Stripers and Shad on Fire in the Delaware

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I have to start out by apologizing for the bait situation the past week. We are buying all the bloodworms that we can get our hands on and so far they have not been the biggest or best worms I have sold in years past. But if we are holding out for big worms we won’t have anything in stock. We have started getting some sandworms in and so far the few guys that have brought them are still doing as well as the bloods on smaller fish. This coming weekend is not looking much better other than having one day of rain that should cut back some of the sales.

Myself I was out with Helen on Tuesday evening to a windy cold couple hours. We fished bloodworms and bunker catching 7 stripers and 1 catfish. Had to bag it early with Helen freezing. So I went back out Wednesday morning and fished about 10 different spots to catch 30 stripers and 5 catfish. All the stripers were 12 to 19 inches and the cats 2 to 5 pounds. Bloodworms, bunkers and clams were working this day. Now over all the most fish are being caught with bloodworms but I have not heard of one fish over 24 inches. Now all the bigger fish I seen pictures of and heard of were all caught with bunker. 3 or 4 bigger fish were taken off the beach below the Tacony Bridge. 5 to 8 bigger fish were taken off Station Avenue. 1 to 3 bigger fish were taken off the beach at the Burlington Bristol Bridge. All these fish were 30 to 40 inches. Now still most of the big fish are still being caught down river at Salem and the D O D section of the river. Here bunker and clams have been catching several fish 30 to 44 inches.  Even at Trenton there are some bigger fish being caught during the evening hours. These fish are being caught with poppers, crankbaits and shad bodies. Most of these fish have been 24 to 36 inches. They have even picked up a few stripers as far as Fireman’s Eddy. These couple fish were 22 to 24 inches.

Next best thing has been the shad fishing in the upper Delaware River. Trenton has been fair with most guys having to fight off the herring to catch shad. Weezer was up on Monday catching only two shad. Spoons have been working best. Yardley has been dead but Washington’s Crossing up to Lambertville has been super hot. These guys have been catching as many as 50 fish in each boat. Spoons and smaller darts are working best. Frank Mitchell had one of his best day landing over 50 fish on Monday. Now some other good spots have been Bull’s Island, Byran, Upper Black Eddy, Portland and the Water Gap. Kevin has been crushing fish at the 80 bridges with spoons and 1/16 bright colored shad darts. Evening has been the best fishing.

Trout fishing has still been very good in the Pennypack even know it was not restocked this past week. They are supposed to do the next restocking Thursday next week. Guys fishing Welsh Road up to Rhawn Street have been catching 1 to 3 fish each trip over. Most of these guys are doing best with power baits, wax worms and spinners. At the Boulevard up to Woodward with these fish hitting corn, wax worms, power baits, spinners and power trout worms. Further up at Pine Road Jack and his son picked up 11 fish on Tuesday all with Rooster Tails, Panther Martins and C P Swings. Jim said the trout are still hitting well at Levittown Lake with these fish hitting power baits, mealworms, spinners and spoons. Here they are also catching some crappies and small bass with spinners and trout magnets. One fisherman at the upper Neshaminy picked up a nice 22-inch rainbow that weight 5.2 pounds caught with a salted minnows. He also had 4 other fish picked up with power baits and mealworms.

Nockamixon has been really good this past week for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and crappies. One John fished on Sunday crushing bass up to 6 pounds. His big fish was a 6.2 smallmouth bass. He also had several largemouth and smallmouth 3 to 4 pounds. He did best fishing minnows along the rocks in deep water. The other John had a decent day with bass catching 11 fish up to 3 pounds. He did best with spinner baits along the deep drop offs. But his best fishing was crappies along the docks catching 25 fish 11 to 13 inches. Small tubes fished under a bobber. Magnolia Lake was really good for smaller bass with spinners, plastic worms and smaller crankbaits. These guys were catching 3 to 8 fish each trip. The lake behind Club Nirvana was also real good for smaller bass. These guys were fishing 3 inch Senko’s catching 20 bass 10 to 14 inches. Penn Warner has been great with white perch, crappies and pickerel hitting minnows along the shoreline. Chuck and Jay had one day with over 25 fish. The shopping center lake has been fair for smaller bass, bluegills and smaller catfish. These guys are hitting nightcrawlers and minnows the best. Ron had a great day on Struble Lake with bigger yellow perch fishing trout magnets and smaller tubes. He said some of these fish were 12 to 13 inches.

