The Susquehanna River is a little high and off-color. With water temperatures rising slowly the fishing is getting better, with reports of some large smallmouth bass being taken at various locations. Large live shiners and 3.5” grubs in smoke, watermelon and motor oil colors are working well. Anglers are also reporting some nice channel catfish and carp being caught in the Hoover’s Island area. The baits of choice have been chicken livers fished on No. 2/0 Mustard Liver Hooks and Magic doughnut fished on spring treble hooks. Some of the better cat fishing has been after dark into the late evening. Most trout streams are up and flowing at a good rate. Most anglers are using butterworms, red worms and nightcrawler because of high water levels on some streams. Waxworms and fathead minnows are a top choice on streams where the water clears more quickly. Noisy spinners like Blue Fox and Mepps work well under these conditions. Some of the better fishing for trout has been on the large streams. All local lakes are in good condition and some nice fish are being taken on various live baits. Rapala, Storm and River 2 Sea lures are also working well.
Paul Stubenrach pictured here with two crappie one measuring in at 15” and the other 16”. He caught them on a lake in southeastern PA using a slip bobber and fathead minnow. Great catches Paul!