The weather has been hot and the North Branch of the Susquehanna River is looking almost normal. It is low enough to wade almost anywhere you would normally wade but it is still dirty. The water temperature is 80 degrees and the bass are taking top water and streamers.
We have been catching a lot of smaller bass, (3 to 6 inches) on streamers and they have all been healthy. The larger bass are also looking good, no sign of trouble on these fish. Most fish caught have been in the 8 to 15 inch range and they all have given a good fight and were released to fight another day.
Several of us took a float trip from Carey Ave Bridge to Hunlock Creek launch on August 31 and if it was not for the upriver wind, it would have been a great day. As it was we had fun and caught some fish, but the wind made it hard to do as much fishing as we would have liked. Whenever we stopped the kayaks or boats to fish we were blown up river. The anchors on the kayaks were almost useless because the wind just caused the anchors to drag on the river bottom. We not able to just float along and fish as hoped. The one interesting part of the float was at West Nanticoke where the white water is. It was interesting to get through the rapids without hitting any rocks or getting sideways. It was not hard but interesting.
Not sure how the lakes are fishing because I have not been on any lately. Not getting out as much as I would like. I have only been on the river the last several weeks and using the big boat most of the time. I am hoping to get to Hunter’s Lake and Lily Lake a couple more times before the cold weather sets in.
Trout fishing is not far off as well as steelhead fishing. Looking forward to getting back out to Erie.
Take a young person fishing and show them the joys of enjoying some time on the water and hopefully the fun of catching fish.