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Tackle Talk for the week of January 19

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

Heavy rain and storms upstream have been affecting the Susquehanna River this past week. Both branches of the river have been higher than normal and off color in some areas. The anglers who brave these conditions are reporting some nice smallmouth bass action in the backwater areas from the Adam Bower Dam south to Hoover’s Island. The baits of choice have been Old Trail salted 3-1/2 inch tubes in green pumpkin, black/red flake, smoke, and medium live shiners. After dark the walleye fishing has been fair. Large live shiners, live nightcrawlers fished on Wobbler jigheads and F11 Rapalas in various colors are also working well. Channel and flathead catfishing may be a little slow until the water clears and the river recedes a little. Sudden Impact seem to be the best bait for catfish but as water clears look for larger shiners to be the bait of choice. Muskie fishing has picked up with several nice fish taken on larger size swim baits like shallow Invaders, and ¾ ounce jigs tipped with large shad or twister bodies, perch, silver/black and firetiger have been productive colors for muskie. Most area lakes are open and producing some nice fish.

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