The Susquehanna River is at a high level due to recent rains and snow melt. Anglers are reporting that most of the backwater areas are producing some nice fish. Smallmouth bass fishing has been picking up at most of the traditional locations, with Shady Nook and several areas below the PP&L dams being the favorites. Some of the best action is at dusk or later. During the day Old Trail Tackle & Sports Salted Tubes in the darker colors are working best. 3.5 inch rubber twists in smoke and motor oil are also picking up some large fish. Channel and flathead catfishing has been good. Most of the cats have been in the 24 inch range or larger. Large live shiners have been the top bait, working better than live nightcrawlers or stinkbaits for big channel cats. Ice fishing has been good on several northern lakes such as Lake Jean, Hunter Lake and Rose Valley Lake have 4 inches or more of ice and are fishable. Although the ice fishing season is getting a late start, equipment such as augers, shelters, polar tip-ups and fishing jigs are selling well. Remember, ice fishing equipment may include a maximum of 5 tip-ups or any combination of five devices but may not include more lines fished by rod or hands. Check ice thickness before venturing out, as conditions can change this time of year.
Mike Connor fishing the Penns Creek caught this beautiful brown trout on Christmas Day on a spinner bait. Great catch Mike!