Cold weather and higher than normal water levels on the Susquehanna River slowed the fishing this past week. But with recent mild on and off weather, late season smallmouth bass and walleye fishing has been good. Some large smallmouth have been taken at the popular locations. Smoke twisters, smoke twist minnows 3.5 inches size and medium live shiners have been very effective. At the Adam Bower Dam, walleye are being caught on the Shamokin Dam side where the baits of choice have been large nightcrawlers fished on double blade crawler rigs and 3.5 inch Old Trail salted tubes. Some of the better colors have been chartreuse/silver flake, smoke/red black flake, and smoke. Muskie action has been fair, but the die hard anglers are picking up a few in the more popular areas using some of the more common muskie lures. Ice anglers are reporting good ice on most lakes which should last for awhile as the nights stay colder. The best baits for ice fishing have been live waxworms, gold mealworms, Marmooska No. 10 jigs and K&E Flipper jigs. Reminder: Fishing licenses follow the calendar year, so remember to have your 2019 license next time out.