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Raystown Lake Scenic Overlooks

If you’re in the Huntingdon, PA area and you have a little time to kill, consider paying a visit to the Ridenour and Hawn’s scenic overlooks. The lookouts are only a short walk from each other, so you can visit both with one stop. Here’s the map that should get you there.

Skunked at the Raystown Lake dam

Pavillion on Raystown dam

Pavillion on Raystown dam

For the last several winters, Elijah and I have made a trip the Raystown dam to fish for rock bass.  For one reason or another, these fish congregate in the channel below the power plant in the winter.  During the day you can normally see the bottom of the channel, and there are no fish in site. However, once darkness falls, a strong flashlight can reveal many rock bass just a few feet from the shore.  At least, that’s how it usually is.  This time, it took a fair amount of searching to even catch sight of a fish, and it proved nearly impossible to get one on the hook.  Elijah was able to coax a couple of them into biting, but neither of us were able to hook one.  So for the first time ever, our wintertime trip to the Raystown Lake dam produced nothing. Was our visit too late in the year?  Has the secret of the rock bass below the dam spread to the point where the location is over fished?  We don’t really know, but I suppose it was good to get the lines wet again. If you want to see what fishing below the dam is all about, you can watch the video from last year’s trip. Oh yeah, that fish in the picture is false advertising – it was one of last year’s catch.