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Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

So when I was driving up to good old Scranton for Christmas, I crossed the Susky on Rt.83 at Harrisburg. I noticed that about 1/2 of the surface of the river had chunks of ice flowing downstream. Is this common throughout the freezing period of winter or does it happen more when the river is rising?

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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

I know the West Branch gets spotty ice through the winter, but can be fished as long as you keep an eye on things, particularly the status of the launches. Sometimes the river is OK, but there is frozen mud/ice at the launch & people get stuck with trucks & boats(unfortunately I know). The area above the Hepburn Street Dam is iced over in a lot of spots. When the river rises the ice along the edges and from above the dam definitely enters the system. Right now it is pretty good in the flowing sections above Jersey Shore and below Williamsport. A few pieces of ice, but nothing major.

The North Branch ices up pretty good in a lot of areas & icebergs are common. A lot of people even ice fish the eddies on trhe North Branch. Right now it is pretty well iced. Not sure about the main stem, but it' probably a mixture, which may be why you see ice on half the river?

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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

That ice is pretty common in the winter. It depends on the wind which side it is on. some time if the wind is blowin it will keep it on the east shore.

launches can get iced up pretty good. careful if you have a jet. 4wd is a must in some cases

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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

I fished the Susky Fri. eve below Conowingo for walleyes for 2 hrs. without a strike along with a friend who got the same results.There were a few small chunks of ice here & there.today,Sat. I kayak fished between Havre De grace & Perryville for yellow perch & there was quite a bit of chunk ice on the river in the main channel.The yellow perch are in pretty good.

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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

See ur from Harford county. Any ice action up on Broad Creek yet??

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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

Father-in-law and I got out this morning. No ice floating. He got his first musky of the new year about 5 minutes into the trip (just a little skipper around 30"), and I lost a bigger one that I saw following and convinced to eat at the boat. I also caught a giant carp.

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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

That's a great way to start the year...with a muskie.
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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

Atleast you got 1.Were their alot of boats on the river?I Kayak fished L.Marburg late this morning for walleyes.I caught nothing.live bait has been catching a few but I didn't bring any.Only 3 of us on the lake today.

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Re: Ice Chunks on Susky, info needed

One other boat with 3 guys out while we were & they were after muskies too I believe. The first launch we tried had too much slick mud to launch, so we were at our choice number 2 a little late. We had live bait for walleyes, but never even picked up a walleye rod to see if they were biting.

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