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Tackle Talk for the week of August 5

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

The river and streams will probably be blown out for awhile from last week's rains. Channel cats and flathead catfishing should be good at places like Hoover's Island, Shady Nook and other places where there are good current breaks. Live nightcrawlers are usually the best bait for high, colored water, but Sudden Impact peanut butter type bait is also an excellent choice. Anglers are reporting some fair walleye fishing along shorelines and along current breaks close to eddies. The baits of choice are Old Trail Salted Tubes in chartreuse, smoke/red flake and green pumpkin. Rapala Shad Rap and Husky Jerk lures in gold/black back and hot steel colors are also working well. At the Adam Bower Dam on the Shamokin Dam side some nice smallmouth bass are being taken in the backwater areas, on 3.5" twist grubs with the best colors being black/red flake, motor oil, junebug and crawfish. Anglers are also picking up some large smallies with top water prop baits like Gaines Crippled Killers, Whopper Ploppers and Heddon Torpedoes. There has been some spinner bait action with silver blades and minnow colored skirts. Crappie fishing has been good at most area lakes. When the trout streams settle, there should still be some good trout fishing on most streams.

Photo Details: Ajay,15 years old, from Winfield caught this big 24", 5lb. channel catfish on the Susquehanna River. Great catch AJ!

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