Now the Schuylkill River has been good up and down the river. Guys fishing the Art Museum have been doing great with stripers, shad, perch, catfish and walleyes. The walleye fisherman has been fishing during the night hours. Fishing shad bodies, Super Flukes and Salt Shakers guys have been catching 3 to 8 fish a night with some fish up to 19 inches. If you’re looking for shad darts and spoons jigged out in the rocks have been good for fish 3 to 5 pounds. The stripers have been hitting 5 and 6-inch shad bodies, poppers and shallow crankbaits. Most of these fish have been 20 to 30 inches. Further down river several guys have been doing great with 12 to 20 inch stripers, white and yellow perch and catfish. These guys are fishing bloodworms, bunker, nightcrawlers and chicken livers. Further up the river at Gladwyne flathead cat fisherman have been catching a few fish 12 to 20 pound with live and chunked bluegills and live perch. Up at Norristown one fisherman picked up a 32 inch 19 pound flathead with a live bluegill. That was the only fish landed after breaking off another 4 fish that night.

Jersey reports were slow this past week. Jerry still crushing fishing in his south jersey lakes with live minnows, plastic worms and twister tails. Tons of white perch, crappies and pickerel. He also has been fishing the Cooper River doing well with gizzard shad mixed in with the crappies. Minnows and smaller twister tails working best. Richie picked up a few decent bass in Lake Lenape this past week with Shad Raps and Senko worms. Mixed in were plenty of pickerel. His buddies crushing smaller stripers and bigger white perch in the lower Egg Harbor River. They are fishing small grubs, shad bodies, Kastmasters and strip squid. John hit Union last Saturday catching bunch of yellow perch, crappies and smaller bass with minnows, grubs, tubes, plastic worms and top water frogs. Tom took a couple over cast days and headed up to Hapatcong for muskies. Fishing jerk baits, big spinners and large spoons he picked up 3 fish 36, 33 and 29 inches. He also landed a 5-½ pound smallmouth bass and tons of 16 to 20 inch pickerel.
Saltwater fishing turned on big time this past week for bluefish from Atlantic City up to Long Beach Island. Fish 4 to 13 pounds were caught with metal spoons, metal jigs, poppers, and crankbaits and shad bodies. Some guys also did very good fishing bait such has chunked bunker, strip mackerel, clams and mullet. The Raritan Bay has also been hot for stripers 10 o 40 pounds fishing live and chunked bunker, live eels, trolling Mann’s 25 plus and Mojo Rigs. There also has been a decent bass bite at Long Beach Island around the jetties. These guys are doing best with live eels. A few reports of smaller stripes at Cape May up to Wildwood fishing clams off the beach. Most of these fish have been 15 to 24 inches. Up in the Delaware Bay a few bass are being caught off the beach of Fortescue and Reed’s Beach. These fish are hitting clams and chunked bunker.

Well that is all I have time for this week. I hope everyone has a great weekend. Bill

Thank you so much for the bloodworms and advice on where to fish!! We went straight across from the linden aver boat ramp and kids had a great time!! Nothing huge (15-18 inches) but constant action. And one big perch!!Thanks again,Marc Rosen

Caught this guy at art museum on a rubber jig. Was shad fishing didnt catch a thing so tryed for some walleye but wound up nailing this striper on a yellow perch colored rubber jig. Was about 18 to 20 inches but was caught on 5 lb test line so couldnt get him up the wall but they are definitly making there run. Hope i can get his much larger cousin when i target them. Looks to be a great year. Tight lines

Caught 4/3/17 pennypack creek@ rhawn street on a yo zuri pin minnow was 23″ and weighed 4lbs 8 oz  

Caught 4/3/17 pennypack creek@ rhawn street on a yo sure pin minnow was 23″ and weighed 4lbs 8 oz20 inch brown trout caught by me 4/5/17 on the Pennypack creek also behind father judge at the big rock on a yellow roostertails. They have put nice fish this year cant complain just wish the rain would not fall in such drastic amounts but hey they’ll be spread out and last longer into the season. Caught 83 so far this year and have friends that caught close to the same so there definitely in there. Well anyways love the store n reports will keep sending them fish pics
I caught 11 Stripers 16 to 20 inches Sunday afternoon all with in an hour before high tide and one 4 lb Catfish with great white and pink coloring. My 4 grandchildren ages 4 to 8, all caught their own striper.
This was off my own property in Penns Grove. A great afternoon.
Thank you Jim Paylor

