June Fishing Sessions: 06/24: Multi-Species Fishing the Tidal Schuylkill River (Philadelphia, PA)

Hello, Blog Readers! 

Here is my fishing session post for June 24th:

--- June 24th, 2015 ---

Location: Schuylkill River (Philadelphia, PA)
Time: 12:00-5:00 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 1 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 3 Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu)
-- 1 Striped Bass (Morone saxatilis)
-- 2 Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus)
-- 1 Redbreast Sunfish (Lepomis auritus)


Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

The video above is mainly divided in four parts: (1) Introduction (0:00-4:00); (2) Fishing at the Fairmount Dam -- East Side (4:01-7:20); (3) Fishing at the Fairmount Dam -- West Side (9:20-14:22); and (4) Fishing the Schuylkill at Spring Garden (14:23-19:35). Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing.


Since my father never visited the Art Museum & Surroundings, the goal for the day was to take him there! Hah. In-between, of course we stopped at different portions of the Schuylkill River for some Multi-Species Fishing! 


My setup for this fishing session consisted of a Cortland Endurance 9' noodle rod with a Shimano Symetre 4000FL and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Throughout the course of the day, I used the following types of rigs/baits/lures: (1) a Gary Yamamoto 5" Senko on a 5/0 Gamakatsu worm hook; (2) an entire live nightcrawler on a 5/0 Gamakatsu worm hook; (3) a Thomas Lures E.P. Series in-line Spinner, 1/8 oz., nickel/gold color; (4) an entire live nightcrawler on a size #4 Eagle Claw Hook, under a 1 oz. Eagle Claw weighted float; and (5) a size #4 Eagle Claw hook with a 2 oz. Pyramid Sinker.

My father used a Daiwa Samurai rod with a Shimano Sedona 2500FD and 12lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. 


Since my father never went to the Art Museum and surroundings, him and I decided to fish the tidal Schuylkill River for different Species of fish! Our original destination was actually Newton Lake in Collingswood; however, PATCO wasn't running that day...

We started our day on the East side of the Fairmount Dam, right under the Gazebo. Since my father was extremely rusty with lures, I decided to give him a wacky-rigged Senko to play with. I ended up doing the same. After a few minutes, I missed a couple bites on it -- all Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides). I switched gears to live nightcrawler, finishing there with an extremely greedy Bluegill and a small Striped Bass.

After a while, we walked over to the west side of the Fairmount Dam, where I caught a couple small Smallmouth Bass and a Channel Catfish under a float! Hah. As weird as it sounds, Channel Catfish can be caught under a float on the Schuylkill River.

Finally, at the end of the afternoon, my father and I decided to hit the sandy flat by the Spring Garden Bridge. We set up our rods for some passive fishing. My father ended up landing a couple nice Channel Catfish, White Perch (Morone americana), and one small American Eel (Anguilla rostrata), which we chopped for bait! I ended up landing a couple Channel Catfish as well, not to mention my first ever tidal Redbreast Sunfish from the Schuylkill River!


Below are the photos for this fishing session:

My father with a Channel Catfish from the tidal Schuylkill River

The Channel Catfish that decided to hit my suspended nightcrawler! Note the dark dots on its body -- perfect signs of a Juvenile Cattie. :)

My father eating some water ice and drinking some water under the steps of the Art Museum. During hot hot weather, don't forget to stay hydrated, folks! 

If you are fishing the tidal Schuylkill River around Philadelphia, you may as well stop by the Rocky statue for a photo. Haha. 

My first ever Redbreast Sunfish from the tidal Schuylkill River! It was great to finally complete the four common Species of Sunfish for the tidal Skuke.
Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.


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