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Tackle Talk for the week of December 9

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

The Susquehanna River is higher than normal and off color from several days of rain but, with recent mild weather, late season smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been good.  Some large smallmouths have been taken at the popular locations.  Smoke 3 1/2 inch twist grubs are a good choice, also 4 1/2 inch twist minnows in chartreuse, motor oil and green pumpkin have been very effective.  At the Adam Bower Dam walleye are being caught mostly on the Shamokin Dam side, where the baits of choice have been large nightcrawlers fished on double hook crawler rigs and live medium shiners.  Anglers are reporting the better fishing in the late evening and early morning hours.  Fishing has been good from boats but reports have the better fishing coming from shore angling.  All area lakes are in good condition for this time of year with good water levels.  Muskie, channel and flathead catfishing action has been fair and should get better at the popular spots with anglers using the standard lures for good hook-ups.  As the water gets colder fishing will get better as fish start to feed for winter. 

Photo Details:  Graydon Dunkelberger caught this nice rainbow on Mugser Run using a size 14 pink Cadillac from Lively Legz. Great catch Graydon!

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