Fisherman Magazine Update

Pretty much on schedule, hungry bluefish hit the Delaware and Jersey beaches over the Easter Weekend, with schools popping up along local bays and estuaries throughout this third full week of April. A few teen-sized choppers have hit lures and chunks, which should also usher in the 2017 weakfish season as well (a few tiderunners already reported in the Barnegat Bay area in particular in the past week!) Dinner-size black drum continue to find their way into the reports for beach and bank casters from the Delaware Bayshore to Great Bay, as some of the boat guys start targeting the clam and mussel beds this week in search of a score. Meanwhile the North Jersey “big bass” bite is underway on the Raritan with folks taking a few really good fish on chunks and on the troll. Up the Delaware River, trophy striped bass reports continue north of the Salem River, while the spring shad run up past Trenton towards the Eason, PA area has busted out as a big boom in 2017! Over 600 anglers are signed up for this weekend’s Bi-State Shad Fishing Contest from April 20-23 boasting an estimated top prize of $10,000 for the heaviest shad of the contest, along with a chance to win a $12,000 G3 Boat and Yamaha Jet Motor with LoadRite Trailer Courtesy of Mayberry Sales and Service in Port Murray, NJ. Spring has sprung!

Thursday appears to be a washout which may impact conditions into Friday – but with temps in the upper 50’s to low 60’s on Saturday and Sunday, rising into the 70’s to start next week, the striper bite should only continue to intensify. Warmer weekend temps and most clear skies should also kick off a banner trout season in New Jersey this Saturday, April 8; pick up the April edition of The Fisherman Magazine for a full stock report, with details on Saturday’s Spring Lake kids’ tournament presented by the Shark River Surf Anglers. In the salt/fresh mix, continued reports of 40-pound and up stripers from the Delaware River; the bite is from Salem County north with bloodworms registering the top catch and release trophies in the region. Anglers are reminded that as of April 1, any striped bass caught on the Delaware from the upstream side of the Calhoun Street Bridge downstream to and including the Salem River and its tributaries must be released through May31. Those fishing natural baits in this stretch must use non-offset circle hooks. Check out the latest striper reports and this week’s catches, from Salem County, around the bend at Cape May all the way into Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth County, in this week’s video forecast from The Fisherman Magazine.

Monster Stripers Starting To Show UP!

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Only had a couple hours to get out on Tuesday but still had a pretty good morning. I picked up 13 stripers between 12 and 18 inches. Wednesday I was back out having a bit longer to fish and picked up 40 stripers and 3 white perch. These stripers were a bit better in size landing 2 slot 22-inch fish, 10 or better 18-inch fish and the rest small. Both days it was a bloodworm bite. Anthony was out on Tuesday picking up 18 fish all with clams. On Wednesday he was back out picking up a dozen fish this day all with bloodworms. Now there were tons of these same reports all up and down the river with smaller fish. But there were a few bigger fish taken. At Station Avenue Louie picked up a 44 inch 40 pound fish with bunker on Wednesday evening. Todd picked up a mid 30 inch fish at the Tacony with bunker that looked to be a 20-pound fish. Today I heard of another bigger fish taken at Station Avenue with bunker in the 30 plus inch area. Down at the airport I saw several pictures of fish 30 to 45 inches caught this past week with bunker and bloodworms. Salem has also been pretty good for bigger fish. Frank was down on Monday picking up 11 bass with 3 fish over 36 inches. He picked up all these fish with bunker. Another customer telling me about his 40 pound fish taken at Station last night caught with a bunker head.

Trout fishing has still been very good all up and down the Pennypack. Guys have been catching fish with wax worms, mealworms, earthworms, power baits, trout magnets and spinners. Some of the better spots have been Welsh Road, Holme Avenue, Rhawn Street, Roosevelt Boulevard, Veree Road and Pine Road. A couple reports back from Levittown Lake with this fisherman picking up fish with wax worms and power baits. Here they have been catching 1 to 2 fish a trip. The second half of trout season opens for the up state lakes and streams and they are going to get a great weekend to fish. Nothing like our weekend down here.

Shad fishing in the upper river really picked up this past week. The river is not perfect but 1000 times better than it has been. Guys fishing Trenton, Washington Crossing, Lambertville and Bull’s Island are back to catching fish with spoons and darts. Most guys are saying the spoons are working much better. Chartreuse, pink and orange have been the better colors. Most guys have been catching 5 to 8 fish each trip. Herring are just starting to show up at Trenton.

