The Susquehanna River is approximately
444 miles long and is the longest river on the East Coast.
The North Branch of the Susquehanna River begins at Otsego Lake
in Cooperstown, NY and empties into the Northern end of Chesapeake
Bay. The Susquehanna River is a fertile limestone river home
to one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries in the East. The
Susquehanna River supports a very diverse fishery where anglers
can fish for walleye, muskie, tiger muskie, northern pike, largemouth
bass, smallmouth bass, rock bass, crappie, sunfish, and catfish.
Fishing at the head or tail end of pools on the Susquehanna River
is a great place to start for successful bass fishing. Fishing
is often best around sunrise and sunset, however smallmouth bass
will often be bite all day. Good live baits include minnows, or
hellgrammites, crayfish, and shiners. 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. Walleye fishing
is typically best in May and June on the Susquehanna River and
again in September until the river freezes.