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Susquehanna River, Questions & Comments => Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass => Topic started by: FM on March 08, 2018, 11:22:52 AM

Title: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 08, 2018, 11:22:52 AM
Not much but it was better than shoveling snow and sitting around waiting for warm weather. Went out for some eyes but the smallies were cooperating for some reason. I think they were feeding on minnows getting pulled out of the brush piles as the water receded. A fella who was on he spot when I got there said he had hit a few on silver and smoke colored plastics. I not having either tried some things then on a whim tied on a 1/8th oz road runner jig and put on a clear chartreuse power bait grub and was rewarded with one nice smallmouth. Two pics of the same fish. Going to try again today.
FM


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Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: DRY on March 08, 2018, 12:15:06 PM
Smallies love the snow!!   8)  ;)  :)

Bill
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 08, 2018, 06:45:10 PM
Those chartruse twisters are money in the spring for smallies. They have been one of my go too's for over 30 years
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: chez on March 09, 2018, 06:52:18 AM
Nice!!!!
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: shiver318 on March 09, 2018, 09:12:25 PM
I got the fever, boat's coming out this weekend. Three weeks without fishin is about all I can take!
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 10, 2018, 07:46:56 AM
I have mine staged but need to get a few nice days to make some updates and repairs. Got started late in February then winter decided to come back so its just been sitting there waiting.
FM
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 10, 2018, 08:26:33 AM
I went back to the well for 5 more yesterday. These were enticed by adding a tiny bait to my jigs. I tried 4 locations but except for a few misses this was to only spot that produced. Probably trying for some cats this afternoon.
FM


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Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: 1iarrowking on March 10, 2018, 09:15:58 AM
Nice fish.  It's going to have to warm up some for me.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 10, 2018, 09:21:42 AM
I know in the past, if I remember correctly. Bill has said you basically just let the bait sit on the bottom, with very little movement. if you feel a tap tap tap, then you know, something is interested in the bait. Is that what you are experiencing? Or are the water temps to the point they are chasing moving(swimming) baits at this point? Im a bit behind, but im getting my liscense for the year this week. If I counted correctly combined, you and Dry are about 20 smallies in the last week together.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 10, 2018, 11:50:30 AM
Well I'm getting smallies but was fishing for walleyes. I'm always happy to catch anything and a smallie is always welcome. I adjust according to water temps, clarity and what the fish are responding to. I always fish to the aggressive fish and will grab the biters and move on after it slows down, I don't have a lot of patience. What I was doing yesterday was casting out and letting my jig settle to the bottom of about 6 fow and then just slowly hopping it 6 inches to a foot at a time with a short pause between hops. It got a little tougher after I had been there a while cause the wind picked up and was bowing my line pretty bad. At any rate the fish were picking up the bait on the pauses. sometimes you would feel them pick it other times they would just be on it when you went to the next hop. Warmer clearer water and I would up the speed and distance some. Again, adjusting to what is getting the bite reflex going. Now if the walleyes would just smarten up and get on board.
FM
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 10, 2018, 12:13:36 PM
Awesome FM. thanks again.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: Brewguy on March 10, 2018, 07:28:20 PM
Yeah, thanks guys.  I'm heading out tomorrow to see if we can catch any.  I'm going to try some plastics and also jerk baits to see if we can catch anything. 
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 13, 2018, 01:02:37 PM
Welcome to the ice box. Fishing on some stretches of the NB is still looking pretty icy but even with the ice and the wind blowing down through the valley I managed one, plus a funny one that I missed. I was fishing in water with a cobble and mud bottom, plus there was a variety of wood debris mixed in too. After hooking a half dozen roots and branch fragments I let my guard down and was dragging in another chunk of wood that looked just like a nice smallie. lol you can guess the rest, by time my brain kicked in the fish had had enough of me and dropped the bait and bolted back to the safety of the depths. So, I could of had two but settled for one in the ice box.
FM


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Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 13, 2018, 07:39:15 PM
That's nuts the amount of ice you guys still have! I took a walk this weekend by the river, to scout for this upcoming weekend. The only thing on the shore, was debris from the high water. But our lady deposited a picnic table in a good spot, along her shores.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: Brewguy on March 14, 2018, 08:09:37 AM
That's nuts the amount of ice you guys still have! I took a walk this weekend by the river, to scout for this upcoming weekend. The only thing on the shore, was debris from the high water. But our lady deposited a picnic table in a good spot, along her shores.