Penn Warner still hot for perch, crappies, bass and pickerel. Minnows along the shoreline, grubs, crankbaits, spinner baits, rattle traps and jigging metal working best. A few guys started picking up a few bass in the upper end of Core Creek. These fish are hitting spinner baits and crankbaits the best. A few nice bass caught at Rohm Hass with plastic worms, spinner baits and shallow crankbaits. Tim fished Fall’s Township on Tuesday catching 1 small bass and a crappie fishing live minnows off the ramp. A bunch of small bass were caught up at Magnolia Lake with shallow crankbaits and 3 inch Senko’s. Jerry said the fishing really picked up at Marsh Creek with pickerel and yellow perch crushing minnows over the entire weekend. He caught perch up to a pound and plenty of pickerel 14 to 18 inches. The landscaper picked up a few small bass in the shopping center lake with nightcrawlers.

Jersey trout opened last weekend with a few different reports back. Three different guys fishing the Pequest all did well with rainbows fishing power baits, wax worms and spinners. Another fisherman at Lake Amwell picked up a bunch of rainbow trout with a few largemouth bass mixed in. The bass were caught with nightcrawlers and minnows with the trout hitting power baits, minnows, spinners and spoons. And one fisherman at Round Valley picked up a few lake trout trolling crankbaits and spinner rigs tipped with anchovies. Jerry had a great week with pickerel, crappies and bass fishing all his south jersey lakes. He also fished the Cooper River catching a bunch of gizzard shad while out fishing for crappies. Richie picked up a bunch of pickerel at Lake Lenape fishing spinner baits and Senko worms.

Saltwater is starting to pick up for stripers up in the Raritan Bay. Everyone has been snagging and dropping bunker catching fish 30 to 45 inches. There have been a few guys throwing poppers and SP minnows but these guys have been catching smaller fish. With the heavy winds there were no reports from the cod and Pollock fisherman. Down in the Delaware Bay there are some stripers showing up but only smaller fish have been caught at the rips. But up the bay one fisherman a Money Island picked up a 42 inch 35 pound fish with live bunker. He also had a bunch of smaller fish.

Well been a very busy day so that is all I have time to type up. Hope everyone has a great Easter and good luck if you get out. Bill

Thank you so much for the bloodworms and advice on where to fish!! We went straight across from the linden aver boat ramp and kids had a great time!! Nothing huge (15-18 inches) but constant action. And one big perch!!Thanks again,Marc Rosen

Caught this guy at art museum on a rubber jig. Was shad fishing didnt catch a thing so tryed for some walleye but wound up nailing this striper on a yellow perch colored rubber jig. Was about 18 to 20 inches but was caught on 5 lb test line so couldnt get him up the wall but they are definitly making there run. Hope i can get his much larger cousin when i target them. Looks to be a great year. Tight lines

Caught 4/3/17 pennypack creek@ rhawn street on a yo zuri pin minnow was 23″ and weighed 4lbs 8 oz  

Caught 4/3/17 pennypack creek@ rhawn street on a yo sure pin minnow was 23″ and weighed 4lbs 8 oz20 inch brown trout caught by me 4/5/17 on the Pennypack creek also behind father judge at the big rock on a yellow roostertails. They have put nice fish this year cant complain just wish the rain would not fall in such drastic amounts but hey they’ll be spread out and last longer into the season. Caught 83 so far this year and have friends that caught close to the same so there definitely in there. Well anyways love the store n reports will keep sending them fish pics
I caught 11 Stripers 16 to 20 inches Sunday afternoon all with in an hour before high tide and one 4 lb Catfish with great white and pink coloring. My 4 grandchildren ages 4 to 8, all caught their own striper.
This was off my own property in Penns Grove. A great afternoon.
Thank you Jim Paylor

River Stripers starting to heat up!!

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Have plenty of bloodworms, fresh clams for the weekend. Fresh bunker is order but won’t have until 3 to 4 Friday afternoon. Or at least we hope they are able to catch them in the morning.

