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Tackle Talk for the week of May 6

Old Trail Tackle & Sports Tackle Talk


This past week saw some good fishing on the Susquehanna River from the Adam Bower Dam south to Mckees Half Falls. Anglers were reporting all species of fish being caught in short periods of time. Medium live shiners, large nightcrawlers and salted Old Trail tubes in various darker colors have been the baits of choice. At the Shady Nook area, some nice catfish have been caught on Magic Bait in blood and chicken flavors, placed on spring treble hooks and fished on the bottom for the best results. Smallmouth bass fishing has been slow. The bass spawn is only several weeks away weather permitting, so nests should be avoided and all smallmouth bass quickly released. Some nice crappie are being caught at Blanchard Lake, Walker Lake and Little Buffalo Lake. Waxworms and small rubber twisters and tubes are the baits of choice for crappies. Successful trout anglers were doing well early in the morning and in areas where there was less angler pressure. Waxworms and butterworms have been best in tougher conditions. Small nymphs and caddis dry flies are also working well. Blue Fox, Thomas spinners and Mepp's in size 0 and 204 Rooster tails are best in the spinner realm.

Photo Details:  This is a picture of Aaron Becker and his nephew Quinn Schiccatano who caught his first palomino ever while fishing in Little Shamokin Creek! 22 inches long. Fish of a lifetime for him! What an amazing catch!!! Congratulations Quinn!!

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