Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Few More Shots of the Swollen Susquehanna: Bloomsburg, PA

Bloomsburg, PA: January 27, 2010

All photos by John "Toast" Oast, Susquehanna Fishing Magazine (

River is Still UP!

Photo by Steve Hancock of Susquehanna Fly and Spin Guide Service.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


(Note: Report from previous week)

Hi Gang,

The river was at 5.0 with 34.500CF of flow and 35 degrees at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 5.0 with 34.500CF of flow and 33.6 degrees. The BP was 30.65 and falling.

Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip - This was on Saturday morning and we fished from 7:45AM – 9:45 AM and we and we boated 3 Smallmouth. The largest was 18.5” and all 3 were over 15”. We caught them all on hair jigs but we tried soft plastics and stickbaits. We had 5.0 – Steady – Stained – 34,500CF and 33.6 degrees. It was sunny and cold with a BP of 30.65 and Falling.

Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Saturday afternoon and we fished from 1:00 – 4:30 PM. We boated 2 Smallmouth and they were both over 20”. The largest was 21” and we caught them both on grubs. We had the same conditions as listed above.

Trip #3 – No Trip

Trip #4 – No Trip

Trip #5 – No Trip

Trip #7 – No Trip

The Walleye fishing was very sporadic this past fall but I suspect with this rise in the river and warmer weather coming the Walleye should move up towards spawning areas.

We are planning on adding another adventure to our services next year. We are willing to fish with you in a tournament. You will be partnered with one of our guides and you will get the experience of fishing a tournament with us. The price will depend on the cost of the entry fee. Any prize money will be split 50/50 between you and our guide. This will entitle you to a couple hours of pre-fishing with us providing you can do it on our Guides schedule. Get your request in early as the tournament dates are limited.


Visit Rod and Koinonia:

Susky WAY up!

I roamed around a little this afternoon. After nailing Benton, PA, Fishing Creek has come a ways down. The Susquehanna was at street-level when I was driving around.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Water Levels Rising

Watch for rising water levels around the Susquehanna River.

I took this photo a couple hours ago at the lower low-head dam on Fishing Creek in Bloomsburg, PA.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Susquehanna River Fishing Report For Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Susquehanna River Fishing Report For Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

From PFBC licensed guide Steve Hancock of Susquehanna Fly and Spin Guide Service llc

January 19, 2010 Susquehanna Fly and Spin fishing Report: Ice Ice Baby, was the stage today as we ventured out for an afternoon of fishing. After dodging and casting between ice chunks and sheet ice we brought some small walleye up to 17" to the boat along with this nice Cat who had my angler yelling "fish on" as he reeled this beauty in for a picture and a release. Give us a call to hook-up with some of these mid winter fish, or reserve at date for the upcoming warmer months. Tight Lines----<*)}}}}}}}><

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

1st Susquehanna Fishing Magazine Issue Out Soon!

The first issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine goes to print next week! Look for it in your local fishing tackle retailer the first week of February!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Danger of Low Head Dams!

After a lengthy discussion on the topic over at, I thought this was a very important topic to note to those who regular the Susquehanna River. As the video notes, low head dams are "drowning machines." Always take caution.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Susquehanna Fishing Magazine Advertising Deadlines Extended

We still need a few more ads for the February issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine, and have extended the advertising deadline into next week. You can get an ad as low as $48.00 for 30,000 issues covering NY, PA, and MD!!!

Jst Fishin Guide Service/York County Susquehanna Cleanup, March 20, 2010


DATE: Saturday March 20th 2010 7:30 AM-4:00 PM

LOCATION: Susquehanna River Gutt Rd access below Bruners Island (Tentitive)

Object: Clean Up of the Susquehanna River Banks of Floating Debris and Flotsam.

WHO IS INVITED: Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. This a is a fun day for the entire family. Not only will you get excersize, but make a difference as well.

FOLKS, Last year I organized a clean up of this area after noticing a large amount of debris and garbage along the banks of the River that I spend so much time.

I put out the word and so many GREAT people responded. It was quite apparent that a small group of people can make a difference. In one day we filled 2 large dumpsters with trash and only did a portion of the area that we wanted to take care of.

This year I am hoping to impact a larger area, and in time see a litter free River Bank. I AM CALLING ON EVERYONE TO HELP. WE ALL CAN HELP MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!

Please feel free to call me or email with any questions you may have.

