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The Swatera Creek near Harrisburg/Hershey Pa
July 21, 2006
6:37 pm
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Hello,
I have set out on my quest to catch a ski, one of only three Pa fresh water fish i have not caught.  i was wondering if anyone on this forum has ever heard of or fished the Swatera Creek. It is a Tributary of the Susky, and ive heard that it may be one of the best locations in Pa to catch these amazing fish.  I also am wondering if anyone has ever heard of taking live bait and dipping it in Jalapeño Cheese Sauce.  I local in my area says that this works like dynamite.  Any advice for fishing the Swatera, susquehanna or juniata rivers would be greatly appriciated.  Thanks, good luck to all, and be sure you release your fish! <<<<><<<

July 21, 2006
7:19 pm
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Hey thanks for joining our board.
We don't promote the use of live bait for muskies as it causes too much damage (i.e. death) to the fish if used improperly or without a quick strike rig.
I don't know if Swatara is the BEST place in PA, but I'm sure you will find fish there.
Please feel free to join us at one of our meetings to meet the guys and learn more.
Barry

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July 21, 2006
7:48 pm
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thanks Barry, I hope to get to a meeting.  You make  good point about the bait, Im probably just as well of using jerks and spinners.   Im going to put in some time this weekend on trying to catch one, ill be sure to post any results.  Thanks

July 21, 2006
8:33 pm
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Anyway, that jalapeno stuff only works on mexican muskies, not the PA variety. ;D
Barry

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July 21, 2006
10:47 pm
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dynamite works as well - either dipped in cheese sauce or not... ;D

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July 24, 2006
4:34 pm
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so i went out this past weekend, my first trip focusing solely on musky. When i got to the location the water was pretty dirty from the recent thunderstorms. The water looks promising though based on what i have heard about slow water, and cover, and depth... Definitely will be there more over the summer. This weekend I'm making a haul up to raystown lake, maybe try some trolling and/or bank fishing.

August 1, 2006
4:39 pm
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I had a possible muskie hooked this past weekend.  Had to have been either a muskie or a striper.  i was trolling two 8" Cranks, one spoon on a dipsy dive and one 5" perch colored storm lure.  The hit came on the edge of a weed bed in about 12-20' of water.  I had it on, the the rod snapped momentarly after hooking up, and a few seconds later the fish got off becasuse i had only about 2' of rod in my hand to work with. >:(    It was still a thrilling experience!  🙂

August 2, 2006
12:57 am
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Can't stress enough the importance of having the proper gear. For your safety and the health of the fish. Get the proper gear, THEN go fishing!
Barry

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January 30, 2012
6:38 am
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Hey Fellow angler i fish the swatty on a regular basis. It is def. one of the best hybrid fishies in the central pa area. I found they love chart. bass size buzz baits, small buck tails, & small minnow plugs. I never had any encounters on "normal" muskie size lures for some reason, I dont know if its because they are tigers or if its just the size of the creek. I recomend starting at boat house park in hershey and workin your way down. We use a small 12ft v bottom jon boat works great. You will know when you hit what we call "musky alley" they reaching close to 50" there. Aim for flooded timber and over hanging roots seems to be where they hold the most. Good Luck brother nice to hear that others reconized this water for skies. thanx #5m

January 30, 2012
10:47 pm
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I'm hoping the record floods didnt mess with those fish. I seen fish on every putting over the summer and caught a few. Fall fished it after the flood, and zippo every outting!

February 14, 2012
3:21 am
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Yea i notice alot of the cover and structure has changed and i also read that unusual harsh flooding can affect the skie population due to lack of oxygen

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