1. I named her "Spot".

    17 in. Smallmouth Bass with a Hair Jig

    1. Scott Sorrell 0
      That's a great looking smallmouth....love the color
    2. Brian K 0
      David - thanks for the reply. No one knows what causes this exactly but as I'm sure you know, it's only temporarily. People think it's either from toxins ...more introduced into the water or from fish being handled previously and released. I lived in Missouri and used to fish a deep quarry that's stayed cool throughout the summer and had smallmouth. They would get black spots in the fall and there were always a ton of geese sitting in the water during migrations. Toxins introduced into water from goose poop causing this? That was my experience but who knows
    3. Tim Steinmetz 0
      That's really crazy! What a cool looking fish!
    4. David Rotigel 0
      Yep, lots of geese seen on the Susquehanna River from late fall through early spring. I see most of them in the air flying north or south, but occasionally see ...more them on the water.
    5. Christopher Pereira 0
      woah neat
    6. Brian K 0
      Conservationists call this hyper-pigmented melanosis. No one knows exactly why this happens. David, question for you; do you see a lot of geese move through that ...more area in the fall?
    7. Nick Dahmen 0
      I have seen a bunch of smallies like that
    8. David Rotigel 0
      That one came from the Susquehanna River near Harrisburg PA. About 1/2 of the bass have this blotchy bass syndrome, but most at not nearly this bad. This only happens ...more when the water is cold. None of the bass I catch in the summer have any black spots.
    9. Looks like it was playing in the paint can
    10. B Kummerer 0
      May I ask what body of water it was? I've never seen this in a smallmouth.
    11. Rich Pardy 0
      Dang that a crazy looking smallie, I thought it was a grouper at first when I seen the thumbnail.
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  2. https://youtu.be/phBs-c_xC50

  3. 18 in. Smallmouth Bass with a swimbait

  4. Blotchy!

    17 in. Smallmouth Bass with a swimbait

    1. Alvin Randolph 0
      Beauty is in the eye of the Bass Holder...lol
    2. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice colors on that smallie!!
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  5. Muskie fishing...

    35 in. Northern Pike with a Shallow invader

    1. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Nice pike!
    2. David Rotigel 0
      Yep... Allegheny River at Tionesta PA.
    3. Christopher Pereira 0
      Nice one
    4. Kurt Weingart 0
      Nice. Is that the allegheny river?
    5. Derek Stitt 0
      Nice one!
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  6. 38 incher

    38 in. Tiger Muskellunge with a spinner

    1. Jim Smith 0
      And he's back swimming!! A conservationist at heart, you are good sir!!!
    2. Rich Pardy 0
      Nice tiger muskie!
    3. Jim Smith 0
      Awesome man, who caught it? Your wife?
    4. Robert Kramer 0
      Nice fish!
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  7. Northern while Musky fishing

    36 in. Northern Pike with a crankbait

    1. Tim Steinmetz 0
      Awesome pike!
    2. David Rotigel 0
      That one came from about 7 miles below the dam.
    3. Kurt Weingart 0
      Nice pike! I love fishing up there, is that in the river or the reservoir?
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  8. caught all shorts today

    Smallmouth Bass with a tube

  9. I let him catch this one :)

    4 lb. 18 in. Smallmouth Bass with a crankbait


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  • Species Smallmouth Bass
  • Waterway Susquehanna River
  • Lure Topwater