River Stripers Starting to Spawn

Well did not have the week we had last week.  But I think had to do with the rotten conditions Mother Nature has been dealing us. Tuesday I thought about heading out but treating rain all day and Helen feeling sick I decided to get the work around the house I have been avoiding.  Wednesday I woke up with what Helen had but promised to take out Joe so we headed out.  Fishing the upcoming tide we managed to boat a 27, 22, 19 and a couple smaller stripers.  The catfish were all monsters with Joe having the biggest a 9 pound 11 ounce fish.  Everything came on bunker and clams.  Bloodworms were getting all the hits you want on smaller bass and white perch.  From what I did notice the fish are in the spawn this week.  All the males were just milking all over as you were UN hooking the fish.  So I think it will be a couple more weeks before the big fish are out of here.  Now over the past week the striper fishing has been much slower.  Derek had a couple good night with fish up to 36 inches in the Neshaminy section of the river.  He picked up all his fish with bunker.  Anthony was out several days catching smaller bass and all the catfish you could want on bunker and clams.  A few other guys on Sunday were out catching several slot fish in the Burlington Bristol Bridge area all with bloodworms.  They did have a few bigger run offs but did not land the fish. Anthony Marsico had a monster fish Saturday night run him out of line off the shoreline at Station Avenue.  This fish was on bunker.  At the airport lots of guys are still catching plenty of smaller fish with slots mixed in with bunker and bloodworms.  Way down the river a few guys fishing clams and bloodworms picked up a bunch of slot fish Monday afternoon with all the small fish you wanted mixed in.  At Trenton a few guys are saying the 20 to 28 inch fish have been crushing poppers, crankbaits and rubber shad fishing the late part of the day and all night long.  Catfish tournament over the weekend brought some monster catfish into the weigh station.  Weezer had a big 8 plus pound fish but the winner had over 30 pounds with three fish.  Big fish of the tournament was over 14 pounds.

Shad fishing in the lower part of the river is getting slower but there are still some fish around hitting spoons.  The best shad fishing is now in the Water Gap to Callicoon section of the river.  These guys have been doing best fishing the afternoon till dark part of the day with smaller darts and spoons.  Pink, orange and chartreuse have been working best.  Still some pretty good numbers of walleyes being picked up with some bigger stripers in the New Hope to Bull’s Island section of the river.  The walleyes have been hitting grubs, tubes, spoons and live minnows the best.  The stripers are hitting poppers and crankbaits for artificial but the guys doing best now are fishing live eels and white perch just above the wing dams.  Charlie got out with his buddy on Friday catching 11 stripers 24 to 37 inches.  Monday they were back out catching 5 fish one close to 40 inches.  This day they also caught a 25 inch walleye.  Wednesday morning was not as good only catching cold wind blowing down the river.  Off the New Hope wing dam one fisherman had 4 walleyes, 2 smallmouth bass and 17 smaller stripers all with smaller eels and live minnows.

Trout fishing in the Pennypack was real good over the weekend with the fresh stocking on Thursday.  Plenty of decent size rainbows were put in with a couple bigger palominos.  Most of the fish I heard caught were on mealworms, wax worms, power baits, spinners and trout magnets.  Best couple spots were Roosevelt Boulevard up to Woodward Avenue, Welsh Road and Pine Road.  They did put some bigger fish in the upper part of the creek for a tournament and guys have been catching 2 to 5 pound fish in this section of the creek.  They also stocked Stoney Brook with some bigger fish with a couple guys catching limits of bigger fish.

