With temperatures close to zero degrees in some places and ice floating on the Susquehanna River at various locations, it takes hardy anglers to fish in these conditions. Nevertheless, some anglers were still fishing from the banks and other locations on the river, and reports were that they were doing well. Some smallmouth bass and walleye are being taken, mostly south of the PP&L plant on the Shamokin Dam side. Bass are hitting on 3-inch rubber grubs and Old Trail salted tubes in smoke and dark green/gold flake colors fished very slowly and close to the bottom. Walleye are being taken on live nightcrawlers and crawler rigs with spinners, tipped with various colors of rubber grubs. Most musky hunters are waiting patiently for a let up in the ice situation on the river. This can be the best time of year to catch a big muskie, but the ice is getting in the way. Most area lakes have good ice. Anglers are reporting some good fishing at Faylor Lake and Walker Lake for bluegill. Ice jigs tipped with waxworms have been the top bait. Perch, bass and pickerel have been taken mainly on shiners.
Photo Details: T.J. Sahutsky caught this nice bass on a Z Man Chatter bait at Francis Slocum State Park. Congratulations T.J. on a great catch!