Anyone Fish Blue Marsh Lake, Pa?
Posted December 08 2011 - 07:13 PM
Only deep water was where we put in. Were a couple holes there. I don't see how any fish could live in those holes anyway. What would they live on? We didn't have one bite. They fished Senkos only, weedless and wacky rigged. I tried Fat Ika, spinnerbait and crankbait in the holes. Think I made 3 or 4 casts elsewhere. Total waste of time, gas, money.
Yet I was told it gets fished a lot during warmer weather. Where? I'm trying to find a place where I can be sure to catch something even if I have to downsize and go for panfish. Would love to find a place where panfish would be a guarantee for action. Want to get my grandsons interested in fishing, but after going a few times with me last year where I normally fish (Minsi Lake) they lost interest. Hard to keep kids interested when no fish are being caught. Didn't have a boat then so we fished from the same highly pressured spots everyone else was using.
Is Blue Marsh Lake worth investing more time and money getting to? Any suggestions as to where to put in for some possible action? It is a long drive. Too long if we aren't going to catch any fish.
Just did a search. Seems water level is 5 foot lower during the winter months. 37 species of fish have been caught there. Like to know where! One guy fished there regularly and said he did alright. Another referred to it as a dead sea. One usually caught a couple sunnies or bluegills with an occasional bass. Like to know where. Definitely not where we fished.
Appreciate any help you can offer. I've invested a lot of money in fishing gear since Feb. 2010 when I got back into fishing. I quit trying 2 years after I moved to this area in 1985 simply because fishing success was almost nonexistent from shore where I was fishing. I came from an area where NOT catching a few fish was a rare occurrence.
Maybe it is because I was unable to get out much this year, or maybe it is the winter blues, but I'm starting to think I should give up fishing locally and only fish when I visit Florida. At least we usually catch a few bass there.
EDIT: I noticed this was your 1st post while typing my reply, but was so busy wallowing in my own depression I forgot to welcome you. My apologies. Welcome to the forum. Check out the fishing articles if you haven't done so already. Many hours of fine winter reading there.
Lots of knowledgeable people here all too willing to help. Ask for help deciding which one of 3 rods to buy, and you will wind up with at least another 6 options. Same thing happens with reels. Instead of narrowing your options, you often wind up with more!
Posted December 09 2011 - 11:46 PM
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Posted February 19 2012 - 01:27 PM
Blue marsh does have its problems. The lack of vegetation is very true, I really don't think its fair to call it the dead sea though. It is interesting though your points on the spawn. I never thought of the flood control aspect of it. Because I've always wondered why I never seem to catch small dinks. It seems when you do catch a bass its always 15-20 inches. I seem to find most of the challenge over there being during the june/july/august high boat traffic times. It's almost impossible and or dangerous to try to fish in the main lake. But during spring early summer I have had some very good days over there. It also was amazing how quick the fishing became outstanding last year after those floods we had. Last fall was absolutely awesome. It was almost like that flood washed it out and revitalized it. I am very interested to see how this spring plays out. If this warmer weather holds out I plan to start hitting blue marsh in the next few weeks.
Blue Marsh for me is over 20 miles away and I can tell you that in a solid week of fishing, 7 days in a row we had 3 days with zero, 2 days with one fish, one day with 2 fish and1 day with 5 fish. That was fishing with a friend that really knows the lake well and he says exactly the same thing you do. If you get the right day you would be surprised how well you can do the only problem is there is no 2 week window that the fishing is good, it is more like a 2 or 3 day window and where you find fish one day you may never find them there again. I think the smallest bass I ever caught there was 14", like you said, most are keeper size, very few dinks and thats why I asked questions and that is when the biologist told me about the flood control and why there is no weeds or a larger population of fish. I found the most consistant fishing and easiest place to fish blue marsh in the summer is back in the tully, forget the main lake although there are some points on the main lake that I caught fish off in the early spring, specifically one point at the entrance to spring creek. I fished a lot of lakes in PA and else where, the other lakes that are close to blue marsh in terms of being tough is Guifford Pinchot, Nokamixion, and Wallenpaupak, those lakes are terribly managed. As I said, I never encounter such terrible fishing outside of PA, and I often write to the fish commission and attend meetings to try to adopt other methods of fish managment or even recruit some out of state biologists and fishery managers that know how to fix the problems. All of our larger lakes have very low fish density and are far from healthy but our current fish commision does nothing, and from talking to other authorities on the problems I have been told the only way to begin to get thees lakes in better shape is by aggressive stocking of both bass and forage fish. I'm sorry if I offended you by calling blue marsh the dead sea, and you are right, other lakes are just as poor but it is all of the PA lakes, we have people inplace that do not know how to manage a fishery.
Posted February 19 2012 - 03:50 PM
Posted February 19 2012 - 04:08 PM
No offense was taken at all. As I said in earlier posts I've had plenty of fishless days there myself. There are fish there.. maybe not as many as there could be if it was managed better. It's a shame because the lake itself does have a rather interesting lay out and a good variety of structure and cover. I do need to branch out and find some new water this year. Maybe I will venture over to the susquehanna more often this year.
I fish the river quite often, if fact I'm spoiled because of it...lol. New regs this year, from the opening of trout to the first day of bass there is no fishing on the main and lower stem of the Susquehanna and the lower Junitat where it flows into the Susquehanna, right where I fish the most. I used to catch 100 smallies a day in the late 80's thru the 90's but then something happened to the population. I don't get as many now but they are trophy sized, imagine getting on a good jerkbait and catching 14 fish and 10 of those over 3 lbs, 4 of them at 4lbs and 2 fish being in the 5lb realm. A local tourney 2 years ago a guy weighed in a 6lb 2oz smallies and didn't win lunker, he was beat by the next guy to weigh in, he had a 6lb 10oz smallie , they are getting big thas for sure.