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Tackle for the week of January 26

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Tackle for the week of January 26

Cold weather and some ice flow at several locations on the Susquehanna River slowed down the fishing this past week. But with recent mild weather late season smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been good. Some large smallmouth bass have been taken at the popular locations. Smoke twisters, smoke twist minnows 3-1/2 inch size and large live shiners have been very effective. At the PP&L dams and Shady Nook area some nice walleye are being caught in the deeper holes and the baits of choice have been large live nightcrawlers fished on crawler rigs with attractant and 3-1/2 inch Old...

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Tackle Talk for the week of January 19

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of January 19

Heavy rain and storms upstream have been affecting the Susquehanna River this past week. Both branches of the river have been higher than normal and off color in some areas. The anglers who brave these conditions are reporting some nice smallmouth bass action in the backwater areas from the Adam Bower Dam south to Hoover’s Island. The baits of choice have been Old Trail salted 3-1/2 inch tubes in green pumpkin, black/red flake, smoke, and medium live shiners. After dark the walleye fishing has been fair. Large live shiners, live nightcrawlers fished on Wobbler jigheads and F11 Rapalas in various...

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Tackle Talk for the week of January 12

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of January 12

The water level is somewhat high on the Susquehanna River after recent rain and anglers are reporting some of the better fishing from boats. Some nice walleye and small bass are being taken at the PP&L on the Sunbury side south to Hoover’s Island before the river started to rise. When water levels rise, some areas become difficult to fish from shore. Walleye are hitting on large rubber twist minnows in pumpkin pepper, chartreuse, and junebug in the higher dirtier water. As the water recedes and clears smoke should return to normal. As the water gets colder motor oil twist...

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Tackle Talk for the week of December 22

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of December 22

The Susquehanna River came up quite a bit and is very murky from recent rain. As it settles back down the walleye fishing should pick up for the hardy angler who can brave the higher water and cooler temperatures. Walleye fishing has been good below the PP&L dams on both sides of the river. Anglers are reporting walleyes are above average size. Large twist grubs in smoke, chartreuse and yellow along with medium live shiners are a good choice in the dirtier water. As it starts to clear, smoke, motor oil, and Wobble Jigs in white or chartreuse tipped with...

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Tackle Talk for the week of December 15

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of December 15

The Susquehanna River is in good shape but a little high with good flow and relatively clear water. They are still picking up some good smallmouth in the deeper slower area on Old Trail Salted tubes and bucktail jigs. Green, black, and purple colors are working well.  Walleye fishing has been good from the Adam Bower Dam south to Hoover’s Island. Some of the better walleye lures have been Swedish Pimples and 3/8 oz. bucktails fished slowly and close to the bottom. Also Rapala glass shad raps have been a good choice for walleye this past week.  The better colors...

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