Trout restocked in the Pennypack this past Wednesday. And everyone since has been crushing the trout. We weighted in one 4.2 palomino trout this morning caught on an earthworm. Ray has been crushing trout with minnows, power baits and spinners. Anthony fished several days this past week catching 8 on opening day then crushing them the rest of the week. Power baits and wax worms were his best baits. Up at Pine Road Jack caught 37 trout opening day but this last hour of the day. Early the creek was muddy but cleared up at 5 and till dark it was fish on. I’m typing this report on Thursday at 2 in the afternoon and so far the creek is still low and clear. Don’t know what the rest of this day will do. Levittown Lake has also been great for trout. Several different reports with guys catching fish with power baits, power eggs, wax worms and spoons. Guys have been catching 3 to 10 fish per afternoon. Jim had one of the best reports on Sunday with 16 trout, 4 crappies and a 3-pound largemouth bass. He did best with power eggs, minnows and Kastmasters 1/8 ounce in gold and silver. Did not hear a word on Core Creek other than one crappie and perch fisherman in the spillway. He caught fish with small minnows and twister tails. The last trout spot was the Wissahickon where guys picked up some nice brown and rainbows with power baits, wax worms, mealworms and spinners. Most guys here I talked to picked up 3 to 6 fish a trip.

The striper bite is picking up each day. I was out on Tuesday for a couple hours catching 11 fish 6 to 18 inches. All my fish were on bloodworms. Anthony was out 5 or 6 times this past week catching 40 or better fish with a 25-inch, 21 inch and the rest smaller. Again he caught everyone on bloodworms. Jim picked up a 15-inch fish off Station Avenue this past Sunday. And below the Tacony one fisherman caught 4 fish yesterday 14 to 19 inches. Again these fish were all caught with bloodworms. Now further down river by the airport I talked to several guys that have been catching 10 to 25 fish each trip with most fish 16 to 27 inches. One big fish just below the Ben Franklin Bridge, this fish was 38 inches just less than 20 pounds. This is the first fish I heard on bunker. Now down at the Salem canal there are some monster fish being caught. These fish are hitting bloodworms the best but have also been caught with bunker and clams. Some numbers of guys catching 10 to 20 fish but here they are getting fish 20 to 40 inches. One big fish here was 44 inches just less than 40 pounds was caught last weekend. Big tournament this coming weekend down in the lower river and I think there will be some big fish measured in.

The upper river has been a wash out this past week. Now the water was up into the Yardley parking lot but has now lowered to the top of the ramp. But still with all this high cold water the shad and walleye fishing has been dead.

Now with everyone fishing for stripers and trout I did not hear much on the lakes. One fisherman at Silver and Magnolia Lakes caught a few smaller bass with shallow crankbaits and spinners. John up at Nockamixon tried for largemouth bass with no luck and ended up fishing for crappies around the docks catching 15 to 35 fish each trip out with tubes, twister tails and minnows. Churchville guy picked up a few 4 to 5 pound bass with spinner baits and 10-inch power worms. Penn Warner was a mixed bag. Chuck and Jay said fishing has been slow fishing minnows along the shoreline. They have been catching a few perch and crappies. Now two other reports from bass fisherman with both guys crushing bigger bass. One picked up several bass 2 to 4 pound with deep-water crankbaits. The other guy did well on 2 to 3 pound fish with rubber-skirted jigs tipped with brush hogs and Senko worms. One great report on bass back in Rohm Hass with this fisherman landing a fish a bit over 6 pounds on rubber skirted jigs.

Jerry gave me the only Jersey report fishing with minnows in Elmer catching perch, crappies, bass and pickerel. Dennisville last week was another really good lake for bass and pickerel with minnows, spinners, twister tails and plastic worms.

I only talked to one fisherman that fished off shore this past week for cod. This fisherman went out of Point Pleasant and picked up 4 cod himself 12 to 18 pounds. He said there was over 40 on the boat with the big fish 28 pounds. He said all fish were caught on top and bottom rigs with squids with 12-ounce diamond jigs fished as sinkers.   On the jigs anything silver, chartreuse or pink. And the power plants have still been very good for stripers 15 to 30 inches with white perch up to a pound. Oyster Creek and Salem have been the better two.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Hope all do well in the striper tournament. Good luck, Bill

First time advisor… Chuck and Al, fishing the lower Delaware out of Pennsville caught 20 short stripers (15-20”) on Sunday’s low tide.

