Tackle Talk for this Week
Smallmouth bass fishing has improved significantly throughout the Susquehanna River basin. Old Trail salted tubes are working well, especially 3 ½ inch green pumpkin and smoke/purple flake colors and Mizmo 4-inch Big Boy red bug and firebug colors. Rapala lures are also working well for smallies, with the F7 and F9 sizes in brown trout, gold/black back and hot steel being the popular colors. The river has dropped quite a bit since last week, but water temperatures and water levels have been good for most types of angling. Walleye fishing has been picking up, with some of the larger fish being caught after dark. Large 4 ½ inch rubber twist minnows in motor oil, smoke and chartreuse colors are a good choice, for all species. With cooler water temperatures muskie are becoming more active at some locations, with some being picked up on fast moving blade baits and Bomber Long A’s in various colors in the deeper holes. Both Walker Lake and Little Buffalo Lake have been producing some nice crappie on small tubes and waxworms. Anglers are reporting all other area lakes producing well with good water levels in most lakes. They are getting some nice channel cats and flatheads below both dams. Large shiners and Sudden Impact prepared bait is working best for them.
Photo Details: Seth Foust caught this 19.5” smallmouth bass on a Rebel Pop-R on Lycoming creek. Great catch Seth! Congratulations!