Core Creek has still been fair with bigger bass but the fish are starting to move in on beds and are harder to catch.  The guys talked up only plastic worms and lizards working slow on the bottom this past week.  Noxamixion did not change yet with the fish still held up in 15 to 25 feet of water.  These fish have been hitting spinner baits the best slow rolled down into deeper water.  John also had fish with deeper suspended jerk baits and pig and jig lures.  This past weekend he caught 13 bass all over 3 pounds.  Fall’s Township was pretty good with Jim starting to pick up 1 to 2 pound bass with plastic worms and jigs tipped with brush hogs.  Another customer picked up a nice walleyes just fishing a night crawler on the bottom.  Last report was a fisherman with smaller minnows catching several nice crappies and perch.  Levittown Lake has been the quite spot this year with only a few trout, crappies and bass being caught.  Power baits, wax worms and Kastmasters working best here.  A couple guys catching bigger crappies and perch on Struble Lake.  These guys have been doing best with smaller minnows, shiners, twister tails, shad bodies and trout magnets.  Marsh Creek a fisherman told me plenty of panfish have been hitting off the docks all over this lake.  Again minnows, twister tails and jigs working best.  Did not hear from the Schuykill River catfish crew this past week but I can’t seeing anything changing here.  Joe told me the lower part of the Schuylkill has been great for smaller catfish, yellow and white perch and smaller stripers.  These guys are doing best with nightcrawlers and bloodworms.  The carp fishing has been picking in the lower Pennypack and upper Neshaminy Creeks.  These fish have been hitting corn, boilies and bagels the best.  One fisherman at Hulmeville Fall’s had a 12 and 19 pound fish hooked up Sunday afternoon.  Guys at Haunted Lane are doing great on 1 to 5 pound catfish fishing with chicken livers and chunked eels.

Was not the best week for saltwater action with the winds and weather.  Black fishing has still been very good with some bigger fish taken off the wrecks and plenty of smaller fish taken off the jetties.  Crabs are always the best bait for these fish.  And fish for the blackfish off shore plenty of bigger sea bass have been caught mixed in. Such a crime they are out of season.  Black drum in the Delaware Bay has been fishing fresh clams.  I would not say it has been the best year but some nice 30 to 60 pound fish have been caught.  Even a few bigger drum have been caught off the beaches of Cape May and south Wildwood.  One fisherman under a bridge at Cape May picked up 7 pound weakfish with a pink Slug-O this past week.  He has been catching 3 to 5 fish a trip but all smaller fish.  Bluefishing has still been very good in the Barnegat and Mystic Island sections of Jersey.  Spoons have been the hot lure to throw here.  Stripers in the Raitian are still crushing chunked and live bunker, spoons, umbrella rigs, bunker spoons and Mojo rigs.  Fish from 20 to 48 inches were boated this past week.  Frank took two trips up boating 3 fish over 40 pounds all trolling mojo rigs.  There ae some bluefish mixed in.  Tony fish Reed’s beach said plenty of smaller stripers hitting clams and bloodworms.  No keepers this year but 5 to 10 fish each trip out.  At Fortescue guys have been getting a few keepers with lots of smaller fish with bunker, clams and bloodworms.  Just had a great report from Manasquan Inlet with guys crushing 5 to 10 pound bluefish Wednesday in the thunder and lightning storm.  They were catching fish on spoons and chunks of bunker and mullet.

Out of time having to do this report on my home computer.  Having a wire issue with my lap top and have not been able to charge it. Ordered a new wire and having trouble with a company 24-hour charger getting me the right working wire.  If anyone has a magnetic wire for a Mac Book Pro that I could borrow it would help me till I get the right wire.  Happy Mother’s Day to all the fisherwoman out there.  Get out and enjoy the day.  It looks like the first clear day in the past several weeks.  Bill

Hey thought you would like this report. This channle cat was caught 4/28 near delaware river water gap on chunk shad out of kayak!! The guy had it official weight taken and it was 30 lbs . 3 lbs shy of state record. Russell


One thought on “River Stripers Starting to Spawn

  1. Hey guys, The Last BassMaster here. Gravel beach has been a hot bed for 3 to 4 lbs drum, with a 6lbs + pulled right in front of me.

    Oyster creek nj, has been a hot bed aswell. White bucktail 1oz-11/2 with with 4″ curl tails have been doing it for me well.

    Barnegat light- ship bottom – twin ladies – and last but not least Surf City producing steady stripers, its up to you to find what rips, troths or pocketa are producing , but they are there, and the full moon is not far off.

    Please remember to support your local bait shop, and when you get a chance stop by Brinkmansbaitandtackle on your way out to you favorite fishing spots for all your heavy and light tackle needs. And if your in the LBI area specifically Surf City dont forget to stop by and say hi to my good friend John at Surf City Bait and Tackle, for some of the freashest bunker and great veriety for the fisherman on the go in LBI.


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