Fisherman Magazine Update

Thursday appears to be a washout which may impact conditions into Friday – but with temps in the upper 50’s to low 60’s on Saturday and Sunday, rising into the 70’s to start next week, the striper bite should only continue to intensify. Warmer weekend temps and most clear skies should also kick off a banner trout season in New Jersey this Saturday, April 8; pick up the April edition of The Fisherman Magazine for a full stock report, with details on Saturday’s Spring Lake kids’ tournament presented by the Shark River Surf Anglers. In the salt/fresh mix, continued reports of 40-pound and up stripers from the Delaware River; the bite is from Salem County north with bloodworms registering the top catch and release trophies in the region. Anglers are reminded that as of April 1, any striped bass caught on the Delaware from the upstream side of the Calhoun Street Bridge downstream to and including the Salem River and its tributaries must be released through May31. Those fishing natural baits in this stretch must use non-offset circle hooks. Check out the latest striper reports and this week’s catches, from Salem County, around the bend at Cape May all the way into Atlantic, Ocean and Monmouth County, in this week’s video forecast from The Fisherman Magazine.

Trout Opens Saturday

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Trout season to open this coming Saturday. Pennypack was stocked up Tuesday with some really nice fish put in the best holes. I also head Levittown Lake, Core Creek and the Wissahickon were all stocked up this past week. I can’t tell what is going to work the best until it opens and guys start chatting up some reports. But over all mealworms, wax worms, earthworms, power baits, minnows, shiners, spinners and trout magnets work the best. Now the Youth Trout Day on Saturday was a big success. Several good reports back from Levittown Lake with a 4.2-pound rainbow caught early in the morning. Several other reports of 2 to 6 fish caught by most all fishermen. The Wissahickon was also very good with most guys I talked to catch 4 to 6 fish and said the fish were ranged 12 to 17 inches. Just talked to one fisherman that help stock the Pennypack yesterday telling me they put in a 28 inch brown below the Boulevard.

Now the river has been getting better and better each day. Anthony was out yesterday catching 6 stripers and a few catfish. The bass were 14 to 22 inches and all picked up on bloodworms. Another customer picked up 5 bass just below the Tacony Bridge. These fish were 12 to 19 inches and were also caught on bloodworms. Now from the airport down to the Commodore Barry Bridge some bigger 20 to 28 inch fish have been caught this past week. And further down around the Salem Canal some fish 20 inch up to mid 40 pounds were caught this past week. Again most all these fish are being caught with bloodworms but I did talk to a few guys picked up a few fish with bunker.

The upper river from Trenton up to Lambertville the shad fishing also has picked up a bit. But here the water temps are not coming up fast with all the snow melt from up state. Trenton in the low tide has been doing best behind the railroad bridge with pink, chartreuse and orange shad spoons. Up at Washington’s Crossing Frank picked up 3 shad on Tuesday again with shad spoons and said all were small bucks. Further up Tom picked up 3 walleyes at Point Pleasant up in the rocks with live minnows. And Charlie wading just below Byran caught a 19-inch walleye and two 13-inch smallmouth bass all with watermelon grubs.

Now the local lake reports were quite slow this week. Penn Warner still very good but all panfish. Chuck and Jay picked up several perch and crappies fishing minnows along the shoreline. Terry was up fishing off his dock catching 15 crappies and all the perch you wanted last Sunday. He did best with twin tails and minnows. Core Creek main lake has been a few perch and bluegills with small twister tails and mealworms. In the spillway a few crappies and perch with trout magnets and minnows. John up at Nockamixon is still doing fair with crappies but said the bass fishing dropped off since the snow. One fisherman down FDR Park picked up a few smaller bass but was looking for his first snakehead of the season. He was throwing Rebel minnows.

Jersey Lakes are still hot for crappies, pickerel and bass. Jerry crushing the pickerel the past week fishing his different lakes along Route 47. Minnows and twister tails working best.   Dennisville has also been very good for bass and pickerel throwing spinner baits, Senko worms and twister tails. Couple guys fishing the Maurice River just below Union Lake catching pickerel, yellow perch and 15 to 18 inch stripers. White and pink Zoon flukes, Senko worms and long bodied crankbaits working best. Tom started back up fishing north Jersey lakes looking for muskies, pickerel and bass. Fishing Manasquan Reservoir with bigger spinner baits, Whopper Poppers, Senko worms and jerk baits Tom boated 9 largemouth bass and 17 pickerel. Nothing big but enough action to get him down again this coming weekend. His buddies have been hitting Lake Hapatcong the past month only catching 4 smaller muskies and all the mid size pickerel you want. Water temps here have been mid 30’s to 40 degrees.

