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Tackle Talk for the week of March 24

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Tackle Talk for the week of March 24

Recent snow melt has increased water levels on the Susquehanna River and changed the depth and color of the water at most locations.  Lures in motor oil, smoke and chartreuse will catch fish.  Some rock bass are being caught in the deeper holes with fathead minnows and salted shiners.  Channel and fathead catfishing has been fairly good, with large live shiner, blood bait and chicken liver working well.  With some warm weather upon us, this coming week should be the start of some good fishing at all the popular locations.  Anglers were reporting some large smallmouth bass being caught this...

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Tackle Talk for the week of March 17

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Tackle Talk for the week of March 17

The Susquehanna River has been higher than normal and off color at some locations, but anglers are reporting large numbers of smallmouth bass being caught, a lot of them keepers.  Most of the better fishing has been from PP&L Dam on the Shamokin Dam side south to Hoover's Island.  Rubber 3.5" twist minnows in olive green, smoke and pumpkin seed are working well.  Anglers fishing slowly and with patience are having the best luck and catching more fish.  Walleye season is coming to a close and anglers are reporting some good action at various spots, including most backwater locations.  The...

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Tackle Talk for the week of March 10

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Tackle Talk for the week of March 10

Cold weather and higher than normal water levels on the Susquehanna River slowed the fishing this past week.  But with recent mild on and off weather, late season smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been good.  Some large smallmouth have been taken at the popular locations.  Smoke twisters, smoke twist minnows 3.5 inches size and medium live shiners have been very effective.  At the Adam Bower Dam, walleye are being caught on the Shamokin Dam side where the baits of choice have been large nightcrawlers fished on double blade crawler rigs and 3.5 inch Old Trail salted tubes.  Some of...

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Tackle Talk for the week of March 3

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Tackle Talk for the week of March 3

The Susquehanna River has been high from recent rain and snow melt, and only a handful of hardcore anglers have been fishing stream and river hot spots. Walleye action has been fair but should pick up as the river settles and clears up. Some nice walleye 20 inches or larger have been caught. The most successful bait colors have been yellow, chartruese, motor oil and lime green. Large twist grubs and bell tail shads in 3.5 inch size are the best producers at this time of year. Anglers are also reporting some good smallmouth bass fishing. The lures of choice...

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Tackle Talk for the week of February 17

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Tackle Talk for the week of February 17

The next few weeks should prove to be some of the best ice fishing conditions of the season as long as we don't receive to much rain.  Most local lakes have at least eight inches of good ice and most northern lakes have 9 inches of solid ice.  Ice anglers are reporting substantial amounts of ice on Lake Chillisquaque at Montour Preserve, Raymond B. Winter Lake, Rose Valley Lake and Briar Creek Lake with fishing conditions on these waters being very good.  Large live nightcrawlers, live medium shiners, waxworms and custom ice jigs have been the baits of choice.  The...

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