Sunday, July 5, 2009

Main Stem of the Susquehanna River

smallieman is back from his big trip to Canada... Glad they let him return to his homeland! He called me yesterday and asked if I wanted to go fishing today... "Ahhh, okay!" :)

We met at 4:45 a.m. and ran to pick up his boat at the storage. We were going to make it to the river by daybreak but decided to eat a good breakfast first at the Mt. Joy Diner.

We arrived at the ramp around 6:11 a.m. and headed north to a few mid-river grass beds. Throwing buzzbait, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and tubes yielded absolutely zero fish. We stayed on the for about 1 hour and moved even further north to a few locations that gave Josh a couple of fish on his last trip. Nothing hit.

There were a few feeding humps/flats nearby that can be good fish magnets. We saw one angler catch a bass as we approached this spot. Josh was able to land 1 smaller bass on a tube before we moved on.

The east shoreline was much dirtier than the west. The NB's muddy waters tend to do this because there are few clean water feeder creeks on that side of the river. The dirtier water begins at mid-river and continues to the east bank.

Water temp was 72 degrees. Clarity ran from very dirty to clear depending on which side of the river we fished. The air temp was 60 degrees at 6:00 a.m. and hit 78 degrees by noon. The skies were partly sunny and there was a decent breeze blowing in unprotected areas, especially in the earlier morning hours.

There were quite a few boats taking advantage of this beautiful day. I spotted a bald eagle as we headed back to the ramp. Josh and I heard it's screech as he was prepping the boat for towing.

Here is a pic of Josh's 16" smallie that he took with the all chartreuse spinnerbait by Booyah Baits. The lighting makes it look both chart and white, but this is a total chart. bait. This is the same color and brand I have been recently during our muddy and dirty water this summer... pretty ugly, but a very effective lure! Josh said she hit it like a freight train. :D