Saturday, May 28, 2011

Susquehanna Fishing Magazine, 16th Issue Out Next Week

Next week Susquehanna Fishing Magazine will be releasing its 16th issue for June 2011.

Keep an eye on for the latest and all back issues of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine:

Some of the June issue articles:

Don’t Lay on the Beds... By J. Oast

The Ones that Got Away by J. Kirtland

Profiles with J. Veruete

This Month with a Susquehanna River Guide by L. Dunham

Oooo... Shiny! by L. Morris

The Quilback by D. Pelachik

About Bait... by W. Milheim

What Line... When? by B. Wilhelm

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Fishing Creek Fly Fishing on The Great Outdoors

This past weekend Susquehanna Fishing Magazine contributor Jim Kukorlo was joined by Bob Ide from The Great Outdoors TV show...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Elements, Part III (SFM, April 2011)

From the April 2011 issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine:

By William Milheim

I have always been interested in the natural sciences. I must admit, some of it is boring, but when it relates to fishing I always perk up and listen. In the past few months we’ve discussed weather and water temperature, and this month we’ll be looking into dissolved oxygen and its role in our fishing success. Again we’ll use smallmouth bass as our target fish. They are popular and I do most of my guiding for them.

Dissolved oxygen is created by diffusion from the surrounding air –
aeration from tumbling water, such as rapids and falls, and is also a by-product of photosynthesis. Oxygen levels also can be reduced through over fertilization of aquatic plants by run-off from farm fields containing phosphates and nitrates (the ingredients in fertilizers). Under these conditions, the numbers and size of aquatic plants increase. Then, if the weather becomes cloudy for several days, respiring plants will use much of the available dissolved oxygen. When these plants die, they become food for bacteria, which in turn multiply and use large amounts of oxygen.

Dissolved oxygen is measured in parts per million. Numerous scientific studies suggest that 4-5 parts per million (ppm) of dissolved oxygen is the minimum amount that will support a large, diverse fish population. The dissolved oxygen level in good fishing waters generally averages about 9.0 parts per million (ppm).

Now that the science portion is over, we can see how dissolved oxygen affects our river. We know now that after a good rainstorm the water gets muddy and dissolved oxygen levels are naturally low. When the water warms to the seventies aquatic plants are growing using dissolved oxygen. As the water temperature continues to rise it will lower the dissolved oxygen level.

It’s easy to find the dissolved oxygen rates in the river by searching the internet for USGS references to the Susquehanna River. Then find the part of the river you fish. It will give dissolved oxygen, flow rate, and PH.

How can we use our new gained knowledge in our favor to increase our fishing success? Be flexible in your location. Areas that held smallmouth in the spring might not hold fish in the summer, because the dissolved oxygen is too low. Last summer (2010) was a great example. Low water conditions most of the summer into the fall meant that the focus was on fast moving water, where the dissolved oxygen levels are higher than slow moving water. For most of the fishing season on the North Branch, dissolved oxygen isn’t much of a concern until the water warms in the summer months. Fishing deep water or slow-moving deep water where you would think the smallmouth would be just isn’t the case. Move to fast moving water or a deeper pool that is fed by rapids. These areas will hold large numbers of smallmouth.

We know now that the dissolved oxygen fluctuates from day to day and certain conditions, such as water temp, stained water, and the demand they can put on dissolved oxygen levels. I always get the question, “when will fall bite start?” Many factors need to come into play; first the water temperature needs to drop and the dissolved oxygen level needs to rise. All the aquatic vegetation is starting to die off, all the leaves that drop in the river need to deteriorate. The demand on dissolved oxygen for decomposition of vegetation is very high.

Next time you go fishing, consider the affects of dissolved oxygen. The key is to fish in spots that provide the best possible areas where high levels of dissolved oxygen will concentrate the smallmouth.

Next issue we will look into the lunar table and how this will affect your day fishing.

Bill Milheim has been fishing and guiding the North Brach of the Susquehanna River for over 25 years.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report, 5/7/11

From Koinonia Guide Service:

Hi Gang,

The river was at 17.1 with 310,270CF of flow and 50 degrees at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 9.8 with 132,870CF of flow and 54 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was Monday and we fished from 5:00PM to 8:00PM and we 1 Musky, 1 Chanel Cat and 2 Flatheads. The Musky was 45”, and the largest Flathead was 10# and the Chanel Cat was 26”. We caught the musky on a stickbait and the catfish on live bait. We had 10.1 – Stained to Muddy – Falling – 139,000 CF and 52 degrees. It was cloudy.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Tuesday and we fished 3:30PM to 5:30 PM and we boated 15 Bass and 2 Walleye. The largest bass was 19.75” and the largest Walleye was 17”. We caught them all on soft plastics. The river was 9.1 – Muddy – Stained - Falling – 118,000 CF and 52 degrees. We had clear skies.

3. Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Wednesday afternoon and we fished from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM and we boated 12 Walleye, 8 Bass and 1 Chanel Cat. The largest bass was 17”, the largest walleye was 15” and the channel cat was 13#. We caught them all on soft plastics. We had 10.4 – Stained to Muddy – Rising – 147,000CF and 51 degrees. We had clear skies.

4. Trip #4 – Guide Trip – This was a half day trip on Thursday afternoon and we boated 8 Flatheads, 2 Chanel Cats and 1 Walleye. The largest Flathead was 7#, the largest channel cat was 7# and the walleye was 18”. We caught them all on chicken liver and live bait. We had 10.8 – Stained – Rising – 154,000 CF and 50 degrees.

5. Trip #5 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Saturday and we fished from 7:00AM – 11:00AM and we boated 9 Flatheads, 4 Chanel Cats and 1 Carp. The largest Flathead was 10#, the largest Chanel Cat was 4# and the Carp was 9#. We caught them on crawlers, Punch Bait and live bait. We had 9.8 – Stained to Muddy – Falling – 132,800CF and 54 degrees. We had blue bird skies and it was mild with a BP of 30.00 and steady.

6. Trip #6 – No Trip

7. This is typically one of the best times of the year to fish for bass. This is currently in jeopardy as the fish commission is considering closing the river to bass fishing in the C&R area from Mid April to Mid June. Please contact the fish commission and express your opinion. I will be glad to provide you with contact information and information from the paper if you like.

8. We now have our Catfish Gold Punch Bait in Stock. It comes in original and blood and the cost is $6.95 per pint.

9. The river continues to be rapidly changing. We cancelled some or our trips again this week. We hope to be able to start running trips again on Tuesday of this week.


Friday, May 6, 2011

Harvey's Lake Pickerel Tourney Report (5-1-11)

By Lynda Morris
Pro Staff – Denali Rods
Pro Staff – Backwater Custom Baits
USA Affiliate – Reels on Wheels
Member, Suskie Bassmasters
Member, B.A.S.S.

May 1st marked the tournament onset for many in Northeast, Pennsylvania as 14 anglers (7 teams) showed up at Harvey’s Lake Sunday morning for the first Pickerel Tournament of the season. Rob Rosencrans and Pete Sulla co-directed the tournament which went from safe light till 2:00 p.m. with a 5 fish limit and minimum length of 18 inches. The day was beautiful with light winds around 9 miles per hour and calm waters, but even with water temperatures averaging around 52 degrees, the bite was tough with only 4 teams weighing in having anglers wondering if the strange weather patterns are causing ecological issues on the waterways. Another item of note was that anglers noticed very minimal foliage at any of the usual fishing spots.

Congratulations go to John Kelley and Joe Zombek who took 1st place with a total weight of 9.54 lbs for 5 fish and Dave Cavello and Lou Heidacavage who came in 2nd with 8.74 lbs for 4 fish. Lunker went to Lou Hiedacavage with a 23 ½ inch Pickerel weighing in at 3.56 lbs.

The Eastern Pennsylvania Deaf Bass Anglers will be hosting two more Pickerel Tournaments in May – the first on May 15th at Long Pond in Wayne County and on May 22nd at Harvey’s Lake. Launch is at safe light. Interested anglers can contact (by email) Vince Sabatini at: for more information.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Susquehanna Fishing Magazine May Issue Now Online!

The 15th issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine is now online and available for free downloads via

This month's issue includes:

Visit Calvert County, Maryland
The Craft Store by D. Pelachik
Funky Post-Spawn Smallmouth by J. Little
Do Your Part... by J. Oast
This Month with a Susquehanna River Guide by L. Dunham
Spinnerbaits for Smallmouth by P. Hanford
Choosing a Kayak for Fishing by J. Shein
Profile with Ed Loughran
Talic DIY Kayak Tilt Kit review
Elements, Part IV by W. Milheim
Fly Rod Fishing the Lower Susquehanna by B. Wilhelm
Walking-the-Dog by A. Winco

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