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

REMINDER! Pennsylvania's Extended Trout Season Began on September 7:
Extended Season (stocked trout waters and all waters downstream of stocked trout waters) is Jan. 1 through Feb. 15 and Sept. 7 through Dec. 31.
Minimum Size is 7 inches.
Daily Limit is 3 (combined species).
Stocked Trout waters listing:

Extended Season (Class A wild trout stream sections) is Jan. 1 through Feb. 15 and Sept. 7 through Dec. 31
NO HARVEST - Catch and immediate release only!
Class A stream listing: 


September 15, 2021

Bedford and West Fulton Counties-
Koon and Gordon Lake: Rain from Tropical Storm Ida has refilled Lake Koon to full pool. The boat ramps are now operational and may be used. As October nears, Crappie will be moving to deeper water. They usually feed aggressively putting on weight for the winter. Smaller jigs, Gulp Minnows, and live bait work fished vertically in good habitat, or wherever you mark schools of fish on your electronics.

Trout anglers are finding many holdover fish on Cove Creek, Yellow Creek and Bobs Creek. Just a reminder that extended trout season started on September 7th and runs through December 31st. The daily limit during the extended season is 3 (combined species).

Anglers on Shawnee Lake are reporting good numbers of Channel Catfish in the lake. They are often caught on lures by those targeting Walleyes and bass, and most anglers welcome the non-target catches. Bass are still in late-summer feeding mode, and artificial frog lures and plastic creature baits are still the most common bait used by successful bass anglers.    

Dauphin County-
Catfishing is hot right now on the lower Susquehanna River. Anglers are taking Channel Catfish on nightcrawlers, chicken liver, and stink bait. Also, a seven- or- eight- inch Bluegill almost always spells success for Flatheads.


September 8, 2021

Adams County-
As the recreational paddlesports and canoeing are slowing down for the year, remember cold water mandatory wearing of personal floatation devices starts Nov 1st to April 30th and this is on all boats 16ft or less and all canoes and kayaks.

Dauphin County-

Photo Caption- Over 500,000 one-year-old elvers (baby American Eels) were recently stocked by transporting them from the lowest dam on the Susquehanna River upstream to City Island, Sunbury, and West Fairview.

Franklin County-
With all the rain the county has been receiving, most creeks are fast moving and muddy. There are still plenty of big, holdover trout in the Conococheague Creek in Chambersburg.

Letterkenny Reservoir is scheduled for a fall stocking on Oct 6th.

Fulton County-
Meadow Grounds Lake is an extremely popular waterfowl hunting location in the fall and is located on State Game Lands 53. If using Meadow Grounds Lake for fishing or recreational boating this fall, remember to wear orange, and wear your life jacket!

Cowans Gap State Park Lake is scheduled for a fall stocking on Nov 10th.

Juniata County-
Anglers are catching some nice catfish and carp at local PFBC access areas due to the high-water levels.  Nightcrawlers, cut bait, and live bait were working. 

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Photo Caption- Ethan with a huge carp caught at the PFBC Mifflintown access.  Fish was released for another angler to enjoy catching. 

Perry County-
Largemouth Bass fishing at Holman Lake (Little Buffalo State Park) has been good.  Bluegills have also been caught near the main boat ramp area just using small worms.  A few small perch and crappies are also being caught.

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Photo Caption- John with a 16-inch bass, approximately 2 pounds.  (Fish was released back into Holman Lake.)

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