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Susquehanna River Fish

Fishing for Smallmouth Bass, Musky, and Catfish

An Overview of Susquehanna River Fish

The Susquehanna River is an ideal river for boating, fishing, camping and wildlife watching. The Susquehanna is well-known for its large mass of smallmouth bass. The Susquehanna is also filled with a great deal of walleye, catfish, and smaller panfish. Other fish consisting of musky, northern pike, pickerel, American shad, and much more are found within the bases of the river. Due to the smooth flowing water of the Susquehanna and its large population of fish, the Susquehanna ranks among the top of rivers in PA.

Smallmouth Bass in the Susquehanna River

Susquehanna River fishing is often best around sunrise and sunset, however, smallmouth bass can often be enticed to bite all day. Good live baits include minnows, or hellgrammites. Artificial baits like rubber worms or plastic crayfish imitations also work well on smallmouth bass. Fly rods and poppers are very popular with some anglers targeting smallmouth bass on the Susquehanna River.

Courtesy of the Susquehanna River Trail website

Susquehanna River Musky Fishing

Among the many fishing opportunities on the Susquehanna River, musky fishing ranks near the top with smallmouth bass.  Muskies caught on the river have often been reported over 40 inches and some near the 50-inch mark. Many Susquehanna River musky fishing stories and tips can be found online. Here are a couple worth reading:


For more info, check out the Susquehanna River Trail Association's website.

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“Four distinct seasons, four sense-tickling reasons for being here. The Susquehanna River Valley – see it, smell it, feel it, taste it, live it, love it.” – Joanne Arbogast, Managing Editor at The Daily Item and Editor of Inside PA Magazine