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went out on river few days ago: very high, muddy, windy, small whitecaps on the waves! Tried a hair jig and go no where. what lures do you guys recommend for these kinds of spring conditions? Thanks in advance.

Crayfish color Squarebill crankbait that rattles, not a silent one.  Slowly grind bottom, bang into rocks along a curent seam and you will see some action even in muddy water. The water is getting in the high 50's they have to eat.  A very slow retrieved swim bait along a current seam will also get their attention. Double gold willow blade spinnerbait fished slowly along the seams will also produce.  And lastly 2.75'' tube fished on bottom.  One of these four will produce fish.  One of the biggest challenges this time of the year is finding the fish. Usually if you don't catch anything in the first five minutes move on to another spot. Cover a lot of water.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: fishing in wild river conditions
« Last post by johnfries7 on April 22, 2019, 11:33:04 PM »
try a hangerande
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: fishing in wild river conditions
« Last post by johnfries7 on April 22, 2019, 11:30:36 PM »
iwase down to check the shurkill on Friday you could float a aircraft carrier you could get it under the bridge if its not blowing like Everest its raining jf7
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / fishing in wild river conditions
« Last post by bjones on April 22, 2019, 05:57:49 AM »
went out on river few days ago: very high, muddy, windy, small whitecaps on the waves! Tried a hair jig and go no where. what lures do you guys recommend for these kinds of spring conditions? Thanks in advance.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: Anybody else?
« Last post by johnfries7 on April 16, 2019, 10:22:29 PM »
we are getting weekend rain just like last year, please god let end jf7
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: Anybody else?
« Last post by jonsie on April 15, 2019, 12:43:23 PM »
I understand about not getting out as much since I've gotten older. I would love to fish up your way more (especially for musky) but it just is too far to haul a boat for me anymore. Just hit your smaller "pocket" water with horizontal baits and you'll be right back into them.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: Anybody else?
« Last post by DRY on April 15, 2019, 12:39:24 PM »
The bass are on the move now...Dry. You should know this. It soon will be sexy time. Time to start exploring water that is not wintering grounds. ...

In large part you are correct. I get very focused on cold water fishing. I really am a little lazy and do not care to travel too far from my home area (Isle of Que) in search of smallmouth.

But then again...I have fished this area since 1976 and the same area that produces fish all winter was always an amazing spawning area for spring smallmouth and summer smallmouth were just as prevalent in the Selinsgrove area. Not so anymore. Things have changed for sure.

I just don't have the energy or desire to go exploring for them anymore.

Bill
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: Anybody else?
« Last post by jonsie on April 15, 2019, 11:56:30 AM »
The bass are on the move now...Dry. You should know this. It soon will be sexy time. Time to start exploring water that is not wintering grounds. Caught 28 on Saturday afternoon with a 29" bonus walleye.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: Anybody else?
« Last post by zeb on April 15, 2019, 10:09:16 AM »
Most fishermen are multi-species fishermen and have trout on their minds right now.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: Anybody else?
« Last post by DRY on April 15, 2019, 08:35:28 AM »
according to the news we are to get 3 to 4 ins of rain tonight and in the am the river is going to get high and turpid    jf7

Had an inch of rain Friday night.
Had a dandy "thunderbuster" last night with 2 inches in the rain gauge this AM.
Susquehanna main stem predicted to rise to 16 feet.
Wind is howling today like a banshee.

Will this year be like last year? Let's hope not.

Bill
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