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Lower Susquehanna Samllmouth

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Fished the lower river for the first time this year from 6:30 am to 8:30 am. Caught a dozen healthy smallmouth ranging from 8 to 18 inches and lost and even bigger one.

All fish were caught on a black bunny leech stripped in fast moving water. Smallmouth were visibly crashing baitfish in the shadows. As soon as the sun was well overhead the fishing shut down.

All in all a great way to spend 2 hours on the 4th of July.

Here's a few pictures:



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Posted on: 7/4 10:44


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Those are some great fish. Looks like a lot of fun

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Posted on: 7/4 11:49
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You did much better than I. I only caught one decent SMB in the Delaware south of Easton. But I did see a bald eagle, which was really cool, especially today. Happy Independance Day!

Posted on: 7/4 11:57


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Excellent!

I had hoped to get up to the Susky this week but couldn't pull it off. Good to see the summer bassin is going full throttle..

Happy Independence Day!
Smallmouth bass are among the many things that make ours a great country.

Posted on: 7/4 12:38


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Make smallies GREAT again!!!

Good fishing to all!

Posted on: 7/4 13:05


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Awesome. I've been crushing lots of smallies myself. I think I'll get some more tonight.

Posted on: 7/4 13:51


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Having fished the Susquehanna my whole fishing life, I can never remember fish as big and as in as good a number as have been the past few years. Get out there!

Posted on: 7/4 15:03


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Great to hear of those nice healthy fish coming out of the Lower Susky. Sounds like you had a great morning. Good stuff!

Posted on: 7/4 15:54


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Having fished the Susquehanna my whole fishing life, I can never remember fish as big and as in as good a number as have been the past few years. Get out there!



This is only the second year I have been at it on the river so I don't have much to compare it to but I heard the 90s was pretty great as well.

I was really encouraged to catch several different ages classes of healthy, lesion free fish.

For those of you who have never tried fishing for smallmouth, your really missing out!!! I'm sorry that I limited myself to trout for so many years. What a blast!!

Posted on: 7/4 16:32


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My experience this morning was well up river and almost exactly the opposite. We were on the water by 6:30 with fairly thick cloud cover to start the day. It was pretty slow early. Once the sun started beating on the water, action increased and we found fish in shallow flats chasing bait. Most fish were in troughs or tight to structure. Still think it's a bit slow when compared to the last year or two. It seems that the lower the water, the better the action.

Posted on: 7/4 19:41
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Conditions were really good where I was at. Water was only slightly off color. Fish were exactly where you would expect them, in seams and around boulders. I connected just about every time a cast to a fish that was crashing bait. Maybe I just got tired and that's why I thought the action died down. For everyone that doesn't know it's a workout just to stay on your feet when your wading the Susquehanna.

Posted on: 7/4 20:21


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I took a couple guys out above Harrisburg on Sunday (fishing with spinning gear), and they did pretty well. Like Kray, we found the fish tighter to structure, though at a few points we were able to sight fish to cruisers. I felt like the overall size of the fish was a little small compared to last year, but then again, we lost all of the bigger fish we (they) hooked. Had they landed those fish, all of which were 18" or better, I might feel a little differently about it. One of my guys caught two really nice catfish (one blue, one channel) on tubes. The channel cat had to be better than 15lbs.

I suspect the fish are a little more active further downstream. As the water lowers over the next week or so, I bet the fish get their feedbag on a little more.

Posted on: 7/5 11:23


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I was unaware of blue cats being in the Susquehanna system. Are you positive it was a blue cat?

Posted on: 7/5 11:35


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No confirmed blues in the Susquehanna. The breeding color male channel cats are at times mistaken for blues.

Posted on: 7/5 12:12


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Thanks Mike. My thoughts exactly. I can definitely see channels being mistaken for blues. I'm still wondering when I'll start finding flatheads in the Juniata near Lewistown.

Posted on: 7/5 12:59



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