The Susquehanna River is very high and off-color, but the hardy anglers are reporting some good fishing in the eddies and backwater areas. As the walleye season was coming to an end, some nice fish were taken at the PP&L dams on both sides of the Susquehanna River. Smallmouth bass fishing will be picking up throughout the river as the water temperature rise. Anglers fishing slowly and with patience will usually catch more bigger fish. Rubber 5-inch twist minnows in smoke, motor oil and olive green colors are working well. Large live shiners and butterworms are also a good choice. Look for big channel cats to start moving as the water levels drop and water temperatures rise through the 40’s. Crappie fishing has been picking up at most locations with some nice fish in the 12-inch range being taken on small shad darts in various colors fished on a bobber. Small rubber tubes, waxworms and fathead minnows are also a good choice. Some muskie have been taken in and around some of the popular areas on most lures. Large Magnum Mepps and Blue Fox lures are working well. With warmer days ahead, water temperatures should rise and create ideal trout fishing conditions for April 15th and beyond on most streams.
Chad Gunderman caught this northern pike on the Susquehanna River. Amazing catch Chad! Congrats!