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Tackle Talk for the week of July 3rd

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

With the water low on some parts of the Susquehanna River the smallmouth bass have been hitting top water lures.  Gaines Crippled Killers, Excalibur Spit N’ Image, Storm Chug Bug and Cordell Crazy Shad are working well.  Anglers are reporting that smallies will take top water lures when the water is flat and calm whether you see the fish rise or not.  Floating Rapala Shiners, in vampire and hot steel colors are working well when top water lures are not.  Karin Salty 5-inch grubs in various colors fished on a 1/8 oz. jighead are also a top choice, along with Cabin Creek Salty Spiders and Old Trail Tackle & Sports 3-1/2 inch Salted Tubes.  There is good walleye action below the PP&L dams on both sides.  Late evenings into the A.M. have been most productive. Live shiners, Smithwick Mr. Walleye Rogues and Salmo Bullhead lures are very effective.  Several muskies have been hooked below the PP&L dams and south to the areas around Stiely's Campground.  The lures of choice have been 7-inch Rapala Magnum, Strike King (King Kong) and 9 inch Slug-Go’s on a 10/0 off-set hook.  Most of the area trout streams are low but anglers are reporting some nice fish being taken in the deeper holes.  


Steve Haas caught this 1.5 lb., 13 inch bass on nightcrawlers at Loyalsock Creek. Great catch Steve!

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