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thanks for the message bill, but I am jonesin to get in the river the weather just will not cooperate jf7
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Susquehanna River Muskellunge and Northern Pike / Re: Still no smallmouth
« Last post by DRY on Today at 10:15:44 AM »
I am at the end of my rope, I guess it will be march till I wet a line jf7

Tie a knot and hang on...



Just finished cleaning up 5 inches of extremely wet snow...it's drizzling and melting at 34F...if we go down to single digits tonight...it will all be one big ice chunk

And the Susquehanna water temp is stuck at 32F...gotta have an alternative hobby!!

Bill
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Susquehanna River Muskellunge and Northern Pike / Re: Still no smallmouth
« Last post by johnfries7 on January 19, 2019, 09:57:51 PM »
I am at the end of my rope, I guess it will be march till I wet a line jf7
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: The End
« Last post by johnfries7 on January 19, 2019, 09:46:34 PM »
wish you all well,keep trying jf7
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: The End
« Last post by zelmo on January 18, 2019, 11:29:10 AM »
I did not take a picture.  The phone was buried under multiple layers of clothes.

To be honest I didn't study the wound very closely.  I just wanted to get the fish back in the water.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: The End
« Last post by jonsie on January 18, 2019, 10:40:14 AM »
Yes I  have seen what you're talking about Dry. I love watching the mink go under roots and hunting along the edge of the river.

You probably have otters out your way. They are very secretive. Think of them as the coyotes of the river -  they are there you just very rarely see them. I have only seen one adult and 2 different pairs of pups (different years). All different locations.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: The End
« Last post by DRY on January 18, 2019, 10:05:02 AM »


Did you get a pic? Muskies are very opportunistic. Most muskie bite marks are multiple small punctures with some tearing. Now otters, cormorants, and eagles will take chunks out. I'm not saying you're wrong, just pointing out other predators.

We have a well established otter population on the Juniata.

Where I fish we have a resident mink...not an otter...but a mink. Never saw him take a fish but he loves crayfish.

When I fished for trout (stocked) on a local flow...it was not unusual to find a trout with a hole beside the dorsal fin and a large scrape on the skin. The hole looked like it was made with a drill. I came to realize that they were made by Great Blue Herons that prayed on the stocked trout...I suspect the trout they stabbed were too heavy to lift and eat.

Bill
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: The End
« Last post by jonsie on January 18, 2019, 08:24:36 AM »
I was out on the river last week and did catch a few smallmouth. One was about 3 1/2 pounds and had a big bite taken out of itís back that was fresh.  I assume it was from a muskie.



Did you get a pic? Muskies are very opportunistic. Most muskie bite marks are multiple small punctures with some tearing. Now otters, cormorants, and eagles will take chunks out. I'm not saying you're wrong, just pointing out other predators.

We have a well established otter population on the Juniata.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: The End
« Last post by zelmo on January 17, 2019, 09:41:56 PM »
I was out on the river last week and did catch a few smallmouth. One was about 3 1/2 pounds and had a big bite taken out of itís back that was fresh.  I assume it was from a muskie.
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Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass / Re: The End
« Last post by johnfries7 on January 17, 2019, 01:57:40 PM »
I got the same problem on the Schuylkill, panfish are gone , sm. mo. numbers have fallen a lot. fish comm. says if you catch one kill it. jf7
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