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Tackle Talk for the week of August 20

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of August 20

Tackle Talk for this Week Smallmouth bass fishing has improved significantly throughout the Susquehanna River basin. Old Trail salted tubes are working well, especially 3 ½ inch green pumpkin and smoke/purple flake colors and Mizmo 4-inch Big Boy red bug and firebug colors. Rapala lures are also working well for smallies, with the F7 and F9 sizes in brown trout, gold/black back and hot steel being the popular colors. The river has dropped quite a bit since last week, but water temperatures and water levels have been good for most types of angling. Walleye fishing has been picking up, with...

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Tackle Talk for the week of August 13

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of August 13

Water conditions this past week on most streams and the Susquehanna River have been good. Most tributaries are clear with water temperatures in the high 70's.  Anglers are reporting some good fishing at the Adam Bower Dam south to the Isle of Que.  Smallmouth bass are still hitting well in most locations of the river.  Medium live shiners, live nightcrawlers and Old Trail Salted tubes in green pumpkin, black/red flake and smoke/purple are the best choices.  Walleye are being caught mostly in the late evening on large nightcrawlers fished on crawler rigs and 3 1/2 inch rubber twist grubs soaked...

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Tackle Talk for the week of August 6

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of August 6

The river rose a little this past week.  But it is still OK for wading in most places.  Smallmouth bass fishing has been good at most locations on the Susquehanna River.  Daily thunderstorms upstream have helped to keep water levels up and make boating conditions somewhat better below the Adam Bower Dam.  Walleye are moving around and some anglers are doing well, while others are picking up some now and then.  Daylight action is slow and late evening into early morning is best for walleye.  Angling has been best in deeper water and along the shoreline.  Large stickbaits after dark...

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Tackle Talk for the week of July 30

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of July 30

Channel catfishing and flatheads has been good throughout the Susquehanna River this past week with the recent rise in water levels from upstream rains.  At the Adam Bower Dam on the Shamokin Dam side, smallmouth bass are very active.  Some of the better lures that are getting the job done are Heddon Tiny Torpedoes, Storm Thin Fins and brown and green crankbaits like Bandits or Rebel Crayfish are working well when retrieved at faster speeds.  Also a good choice for this time of year are Assassin type lures and spinner baits around weed beds are excellent.  At Hoover’s Island anglers are reporting smallmouth bass...

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Tackle Talk for the week of July 30

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of July 30

Channel catfishing and flatheads has been good throughout the Susquehanna River this past week with the recent rise in water levels from upstream rains.  At the Adam Bower Dam on the Shamokin Dam side, smallmouth bass are very active.  Some of the better lures that are getting the job done are Heddon Tiny Torpedoes, Storm Thin Fins and brown and green crankbaits like Bandits or Rebel Crayfish are working well when retrieved at faster speeds.  Also a good choice for this time of year are Assassin type lures and spinner baits around weed beds are excellent.  At Hoover’s Island anglers are reporting smallmouth bass...

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