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I leave the city to fish suburb and country ponds/lakes.  But I ride my bike over this river a lot  b/c its only 10 blocks from my house.  The weather has been so nice that I'm gonna give it a second try and wet a line.  This is the Schuylkill River that runs through Philadelphia, merges with the Delaware River and into the Atlantic. It's tidal water.  There is a dam 1/2 mile north of these pix/map link.  I have tried fishing above the dam but it's a barren waste land. It is a very heavily populated area. Every small fish ends up on the end of a bait hook and every decent fish ends up in the frying pan.  This lower section however is tidal and less pressured so I think it may produce some fish.  I know guys just below the dam catch shad, striper, smallies/LM, catfish and carp.  There is a nice park along the river so I was going to walk the path and flip a tube along the walls for smallies (and I never see anglers along this section as opposed to above the dam).  And I can fish the eddies behind the bridge pillars from above (the pillar in the pix with my finger covering lens are at least 10x15').

I don't know much about large river fishing and/or tidal water. What is the best time to fish it?--high tide, on the back end of HT, incoming/out going? Any suggestions on how/when to fish it?

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In tidal fishing an important factor is knowing which species favor incoming or outgoing tide.  Rule of thumb is a period of time (like 30 or 60 minutes) just before and after a tide change, we call that the "window".  That's the time baitfish are usually more abundant, which brings in the gamefish.

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The Schuylkill has smallies and largemouth in the tidal section. Try and fish around the 2 hours of the tide change, last hour of outgoing, and first of incoming or vice versa. Not a big population of bass, but they are there and catchable.

Best tidal action is south on the Upper Chesapeake Bay tidal Rivers, about an hour ride to the Northeast River.

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I'm borderline defended that you didn't ask me first!!!

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I'm borderline defended that you didn't ask me first!!!

don't put the cat in a burlap sack and toss him off the bridge. let him out of the bag!

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