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Re: Lower Susquehanna Bass Fishing

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It has always been a catfish and walleye destination, and now from York Haven Dam down to Bainbridge/Haldeman Riffle it has one of the best river Muskellunge populations in Pa.

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Re: Lower Susquehanna Bass Fishing

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Mike was that Bainbridge/Haldeman Riffle we were fishing? We were above the White Cliffs.

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Re: Lower Susquehanna Bass Fishing

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Nice catties Miller. A friend of mine Dad that lives on the river has said the bass fishing on the lower river has been poor. He also stated that he is actually awaiting for the snakeheads to come up and improve the fishing . One of the other things he said is that he has not seen many bass or carp around and that bowfishing is running rampant on the river with dead fish being thrown on the banks at the boat ramps.


Thanks, man. I had just swtiched over to a black/blue Clouser when the sun dipped behind the Shock's Mills bridge. Next thing I knew, the line went tight and it slowly started to move around the pool. Weird. Then it dawned on me... Cattie! I was just blind fishing for whatever hit, so it was definitely different to get into a pod of catfish.

You went there with the snakeheads...lol I won't even get started about bow "fishing". The fact that 50 fish a day (carp, catifsh, etc.) can be "harvested" is appalling. And we all know they are just being disposed of. Not sporting at all and a waste of the resource! Soon the bowfishers will be crying there aren't any fish to shoot. Hmmm.... Wonder why!

Posted on: 7/30 20:49


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I won't even get started about bow "fishing". The fact that 50 fish a day (carp, catifsh, etc.) can be "harvested" is appalling. And we all know they are just being disposed of. Not sporting at all and a waste of the resource! Soon the bowfishers will be crying there aren't any fish to shoot. Hmmm.... Wonder why!


Yep

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Thanks, man. I had just swtiched over to a black/blue Clouser when the sun dipped behind the Shock's Mills bridge. Next thing I knew, the line went tight and it slowly started to move around the pool. Weird. Then it dawned on me... Cattie! I was just blind fishing for whatever hit, so it was definitely different to get into a pod of catfish.

You went there with the snakeheads...lol I won't even get started about bow "fishing". The fact that 50 fish a day (carp, catifsh, etc.) can be "harvested" is appalling. And we all know they are just being disposed of. Not sporting at all and a waste of the resource! Soon the bowfishers will be crying there aren't any fish to shoot. Hmmm.... Wonder why!


Bowfishing is not fishing its hunting and should be regulated like every like any other hunting activity in the state, there should be an open and closed season and it should only be only conducted during the day time with no use of spot lights. They should have to take a safety course and buy a hunting license for hunting fish .

Posted on: 7/31 7:11


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Bowfishing is not fishing its hunting and should be regulated like every like any other hunting activity in the state, there should be an open and closed season and it should only be only conducted during the day time with no use of spot lights. They should have to take a safety course and buy a hunting license for hunting fish .


+1

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Bowfishing is not fishing its hunting and should be regulated like every like any other hunting activity in the state, there should be an open and closed season and it should only be only conducted during the day time with no use of spot lights. They should have to take a safety course and buy a hunting license for hunting fish .


I agree 100%!

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Re: Lower Susquehanna Bass Fishing

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I've been thinking of floating a stretch from falmouth down to river front park, but have been putting it off due to not wanting to sweat my balls off during the float. I'm usually a trout guy, so am still learning the fishery. Any past successes in doing a float like this in the september time frame?

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Any past successes in doing a float like this in the september time frame?


Sept is an excellent month to float bass rivers.

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Mike- i am sure you get this info about bass and musky populations from surveys but I have to say that the reality for me at least (rod and reel surveys) is far different. Talking with lifelong fishermen , some who are avid specialists for musky etc. also does not support your data. Just my limited take of course. The guys I know who used to fish that area have all moved on to other sections.

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Mike- i am sure you get this info about bass and musky populations from surveys but I have to say that the reality for me at least (rod and reel surveys) is far different. Talking with lifelong fishermen , some who are avid specialists for musky etc. also does not support your data. Just my limited take of course. The guys I know who used to fish that area have all moved on to other sections.


Maybe your "lifelong fishermen" and "avid specialists" don't know what they're doing?

The fish are there and anyone who thinks that anecdotal angler accounts are better population data than recent PFBC surveys (or other scientific sampling methods)... is misguided.

Posted on: 8/1 16:05

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Re: Lower Susquehanna Bass Fishing

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Well I will leave it to the experts.
Went today and saw millions of baifish. Did not see any chasing at all. Fished topwater and under. Did not see any bass.
Did see big catfish. Did not catch any in 6 hrs.

Posted on: 8/1 16:28


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Dave-Condescend much? I wonder if you have spent a lot of time on that section in Bainbridge area over the years? Assume you put in a lot of time fishing the warmwater over the years and both shores for musky and bass and walleye? Lot's of contacts in the area?

Posted on: 8/2 6:20


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Dave has a good point. When 13 adult muskies are seen in the electrical field in 1-1.5 hours in 2.5-4 ft of water in June, a practically unheard of tally in Pa waters, it is apparent that there is a large population. If anglers are not “putting fish in the boat” perhaps they should change techniques, which could include gear, targeted habitat, timing, season, location, persistence, keying in on certain flow conditions, etc. If anglers have moved on to other locations, perhaps they should return. Quite possibly this population developed gradually over time and if some anglers abandoned the area, they may have done so prematurely.

Posted on: 8/2 8:31


Re: Lower Susquehanna Bass Fishing

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Beauty of this thread is that everyone can be right. And probably is. There can be a documented high biomass of fish in an area from surveys AND that area can fish poorly. Check out some old Black/Hayes Creek threads for a similar discussion about a documented (very high - 160 kg/ha-ish) Class A wild Brown Trout population that many reputable anglers report fishing very poorly.

Happens a lot. Fortunately the opposite (good fishing in areas without glowing survey data) happens even more frequently I find.

No specific knowledge to the Muskies (or lack thereof) in this section of the Susky, just pointing out it’s very possible they are there AND the fishing is poor.

Posted on: 8/2 8:58



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