Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Report (August 17-17, 2014)

From John “Toast” Oast’s

I spent so much time on the water this past weekend, that I am still exhausted on Monday evening!

On Saturday I was joined by my Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association buddies Mike Flanagan and Jim Grimsley. We fished a reservoir near Danville, PA, that from this point forward we will refer to as the “Dead Sea.” The three of us fished hard all day, throwing soft plastics, cranks, spinners, you name it. By mid-day, I decided to just drag a Gulp! Smelt behind me, as I drifted along throwing lures. I think I had a total of two small bites all day, and just landed one SMALL yellow perch on the Gulp!. It was a rough day. Mike and Jim wanted to check the lake out, since it is convenient to them, but I think they will agree, we will leave the rods home next time we go there. After about ten visits to this lake in the past five years, I think I can count the decent fish I have caught there on one hand.


Big fish (only fish) of the day from Saturday!

We did get a chance to check out Mike Flanagan’s reinforced seat system on Saturday though…

On Sunday, I was joined by Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association members Tom Babcock, Frank Patla, and Brian Swingle. Brian and I started the day off following through on Ice Bucket Challenges we had received.

After getting a little wet and cold, we shoved off for a several mile float down the North Branch of the Susquehanna River, just below Wilkes-Barre. The river was slightly up, with the recent rainfall, and was quite stained. The bite was slow, but we did manage a few decent smallmouth bass. I had one smallie on a Susky Slayer colored Craw D’oeuvre. My other five or so were on my trusty yellow spinnerbait. Most of the bass were found around elevation changes.