Friday, December 30, 2011

North American Fishing Club Susquehanna Flathead Article

Susquehanna Fishing Magazine contributor Rod Bates and Koinonia Guide Service are featured in a new article on the North American Fishing Club's website.

"Early Winter Flatheads" is an article about an outing Koinonia took on the Susquehanna River for big cats.

Dress to Impress (SFM, December 2011)

From the December 2011 issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine:

Dress to Impress

By John “Toast” Oast

Each year as the temps drop I try to spread the word about dressing properly for kayaking and canoeing during the winter months. And these recommendations are just as important for anyone hanging around the water from now through the first half of 2012. Heck, that is why these sports are called “water sports”. There are always a few unseasonably warm afternoons before the water starts to return to comfortable temperatures. Every year we hear about people on the water, needing to be rescued or worse, when there is a nice sunny day. People forget that just because the air temp may be nice on a sunny day, that the water takes a considerably longer time to warm.

Growing up around the water I always saw news reports of people falling in the water and becoming hypothermic in a matter of minutes. The water only needs to be a few degrees lower than a person’s body to substantially lower one’s core temperature. Always wear the proper warm weather attire. Depending upon the activity, this attire may include waders, dry suits, or a combination of dry pants and a dry top, but always be prepared for the worst case scenario. And of course, always wear your personal floatation device.

Do you carry a pair of jumper cables in your vehicle, just in case? Do you have a fire extinguisher in your boat or kitchen, just in case? Well, shouldn’t you dress properly around cold water, just in case?

John “Toast” Oast is an American Red Cross instructor, is the publisher of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine and a member of the Ocean Kayak Fishing Team. His kayak rigging videos have received thousands of views, and been linked to websites around the world. For more information, visit and his Youtube page at

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Susquehanna Fishing Magazine, January Issue Coming Soon!

The 23rd issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine will be published and online, available for free download, within the next week. Stay tuned for the release!

Note: Advertising and article/photo submissions are still available

Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays from Susquehanna Fishing Magazine!

Susquehanna Fishing Magazine and wish everyone a great holiday!

Remember, if you haven't checked out the December issue of SFM, you can download it for fee at

The January 2012 issue should be online during the first week of January. Feel free to forward your article and photograph submissions.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Susquehanna Fishing Magazine - December Issue

In case you have not checked out the December issue of Susquehanna Fishing Magazine, download it for free at

This issue includes a super-informative cold water fishing article by Al Winco, winterizing and off-season maintenance articles by Bill Milheim and Bryan Wilhelm, holiday product reviews, and Lance Dunham's monthly guide article.

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna Fishing Report, 12-10-11

From Koinonia Guide Service:

Hi Gang,

The river was at 6.5 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 8.4 with 103,700CF of flow and 42 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Tuesday and we fished from 11:00 AM to 4:30 PM and we boated 50+Bass, 1 Musky and 1 Carp. The largest bass was 19&7/8”, the Carp was 30” and the Musky was 30”. We caught them on Soft Plastics and stickbaits. We had 5.7 – 51,400CF – Rising – Stained and 47 degrees. We had overcast skies and showers and the BP was 29.90.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Fun Trip – This was on Wednesday and we fished from 2:30 AM to 6:30 PM and we boated 50+ bass. The largest was 18.5” and we caught them on soft plastics and stickbaits. We had 5.8 – 51,900CF – Falling – Stained and 45 degrees. It was raining and we had a BP of 29.40 and Falling.

3. Trip #3 – No Trip

4. Trip #4 – No Trip

5. Trip #5 – No Trip

6. The river is back up high again so we will probably not be fishing until later this week. We will continue to check for Walleye.

7. We will soon be starting our show and seminar season and we will keep you posted on our schedule.

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Koinonia Guide Service Susquehanna River Fishing Report, 11/26/11

From Koinonia Guide Service:

Hi Gang,

The river was at 5.1 at the beginning of the week and at the end of the week we had 9.3 with 122,000CF of flow and 45 degrees.

1. Trip #1 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Monday and we fished from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and we boated 40 Bass and 7 Fallfish. The largest bass was 18.75” and the largest Fallfish was 15”. We caught them on Stickbaits, Hair Jigs and Soft Plastics. We had 5.1 – 33,200CF – Falling – Clear and 43 degrees. We had rain showers and a BP of 30.15 and Rising.

2. Trip #2 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Tuesday and we fished from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM and we boated 50+ Bass. The largest was 19.75” and we caught them on Stickbaits, live sunfish and soft plastics. We had 4.9 – 31,900CF – Rising – Clear and 44 degrees. It was raining and we had a BP of 30.20 and Falling.

3. Trip #3 – Guide Scouting Trip – This was on Friday afternoon and we fished a lake for 3 hours. The river was muddy and at 10.8 with 133,300 CF. We decided to try lake fishing since the river was not fit to fish. We only boated 1 White Perch and 1 Sunfish but we located a lot of Sunfish for tomorrow. We had a BP of 30.20 and steady.

4. Trip #4 – Guide Scouting Trip – The river is unfishable so we went lake fishing. We fished from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and boated 60+ sunfish. We brought home a nice cooler of fish for the freezer. We also boated 2 Largemouth Bass and 1 Crappie. This bite should stay strong until ice.

5. Trip #5 – No Trip

6. Trip #6 – No Trip

7. The river is clearing and we should have another good week of bass fishing this week. We will continue to check for Walleye.

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