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Sunday, May 19th, 2024

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Sunday, May 19th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Vic Attardo

Tips to finding and catching early season pike in New York

Not too long ago anglers believed that northern pike lost their teeth after spawning – as if the excitement and physical stress caused all the pike’s teeth to fall out.
The loss of teeth was actually the rationale to explain why pike aren’t easy to catch after they mate, and why they seemingly disappear for a few weeks, especially from April into June, depending on the latitude. But, of course, tooth failure was one of those “old fisherman’s tales” that was less than worthless.

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Vic Attardo: Use this clever technique to hook the powerful Delaware River shad

You’ll never see a shad cut into a school of minnows and grab one – their mouths are too small for that.
And you won’t see a shad bust against shoreline to grab a frog or bluegill. Again, their mouths are too small, and that’s just not the way they operate. Also, I’ve never see a shad surface-splash into rising mayflies. I doubt they know how.
But hook into a significant size shad and you’re quickly introduced to its power and glory.

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These streams stand out in southeast Pennsylvania during the early season

It’ll soon be time for trout fishing. Good-bye winter, hurray spring!
While Pennsylvania now has a unified opener on Saturday, April 6, many of us enjoyed those years when we had a two-tier start. Indeed, the southeast corner of the state is warmer and wetter earlier, so recommending some trout waters in the Liberty Bell corner is still a good bet for the early part of the season. Here are my choices.

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Pennsylvania’s Manatawny Creek offers trout in both rural and urban settings

If you look around Pennsylvania, you’ll see that we have Indian names attached to many of our most iconic natural features. Rivers, streams, mountains – even entire regions – have the honor of carrying nomenclature derived from the Lenni Lenape, part of the Delaware Nation.
But an unfortunate side effect of this cultural respect is the uncertainty, often a controversial dispute, surrounding their translation.

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Ice or not, it’s catch and release fishing on Minsi Lake in Pa.’s Northampton County

If Mother Nature would only follow deadlines like outdoor writers must, then we all would know if there’s going to be fishable ice this season instead of it remaining a guessing game.
Point of fact, I was right up against this issue’s deadline and I still didn’t know if we’ll get enough ice to walk on water. So, unlike Mother Nature. I had to fudge it and choose a lake that is both good for open water and ice fishing.

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Vic Attardo: Small New York lakes produce lots of winter largemouths

The lakes in central New York were locked and loaded. Traveling around from Otsego to Canadarago, even to the still waters of the Erie Canal and every little farm pond in-between, we found the ice thickness at 15 to 17 inches. It took a deep drill to break through the snow and frozen crust to reach fishable water underneath. As many an ice fisherman knows and complains, February is a tough month to pull fish from the frozen sheet.
Then could anyone explain how myself and New York Master Guide John Wainwright had one of our best days on the ice amid these negative conditions?

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If safe ice comes, Hills Creek Lake good place to fish in Pennsylvania

I have to start with the truth regarding ice fishing last year at Hills Creek Lake.
It just wasn’t the greatest of seasons – for two reasons.First, because it was the start of an El Nino phase, 2022-23 wasn’t the best, or longest, of ice seasons. That wasn’t the fault of the lake; thumbs down went to the whims of Mother Nature.

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