Fishing regulations lifted on York County lake

YORK — The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission is alerting anglers that it has temporarily lifted all seasons, sizes and creel limits on Lake Williams, York County, in anticipation of the York Water Company’s plans to drain the lake and repair the dam.

“We have temporarily lifted the regulations in order to reduce the number of fish in the lake in advance of a complete drawdown of the lake and a fish salvage,” said Kris Kuhn, Chief of the PFBC Division of Fisheries Management. “We want anglers to fish the water and make good use of as many fish as they can.”

York Water plans to slowly lower the lake beginning just after July 10 with a goal of being empty by Labor Day. The bridge over Lake Williams will be closed starting Sept. 4 and will remain closed until the project is completed, which is expected to take up to one year. Detour signs will be posted, and most vehicles will likely use the Susquehanna Trail as a detour.

A private consulting firm, Normandeau Associates, will conduct the fish salvage operation starting July 14. Salvaged fish will be released into the South Branch of Codorus Creek and selected larger ones will, if possible based on operational conditions at the time, be released into Lake Redman. Some fish will also pass downstream into the East Branch of Codorus Creek with the discharged water from Lake Williams.

The temporary regulations will remain in place until further notice.

Atkinson Mills

Sportsmen’s Club

¯ Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The club is located at 55 Sportsmen Club Lane, McVeytown; email; online at

Blue Rock

Sportsman Club

¯ Trap shoots will be held at 5 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28.

¯ Outdoor .22 silhouette shoots will be held at 10 a.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month through October, except in May. There also will be a Good Friday shoot (March 30).

¯ Sporting clay shoots will be held from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month through November. Sept. 9 is the Blue Rock Open, and Oct. 14 is shooter appreciation.

¯ 3-D archery shoots will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on these dates: May 27-28 (two-day; 80 targets), June 3, June 24, June 30-July 1 (two-day; 80 targets), July 22, Aug. 4-5 (Bow Fest; 100+ targets), Sept. 1-2 (two-day; 60 targets).

¯ Club meetings at 2 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of each month on the gun range, and at 7 p.m. in January and February in the barn. To east end Blue Rock: From Milroy, follow signs to Reeds Gap State Park. Free camping available and kitchen is open during all events except trap shoots.

Decatur Sportsman


¯ Meetings are held at 10 a.m. on the second Sunday of each month at the club in Wagner.

Juniata Archers

¯ Indoor 20-yard archery shoots are held at 7 p.m. Thursdays and 6 p.m. Sundays.

Juniata Archers is located between Mifflin and Port Royal off Route 333. More information: (717) 527-2723.

Lewistown Pistol


¯ Bull’s-eye shoots are held every Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. Cost is $3.

¯ Ruger rimfire matches are held at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday of every month. Registration at 9. More information:

Mifflin County



¯ Regular meetings are at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of every month.


¯ A Pennsylvania Game Commission Youth Field Day hosted by the Shade Mountain Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation will be held from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 11 at Mifflin County Sportsman’s Club for boys and girls ages 8 through 15. More information: (717) 436-6433 or (717) 667-3396.

¯ The Shade Mountain Chapter meets regularly at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Reedsville firehouse.


Sportsman’s Club

¯ Club meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. More information: (717) 694-3969.

Shawnee Archers

¯ Meetings are held on the first Sunday of each month at 4 p.m.

Trout derby

¯ Bill Beward Memorial Trout Derby will be held from 8-11 a.m. May 12 at the Zook’s Dam area of Licking Creek, 1.8 miles past the Mifflin ServiceMart. Registration begins at 7. The derby is open to children under 12. Trophies will be awarded to the top three fish in each age division based on size and time of measurement.


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