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Tackle Talk for the week of June 16

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Tackle Talk for the week of June 16

The Susquehanna River has been somewhat high this past week but most anglers report catching all species.  The Adam Bower Dam is fully inflated for the summer season.  Fishing below the dam has been good.  Anglers are reporting some nice walleye being caught, as well as some large brown trout and large flathead catfish, all on the Shamokin Dam side below bag No. 7.  Most of the walleye are being taken on worm rigs tipped with large butterworms or medium live shiners.  Other walleye lures such as Rebel, Rapala, Bomber and Cotton Cordell are also a good choice.  Channel catfishing...

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Tackle Talk for the week of June 9

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of June 9

Water levels in most streams and the Susquehanna River have been dropping, making good fishing at most locations. Most tributaries are clear, with water temperatures around 70 degrees. Walleye action is sporadic in the river, catching smaller ones during the day. Some nice walleye are emerging after dark on both sides of the PP&L dams and the Adam Bower Dam. Large smoke, chartreuse twist minnows and Rapala lures in vampire, hot steel and clown colors are working well. At McKees Half Falls, there are some walleye being caught. Large live shiners, Slug-Go's, Salty Spiders and Bomber lures are a good...

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Tackle Talk for the week of June 2

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Tackle Talk for the week of June 2

The Susquehanna River is fairly high and off color in some areas, from recent rains upstream.  In some areas smallmouth bass are hitting spinner baits and crankbaits, but the best action in the off color water is for channel and flathead catfish.  Catfish are hitting large live shiners, nightcrawlers and 5" sunfish.  Walleye fishing has picked up a little below the Adam Bower Dam.  Anglers are reporting nice walleye caught at various locations this week on Blue Fox silver spinners, Mister Twister Exude 4" tubes and large live shiners.  Muskie action has been picking up at most of the popular...

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Tackle Talk for the week of May 26

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Tackle Talk for the week of May 26

The Susquehanna River is higher than normal, but is in fishable condition.  Anglers are reporting reasonably steady action below the Adam Bower Dam for smallmouth bass and walleye.  The baits of choice for walleye are Old Trail salted tubes in smoke/blue and motor oil, Rapala Husky Jerk in various colors and medium live shiners.  Some carp, large channel and flathead catfish were being caught in and around the PP&L dams.  Most of the carp and catfish were caught on prepared carp and catfish bait.  Anglers have been reporting good trout fishing on Little Pine Creek, Middle Creek, Penns Creek and...

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Tackle Talk for the week of May 19

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of May 19

The recent rains have increased the water levels on the Susquehanna River and many species of fish are active.  Lures in motor oil, smoke, and chartreuse are always a good choice when fishing the river.  Catfish fishing has been fairly good, with large live nightcrawlers, blood bait and chicken livers working well.  Most trout anglers have been doing well and are reporting most streams in good condition, such as Spruce Run and White Deer Creek in Union County, Mahantango Creek in Northumberland County and Mahoning Creek in Montour County.  Butterworms, gold mealworms and waxworms have been the live baits of...

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