I'll be up front and honest, this should have happened a long time ago! I haven't been catching the numbers of smallmouth I used to on the river. A catch and release only season (or more) may help put the smallmouth back into their prime, but I don't think it will be enough.
I wouldn't mind seeing the Juniata C&R section pushed as far as the Granville area. The fishing has become very slow from Lewistown to Granville and something needs to be done about this area too. Once you get above Granville, the smallmouth seem to be thriving. This area is very sparse in population and easily accessed fishing areas and it shows in the numbers of healthy fish.
I'm writing this in a tangent and my ideas are all over the place. Here is what I would like to see happen with this:
- C&R section on the Juniata pushed to at least the Granville access area.
- A closed smallmouth season during spawn (there are enough species in the rivers to keep you busy).
- Big Bass Program covering more of the Juniata River, AFTER the C&R program is lifted.
Will all of this happen, probably not, but at least this C&R program is a step in the right direction. I'd like to hear your comments on this matter, so please post your thoughts!