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Susquehanna River, Questions & Comments => Susquehanna River Smallmouth Bass => Topic started by: zelmo on June 02, 2021, 07:47:29 AM

Title: June
Post by: zelmo on June 02, 2021, 07:47:29 AM
I spent May fishing the deeper pools with the bass boat.  It is one of the most successful times of the year for me.  I am only going to attribute that to having lucked out and learned where the fish are, and they seem to return to those spots every year.

The rain at the end of the month pushed the HBG gauge above 5' so I decided to take the jet out of Fort Hunter on 6/1.  I am hoping to have the entire month to use it before these spots go to summer lows and I am back to the deeper pools.

The only good thing I can say about this trip was that I had the ramp to myself when I launched at just after first light.  I have become much more proficient at launching and loading this boat by myself but the idea of a busy ramp with no docks isn't appealing.  Could it be that if there aren't other boats the fish aren't biting and the word is out? 

When I got on the water I had a suspicion it wasn't going to be a good day.  The water was heavily stained and worst, the water temp was down to 63.  I caught a few fish early but then nothing as I searched around.  I found the chute to get below the bridge and idled through it taking note of the depth which was around 3'.  When I got to the other side of the bridge the depth was about the same all over with just a few holes that were deeper.  I got into one area where I was banging the TM on rocks but I didn't get hung up.  Didn't get a bite so I went back to where I had started and caught a few more before leaving around noon.

If the river stays up I'll try again.  Any suggestions on what patterns work this time of year in these types of areas?
Title: Re: June
Post by: Phil Sweeney on June 02, 2021, 08:52:34 AM
No doubt in my mind the word gets out!!
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 03, 2021, 08:33:45 AM
Had a good month for May. But was out Tuesday and hard pressed to catch a fish. Mostly rock bass.
Think I am seeing the post spawn blues.
Zelmo, All the docks are in up here now. "Last week" Which makes life easier when your by yourself.

Been using the Jon boat a lot last month. Mostly because no docks where I was fishing.
Hopefully everyone has a good June.
Title: Re: June
Post by: zelmo on June 03, 2021, 08:42:06 AM

Zelmo, All the docks are in up here now. "Last week" Which makes life easier when your by yourself.


There are no docks for the ramps I am talking about.  At many of them there is very little area to even beach the boat if you can't do it on the ramp.  The logistics are horrible if it is busy and you are by yourself.
Title: Re: June
Post by: DRY on June 03, 2021, 01:12:55 PM
...Mostly rock bass...
...

Interesting...I cannot remember the last time I caught or heard of anyone catching a rock bass down here. Do you catch a lot of them? Big Ones?

30-40 years ago you couldn't keep them off your hook...they were a real pest.

Bill
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 03, 2021, 04:38:43 PM
Dry I am usually not catching to many rock bass, these was in the 6" variety. Pick up 2 sunny's too.
It was just a weird outing. But a nice day to be out.
Sometimes fishing a mepps spinner I will pick up more Rock bass.


Zelmo I hear you on being by yourself. I was fishing by myself quit a bit this spring.
You need to find yourself a partner.
19' boat isn't a lot of fun loading and unloading by yourself,especially with a lot of current and some wind.
Title: Re: June
Post by: zelmo on June 08, 2021, 07:04:14 AM
What a difference a few days can make.  Fished below HBG on 6/7 with the gauge at 4.46.  I launched at 5:00 am and found the water temp was back up to 79.5. 

I went to a spot that normally produces and had one on top water on the second cast.  Worked that for a little with no other results so I tossed a swimbait.  From then on I had steady action until 10:30.  I then switched to a worm and landed several more before heading in at noon.  Total for the day was 37 SM between 15" and 19".  No monsters.
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 11, 2021, 03:59:59 PM
Some nice numbers Zelmo! I have had some luck with Swimbaits.
Water temperature up here has been between 75 -79. hate to see what it drops to after today.
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 11, 2021, 09:10:46 PM
Was a slow week this week. Up early and done by 11:00 with the heat.
Couple my son caught on Tuesday and one I caught at the ramp.
Also caught quite a few dinks.

