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Title: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: Responsible_Angler on November 26, 2017, 07:19:10 AM
My son is heading back to college in Washington DC this morning so I will be dropping him off at the Harrisburg Greyhound station.  I always wanted to fish in that area but never really had the chance or wanted to drive that far to fish. I like to fish 10 min. or less from my home.  I decided to take the opportunity to do some wading for smallmouth while I'm in that area.
Can anyone tell me of some boat launches or other areas that I can find within walking distance from the road that has some decent eddys to do some cold water fishing?
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: 1iarrowking on November 26, 2017, 09:05:05 AM
The only public launch around Harrisburg that I know is City Island and there is no place to fish from shore on the launch side.  The other side and the south side is full of docks I don't know if you could fish from there or not.  The only place I ever see people fishing from shore is along Riverfront Drive but that water is fast and that's in the summertime.
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: Responsible_Angler on November 26, 2017, 09:18:54 AM
Thanks for the heads up. How about the Duncannon Area? Juniata  or Susquehanna.
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: dretallack on November 26, 2017, 08:37:43 PM
I realize tis is a tad late in the day, seeing how you were headed for D.C. this morning. But for future reference, I will not attempt to wade the river in the Harrisburg area, unless it is 4' or less. I know it pretty well, and that is my home water. At 4', you may only be able to work 10-15' off   shore. If you know your heading that way again sometime, give a day or 2 notice and I will point you in some directions.
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: Responsible_Angler on November 27, 2017, 12:12:34 AM
Thanks dretallack. I will contact you the next time I plan on fishing the Harrisburg area.  I did fish about 15 minutes at the East side of the Rockville Bridge.  The flow there was a little fast for my liking so I called River Front Campground for some suggestions. They pointed me to the New Buffalo area which was right on my way home. Caught two in the New Buffalo area but the sun was not hitting the water there when I arrived so I was lucky to catch anything. I'll be better prepared the next time.
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: FM on November 27, 2017, 05:54:52 PM
Just butting in to comment on something you said about the sun. Are you saying that the sun not hitting the water was a reason for a slow bite? I fished yesterday all along a mountain that blocked the sun dawn to dusk. The sun never hit that stretch of water and won't for several months more. The bite was amazing, I caught smallies and walleyes from 10 am until 4:45. 7 walleyes, 3 keepers and countless smallies. lots of 10 and 12 inchers but a healthy number of 15+ inchers too. Jigs with or with out bait and a chartreuse deep diving crank bait were the ticket.
FM
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: dretallack on November 27, 2017, 06:56:15 PM
East side of the river always has a stronger flow, plus it is a little deeper. That is where I believe the original main channel location was. Before the dams were installed down river. May be wrong about that, but I do know the east side has a deeper channel. From the Falmouth area up to the mouth of the Juniata river.
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: Responsible_Angler on November 27, 2017, 08:10:17 PM
Are you saying that the sun not hitting the water was a reason for a slow bite?
Where I fish, YES

Some of the areas I fish I would swear the fish punch a time card.

Fish and all animals adapt to their surroundings. If the sun never shines where you fish then naturally they will bite because they have to eat sometime. You were lucky to be at the right place at the right time.
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: FM on November 28, 2017, 06:30:22 AM
I'm not buying it, but your free to hold the thought. If the fish in my example wanted to eat and needed sun on the water to do it they could have gone to the other side of the river. I think current, structure, and food source have more to do with it than the sunshine.
FM
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: Responsible_Angler on November 28, 2017, 07:45:57 AM
I think current, structure, and food source have more to do with it than the sunshine.

I agree to the statement about current,structure and food. As I mentioned in earlier posts throughout the year fish don't seem to read the same books and magazines that fishermen read so they have a tendency to do things the way they want to do things.  Thats what makes fishing so fun. You just don't know what the fish are going to do on any given day.

Did you try fishing the sunny side of the river?  If you did you might have found that side to be better than the side you were on and just maybe the larger fish could have been over there in the warmer eddies.  I have pictures I took two weeks ago of very large bass suspending right under the water surface two feet from shore on the sunny side of the river. I also forgot to mention that it was a little after 4:00 pm when I got to that shady spot on the river.  Now you can tell me you caught all your fish after dark.
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: FM on November 28, 2017, 01:07:56 PM
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Now you can tell me you caught all your fish after dark.
That's real cute.
FM
Title: Re: Wading in the Harrisburg Area
Post by: Responsible_Angler on November 28, 2017, 02:39:54 PM
That's real cute.

I'm sorry FM you set yourself up for that one.