Saltwater fishing has not changed a bit. Still catching plenty of stripers 15 to 30 inches at Oyster Creek power plant. Bloodworms, chunked bunker, 4 and 5 inch shad bodies, Fin-S fish and Daiwa SP minnows have been working best. The Mullica River has also been very good in the Route 9 area. Here stripers 15 to 24 inches and white perch up to a pound are being caught with bloodworms, grass shrimp and I even had one customer do well with Fish Bites.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Getting this report out early hoping I will be too busy to type one up later in the week. Good luck to all the trout fisherman and for the stripers guys time to get out and get that first fish. Bill

Youth Mentor Trout Saturday

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I want to let everyone know our hours are changing. This weekend Saturday we will be here 6 to 5. Sunday 6 to 4. With trout season opening the 1st of April This coming week hours will be Monday, Tuesday 6 to 7. Wednesday and Thursday 6 to 9. And Friday we will open at 6 and be here till midnight. Then Saturday and Sunday we will be here 5 to 6. After that we go to our regular summer hours.

Youth Trout is open tomorrow at Levittown Lake and the Wissahickon Creek. And from what I head they put in some really nice fish. Most guys will be fishing mealworms, wax worms, power baits, spinners and spoons.

This was quite a cold windy week. With that there were not many guys out fishing. Myself I got out on the lower river to make sure the boat would start up so I took a few bloodworms out and fished for a few hours. First spot by the Rancocas the water temps were 39 degrees. Here I managed one hit. So I moved into some deeper water with temps at 42 degrees. Here I managed to catch 2 catfish. Both on bloodworms. Anthony was coming off the river as I was putting in. He fished all morning and had one good run off and several smaller hits. Now work of mouth I heard of one 22-inch fish caught up around Station Avenue. Pete told me about the second fish a 22-pound fish caught below the Tacony Bridge. And Paul was in telling me he has picked up a half a dozen fish down around the Delaware Memorial Bridge. He said most were small but he did have one legal fish with a couple good run offs. Down at Salem several guys are talking up 15 to 28 inch stripers, 7 to 10 inch white perch up to a pound and plenty of 1 to 3 pound catfish. Bloodworms, strip squid, minnows and chicken livers working best. I just had one customer pick up bloodworms for Salem with pictures of fish up to 45 inches. Himself has been catching fish 22 to 30 inches but there were 5 cows picked up this past week.

Only one report back from Point Pleasant for walleyes with this fisherman catching 7 fish over the weekend 15 to 21 inches. He also picked up 2 smallmouth bass both 16 inches. He caught all the fish with live minnows tipped on a hair jig or bright colored jig heads. Shad fishermen from Yardley up to Lambertville have been catching fish. All these fish have been bucks and caught with shad spoons. Kevin had a couple warm days at the Water Gap. He said there is so much cold water coming down the river nothing at all is biting.

Penn Warner has still been very good for perch, crappies, pickerel and bass. Most guys have been doing best with live minnows and jigging metal. The landscaper fished the shopping center lake catching a few bluegills and a crappie. Small twister tails were working best. One fisherman picked up a few smaller bass at Magnolia Lake all with small crankbaits. The fisherman on Churchville picked up a couple largemouth bass 3 to 5 pounds. These fish were caught with spinner baits. Nockamixon a few crappies last weekend. John had several mornings there was too much ice on the ramps to put his boat in.

Several reports from the Schuylkill River. Fishing down river several reports of smaller catfish, yellow and white perch and a few smaller stripers. These fish are being caught with nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bloodworms. Just below the art museum a few walleyes, gizzard shad and small stripers being picked up on darts, spoons and shad bodies. And further up river several catfish and carp are being picked up with chunked baits, chicken livers, corn and boilies. Ron again fished up at Norristown looking for some smallmouth but was happy to land a nice 15 pound flathead and 2 smaller catfish. He picked these fish with strip baits.

Down the shore has still been stripers and perch at Oyster Creek, May’s Landing and Colin’s Cove. These fish have been hitting bloodworms and strip bunker. Stripers started to show up at Fortescue. These 22 to 30 inch fish are hitting bloodworms, clams and bunker. No big numbers but some decent fish. One fisherman up the Maurice River picked up some big white and yellow perch with bloodworms, squid and minnows. And the cod and big porgies are still hitting in good numbers in north Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.

Well that is all I have time for this week. Good luck and don’t forget to send some reports my way to beef up this report. Bill