I will post updates on the twitter portion of the site as they occur.

Thanks in advance Dave


Jst Fishin Guide Service
5200 N George St
Manchester PA 17345
(717) 324 5769

Sunday, January 10, 2010

New Co-World Record Largemouth Bass Official!!!

The 77 year old world record for a largemouth bass has officially been designated as matched by Manabu Kurita of Japan, 22 pounds and four ounces! The fish was landed in July, but made official by the IGFA on January 8, 2010.

Here's more from the International Game Fish Association:

Thursday, January 7, 2010

$9 Million Sunbury, PA Riverfront Project

From the Daily Item
January 7, 2010

$9 Million Riverfront Project to Begin in Spring

By Diane Petryk
The Daily Item

SUNBURY — It must be real this time.

U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, D-10 of Dimock, came to wield one of the shovels over a symbolic groundbreaking Wednesday for the much-anticipated, long-delayed $9 million riverfront project.

Carney told city officials and guests gathered in front of the flood wall at South Front and Chestnut streets that the project to showcase the river will stimulate economic development in Sunbury.

After six years of planning and jumping through the hoops of many regulatory agencies, including re-introducing eels to the river, Phase I of the riverfront enhancement project will begin as soon as the weather breaks, Councilman Jim Eister, supervisor of Parks and Recreation, said after the ceremony.

“In a month or two,” he said.

Despite the natural inclination of people to be tentative in a struggling economy, Carney said the timing is right.

“You need to be bold in times like these,” he said.

It was the general view that the riverfront project will do what’s long overdue — link Sunbury residents with the river.

The project will enhance Front Street with landscaping, better lighting, curbs and walkways, and bring access to the Susquehanna River via a pedestrian walkway over the flood wall, where there will be a boat launch, fishing pier, amphitheater and other amenities.

Reason to brag

“The river is part of us. It’s part of what we are,” Carney said. “I brag to my colleagues that I get to represent Norman Rockwell’s America.”

Carney and state Rep. Merle Phillips, R-108 of RR2 Sunbury, helped coordinate efforts for the project, which had to pass through 10 or more agencies, said project coordinator Tom Deans.

“We even had to re-introduce eels to the river,” he said

Deans, a private consultant, praised Mayor Dave Persing, who, he said, “had the foresight to recommend this very important project and recognize its importance to the city.”

Front Street will be tree-lined and more aesthetically pleasing, Deans said. “It will bring an environmental change to the city, which, along with other projects, we can be extremely proud.”

Eister said the other projects include revamping Cameron Park, Stroh Alley lighting and Edison Plaza.

Phase I of the riverfront project, the trees, lighting, and curbs and walkways along Front Street, should be done by fall, said project manager Scott E. Russell, of Buchart Horn Inc., the engineering firm charged with its design.

Begun in 2004, the project’s budget and scope has grown and dwindled over the years. The original design called for an expansive project that included openings in the flood wall, a marina between Church Street and Raspberry Avenue and an amphitheater at Market Street that included a cafe, the deck of which would have sat above the flood wall to overlook the Susquehanna River.

But the cost estimate of that plan ballooned to $20 million.

Revised designs have cut the overall budget to about $9 million and eliminated openings in the flood wall.

Instead, residents and visitors will use the Chestnut Street ramp to access a scaled-down amphitheater along the riverfront on the other side of the flood wall.

Walking back to town after the groundbreaking, Janet Yonkoskie, president of Sunbury Revitalization Inc., proclaimed the near fruition of all the planning “just wonderful.” “We’re promoting the river,” she said. “The Susquehanna is an asset, and it’s great that this will bring people to it.”

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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Monday, January 4, 2010

BASS Eliminates Bassmaster Women's Trail (

January 4, 2009:

BASS News Alert: BASS eliminates Bassmaster Women's Trail

BASS eliminated the Women's Bassmaster Tour from the Bassmaster Tournament Trail Monday. Despite BASS' best efforts to grow the WBT, participation levels have been declining significantly since the inception of the tour in 2005.

WBT anglers who already registered for 2010 WBT events will be provided a full refund, and interested WBT anglers will be given every opportunity to register for BASS events they are eligible for.

"This was a very tough decision and one that we didn't take lightly," said Tom Ricks, BASS general manager and vice president. "We made every effort to grow the WBT — even awarding WBT anglers a berth in the Classic — but ultimately it didn't resonate."