Got out a couple days this past week but had some bad winds to deal with both days. Wednesday we hit the river about 9 with a south wind and a dropping tide. Four hours of swinging around not catching a single fish. Then the tide switch running with the tide then the action started. In 5 hours we boated 32 stripers, 19 white perch and even managed to catch 2 yellow perch. All these fish were caught with bloodworms. Joe had the biggest fish a 22-inch bass. Thursday we hit the river a bit later trying to catch the tide right. Well out at 11 with the wind blowing against the tide 15 to 25 miles and hour. This was a cold rough day on the river. We ended up boating 13 stripers and 20 white perch. Most of the perch were ½ of a pound or better. John that day had the biggest bass at 16 inches. Again everything was on bloodworms. Anthony on Wednesday picked up 24 stripers up to 24 inches. Now there have been a few bigger fish taken the past couple days. One report from up in the Trenton area on bunker with 2 fish 28 to 30 inches. There was a 30-inch fish taken above the Tacony Bridge with bloodworms. The airport several 20 to 26 inch fish have been caught but nothing keeper size yet. National Park one fisherman said a 31 inch fish was caught Monday night on a piece of chunked bunker. Lot of reports of one or two fish here and there all up and down the river most all on bloodworms. Quick add on just had a customer show me a picture of 3 stripers caught in the airport section of the river. These fish were all in the 40-inch class and picked up on bloodworms.
The upper river was real good for shad last week but not so much this past week. At Trenton a couple guys picked up 1 to 3 shad fishing below the bridges with spoons. Now a couple guys up at Yardley fished all day on Tuesday without a single hit. Frank was up to Washington’s Crossing Bridge catching 2-buck shad on pink darts in 3 hours of fishing. Now several guys have been doing great walleye fishing in the Bull’s Island to Point Pleasant section of the river. Charlie off the point picked up 5 fish this week all 16 to 19 inches. He caught his fish with Yozuri crankbaits and Zoom grubs. Tommy drifted the ledges above the canoe rental catching 12 walleyes and 5 smallmouth bass in 3 trips this past week. Minnows, shiners, grubs and tubes have been working best. Off the New Hope wing dam one fisherman picked up 2 walleyes, 1 smallmouth bass, 2 catfish and a small striper Wednesday afternoon. He did best with night crawlers, twister tails and spinners.
Youth trout day is Saturday and so I heard some great fish were stocked in the Wissahickon creek and Levittown Lake. Hope to have some good reports back next week. And out trout season opens Saturday the 2nd of April. We will have longer hours for Thursday till Sunday that week only.
Core Creek only one report back this week with a fisherman off the dock across from the ramp catching smaller crappies, perch and bluegills on twister tails and smaller minnows. He said there was a monster catfish picked up on spinner bait Monday afternoon. Penn Warner has been hot for perch, crappies, bass and pickerel off the shorelines with minnows, night crawlers, twister tails and jigging metal. The boat guys have been crushing largemouth bass 4 to 6 pounds with all different kinds of lures. A couple guys fishing FDR Park saying plenty of panfish and smaller bass hitting spinners, trout magnets, minnows and mealworms. Nockamixon has still been very good for crappies, perch and smaller bass fishing the docks with minnows, shiners, mealworms and twister tails. Lower Pennypack Creek several guys have been doing fair with catfish, white perch and smaller carp fishing night crawlers, bloodworms and corn. In the Neshaminy marina one fisherman off the back of his boat picked up a couple largemouth bass flipping power worms against the pilings.
Newton Lake has been very good for bass and snakeheads. One fisherman picked up several 2 to 3 pound bass with 2 to 5 pound snakeheads on Senko worms, weedless frogs, top water plugs and spinner baits. Richie out on Lake Lenape picked up a bunch of pickerel and smaller bass throwing plastic worms, spinner baits and rubber skirted jigs. John out for the first time on Union caught a bunch of pickerel and smaller panfish with twister tails, plastic worms and live minnows. Tom on Lake Hapatcong picked up several nice smallmouth and largemouth bass plugging for muskies. These fish were 3 to 5 pounds and where hitting jerk baits, big spinner baits and top water whopper poppers. No muskies this past week.
Saltwater action has still been very good in the back bays for smaller stripers. These fish have been hitting bloodworms, clams, chunked bunker, live eels, Fin-S fish, bucktails and small metal spoons and jigs. Oyster creek power plant has been one of the best. Carl and his buddy were down on Monday catching over 50 stripers 17 to 24 inches and a bunch of big perch mixed in. Salem has been another good spot for bigger perch, smaller stripers and catfish mixed in. Bloodworms, nightcrawlers, minnows, squid and chicken livers have been working best.
Well that is all I have time for this week. Good luck and don’t forget to send in those fishing reports. Bill