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Well, I guess I won't go fishing around here for a while. The Susquehanna River is now up about 10-12 feet from where it was 2 days ago. We have had so much rain the past 3 days that it has been ridiculous. Local ponds are all running over their banks. Everything is muddied up and full of debris. The heavy winds we have had has caused a lot of tree branches to blow down, and it looks like most of them are in the river or the ponds. Small streams are now almost full blown rivers. Bummer.

 

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Well depending how my hand feels. ( I had an accident at work today) I will be out on the susky this weekend. I will go out between 3.2 and 10’ on the Harrisburg gauge. If everything goes as planned I should be hitting the high water susky at the perfect time.

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58 minutes ago, thediscochef said:

I wish I had that good of an excuse...I can't buy a bite right now. Riding a five day skunk streak and my soul hurts

 

You're a heckuva fisherman. You'll crack the code.

 

 

We got about four inches in 20 hours and it turned a trickling creek into a Class IV torrent. It's not all the sudden water that's keeping me off the water, but nights still dipping into the thirties and days that don't rise above the forties.However, come Saturday, it'll be warm and stay warm and I think the bass will finally, fully rouse. 

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1 hour ago, Bird said:

Rivers go down fast this time of year, you'll be posting pics in a week ?

Except for the fact that we have at least 3 straight more days of rain forecast.  I am thinking I need to build an Ark.

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4 hours ago, Kirtley Howe said:

Except for the fact that we have at least 3 straight more days of rain forecast.  I am thinking I need to build an Ark.

I do not know your area. have you considered when the water starts receding using the river to get into some of the feeder creeks? When those creeks slow down and start pushing clear water. The river back feeds in and creates eddies. I use the river as a highway to get to these creeks. I don’t technically  fish the river. 

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When it floods on the St. John’s, it’s usually a slow rise. it will open low lying areas, where you can fish around standing trees. I feel the fish are a little skittish though, new to the area kinda thing. So I just fish slow and quietly as I can. 

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1 hour ago, GRiver said:

When it floods on the St. John’s, it’s usually a slow rise. it will open low lying areas, where you can fish around standing trees. I feel the fish are a little skittish though, new to the area kinda thing. So I just fish slow and quietly as I can. 

I’ve noticed here that if the fish have moved into those areas they tend to have the feed bags on because of how much effort it took to get there. Generally we have a much faster rise. 

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Weather has joined forces with other responsibilities and circumstances to completely ruin my fishing in April, usually the best month of the year for me. I told my wife I wanted to fish 4X a week in April. I haven't fished in nearly 2 weeks. Responsibilities, storms and lake wind advisories. Also, joined a gym. So, if weather is marginal, to the gym I go.

 

One reason I love April is because all the turkey hunters are off the water.

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The rain was nonstop in my neck of the woods but I went yesterday to a local pond and the water was up maybe a ft but the water was still pretty clear and I caught a few on a spinnerbait in the wind and a 3lb jig fish. Water temps definitely went down because all the beds I saw that had fish on them a week or two ago when we had air temps in the 80s were now empty. 

 

 

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9 hours ago, Kirtley Howe said:

Except for the fact that we have at least 3 straight more days of rain forecast.  I am thinking I need to build an Ark.

Pretty bad all over the county man. All the parks in Kirkwood were pretty well flooded the last 2 days. Rivers near me are way up, I still have my few small private ponds to hit up if youre interested. I need to go test out some new baits I shot anyways. 

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Me too.  The winds are over 15 and when I drive over the lake it's all white caps.  Not for my small boat or me until it calms down below about 10.

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at least it isnt work and life keeping you from fishing.    weather gets better :D

 

we got blasted by rain, then GREAT weather, but work from the past rain destroyed things which ramped up work.   now things are getting back to normal, and i plan on going fishing, plus my wife will be out of town..guess what?  it is RAINING!!!

 

but again, weather gets better.  hahhahaha

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I find that sometimes rising waters bring the fish closer to the shoreline, as a mostly bank angler this is good news for me haha. 

 

about 6-8 years ago we had a terrible storm roll through and the power went out. It was like 10pm or so and me and my pops were watching something on TV - probably fishing. With nothing else to do and no power we grabbed the rods and hit the bank. We casted with the 20-30MPH gusts and bagged about 10 bass each.

 

43 minutes ago, Darth-Baiter said:

my wife will be out of town..guess what?  it is RAINING!!!

 

but again, weather gets better.  hahhahaha

Weather gets better but unfettered freetime to fish doesn't come often - I vote you grab your rain coat and if you have to stay out of the dang boat hit the bank like a C-note and spend some time with the other women in your life haha

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8 minutes ago, PUTitinYOURmouthFISH said:

I find that sometimes rising waters bring the fish closer to the shoreline, as a mostly bank angler this is good news for me haha. 

 

about 6-8 years ago we had a terrible storm roll through and the power went out. It was like 10pm or so and me and my pops were watching something on TV - probably fishing. With nothing else to do and no power we grabbed the rods and hit the bank. We casted with the 20-30MPH gusts and bagged about 10 bass each.

