By John “Toast” Oast
On Saturday morning I met up with Mike Flanagan from the Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association to check out the bite on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River near Wilkes-Barre, PA. The river level was rising from the previous day’s rain, and we were met with chilly and breezy conditions, with a couple rain showers. We ended the day with about 20 boated fish, including one nice walleye and the rest smallmouth bass. The majority of the bass had size and were apparently gorging themselves for the winter.
I landed a quality bass on my very first cast, on a skirtless double-bladed spinnerbait with a 4.8″ Swinging Hammer from PowerTeam Lures. The rest of my fish hit either a PowerTeam Craw D’oeurve or a PowerTeam Sick Stick. I had three lures bitten cleanly off by muskies too. The fall bite on the river is definitely on… My largest fish of the day was a fat 20.5″ smallie, which took a weightless, weedless-rigged PowerTeam Sick Stick in Red Shad.
Check out the day’s video report below!
Mike Flanagan’s first boated fish of the day.
Toast’s 20.5 incher.
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