Susquehanna River Guide Service
Wild East Outfitters Susquehanna River guide season runs from the third week of June until October. The smallmouth fishery on the Susquehanna is arguably one of the best in the country with most days averaging anywhere between 20 to 85 fish boated give or take. We run our trips on the river between Sunbury all the way down to the Harrisburg area. We target smallmouth bass on mainly fly fishing gear but we carry a spinning rod or two along with some lures that are effective as well.
The Susquehanna River has a long and troubled history of abuse and in the early 2000s the smallmouth bass population crashed but over the past 5 years the fishery has appeared to rebound and is fishing as good it did in it's golden years. You don't know what you don't know and you won't know how good of a fishery the Susquehanna is until you fish it.
Most days on the river produce great fIsh in good numbers. We target them mainly throwing streamers and topwater flies. Occasionally we drift nymphs and throw dry flies, especially during the whitefly hatch. During the whitefly hatch it is nothing unusual to look across the river and see hundreds of smallmouth bass sipping the whiteflys the same way a trout sips a Mayfly. Late July through mid August is primetime for the whitefly hatch.
Our favorite streamers are the Clouser Minnow, the Drunk and Disorderly and the Swinging D but on most days the Clouser Minnow in different colors is all you need. The Clouser Minnow was created by Bob Clouser and it was designed specifically for Susquehanna smallmouth. I'm certain no other fly has put more fish in the net than the Clouser Minnow on the Susquehanna River. We also throw Boogle Bug poppers a bit too much... sometimes we don't change flies for a few days at a time because those poppers keep fooling the bigger fish.