 

Weather gets better but unfettered freetime to fish doesn't come often - I vote you grab your rain coat and if you have to stay out of the dang boat hit the bank like a C-note and spend some time with the other women in your life haha

i was gonna go thurday with rain gear, but my other woman Sylvia is visiting me.  she is our cleaning person, and she is a badass.   clean house myself?  or let Sylvia at it.  i can fish FRIDAY.  less chance of rain anyways.  hahahha... LIFE.  life is dirty.

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5 hours ago, TriStateBassin106 said:

The rain was nonstop in my neck of the woods but I went yesterday to a local pond and the water was up maybe a ft but the water was still pretty clear and I caught a few on a spinnerbait in the wind and a 3lb jig fish. Water temps definitely went down because all the beds I saw that had fish on them a week or two ago when we had air temps in the 80s were now empty. 

 

I have yet to see a bed up here.  I was out when it was 80 and the water was high 50's.  I've been out since then with water in the low 60's. I've cruised shallows and bedding areas for both smallmouth and largemouth.  Nothing.  Not a single bed in sight anywhere.  Now with the water dropping back down a little and the weather cooling and cloudy, I would be the fish have clustered in their pre-spawn hangouts and are just feeding up.  Next week the sun is coming out and heating up.  I bet there will be a good push over the next two weeks.

 

9 hours ago, Darnold335 said:

I do not know your area. have you considered when the water starts receding using the river to get into some of the feeder creeks? When those creeks slow down and start pushing clear water. The river back feeds in and creates eddies. I use the river as a highway to get to these creeks. I don’t technically  fish the river. 

 

 

This is very correct.  The bass (and carp, white bass, and everything else) will fill up the feeder creeks right now.  Ones like the Conodoguinet should be hot right now. 

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9 hours ago, Darnold335 said:

I do not know your area. have you considered when the water starts receding using the river to get into some of the feeder creeks? When those creeks slow down and start pushing clear water. The river back feeds in and creates eddies. I use the river as a highway to get to these creeks. I don’t technically  fish the river. 

Unfortunately, I am at this time, a bank fisherman. My boat will not be ready for use for at least 1or 2 more months.

 

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2 minutes ago, casts_by_fly said:

 

I have yet to see a bed up here.  I was out when it was 80 and the water was high 50's.  I've been out since then with water in the low 60's. I've cruised shallows and bedding areas for both smallmouth and largemouth.  Nothing.  Not a single bed in sight anywhere.  Now with the water dropping back down a little and the weather cooling and cloudy, I would be the fish have clustered in their pre-spawn hangouts and are just feeding up.  Next week the sun is coming out and heating up.  I bet there will be a good push over the next two weeks.

 

 

 

This is very correct.  The bass (and carp, white bass, and everything else) will fill up the feeder creeks right now.  Ones like the Conodoguinet should be hot right now. 

Yes sir. Probably will be prime for quite a few days. 

 

2 minutes ago, Kirtley Howe said:

Unfortunately, I am at this time, a bank fisherman. My boat will not be ready for use for at least 1or 2 more months.

 

I’ve caught many bank fish using the feeder creek. You’d be surprised at how little the creek can be and what it holds. I’ve pulled big fish of other species in a feeder I could cast over no issue.

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Just now, Darnold335 said:

Yes sir. Probably will be prime for quite a few days. 

 

I’ve caught many bank fish using the feeder creek. You’d be surprised at how little the creek can be and what it holds. I’ve pulled big fish of other species in a feeder I could cast over no issue.

I grew up fishing small creeks...The Catatonk Creek, The Owego Creek, and a number of unnamed tiny creeks. I still fish them fairly often. They will be the first places I try after the water goes down some. You are correct that you can catch large fish, and numbers of smaller fish from very small creeks. Some of the places I fish you can literally jump over the creek without too much effort....or at least I could when I was a tad younger. At 74 my jumping days are pretty much behind me.

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8 hours ago, casts_by_fly said:

 

I have yet to see a bed up here.  I was out when it was 80 and the water was high 50's.  I've been out since then with water in the low 60's. I've cruised shallows and bedding areas for both smallmouth and largemouth.  Nothing.  Not a single bed in sight anywhere.  Now with the water dropping back down a little and the weather cooling and cloudy, I would be the fish have clustered in their pre-spawn hangouts and are just feeding up.  Next week the sun is coming out and heating up.  I bet there will be a good push over the next two weeks.

 

 

 

This is very correct.  The bass (and carp, white bass, and everything else) will fill up the feeder creeks right now.  Ones like the Conodoguinet should be hot right now. 

I fish a lot of shallow impoundments that heat up quickly, it seems like when the water heats up above to 60 degrees I will see beds in the northern part of the lake/ponds because that's where heat gets to quicker due to sun angle. I was at one pond yesterday and there's still a fish on a lonely bed from a few weeks ago. I guess he's been guarding eggs. 

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