North Branch Susquehanna River (Pennsylvania) Kayak Fishing Report (Aug 2-3, 2014)

By John “Toast” Oast

This past weekend I floated a stretch of the North Branch of the Susquehanna River that I never have. I had floated part of it a number of times, but not the whole five mile length before. I used the same access and take-out points with friends from the Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association both days.

On Saturday, I was joined by Brian Swingle. Brian fished from his Ocean Kayak Torque, and I used my Ocean Kayak Big Game II. It was one of the most productive smallmouth days on the river that I have ever experienced. By the end of the day, both of us lost track of the number of fish we had caught. The smallies on Saturday also had consistent size. I landed two around 18 inches, and lost two that were at least that size. I was throwing a Susky Slayer colored PowerTeam Craw D’oeuvre and a yellow spinnerbait. The fish were evenly divided between the two. Most of the fish were tight to larger rocks, breaking current, both near shore and submerged in deeper water.

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One of my big smallies from Saturday, on a PowerTeam craw. (by B. Swingle)

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Brian Swingle, showing off one of his numerous bass.

On Sunday, I was joined by Frank Patla, in his Ocean Kayak Torque, and John Blair, in his Old Town Predator 13. We caught a good number of fish, but the fishing was not nearly as consistent as the day before. Early on, Frank landed two huge 18.5 inch smallmouths and a nice walleye. About mid-day the bite seemed to turn off. Through the rest of the day, only a handful of bass were caught, of a lot smaller size. I also landed one bluegill and a rock bass. There was no clear pattern either.

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Frank Patla, with one of his big smallies.

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John Blair, on his new Predator.

If you are looking for a great group of guys in the Pennsylvania area, who love kayak fishing, join the Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association, a division of the 501c3 Suskie Bassmasters. Also, check out the PKFA Facebook page!

Frank Patla, from Sunday: