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 smallmouth bass on large live shiners and large Rooster Tails and Mepp’s spinners with tails in various colors. From the PP&L dams south, smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been good. Motorola, 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 nighcrawlers or small live shiners for even better results. Muskie action has been slow and sporadic, but the die-hard anglers 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 on the northern lakes. All area lakes are in good shape and producing some nice crappie fishing. Small tubes, rubber grubs and live waxworms have been the baits 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.
Domenico Barillaro from Shamokin Dam caught this Yellow Fin Tuna using butterfish as bait. Domenico caught this amazing catch off of the Big Jamaica which sails out of Brielle NJ. This tuna weighted in at around 80lbs! Congrats Domenico!