This is Tackle Talk for the Week of February 29, 2016.
The Susquehanna River is fairly high and still above normal from the rain and warmer weather. At the Adam Bower Dam on the Shamokin Dam side, anglers are reporting decent walleye fishing. Most fish being caught are nice sized fish, but not a lot of full stringers. Walleye action has also been good from the PP&L dams, south to Isle of Que. Some of the better baits have been 5 1/2 inch rubber twist minnows in smoke, yellow, and motor oil. Cabin Creek salty leeches have also been a good bait, if fished slowly and close to the bottom. Smallmouth bass are being picked up on 3 1/2 inch rubber twist grubs in the standard colors. Also, working well for smallies are medium live shiners and 3 1/2 inch Old Trail salted tubes, with smoke and motor oil colors working the best. There have also been some muskie catches made on both sides of the river, below Shady Nook. Heavy jigs with 6 or 8 inch plastic shads are consistent producers. Most northern lakes still have good ice, with anglers reporting some good late winter fishing. Small Northland Jig'n Spoons, 1/10 Swedish Pimples in various colors, and small custom Jig and Spins are working well.