Thursday, December 31, 2009

Brrrrrrr.... Happy New Year!

It has been COLD lately... I wish I had a decent report for you, but I don't. As for me, fishing has been very slow. But I really do not have much to report as I haven't had a chance to get out in almost two weeks.

When I did get out (a couple weeks ago), I fished for 2 or more hours on two consecutive evenings. My grand total for the combined 4-5 hours of fishing time was 1 small walleye. Since then, I haven't been able to get out at all... Either the weather has been just too dang cold or the river conditions have not been fit when I have had the opportunity to go.

I did talk to my Dad today, and received a positive report from him. He and my nephew Bailey hit the river for a few hours this afternoon. They didn't catch a lot, but my Dad did manage a couple quillback carp and a big sucker. My nephew Bailey also scored a nice 22 inch walleye, which I think is his first walleye... not a bad way to start out! Dad emailed me a picture, so I'll post it for you.

Bailey and my Dad also witnessed another gentleman land a small musky this afternoon. So, obviously, there are still some fish out there that are willing to bite. I'd say if you don't mind the cold and you get a chance to get out there and fish before things ice up, definitely go for it! Good luck, and maybe I'll see you on the water in 2010... Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

There's still a couple out there...

But fishing's been kind of slow. Between work, deer season, and the holidays coming up, it has been tough to find enough free time to spend on the water. Luckily I was able to spent a little bit of time at the river this morning with my Dad...

The fishing wasn't great but we did see a little action. We only managed one gamefish today (a decent smallmouth), but there were a lot of quillback carp in the hole we were fishing and that made for some fun action to pass the time.

I haven't been able to fish much lately, but my Dad has been hitting the river some, and from what I can gather fishing has been rather slow. He has been picking up a couple bass here and there and an odd walleye or two, but the action is nothing compared to last year at this time. Hopefully things will pick up soon. The river conditions are pretty good right now, but with the COLD weather forecast for the next week, it's hard to say what might materialize.

It has been a slow winter so far on the river, but from the reports I have been reading online, it sounds like this has been a great fall/early winter for those fishing the salt water in the mid-Atlantic states. For the most part, we've had reasonably mild temperatures so far which has allowed ocean temps to remain high enough for decent fishing to continue. Unfortunately for me, I haven't been able to do any saltwater fishing since late September, but for all of you guys that have been out there chasing them, I'm envious and I hope you had a very successful fall.

I have a couple days off work coming up this week, so I hope to spend some more time on the river soon... If there is anything good to report I'll be sure to post something. Good luck to you all! Maybe I'll see you on the water.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

It's deer season... and the fish ARE still here!

Even though it's the middle of deer season, I decided to make a stop by the river today... I needed to see if the fish were still here. As most of you know, the majority of outdoorsmen in central PA would just as soon forget that there actually are fish in our local waters during deer season. But, I am here to tell you that the masses are mistaken--the fish are still here... And they will actually bite! You just have to go fishing instead of hunting to catch them, ha ha.

Actually, my original plans for today were to spend a few hours in the woods hunting this morning before work... But, after a last minute change in schedule, I decided to spend an hour or so hitting the river instead. I'm glad I did. I didn't catch a lot, but I did have a few hits and managed to land a nice 19" walleye and a pretty smallmouth bass around 17". Both fish were caught on swimbaits that were rigged on jigheads.

Conditions were good today, and I wish I would have had a little bit more time to fish the area more thoroughly. I think if I would have had a little bit more time I probably would have caught a few more fish this morning. A storm front just moved into the area and began dropping the season's first snowfall. A lot of times, fishing the beginning of a storm or unsettled weather condidtions can be very productive, and today was no different.

Still, even though I didn't get to fish as much as I wated to today, I know the fish will be around somewhere the next time I get a chance to hit the river. Hopefully you have had a chance to get out to enjoy the woods or the water recently as well. If you are planning an outing in the not to distant future, please don't forget that fall and winter is not just a time for hunting... there are still plenty of fish to be caught. Be safe and good luck. Thanks for reading.