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Tackle Talk for the week of April 21

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

The high water on most streams and weather conditions this past week has not been the best for trout anglers, and only the hardcore anglers have been venturing out to fish their favorite streams.  Trout fishing has been good on southern streams.  Reports varied but most anglers caught at least some trout during the open week.  Most local streams have been above normal but some nice fish were taken from the Mahantango Creek, Armstrong Creek, and the Wiconisco Creek.  The baits of choice were waxworms, Mepp's No.00 spinners and large live nightcrawlers.  Butterworms and fathead minnows were also working well later in the week on most streams.  The Susquehanna River is higher than normal from recent heavy rain, but the fishing is picking up with water temperatures in the high fifties.  Smallmouth bass are hard to find but the ones that are caught are going after 3 1/2inch Old Trail rubber tubes in smoke, chartreuse and motor oil colors.  Tubes should be fished on 1/4oz. jigheads close to the bottom for best results. Shore fishing has been difficult with the high water but still are catching carp and flathead catfish on large live shiner in the shoreline eddies and island points.  

Photo Details: Ethan Hoy (L) and Hunter Loss (R) caught some nice smallmouth bass on the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, Ethan's bass weighed in at 3.5 pounds. Congratulations to both Ethan and Hunter for some great catches!


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