How to Fish the Susquehanna River in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

by David Harris

If you live near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and you are an angling enthusiast, take some time to fish the Susquehanna River. The 444-mile river, the sixteenth largest in the country, flows near Pennsylvania's capital city. One of the primary spots to fish is the Susquehanna River Trail, which is 24 miles long. Among the fish available in the Susquehanna River are catfish, muskies and walleye, all of which you can eat, but the biggest draw is small-mouth bass.

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Step 1

Obtain a Pennsylvania fishing license before setting out on your trip. You can buy one online with a credit card, via mail or in person at numerous bait, grocery or hardware stores.

Step 2

Check fishing regulations before setting out. From January 1 to April 15 and October 1 to December 31, the minimum size in Pennsylvania for a bass is 15 inches. The legal size is lowered to 12 inches from June 18 to Sept. 30. You must release bass immediately during any other date. Most other fish in the Susquehanna are available all year.

Step 3

Visit the river at dusk or dawn. This is the time fish bite most often. Bring warm clothes because the average low in summer in Harrisburg is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit. It will be even colder during other times of the year. Pick a spot that is away from other fishermen when you fish.

Step 4

Bring live bite to catch fish. Bite such as minnows or hellgrammites are both very effective for fish in the Susquehanna river. Small-mouth bass will also bite if you use artificial worms.

Step 5

Pick up and pack out any trash or waste you bring with you to the Susquehanna River. The Susquehanna River Trail is under the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources-Bureau of Forestry and their penalties apply for littering. Use only the existing fire rings if you build a fire.

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