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Tackle Talk for the week of December 30

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

The Susquehanna River has been on the rise this past week from recent rain, but the fishing has been good for the hardy angler who can brave the cold water and lower temperatures. Most smallmouth bass are being caught along the shoreline and in eddie areas. Some of the better baits have been medium live shiners, large live nightcrawlers and jigs tipped with live fathead minnows. Walleye and smallie fishing should continue to been good at most popular locations on the river weather permitting. Twist tail 5-inch rubber minnows are working well, some of the better colors have been green pumpkin, smoke, motor oil and yellow. Anglers are reporting less pressure since the start of hunting season. Muskie action has been picking up at the popular locations from the Adam Bower Dam south to Hoovers Island. Muskie are being taken on a variety of lures with Rapala Magnums in pearl/redhead, Radtke Jointed Pikes and Cisco Kids in chartreuse are among some of the better ones. Fishing on most local lakes has been picking up with all species of fish being caught on popular lures and live baits. With lakes and river water levels high and fast, anglers should use caution when fishing from a boat or along unstable banks and shorelines.

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