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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 November 1, 2022, and will run through April 30, 2023. Make sure that you and your passengers are safe! 

Beginning in 2012, the following regulation was established:
a person shall wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD or life jacket) during the cold weather months from November 1st through April 30th while underway or at anchor on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak.

December 28, 2022

Santa and his elves are taking a much-deserved break this week to do some fishing. We hope you are doing the same! If you can't get out, we suggest you find a cozy chair, curl up with your favorite warm blanket, and "catch" the latest issue of the award-winning Pennsylvania Angler and Boater magazine.  

Begun in December 1931 as Pennsylvania Angler magazine, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission has provided anglers and boaters with 90 years of fishing and boating stories that are both educational and entertaining.  Legacy Issues from the 1930's through 2010's are available as one full PDF on our website, while select articles from the magazine from June 1998 through the present are also available in PDF form. For boating enthusiasts, legacy copies of our Boat Pennsylvania magazine, which ran from May 1984 through Winter 1996, can also be found on our website. 

If you would like to enjoy your own subscription, there are a few ways to obtain one: 

The Waterways Conservation Officers and the Outreach and Education staff of the Southcentral Region wish you and yours a healthy, happy, and safe New Year! We hope to see you on the water in 2023!

December 21, 2022

York County-
This time of year, the Long Arm Reservoir is lower, making it hard to put in boats.  Cold temperatures, though, are great for Pike and Walleye fishing.  Have fun; be safe!

December 9, 2022

Cumberland County- 
The last trout stocking for Cumberland County happened at Laurel Lake on November 7th, 2022. If you are looking for something other than trout, pickerel put up a good fight and can be found in Laurel Lake among other bodies of water.

Even in the cold, anglers continue to have success along the Yellow Breeches.

In the next month or so ice fishing should return to our local lakes. As a safety reminder, make sure to check the ices thickness before going onto the lake.

Mifflin/Northern Huntingdon Counties- 
Anglers, using primarily live bait, are having success catching trout in Greenwood Lake.

Using larger swim baits, anglers have also had success catching Smallmouth Bass in the Juniata River.

Southern Huntingdon County- 
During late fall, with cooler temperatures and much needed precipitation, anglers have been targeting trout. The preferred methods for anglers have been spinners of various sizes of silver, gold, or copper. Bait anglers have been using live minnows, red worms, wax worms, and paste bait of green, orange, or yellow. Fly anglers have been using larger nymphs, egg patterns, and streamers of black, olive, white, tan, and rusty brown/orange. 

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