With the Susquehanna River mostly ice free, anglers are reporting some good smallmouth bass fishing along the shorelines and in the backwater areas. The baits of choice have been medium live shiners, Mizmo 4-inch salted tubes in the popular colors, and live nightcrawlers. There have also been reports of larger smallies being taken in eddies and at the edge of slow-moving current in deeper water. Muskie action has been fair, with several nice fish taken at some of the popular locations by die-hard anglers. The lures of choice have been muskie bucktail jigs and 6-inch rubber shad tails in various colors, have been working well. Most local streams are in good shape, with anglers reporting some excellent fishing with waxworms and redworms the bait of choice. With the warmer weather and rain, ice fishing has become very difficult, with most ice unsafe to go on. If we get some colder weather in the near future, most area lakes will have enough good ice (minimum of 4 inches) for anglers to walk on safely.
Duayne Foust caught this 27 1/2" walleye on the Susquehanna River using a motor oil twister with a quarter ounce jig head. Fantastic catch Duayne!