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Live Bait / Crawfish for bait
« Last post by Brewguy on Today at 09:58:38 AM »
Hey guys.  I'm wondering if anyone is using crawfish as bait?

What are the legalities of catching and using and transporting?  It seems to use a trap is going to take some time in order to catch them, if I can't transport that makes it much more difficult to use.

This time of year can you still catch them?  Do they hibernate? 

Susquehanna River Walleyes / Re: Stress Relief
« Last post by fishfinder on November 13, 2018, 07:50:39 PM »
Nice catch Dave. Looks like the river will be gradually coming down over the next few days, not as much rain as was expected last night and today.
Susquehanna River Walleyes / Re: Stress Relief
« Last post by chez on November 12, 2018, 06:55:28 PM »
Great Job Dave.
Those bait you caught saturday,did the trick 8)
Susquehanna River Walleyes / Re: Stress Relief
« Last post by brownmk19 on November 12, 2018, 05:05:13 PM »
Nice walleyes! Glad ya got out. You're right about the timing, with how bad of a year we've had with high water, the window to find marginally fishable water levels is tough. Timing is everything. I feel like I've said it a dozen times already but I looked at the gauge just now and with the heavy rain coming tonight, the WB gauge is projected to shoot up again to unfishable levels for the next few days. Again!  >:(

Glad you got out though, catching walleye is always a special treat up our way. Not to sound like a pessimist, but I'm so fed up with the high water that I've begun getting my ice gear squared away and ready to go, in hopeful anticipation of an early winter! Although late November and early December on the river can have phenomenal fishing, no doubt. Just need the weather to cooperate for once
Susquehanna River Conditions / Re: Horrible year
« Last post by zelmo on November 12, 2018, 11:18:34 AM »
The fish might be biting but that doesn't mean it is safe to go out on a boat.
Susquehanna River Conditions / Re: Horrible year
« Last post by Brewguy on November 12, 2018, 10:36:05 AM »
There seems to be guys consistently catching lots of fish.  Sunday we ran into a group at ft hunter, they had a tournament and all did really well.  The guy we talked to caught 15 fish, the biggest 3.4lbs.  His buddy had one 3.2lbs.  Another guy I know (a guide) was out and caught 70 bass the weekend before. 

I guess it is a matter of having a boat and knowing where to go.  Ned rig still seems to be the go to bait. 
Susquehanna River Conditions / Horrible year
« Last post by zelmo on November 12, 2018, 08:55:20 AM »
We who fish the Susquehanna know too well how bad it has been, but Pennlive has a story today that gives details.  https://www.pennlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/11/153f8d15b95680/so-you-think-it-rained-a-lot-t.html

Here is an excerpt:

July 2018

Precipitation: 12.09 inches

Average for month: 4.61 inches

Greatest 24-hour total: 3.26 inches, July 23  (Monday)

Number of fair days: 13

Number of partly cloudy days: 9

Numbers of cloudy days: 9

Number of days with:

Thunderstorms: 8

Heavy rain: 8

Light rain: 13

Fog: 16

Putting July in perspective

July 2018 ranked at the wettest July on record and the fourth wettest month since records began in 1888. The previous record July rainfall was 9.72 inches in 1969..

The top 3 wettest months at Harrisburg all had direct help from a tropical cyclone:

1. 18.55" June 1972 (Agnes)

2. 18.43" September 2011 (Lee)

3. 14.97" September 1975 (Eloise)

4. 12.09" July 2018

5. 11.04" October 2013

5 consecutive days of at least 1 inch of rain in Harrisburg, from July 21-25, matched the longest stretch on record (Sept. 4-8, 2011, with Tropical Storm Lee).
Susquehanna River Walleyes / Stress Relief
« Last post by FM on November 11, 2018, 08:32:29 PM »
I got out for a nice late break Sunday afternoon. Had to rope myself into position. Once there I had about a 6 inch wide margin of muddy rocks to negotiate offering me 15 feet of less of shoreline but it was prime real estate! i got 5 eyes and 2 smallies. The big girl was 26" the two on my stringer were 18.5 each and the others were legalish. I had enough for a meal and didn't keep them. Smallies were in the 14 inch range.

Susquehanna River Muskellunge and Northern Pike / Re: my muskie story
« Last post by zelmo on November 11, 2018, 10:29:44 AM »
We have a world class fishing river right here and there is no need to travel as far as I'm concerned

Since I fish the main stem below HBG I do need to travel when the river is closed to bass fishing.  I use that time to take a trip but when our river is open I agree other than for a change of pace every now and then.
Susquehanna River Muskellunge and Northern Pike / Re: my muskie story
« Last post by old shaky on November 10, 2018, 08:09:29 AM »
Another great topic and story. Thanks for sharing it. I too believe there is no need to travel for great fishing. It's right here. It's funny how ya soon find out that maybe...we need a bigger net and things like that! Lol.
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