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Tuesday, 26 August 2014 06:00

Dauphin Narrows - Susquehanna River

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I am lucky enough to have in my backyard the Susquehanna River - one of the best smallmouth bass fisheries - with multiple locations I can get to quickly. On this trip, I wanted to get to one of my favorite sections that I haven’t been to all year: Dauphin Narrows, a few miles north of Harrisburg.

On this trip, I chose to take out a Jackson Kayaks “Cuda 12” as we were doing about a 3/4 mile paddle upriver in moderate current. The boat was just what I needed to get up to the edge of some rapids and navigate through the rocks once I was there. I started the day off throwing spinners, which landed me a few nice bass right from the go. Most of the bass were holding right on the edge of the rapids and were slamming the spinners as I pulled them.

As I started my way across the river I got out several times to stretch my legs. I fished from a few sand bars and shallow spots on rock ledges, and again produced a bunch of nice fish with spinnerbaits. I decided to switch it up a little bit and put on a swimbait. Not long after I pulled in the fattest fish of the day for me.

I continued to float down the river towards the boat ramp into some calmer water. The swimbait kept producing fish on my float back down. Since this is one of my favorite spots, I’ll be sure to hit this stretch again in the near future.

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Andrew Morrow

I've been fishing since I could walk.  When I was younger my grandfather would pick me up at my house weekly and take me to the local lake to bank fish with him.  I caught tons of fish from the bank this way but in 2007 realized I needed to get out ON the water and bought my first fishing kayak.  Since then you won't find me fishing any other way and I'm mostly on the Susquehanna or Juniata Rivers.  Besides kayak fishing I also am the chapter coordinator for the Central PA Chapter of Heroes on the Water.  

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# vakayakak 2014-08-26 09:27
Great article... I often fished the area in your article when I lived in Central PA! Best smallmouth bass fishery around. Thanks for the update... I must make a trip back some day!

vakayakak
 
 
# KevinCostello 2015-03-09 19:02
I was able to hit this spot back in the fall with Andrew and it was awesome. By far my most productive day ever.
 
 
# Scott N 2015-07-15 21:47
Good article... I have passed the Dauphin Narrows on my way up to Duncannon. Where can you put in to get to the Narrows?
 

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