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Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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Yeah, I am leaning towards the urban Spring Creek and also doing some smallie fishing. I'll be driving down there like 3 more times so I'm sure I'll take a stab at both. I might try to find bass in the Swatara though because I have never fished it.

Posted on: 2/3 10:49


Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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Spring is a good choice for wild fish. Also a good choice for shopping carts, syringes, hookers, drug deals, and general shadiness. Not saying don't fish it - I do on a regular basis. Just be aware of the "urban wild" it flows through.

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Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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Spring Creek can be very good fishing, just watch out for the homeless. Especially the guy with the camp set up near the mouth, he will follow you, yell at you and who knows whatelse. That is if he is still there.
The trout there are very wary and picky but it has had many improvements and lots of good habitat. fish there do like caddis but go small. They really eye them up in that clear water. I've had good luck with small sculpins too.
I havnt fished it years due to the shady characters there, don't feel comfortable by myself there anymore.

You may like the Swattie but I don't in the bass water. Highly inferior to the Susquehanna, but hey why not? It can fish well.

Susquehanna is a sure fire bet.

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Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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+1 for Spring Creek in Harrisburg. Just be sure to temper your expectations for aesthetics, and be aware of your surroundings.

Posted on: 2/3 11:17


Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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Looks the Spring Creek can definitely have it's fair share of nefarious characters. I think that makes me want to stick to chasing Smallies. Too bad Tuesday isn't supposed to be over freezing..I don't mind fishing cold but it is much more enjoyable after the mercury slides to 32° or better.

Posted on: 2/4 7:40


Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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The PA state museum is nearby. If you like history, that might be a good option.


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Spring Creek in Harrisburg is a very good place to see the effects of excessive stormwater runoff on streams.

Maybe the best (worst?) example of "urban stream syndrome" that I've seen.

Anyone teaching students about stream science in that region should take a field trip.

It's one thing to read about and listen to a lecture about the effects of stormwater runoff. But it's quite a different thing to SEE it.







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Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg
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The PA state museum is nearby. If you like history, that might be a good option.


I'll second this. Great for history and also very good on geology, natural history, etc.

If you've never been to the state museum, it's really worth a trip. I was there again a few days ago. It never gets old for me (part of the large mammal exhibit is closed for renovations). There's even a display case talking about Charlie Fox and the legacy of FFing in central PA.

Posted on: 2/4 12:22


Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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I have been to the museum but it has been a while. In fact I used to work right beside the museum at the Keystone Building. Good thought and maybe I'll check that out.

Posted on: 2/4 12:31


Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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+2 on museum. If water is low Rockville Bridge from the west side is nice and not far from HACC. Just be very careful, would hate to take a swim this time of year....

Posted on: 2/4 15:34


Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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I will be fishing this area tomorrow if the weather and stream flows allow. Have not decided where to try yet. Has anyone been out recently?

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Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg
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I will be fishing this area tomorrow if the weather and stream flows allow. Have not decided where to try yet. Has anyone been out recently?


A lot of high water right now and flows are rising tonight. Forget about the Susky.

If it were me, I'd head up into the local mountains for brookies. The big flows combined with warmer temps would definitely pull me to some small freestoners right now. Northern Dauphin, Perry, and Cumberland (on both sides of the valley) counties have an abundance of brookie streams.

Posted on: 2/15 21:58


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you could fish Clarks. Just walk along the bank and fish it where there is an opening. Use black wooly buggers.

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Re: Best/Closest streams to Harrisburg

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Thanks for the info, heading out to hit the brookie streams. My meeting cancelled so I have the whole day.

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