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Tackle Talk for the week of May 19

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk

The recent rains have increased the water levels on the Susquehanna River and many species of fish are active.  Lures in motor oil, smoke, and chartreuse are always a good choice when fishing the river.  Catfish fishing has been fairly good, with large live nightcrawlers, blood bait and chicken livers working well.  Most trout anglers have been doing well and are reporting most streams in good condition, such as Spruce Run and White Deer Creek in Union County, Mahantango Creek in Northumberland County and Mahoning Creek in Montour County.  Butterworms, gold mealworms and waxworms have been the live baits of choice.  Spinner and small floating lures have been working well in some areas.  Some fly hatches have been ahead of schedule, but the rain and cooler nights may slow some hatches.  A reminder, anglers may not target smallmouth bass during the month of May, in the areas downstream from the Adam Bower Dam.  Bass caught accidentally while fishing for muskie, walleye, etc. must be released without removing them from the water in those areas.  Walleye season is open.  Early walleye are usually scattered, but some are usually caught below the Adam Bower Dam and the PP&L power dams this time of year. 


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