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Title: Re: June
Post by: Phil Sweeney on June 12, 2021, 04:23:45 AM
What a difference a few days can make.  Fished below HBG on 6/7 with the gauge at 4.46.  I launched at 5:00 am and found the water temp was back up to 79.5. 

I went to a spot that normally produces and had one on top water on the second cast.  Worked that for a little with no other results so I tossed a swimbait.  From then on I had steady action until 10:30.  I then switched to a worm and landed several more before heading in at noon.  Total for the day was 37 SM between 15" and 19".  No monsters.
Awesome!!
Title: Re: June
Post by: zelmo on June 12, 2021, 06:53:45 AM
I have said in other threads it is all about having the right conditions and then finding them.  Then you need to toss the right bait.  That day I got lucky and put it together. 

Phil: the swimbaits were on the minnow head, but I don't think that mattered.  Roundhead probably would have worked the same as long as there was a catch for the bait.

I didn't go out the rest of the week; I had planned on Wednesday but I believed the weather forecast and didn't want to get caught in a nasty thunderstorm.  Turns out we didn't get any rain.  I am planning for a couple of times next week and one will be to that same spot to see if they are still there.
Title: Re: June
Post by: Phil Sweeney on June 12, 2021, 05:36:06 PM
Phil: the swimbaits were on the minnow head, but I don't think that mattered.  Roundhead probably would have worked the same as long as there was a catch for the bait.
They were bending my #4 hook on the 3" 3/32oz switched to 4" 3/16oz. those eagle claw hooks are wimpy, I guess I should ease up a little. To boot on a fiberglass rod I am using because I broke one!! Lost 4-5 caught 19. BTW not spending much on gas. Usually do not go on weekends but i could not resist.
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Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 12, 2021, 07:30:18 PM
Good to see you 2 getting after them with Swimbaits.
Might start fishing them a little harder. And go to a lighter color.

Phil that's a tough problem to have bending hooks  :D

Going to try and get out tomorrow morning before the storms hit.
Title: Re: June
Post by: Phil Sweeney on June 12, 2021, 07:33:44 PM
 ;D
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 13, 2021, 06:22:42 PM
Got out this morning before the stormy weather. Was a slow start, but picked up some.
Ended up with 1/2 dozen legal bass with the big one 2.36lb. "All bass was released"
Quite a few under 11"  :)

Looks like the river is going to go up 1.5' from the rain which is good.
Title: Re: June
Post by: zelmo on June 14, 2021, 01:35:20 PM
This morning at first light I headed for the same spot that was so good last week.   I started with the swimbait that had worked so well and caught fish on my first two casts.  Naturally I had visions of an epic day, only to have the fishing gods smack me.  Those were the only ones I caught on that bait the rest of the trip. 

I managed to pick up a few more on tubes and worms, but when I didnít have a bump for over an hour I headed for the ramp at 11:00.  Final tally was ten.   I really thought it was going to be a better day but the water temp was down to 73.  I guess that was the big issue. 
Title: Re: June
Post by: Phil Sweeney on June 14, 2021, 08:54:13 PM
Rick,
I would have been back there the next day! If the grandkids did not want to go swimming.
Phil
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 15, 2021, 12:59:19 PM
This morning at first light I headed for the same spot that was so good last week.   I started with the swimbait that had worked so well and caught fish on my first two casts.  Naturally I had visions of an epic day, only to have the fishing gods smack me.  Those were the only ones I caught on that bait the rest of the trip. 

I managed to pick up a few more on tubes and worms, but when I didnít have a bump for over an hour I headed for the ramp at 11:00.  Final tally was ten.   I really thought it was going to be a better day but the water temp was down to 73.  I guess that was the big issue.
This morning was a bad morning with that front coming through. I was out this morning and not a whole lot of bits. So don't feel bad.
Title: Re: June
Post by: zelmo on June 15, 2021, 03:42:18 PM
How much rain did you get yesterday?  I heard Williamsport got hammered, but the prediction for the HBG gauge hasnít changed. 
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 15, 2021, 05:03:24 PM
At my house I got .40'  yesterday. Some places got more and some other places less.
The river come up a foot overnight and was off color, but not muddy.
Water temp 70 degrees this morning.
Title: Re: June
Post by: zelmo on June 15, 2021, 07:30:28 PM
I spoke to someone who was fishing in the Selinsgrove area today.  He said that the water was fine until around 11:00 when it visibly changed to chocolate.  By the time he got off the water and drove back to HBG it was bad down here. 
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 19, 2021, 01:14:51 PM
All couple from last night.
Thinking the first might be a PB for the season.

