Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania

Waters We Fish: Susquehanna River, Pennsylvania

“I consider the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania to be the finest smallmouth bass river on the east coast,” said Ken Penrod in his book titled Pursuing River Smallmouth Bass. We prefer the area above Harrisburg, launching from Riverfront Campground, where the Juniata River meets the “Susqy.” We fish from Xpress jet boats powered by Mercury jet drives. Our “window of opportunity” depends upon river flow—and we want high water. The best time frame is mid-March through May. We use spinning tackle and artificial lures, especially Mizmo tubes. It’s no big deal for a 3-person trip to catch (and release) 30-50 smallmouth bass in the 3-pound-and-better class. We can provide low water, summertime outings also. Fishing license required. One or two persons. Multiple guides available. March through May, or whenever the river level is above 4.0 feet at Harrisburg.