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 Post subject: Susquehanna, Harrisburg PA ???
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 8:14 pm 
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Anyone have any insight regarding access areas on the Susky in the Harrisburg PA area? Would like to check out their small mouth population. I'll be swapping my kids out next week again with my mom in Upstate NY and would like to stop and fish this time on my way through. Prefer wading options but a guide is also an option.

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 Post subject: Re: Susquehanna, Harrisburg PA ???
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 11:52 pm 
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pretty much anywhere from my experience. I used to live there, but was still spin fishing then. Try getting off 81 and heading down river on the east side, once you start hitting town and what looks like city homes, park and walk to the river. seriously. between division and mcclay streets. I used to wet wade it, it never really gets deeper than chest deep, but there are certainly deep holes so be careful!

I've done most of my fishing from the hbg side, but there is some good fishing on the other side, near some creek mouths and of course you can always go north a bit to the confluence with the juniata in duncanon. really i would fish anywhere between mcclay st and duncanon.

you can always go south a ways and say hi to mr. clouser. he used to fish those waters. I once found him right behind the counter of his little shop. great guy. there is good fishing down his way, but i think you would need a boat as the river is much deep there.

( from my hazy recollections )

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 Post subject: Re: Susquehanna, Harrisburg PA ???
PostPosted: Sun Jul 03, 2011 5:17 pm 
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My memories of that area are a bit hazy too, but as I recall, there was a park on the west side a bit north of St. Mary's (that's on the west side where I-81 crosses the river.) As you probably know, US-15 follows the river for a good 20 miles through there, and there should be stretches of the old road right stream side. Lots of islands in that area. Looks pretty wade-able.

I'd second contacting Bob Clouser for more info. That's his river. Obviously, he won't give up any honey holes, but he should be willing to tell you where some of the more popular access points are. Because the river floods every spring, most of the houses are on higher ground.


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 Post subject: Re: Susquehanna, Harrisburg PA ???
PostPosted: Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:59 am 
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I've passed over that about once every year and thought about fishing it .But in to much of a hurry to get to NY or NC.
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 Post subject: Re: Susquehanna, Harrisburg PA ???
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 6:40 am 
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Call Mike O Brien as a guide choice.

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 Post subject: Re: Susquehanna, Harrisburg PA ???
PostPosted: Tue Jul 05, 2011 8:21 pm 
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As previously mentioned, those are the home waters for Bob Clouser, as well. I grew up fishing for smallies on the Susquehanna between H'Burg and Lancaster (I went to HS in Lancaster, PA -- I also evacuated for the TMI disaster). However, I hear that fish populations on the Susquehanna are way down. You might want to do some research to see if that is an issue or concern for your trip.


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