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Offline DRY

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The End
« on: January 15, 2019, 04:49:25 PM »
In the opera...they say that "it ain't over 'till the fat lady sings".....



Well...she's singing her heart out on the Susquehanna.

Water temps stick at 32F...

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwisweb/graph?agency_cd=USGS&site_no=01540500&parm_cd=00010&period=7

Floating ice on the east shore...



Shoreline ice building up on the west shore...



Haven't had a hit in several days...without warm water it is over.

Will be back when the water gets into the high 30's or low 40's... but that may be some time.

Enjoy the hard water...and be safe on the ice.

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The End
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Re: The End
« Reply #1 on: January 15, 2019, 08:58:02 PM »
Yep. I gave up today and finished wintering the boat. Too bad - the river has fallen to decent levels.

My guess is we are done until March.

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Re: The End
« Reply #2 on: January 15, 2019, 09:38:17 PM »
I went down to check out the Schuylkill yesterday and it's only 2 ft. high but it is really moving. jf7

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Re: The End
« Reply #3 on: January 16, 2019, 08:17:33 AM »

muskie are still biting....doubled on Saturday (33 & 38") with the third one lost at the boat. ;D


She is still at least humming...

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Re: The End
« Reply #4 on: January 16, 2019, 11:43:27 AM »
So what is the total for the year DRY? Some people keep a log of what was caught.

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Re: The End
« Reply #5 on: January 16, 2019, 12:28:04 PM »
So what is the total for the year DRY? Some people keep a log of what was caught.

Sorry...I have never been quite that obsessive compulsive about my fishing. But I did almost no fishing from the end of April until early Fall. Spring was not that good either.


muskie are still biting....doubled on Saturday (33 & 38") with the third one lost at the boat. ;D
She is still at least humming...

Keep at it...chase those slimy buggars away from my smallmouth!!   ;)  :)

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Re: The End
« Reply #6 on: January 16, 2019, 11:58:11 PM »
I kept my log I got 1 smallie all year, my worst in memory jf7

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Re: The End
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2019, 10:03:00 AM »
Keep at it...chase those slimy buggars away from my smallmouth!!   ;)  :)
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I agree those slime rockets do have a bit of smell to their slime. Muskies haven't hurt the smallie population through out the years, but they will shut down a spot if one is up actively feeding.

I fear the flatheads will be terrible for the smallmouth. I have talked with guys in Virginia and they absolutely hate them. Their panfish and smallmouth numbers have plummeted. Heck I can see it already on the Juniata. There is a very well known wintering hole for smallies that the flathead have taken over. Instead of catching 40 or 50 bass a trip there - now it's more a like 4 or 5 fish.

The only good thing about the flatheads is that they are great table fare. The larger the flat is the better tasting they are.


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Re: The End
« Reply #8 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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Re: The End
« Reply #9 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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Re: The End
« Reply #10 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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Re: The End
« Reply #11 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.

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Re: The End
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« Reply #12 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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Re: The End
« Reply #13 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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Re: The End
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2019, 09:46:34 PM »
wish you all well,keep trying jf7

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