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REGION COUNTIES -- Adams, Bedford, Blair, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Fulton, Huntingdon, Juniata, Lebanon, Mifflin, Perry, York (County Guide)

REMINDER: The Mandatory Cold Weather Life Jacket Wear Law went into effect on Monday, November 1, 2021.

Beginning in 2012, the following regulation was established:

Anglers are reminded that fall is the time of year when Brook and Brown Trout spawn.  When fishing, make sure you are mindful of where you step to avoid stepping on trout egg nests, also known as trout redds.  The gravel in a trout redd will appear light in color, most look like oval or round areas of clean gravel.  Some are not much bigger than a frying pan size, others may be larger.

November 24, 2021

Bedford County-
Crappies are finally turning up at Shawnee State Park and are found in good numbers around the bridges. Jigs tipped with live bait are the meal ticket.

Franklin County-
Letterkenny Reservoir was recently stocked in October and is still fishing great at the boat launch. Anglers are also catching them in deeper water off boats with live bait.

Conococheague Creek at Loop Road in Chambersburg was stocked with trout from the Chambersburg Rod and Gun club; and anglers are catching trout drifting live bait and using spinners of all kinds.

Fulton County-
Cowans Gap State Park Lake was recently stocked with beautiful Rainbow Trout and is fishing exceptionally well. Anglers are catching them on live bait and power bait.

Fulton County Sportsman League float-stocked the Big Cove Creek Delayed Harvest Section, and anglers are finding success on a variety of flies on the bottom.

Juniata County-
Big Smallmouth Bass are being caught on the Juniata River using jerk baits, large tubes, and plastic worms. 

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Photo Caption: Paul with a beautiful Smallmouth Bass caught on the Juniata River below Thompsontown.

Perry County-
Some large Smallmouth Bass are being caught on the Susquehanna River.  During higher water flow, anglers should fish the mouths of streams.  Anglers are also encouraged to fish larger lures during this time of year for these bigger fish.

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Photo Caption: Todd with an over-20" Smallmouth Bass caught on the Susquehanna River upriver from Liverpool.  


November 17, 2021

Adams County-
Fly fishermen are enjoying the higher water levels on the Conewago Creek at the Catch and Release Fly Fishing Only Area. Anglers are catching large Brown Trout.   

Dauphin County-
While the bass usually bite very good in November, we ask you to please be careful out on your boat while fishing right now, with the Susquehanna River running so high.  Stay safe and always wear your life jacket.  

Huntingdon County-
Juniata River - Smallmouth Bass are hammering live bait at the Ardenheim Point access area on the Raystown Branch.

Juniata County-
Juniata River- Smallmouth Bass are excited about natural plastics right now. Get out while the weather is still nice!

York County-
Many boaters are still taking advantage of Pinchot Lake even in the colder temperatures.  Between November 1 and April 30th, boaters on kayaks, canoes, and boats under 16 feet are required to wear a USCG approved PFD at all times.  It is recommended that all boaters do this as well.  

 Reports compiled by Dee Fisher (, Southcentral Region Outreach & Education Coordinator, using information provided by Waterways Conservation Officers, Area Fisheries Managers, and other PFBC staff.​​