Little Juniata River
Having lived in this area all my life I am pretty familiar with the Little Juniata River. Having caught lots of fish, preferably small mouth bass along the Raystown Branch of the Juniata, the Little Juniata River is a gem of a stream that is quite favorable among alot of anglers in this area. In this post I will give you guys the best places to fish and just try to give as much information on this hot little stream. This stream is very well known for the trout population.
This river is formed around Altoona by the confluence of several short streams, and is a 35 mile tributary of the the Juniata River. It flows generally northeast in the Logan Valley area near the base of Brush Mountain. Near Tyrone, the river takes on the southern Bald Eagle Creek, then turns sharply southeast, passing through a water gap between the Brush and Bald Eagle Mountain ridges and flows into Sinking Valley where it receives Sinking Run. Approximately 6 miles northwest of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, around Petersburg, it joins the Frankstown Branch of the Juniata River, forming the Juniata River. This Little Juniata River is a great place for fly fishing; It holds a considerable Class
A population of wild brown trout and requires no stocking because of the limestone quality of the creek. Former President of the United States Jimmy Carter often fishes on Spruce Creek.
Little Juniata River Small Mouth
This little creek is chalked full of small mouth. When we fish the Juniata River, it is very common to catch 40-50 small mouth in a day. And that is not mentioning all the pan fish and rock bass that we catch. Unfortunately the size is not there. With the average size smallmouth being about 10″ to 12″ inches in length. As opposed to say the Susquehanna River with the average smallmouth being in the range of about 15″.
We will occasionally catch smallies in the 15″ to 22″ range. The largest smallie that I had ever heard of was about 25″ in length and hooked by a friend of mine, so I know this “fish story” is true. Unfortunately that fish was never landed. It broke the line and lived another day. That particular fish was hooked around Tatesville, just below the Tatesville bridge near Everret, Pa. Pound for pound smallmouth bass put up a great fight, from the strike to reeling them in and acrobats these fish perform is amazing, with every smallie jumping and dancing the whole time.
Little Juniata River Small Mouth Baits
Absolutely the best baits for small mouth in my opinion is live bait, hands down. We do a lot of lure fishing too. The best live that I have found are helgramites and soft shell crawfish. We usually just sein the river around fast the oxygen rich water. Honestly , in my opinion, while helgies will catch you alot of fish, as will soft shell crabs, it’s the soft shells that will always bring in the larger fish, usually this is how we catch the bigger fish in the 15″ to 22″ range.
As far as lures and rubber bait goes just about anything will work from small Rapalas to Mr. twisters. Mr. Twisters are phenominal and just about any color will work. My favorite twister colors are white, black, purple, and motor oil color. We caught fish to many to count on these colors. Smallie tip: the motor oil colored twister has produce some mighty fine smallmouth in the 15″+ range. One afternoon a friend of mine and I caught 3 18″ small mouth on motor oil colored twisters. Shallow diving crank baits are also great as are smaller top water lures. A great method for fishing top water lures is to stand in the middle of the creek and cast toward the shoreline, especially in late May as the fish will be spawning along the edges and guarding their beds. This has been an especially very effective method that I like to use quite often. Spinner baits are very effective also, especially when tipped with a minnow or nite crawler.
I hope this gives you guys some ideas on how to catch small mouth bass on the Little Juniata River or anywhere else for that matter, and would absolutely love to hear from anyone who has caught fish using these methods found here. All you need to do is just comment using the comment box below.
Little Juniata River Fishing Guides:
Well there you guys have a half dozen or so guides to choose from. I hope you all enjoyed this post. If so please comment in the comment box below. And if you guys are looking for anything special you want to learn about, please let me know also. Thanks Mike.
Little Juniata River Stream Conditions
I also took a moment to put some streams conditions together for you all. I will try to keep them as up to date as I can. Please click on any link below to view reports.