The Susquehanna River has been higher than normal and off color, but anglers are reporting large numbers of smallmouth bass being caught, a lot of them are keepers. Most of the better fishing has been from the PP&L Dam on the Shamokin Dam side south to Hoover’s Island. Rubber 3.5 inch twist minnows in olive green, smoke and pumpkinseed are working well. Anglers fishing slowly and with patience are having the best luck and catching more fish. Walleye season is coming to a close and anglers are reporting some good action at various spots, including most backwater locations. The big channel cats should start moving in the next several weeks as water temperatures start to rise through the 40s. Muskie action is picking-up at the popular locations, with some nice catches being reported by anglers. The lures of choice have been Mepps Double Blade Musky Marabou in gold, brown, yellow and hot firetiger colors. Also working well is the new Bass Pro Muskie Angler Nitro spinner in silver/black/red and white red colors. Spring is just around the corner, but ice fishing anglers are hoping for several more weeks of ice fishing on some of the northern lakes. All area streams are in good shape, preseason trout stocking should go well and all stocked fish should have plenty of room to roam before opening day.
Nate Daley caught this beautiful pike fishing the Susquehanna River. Great catch Nate!