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Tackle Talk for the week of January 12

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

The water level is somewhat high on the Susquehanna River after recent rain and anglers are reporting some of the better fishing from boats. Some nice walleye and small bass are being taken at the PP&L on the Sunbury side south to Hoover’s Island before the river started to rise. When water levels rise, some areas become difficult to fish from shore. Walleye are hitting on large rubber twist minnows in pumpkin pepper, chartreuse, and junebug in the higher dirtier water. As the water recedes and clears smoke should return to normal. As the water gets colder motor oil twist minnows with bell tails are the top lures for walleye. Live medium shiners have also been a good choice this past week. Anglers are starting to see more muskie as they become more active in colder water. Large plastics fished slowly along the bottom account for big muskie this time of year. Bulldogs, Swim Whizz in perch, and white belly colors and 9 inch Medussa in firetiger work well this time of year. Anglers are reporting some good trout fishing this time of year on most area trout streams Rooster tails, small Mepps, Blue Fox, Thomas spinners, and gold mealworms are working well this time of year.

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