With the deflation of the Adam Bower Dam recent rains and cooler water temperatures, fishing for all species in the Susquehanna River has been good. The smallmouth bass action has been good from the point where the North and West branches meet, south through Shady Nook and on to Hoover’s Island and McKees Half Falls, where anglers are reporting muskie action has increased. River2Sea S-Waver, Mepp’s Giant Killer in various colors and large live shiners have been the baits of choice for muskie. Walleye fishing has been picking up, with some of the better catches at the PP&L Dam and the Adam Bower Dam. Boaters are catching walleye during the daylight hours from the deeper areas. Shoreline anglers are doing better after dark. The better lures have been Rapala Bleeding Shad Raps, Original No.7 and No. 9 floating bleeders and Rebels in black and gold. Channel and flathead fishing has been good at the popular locations. Some of the lures working for cats have been Mepp’s Syclops No. 3, Agila-E No.4 and large live shiners and nightcrawler. With cooler nights and some rain fishing should pick up in the near future.
Jason Bainbridge of Elysburg caught this big smallmouth bass which weighed in at 5 lbs. 4 oz. and was 21 1/2 inches long. He caught this beauty on the Susquehanna River on the Shamokin Dam side right up from the PP&L Dam on a Whopper Plopper.