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Tackle Talk for the week of December 16

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Weather conditions are winter like and the Susquehanna River is higher than normal by several feet and off color. There is some good fishing available to hardy anglers braving the cold temperatures. On both the West and North branches of the river the shoreline eddies are producing some nice walleye and smallmouth bass on large live shiners, large Rooster Tails and Mepp's spinners with tails in various colors, from the PP&L dams south, smallies and walleye fishing has been good. Motor oil, white chartreuse and pearl 3 1/2 inch rubber twist minnows or grub shapes are producing some nice fish. Some anglers are tipping jigs with live nightcrawlers or fathead minnows for even better results. Muskie action has been fair and sporadic, but the die-hard are picking up a few in the more popular areas using the most common lures. Ice fisherman are hoping this current cold snap will produce some good ice. Crappie fishing has been fair on most area lakes. Small tubes, rubber grubs and live gold mealworms have been the bait of choice for crappie. Fly fishing supplies are must have items at this time of year, as fly tyers prepare for the upcoming trout season.

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