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Title: Re: June
Post by: DRY on June 19, 2021, 01:42:05 PM
Weights?

Bill
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 19, 2021, 04:33:48 PM
Dry
Neither boy measures or weighs their fish. Just catch them and throw them back in.
Bugs me a little  :D
I do believe the top one was 22"
Title: Re: June
Post by: DRY on June 19, 2021, 07:35:28 PM
Yeah...I guess some of us are a little obsessive-compulsive about what we catch.
Looks like a nice smallmouth.

Bill
Title: Re: June
Post by: Phil Sweeney on June 20, 2021, 06:55:45 AM
Dry
Neither boy measures or weighs their fish. Just catch them and throw them back in.
Bugs me a little  :D
I do believe the top one was 22"
Nice!!
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on June 20, 2021, 08:54:29 AM
Nice!!

Thanks Phil

Yeah...I guess some of us are a little obsessive-compulsive about what we catch.
Looks like a nice smallmouth.

Bill

Dry I like at least knowing the weight on the bigger fish.
Title: Re: June
Post by: zelmo on June 30, 2021, 07:29:43 AM
June ended pretty well for me.  I am still using the jet on the river since the level hasn't dropped too far and the clear water is giving me a chance to see ledges and other structure so I can mark them.

I was on the main stem at first light on 6/28.  The air temp was already 77 and the water temp was 82.  I headed to a spot I felt comfortable navigating to in the low light and started catching right away.  I tried a number of baits with swimbaits, madtoms, and worms all working.  Most came on the swimbait; nothing on topwater, crankbaits, or spinnerbaits (although I only had a large one tied on and didn't switch.)  Around 8:00 the sun was up and that action stopped so I headed up river a bit.  Worms produced some more fish until I decided to get off the water at 10:00 when it was 85 degrees.

Final tally was 17 bass.  Most were cookie cutters and a couple pushing 17".

I decided to go back on 6/29.  Again I was on the water early, this time even before first light.  Went to the same spot and had nothing in the first 20 minutes on the swimbaits.  I picked up a few after that on worms.  Once dawn broke I realized that even though the air and water temp were the same as the day before the sky was very different.  On Monday there were clouds.  On Tuesday there were none.  I headed up river a little earlier and stayed with the worm.  I was ready to head in at 10:00 but "one more cast" produced a 19" SM, the best of the day.  Of course I had to stay longer.  Only caught two more over the next hour but both had size.  Headed to the ramp at 11:00 with the air temp at 91.

Final tally on Tuesday was 23 SM.  Again many were the cookie cutter size but the larger fish and the end of the trip made up for it.  I won't get out for a while now between the weather and the holiday.  Maybe the forecasted rain will keep the river up for July.
Title: Re: June
Post by: Phil Sweeney on June 30, 2021, 08:00:33 AM
Sounds like the new boat is paying off!!
Title: Re: June
Post by: zelmo on June 30, 2021, 10:20:52 AM
Sounds like the new boat is paying off!!

I will never reach break even on it though.  ;)
Title: Re: June
Post by: Phil Sweeney on June 30, 2021, 02:27:36 PM
I hear you! What is that saying? Each fish cost how much? Of course that does not factor in the enjoyment!!
Title: Re: June
Post by: Pawatch on July 01, 2021, 09:59:09 AM
The skinnier you want to run...the more it costs.
Some nice numbers Zelmo!
Guys the fishing been slow up here this week,water has been stained.
1.40" of rain overnight till this morning. Been raining all morning up here.
We will be sending some water your way.