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Susquehanna River, Questions & Comments => Susquehanna River Tributaries => Topic started by: DRY on May 31, 2018, 12:03:22 PM

Title: Surprise!!
Post by: DRY on May 31, 2018, 12:03:22 PM
High, muddy. fast water and full moon have the smallmouth confused. Makes my job tough.
Only 2 smallies today

(https://i.imgur.com/QpXNeOy.jpg)

But this little 13" beauty hit one of my river darters. This is a flathead catfish. At least 10 miles from the confluence with the Susquehanna and not that far from the trout waters of this wonderful trib.

(https://i.imgur.com/dMTc8II.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/4nmKQgb.jpg)

I'm anxiously awaiting snakeheads next... ;)  :)

Bill
Title: Re: Surprise!!
Post by: Brewguy on May 31, 2018, 01:17:10 PM
That's a nice little cat fish. 

My son wants to go catch a snake head, I don't think there are any near Harrisburg, looks like Philly is the closest.
Title: Re: Surprise!!
Post by: DRY on May 31, 2018, 02:38:05 PM
That's a nice little cat fish. 

My son wants to go catch a snake head, I don't think there are any near Harrisburg, looks like Philly is the closest.

This is my second flathead. The other was an 8-10 pounder that hit a tube near Sunbury PA on the Susquehanna River.

Snakeheads have been caught in the Delaware, Potomac and on the Susquehanna flats area.

Bill
Title: Re: Surprise!!
Post by: FM on May 31, 2018, 08:14:55 PM
Those things are real invaders. I'm surprised too! that is their nature. I have read about chasing them in small steams and rivers, I didn't expect it until they had established in the river though. I don't suppose that you released it?
FM
Title: Re: Surprise!!
Post by: DRY on May 31, 2018, 08:31:14 PM
...I don't suppose that you released it?
FM

It was released.

I don't eat any fish from PA waters.

I do not believe that sport fishermen can put a dent in the population of any species by destroying the ones they catch.

I believe nature will eventually work things out...even though man may sometimes shift the balance.

Bill
Title: Re: Surprise!!
Post by: FM on May 31, 2018, 09:16:56 PM
Well I'm happy that you did. I think you have a rational assessment of the situation. Beautiful fish. Smallest one I have ever seen, prettier than the adults.
FM

Title: Re: Surprise!!
Post by: Responsible_Angler on May 31, 2018, 10:49:29 PM
High, muddy. fast water and full moon have the smallmouth confused. Makes my job tough.
Only 2 smallies today

Just an FYI, the river water level and color has been good since Sunday and the post spawn female bass are feeding heavly above the closure area.  I can't figure out myself where all the chocolate milk is comming from on Penns Creek.  You would think it has to turn green sometime soon.
Title: Re: Surprise!!
Post by: chez on June 01, 2018, 07:11:27 AM
Love that Flathead pic.
Thanks 4 posting.
Title: Re: Surprise!!
Post by: jonsie on June 01, 2018, 08:40:47 AM
That's crazy!! Thanks for posting! Flatties have been our go to fish this time of the year on the Juni. They have been a pleasant bonus plus they are great eating. The bigger the fish the better they taste.