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Friday, June 14th, 2024

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Friday, June 14th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Vic Attardo

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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The right timing is key for winter bluegills where good ice is fleeting

For most of the Frozen Chozen last year wasn’t a particularly great ice fishing season in the northeast. Mother Nature took care of that with above normal temperatures just when the ice should have been getting thicker.
So when we do get out this season there is bound to be some anxious moments and some mistakes made. Fortunately bluegills are pretty tolerant fish but even gills get antsy and shy away from grievous errors.

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Best for bluegills? Try these six waters if you’re looking in eastern Pennsylvania

When it comes to ice fishing, defining “best” is a tricky grade. And it gets trickier when it comes to the ubiquitous bluegill.
Are we talking about size of individual bluegills? Are we talking about sheer numbers? Or, are we talking about ease of access and available acreage where bluegills can be caught? How about a combination of all those factors?

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Tobyhanna Lake in Pennsylvania’s Monroe County may have ice when other state waters don’t

Unlike the stalwart servicemen and women at the Tobyhanna Army Depot on the cold Pocono Plateau, I don’t have to get up at reveille to start my day.
At the adjoining state park and Tobyhanna Lake, it’s common see the air temperature far below freezing first thing on a January morning and for hours afterwards.

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Savvy techniques for catching crappies on the ice

For a moment, this silver-sided crappie glistened like the cold winter sun and the early morning reflection on the ice.
Fresh from the frozen lake, the crappie was a feather in my cap. It was that much of a joy to catch. Crappies aren’t an easy take on the ice and this first-of-the-morning – a plump 14-incher no less – required a trick that fishermen would call a “finesse tactic.”

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Bass fishing: Best ways to target Pennsylvania’s abundant, fun-to-catch 2-pounders in the fall

Every deer hunter wants that wide-beam eight-pointer or better; bear hunters dream of topping the 500-pound mark, and bass fishermen only post on Facebook when their largemouth exceeds 5 pounds –  well, maybe 4 because those fish are good, too.
But honestly, the majority of harvested deer in Pennsylvania have only six points, or are does; a bear of 300 pounds is a fine accomplishment, and the vast number of largemouths caught and released in Pennsylvania don’t even weigh in at 3 pounds. Indeed, most largemouths in Keystone public waters are scaled at 1½  to 2½ pounds. They don’t draw whistles at tournaments, but they’re still fun to catch and their availability in numbers makes up what they lack in weight.

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Crappies off the bottom: For fall fishing, let your sonar be your guide

I sipped my hot tea and stared at the inexpensive sonar bracketed to the stern. One hand was on the 12-volt tiller but I wasn’t touching a rod.
My partner had his line in the water, a jig with a 2-inch bio-plastic minnow. My favorite light jigging rod was lying untouched in the boat’s corner because I wasn’t feeling it yet. Neither, I thought, were the crappies.

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