As the Susquehanna River level has been coming down, anglers are reporting smallmouth bass action picking up at most locations. Tubes in black and other darker colors such as watermelon, chameleon, and tiger eye have been producing along with Zoom Fat Alberts 3-inch grubs in chartreuse pepper and june bug. Bucktails tipped with live shiners have also accounted for some large smallies. Some good fishing has been reported on some area lakes with some nice crappies being caught in recent weeks. The baits of choice have been small shad darts and small twist grubs with the best colors being orange/blacktail and chartreuse. Channel catfishing is picking up as the river starts to recede and clears up. Prepared nugget baits and live nightcrawlers are the best for early cats, but as the water warms and clears, large live shiners will be the bait of choice. The recent snow melt is a welcome sight to trout anglers, as area streams have good flow and the preseason stocked fish will have plenty of room to move around and get used to their new environment. Area anglers helping with trout stream stocking reporting everything went well at most locations with plenty of large fish stocked in local streams.
Photo Details: Heather Gunderman caught this huge 45" muskie on the Susquehanna River last summer. Amazing catch Heather!!