Christopher Smith

Spinnerbait Heaven!

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photo bombIt was the 26th of June, rain had come through and we were looking at river levels that were on the rise. 

The fishing was fast and furious and fun. 3/8 ounce spinnerbaits with white and chartreuse (mostly white) were killing them and we were finding bass in current seams adjacent to moderately fast water.

We fished through morning and lunchtime until we
brought our totals at that point to 48 bass and one 20″ walleye. We were having so much fun, we forgot about lunch until things died down around 2:30pm.

After taking a few hours off to cool down and grab some lunch we went back out and fished another area that was similar to the first. During the next 3 1/2 hours, we got hit with about an hour’s worth of heavy rain (of course there was no rain in the forecast) but we were able to boat an additional 42 bass, mostly on spinnerbaits to bring our total for the day to 91 bass. Tubes were hot during the rain storm but they definitely were attracting smaller bass.

Ken's hog

Of the 91 bass that we caught, over a dozen were over 18 inches, with Ken catching the biggest at 19 3/4!

There was a dark side to the day which lingers however. Somewhere between 30 and 50% of the bass that we caught had skin lesions that looked like ulcerated sores. We’ll address that in another article.

The Susquehanna is an amazing fishery. Let’s keep it that way and hope you get to experience that kind of day in the future.