Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Susquehanna River Fishing Jst Fishin Guide Service

This week has been pretty good for most of the week.  Bass on Spinnerbaits and Jigs were located in the current breaks as well in some pretty strong current. Look for the warmest areas and you will find the fish.

The big story this week was the Flatheads getting started in a big way. Our first 30+ lb Catfish of the year was caught this week. Last year my clients boated 34 fish over 30 lbs. Were off to a good start to break that this year. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass and Flathead Catfish

Mother Nature sure is throwing us some wicked spring weather. The Susquehanna has been at or near caution stage a good bit the last few weeks. The only fishing we have had is Largemouth fishing in the local lakes. The Catfish bite is finally here and should continue to get better as the water warms.

Hopefully these spring rains are soon done and we can get back to fishing. 

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Monday, April 11, 2011

Susquehanna River FIshing

Well it  looks like Mother Nature is going to throw us another big curveball this week. 80 Degrees on Monday and 50s the rest of the week. These nasty fronts are not making is easy to pattern fish and at 10+ feet at Harrisburg it becomes almost unsafe to be on the river.

Most of our fish the last few days have come on either 3.5" tubes or the Craw D'oeuvre in green pumpkin wth the tails dyed in Chartreuse.  A couple days we had a very good Jerkbait bite as well. Numbers late in the week and over the weekend were not good. Our worst day was 5 fish including a HOG at 20 1/2 ". Our other trips boated 20+ fish with a couple Walleye mixed in. We also had a couple Muskies hooked and I now onw a couple less Jerkbaits.

This week should trigger the fish to begin to move away from the west banks and begin to spread out considerably.

On another note:

I attended the Fish Commission meeting today in which they finalized the Catch and Release regulation on the Susquehanna and Juniata. While we all realize that we need to protect the adult fish that are in the river, my big concern is the inability of the fish commission to address the issues that are causing our young fish to have survival issues.  When politics and large special interest groups dictate how the resource is regulated, no one wins. I hope that this change does not cause more division between groups. If everyone can work together and push the PAFBC to attack the issues we can make a difference.

Be sure to contact your legistators to express your concern about the pollution issues. Nothing will get done if we all sit back and do nothing.

See you on the Susky,


Friday, April 8, 2011

Susquehanna River Fishing with Dave Shindler

The Susquehanna has been full of surprises this week. early in the week it was beautiful and "snowmelt" green with a level around 6' and within hours there was trees and debris coming downstream. The levels on Wednesday alone experienced a rise of almost 3'. 

With that in mind the fishing had been good early in the week with small jigs rigged with a 3" Grub, 3.5" Tube bait or a Power Team Craw D'oeuvre .  A couple days we found a very good Jerkbait bite as well. Lucky Craft Pointers, Rapala X Raps and Spro McSticks  all caught fish. We also caught a few on Small Swimbaits rigged on a 1/4 oz Ball Jighead crawled slowly along the bottom.

Tha majority of the fish have been on the western side of the river. They are typically in the slower moving pockets with depth and current nearby. As the water continues to warm, start your search with more aggressive baits and slow down from there.

Good Luck and until next time...

See you on the Susquehanna