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Pre spawn is on

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I had a great quick trip after work tonight on the north branch. I found the fish just off the current breaks in the soft water caught 5 on a white/olive Clouser.

Hopefully this picture gets you guys excited
https://flic.kr/p/2f7fQvQ

Posted on: 3/14 19:22


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Hell Yeah!

Posted on: 3/14 19:27


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Yessss! (fist pumping)

This warm weather we're finally getting should turn 'em on. It's still early, but I'd expect action in the predictable spots now.

Thanks for the update Mwheaps.

Posted on: 3/14 20:04


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Nice fish!

Posted on: 3/15 8:51


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Look at the black on those fins...is that normal for smallies?

Beautiful fish BTW..bet he took some drag.

Posted on: 3/15 9:01


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Millsertime wrote:
Look at the black on those fins...is that normal for smallies?


It's normal, but typically seen on the body, not the fins.

Those dark spots, usually called "blotchy bass," are a pigmentation effect that is common on river SMBs in PA. It is usually seen on larger fish during the colder months of the year. Its cause is unclear. This particular fish is strange in that the visible spots are just on the fins.

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Edited by Dave_W on 2019/3/17 22:28:13


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Last year was such a disappointment. Too much rain the lower river was too scary to fish.
I'm really excited, in a few more weeks its really gonna light up!

JUST STOP RAINING!

Posted on: 3/15 21:42


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Looks like we have a dry stretch of weather coming. The section of the Susky I fish should be fishable again by Thursday or Friday of next week. I think it's going to be a good season if we can get the weather to cooperate a bit.

Posted on: 3/16 12:01


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That first smallie is huge.

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It will be of interest 1) to learn if the exceptional population of large adults in the middle river last fall appears to be as large this spring and 2) if it makes it through the summer, as nature has its ways of re-setting a balance.

Posted on: 3/16 14:18


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Water temp was 43 at the spot I hit today (17 March - was fishing from shore). Smallies were definitely hot and I got a big one on a muskie fly early.

This fish below came shortly later a bit downstream in the same shoreline eddy: 19.5" and, I guessed, about 4lbs; may turn out to be my best SMB of the year. This fish took a black Clouser, my go-to fly for cold weather bass in stained water.

If you're a river bass fan, get out there if you can - it's certainly game on and spring has sprung!

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Posted on: 3/17 17:58


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That's a great fish dave it's amazing how heavy they can be after a long winter

Posted on: 3/17 19:41


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Hitting the river for the first of many tomorrow.
Cant wait!

Posted on: 3/19 23:11


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I got nada yesterday. Its early but the river is flowing. Knowing what boulders lay just 10 ft out, now completely covered makes for a very scary river. I did more walking than fishing.

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I was hoping to try the North Branch of the Susky this Sunday, but rain is more than predicted.

How has high water affected early pre-spawn bass fishing? The bass are moving into slack water near shore or spawning gravel anyway. Dark or "pushy" flies are usually indicated for muddy water.

Any thoughts or tips would be appreciated.

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