While the rain this past Saturday did not have a lasting effect on stream conditions in the county, it did bring fish out of their summer loll for a few great days. The Brook Trout fishing on local streams really turned on as the rain brought some much needed flow and made the fish not quite as spooky when approaching the stream. The key to fishing was finding a nice pool with plenty of structure and undercut banks and standing back as far as possible and covering the water with gentle casts.
The above picture shows a nice pool of water with all the necessary features to hold a few Brook Trout. With great habitat and the added water flow, the fish were ready to feed! This hole in particular gave up six brook trout with a few approaching 8 inches, but sometimes it’s not the biggest fish that catches the angler’s eye.
This beautiful Brook Trout was fooled on a size 14 royal wulff and while the smallest fish caught, it’s spectacular dark coloration and defined speckles really made this the trophy of the day!
Northern Susquehanna & Eastern Bradford Counties
Hunters who are looking to hit the Susquehanna River for ducks and geese are reminded to check their boats for safety equipment. For some this may be the only time they go out or maybe they have a special boat just for hunting. If this is the case take a look at those PFD's and fire extinguishers as they may no longer be serviceable. Also, remember to keep safety first and make sure that shotgun is unloaded anytime the boat is underway!
Western Bradford & Sullivan County
Anglers and boaters on the North Branch Susquehanna River are reminded to be vigilant when operating boats on the river. Always proceed with caution, even if you are familiar with the river, as the levels are VERY low and new hazards are present.
Anglers have been catching many nice bass this past week as well. The Bass are striking top water and crankbaits are exceptionally well.