The Susquehanna River levels have been receding slowly this past week. North Branch fishing has been picking up with some nice smallmouth bass hook ups at some of the popular locations. Old Trail salted tubes in various colors and smoke and motor oil rubber twist minnows are the baits of choice. At Shady Nook and Isle of Que areas, some large smallies have been caught on live medium shiners and nightcrawler. This past weekend marked the opening for the whole state. Most streams are in good shape and producing well. Butterworms, waxworks and god mealworms have been the top producers. Anglers after larger trout are doing well on small Rapala, Yo-Zuri lures and fathead minnows. Some of the common fly hatches for this time of year are starting to appear. Fly fisherman who can match the hatch are doing well on most streams. Most streams are well stocked and in good condition and remained that way for the state’s second opening this past Saturday. Some nice crappie are being caught at Walker Lake and Blanchard Lake. Waxworms, small rubber twisters and crappie spinner baits are working well at most locations.
Chelsey Smith who caught this 16" brook trout on Plum Creek off of route 890 using red fins. Amazing catch Chelsey!