and Western York Counties

Fishing in Adams and western York counties has been very steady throughout the summer and still is going strong.  Lake Marburg has been producing a lot of Largemouth Bass recently and so has Pinchot Lake.  If you’re looking for trout fishing this time of year give the Trophy Trout Section in Porters Sidling a chance: but be sure to follow all rules and regulations.

Cumberland County

Anglers fishing large streams and small rivers such as the Conodoguinet Creek, lower end of Yellow Breeches and Sherman’s Creek are catching plenty of sublegal Smallmouth Bass, Sunfish, and occasional Largemouth Bass.  Effective lures include spinners; 1/16-1/4 ounce bucktail jigs; and soft plastics, such as twisters or tubes, in smoke, crawfish, and motor oil.   

Anglers on the Yellow Breeches are continuing to catch fish, especially late in the day.  Pheasant tail nymphs, squirrel tail nymphs, and wet flies in size 16-18 have been effective.

Huntingdon County

Boaters are reminded that if they utilize the Commission’s Point Access along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata River to launch or retrieve their unpowered watercraft, they are required to possess a valid non-powered boat registration or a launch permit from either the PFBC or DCNR, as well as possessing the appropriate size Personal Flotation Device and Sound Producing Device.

The launch or retrieving of swim aids, such as inner tubes and swimming pool-type rafts/toys, are prohibited, as well as is swimming from the Commission Access Area.

Fishing has been slow on Raystown Lake, although anglers report some catches of Lake Trout and Striped Bass.

Anglers fishing in and along the Juniata River are reminded that a current and valid PA Fishing License is required when attempting to take baitfish, such as crayfish and other minnows.

York County

Anglers are catching Channel Catfish and Flathead Catfish on the Susqehanna River, from York Haven downstream to Wrightsville.  For flatheads, they have been using live bait, bluegills, and small suckers.  Anglers are reminded to follow the bait regulation.

NOTICE: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 20, 2014
Dauphin County

The Susquehanna River has good flow for the month of August; 3-4 feet.  Grass patches are visible and many anglers are having success working these areas.  Motorboats are reminded they must give way to less maneuverable watercraft, such as canoes and kayaks.  In the same regard, canoes and kayakers must be aware there are limited channels the motorboats can use to traverse the river.   
The Susquehanna River also has been producing some nice Channel Catfish in the 20” to 28” range using night crawlers, chicken liver, shrimp and minnows.

Lebanon County

Bluegill and Sunfish have been hitting well at Memorial Lake using red worms and mealworms as bait.

York County

Justin Snyder submitted this picture of a nice 29 inch Flathead Catfish that he caught in Codorus Creek.  Thanks for sharing your catch with us!

Justin with Flathead Catfish

NOTICE: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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Fishing and Boating Report – August 13, 2014
Dauphin County

The Susquehanna River is at lower levels and is great for paddling. Paddlers are reminded to make sure they have a properly fitting life jacket and whistle.

Cumberland County

The Yellow Breeches is still seeing lots of paddlers and tubers.

York County

Anglers are catching catfish with bluegill on the Susquehanna near York Haven.

NOTICE: All unpowered boats (canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, rowboats, etc.) launching or retrieving at PFBC access areas and DCNR state parks or forests must have a current boat registration (issued by any state), or PFBC Use Permit, or DCNR Launch or Mooring Permit.  For more information, visit http://fishandboat.com/registration.htm.

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