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Tackle Talk for the week of March 17

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

The Susquehanna River has been higher than normal and off color at some locations, but anglers are reporting large numbers of smallmouth bass being caught, a lot of them keepers.  Most of the better fishing has been from PP&L Dam on the Shamokin Dam side south to Hoover's Island.  Rubber 3.5" twist minnows in olive green, smoke and pumpkin seed are working well.  Anglers fishing slowly and with patience are having the best luck and catching more fish.  Walleye season is coming to a close and anglers are reporting some good action at various spots, including most backwater locations.  The big channel and flathead catfish should start moving in the next several weeks as water temperatures start to rise through the 40s.  Muskie action is picking up at the popular locations, with some nice catches being reported by muskie anglers.  The lures of choice have been Mepp's Double Blade Musky Marabou in gold, brown, yellow and hot firetiger colors.  Spring is just around the corner, but ice anglers are hoping for several more weeks of ice fishing on some of the northern lakes.  All area streams are in good shape, preseason trout stocking should go well and all stocked fish should have plenty of room before opening day. 

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