Hey I saw the picnic table too.  Did you spot the underwear.  haha  It was really fast there this past weekend. 
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 14, 2018, 07:20:55 PM
it was on dry land when I was there
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 18, 2018, 07:55:48 PM
I got out from 3 till 5 today down in Shickshinny.  Picked up 7, 6 were big ugly beauties. Got some pics but my dsl is acting up so they will have to wait until the service call Tuesady. It was 50 on the street and about 35 in the shade along the river. Spring is taking her good old time getting here this year.
F
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 18, 2018, 08:02:18 PM
Spring is coming slow, but maybe just maybe we wont have a hot long drawn out summer. Just hope the river doesn't run quite as high as it did last year. Wasn't able to access some of my holes till mid august.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: 1iarrowking on March 19, 2018, 09:19:13 AM
Spring is coming slow, but maybe just maybe we wont have a hot long drawn out summer. Just hope the river doesn't run quite as high as it did last year. Wasn't able to access some of my holes till mid august.

I hope you're not saying the water was high last summer because at 3.7 I couldn't get past Riverview Apts without hitting the rocks and that was as low as I fished Harrisburg.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 19, 2018, 06:07:19 PM
There are two differing points of view. From a shore bound wading perspective it's n I ce when it's pretty low. On the other hand from a boaters pov having a few extra fow makes it safer and opens up more possibilities. I have sympathy for both outlooks.
FM
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 19, 2018, 09:23:14 PM
Most of the summer it seemed to run about 4', just about wading level. Then we did hit a dry spell around august, and it dropped to under 4' for the rest of the year. Looked back in my album from last year, we had a short drop around 7-4 also, but that was short lived. Get some flippers, and I will take you out in the rocks with me some Saturday evening 1iarrowking. Before you head over to the dirt track.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: DRY on March 19, 2018, 10:03:21 PM
There are two differing points of view. From a shore bound wading perspective it's n I ce when it's pretty low.....

Actually...where I fish it is near impossible to catch fish from shore or wading the shoreline once water levels drop and the water warms up. Higher water brings the fish closer to shore and provides shoreline eddies to ambush them. When the water drops (winter or summer) they generally move out. You then need to wade out extremely far or use a boat/canoe/kayak.

... Get some flippers, and I will take you out in the rocks with me some Saturday evening 1iarrowking...

Does this mean wet wading? If so...

Another reason cold water wading is preferable. I can wear clothing (hip boots/waders) and limit my exposure to the water. The chemicals that have caused sex changes and cancers in the smallmouth bass in the Susquehanna River are in the water. Human skin is one of the best ways to absorb medicine (chemicals) into the body. In my opinion you are safer limiting your exposure to Susquehanna River water.

Bill
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 20, 2018, 08:29:45 PM
Primarily I wear breathable waders. But I will do some wet wading, when it is extremely hot. Was just joshing 1i, about the flippers. I know he is a boater. Fortunately where I wade, it is more like rock jumping figuratively. Not usually more than knee deep.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 21, 2018, 03:14:56 PM
My desktop has been out of commission for almost a week something Microsoft did with an update messed up it connectivity. Here are two from last Sunday.
FM


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Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: johnfries7 on March 21, 2018, 04:15:04 PM
snow, I got 12 inches of snow on my patio and they sat we can get 6 more im about 30 miles n.e. of philly, im sick of this the river will be way up again in the trees. jf7
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 21, 2018, 04:20:06 PM
The catfish on the ground is nicely colored one
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: chez on March 21, 2018, 07:30:24 PM
Nice cats Dave.
You and I got some big cats in that spot last year!!!
I'm thinking of hitting it this weekend.
Let me know if your interested.
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: FM on March 21, 2018, 08:22:49 PM
The catfish on the ground is nicely colored one


Most.of them look like that before they roll around in the  mud. It was so deep that I couldn't get up to the river to land them. I had to slide them up on to the shore.
FM
Title: Re: Snow Day Smallie
Post by: dretallack on March 22, 2018, 07:52:05 PM
Hopefully you didn't have to leave your boots in the shoreline, to retrieve later. Lost a pair of shoes in muck like that years ago.