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Tackle Talk for the week of February 18

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

The next few weeks should prove to be some of the best ice fishing conditions of the season.  Most local lakes have safe ice (8 plus inches) and most northern lakes have 10 plus inches of solid ice.  Ice anglers are reporting good amounts of safe ice on Raymond B. Winter, Lake Chillisquaque at Montour Preserve, Brier Creek and Rose Valley Lake, with conditions very good for this time of year.  Live medium shiners, live large night crawlers, waxworms and ice jigs have been the baits of choice.  Anglers are urged to be cautious as ice conditions may vary greatly lake to lake.  The Susquehanna River is open at most locations with some floating ice and water temperatures slowly rising.  Some nice walleye and smallmouth bass are being caught at the popular locations from the Adam Bower Dam south to Hoover's Island.  Bass are being picked up on various size Owner lures and 3.5" Old Trail salted tubes, with smoke, lime green and motor oil being the best choices.  Walleye are going after large live shiners and nightcrawlers fished on jigs.  The muskie action has been picking up as long as the river remains ice free.  Mepps Muskie Killer spinners, 7-inch Smity baits and large bucktails in black/orange and brown/white being the most effective colors.

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