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Only had one day off this week but took advantage of it hitting the river early in the morning. Joe and myself headed right back where I did so well the week before and fished for several hours. Here we only landed one 6-pound catfish. So we headed back up river and fished above the Rancocas Creek. Several more hours later we only put 3 more catfish in the boat. One of these fish was about 10 pounds. Biggest problem this day was a 10 to 15 mile and hour wind against the tide, which made anchoring a real pain. Talking to three other boats on Wednesday all with bad reports. Frank was out early only catching a few catfish. John was out again early and he had one small striper and an eel. Another boat fished several different spots only catching a few catfish. But we all were facing the same wind and tide problem. Now before Wednesday there were a few decent reports. Jim down below the airport has been catching 10 to 15 stripers each trip out. Most of these fish have been 20 to 31 inches. Customer just in out yesterday fishing Station Avenue picked up 5 catfish with fresh bunker. Ken was fishing the airport over the weekend catching one 36-inch striper with a bunker head. He also had 9 other bass and all the 3 to 5 pound catfish you wanted. Tim fishing off the beach at the Tacony on Sunday picked up a couple slot size fish with clams and bunker. He also had a bunch of catfish during the evening hours. Fisherman out of the Neshaminy State Park picked up a 31-inch bass and several smaller fish with bloodworms. He said the perch were driving him crazy. JR over the weekend up and down the river caught plenty of smaller stripers all with bunker. Without be redundant I think I covered the stripers in the lower river.
Now the upper river has still been very good. Now the shad in the lower river has pretty much shut down. I talked to 4 different fishermen out for shad all doing nothing. They were fishing Lambertville down to Trenton. Kevin said the Water Gap shad fishing is winding down but there are still lots of fish up there. He fished over the weekend each night catching 11 fish all with small darts. Saturday morning he had one of his best days on smallmouth bass catching 31 fish all 13 to 15 inches. He picked up most of the fish with a number 2 Blue Fox and a number 5 C.P. Swing. Sunday was not as good only catching 6 bass and a walleye with the same lures. Ron fishing out of Lambertville with live minnows and grubs picked up 17 smallmouth bass and 3 walleyes on Monday. Charlie picked up several bass and a couple walleyes fishing the point at Byran. He did best with grubs and shallow crankbaits. Our one drift fisherman put his kayak in the river on Saturday having a rough day with the weather and a slight over turning of his vessel. He only fished a couple hours heading home early soaking wet. But before he only picked up 3 bass with live minnows just above Treasure Island.
The Pennypack Creek is slowing up but still a fair place to head. The best reports are coming from the upper end where they are catching some nice smallmouth bass with a mix of bluegills, rock bass and a trout here and there. Smaller worms, minnows, spinners and trout magnets working best. At Rhawn Street one fisherman picked up an 18-inch rainbow on Tuesday with a cone head fly. He also had plenty of bluegills. Core Creek is still better for perch and bluegills with a trout still being caught here and there. Best bait has been wax worms and power baits. The upper end has still been fantastic for bigger largemouth bass. This past week I saw some pictures of fish 4 to 6 pounds. These fish are being picked up with spinner baits, plastic worms, Spro crankbaits and rubber skirted jigs. One fisherman on Ridley Creek picked up a nice 18 inch palomino trout with an earthworm. He also had 4 other smaller fish with spinners and power worms. Jim hit Levittown Lake a couple mornings this past week. He fished for bass with plastic worms and jigging metal catching 7 smaller fish. He watched several other guys bait fishing for trout with 6 fish taken over the week. He said one other fisherman with small jigs picked up a couple nice crappies just to the right of the ramp. Pine Creek I had one customer show me a picture of a big rainbow taken over the weekend. He said this creek has been great catching limits of trout each trip out. Mealworms, wax worms, spinners and power baits have been working best. A fly fisherman on the Lackawaxen had a great couple day’s fish last weekend. He picked up over 27 trout all 14 inches or better. His best fish was a 21-inch rainbow picked up an olive caddis.
The lower Pennypack has still been pretty good on smaller catfish and perch with bloodworms, nightcrawlers and bagels. These guys did fish hard for carp but did nothing this past week. Catfish on the upper Schuylkill picked up for channels and white but again no flatheads this past week. Joe said the lower part of the Schuylkill has still been great for catfish, white and yellow perch and smaller stripers with chicken livers, bagels, nightcrawlers and bloodworms. At the art museum several guys are doing very good on small stripers during the day with a few walleyes fishing the evening hours. Berkley shad bodies have been working best. Don and his brother fished Struble Lake on Tuesday catching some nice crappies and yellow perch with shiners, trout magnets and small marabou jigs. Ron tried for the first time in years heading to Blue Marsh not catching a single fish all weekend. He said next week he would be heading back to Marsh Creek where he has been doing pretty good on smallmouth bass and pickerel. Customer headed up to Pecks pond to find it lowered and was not able to get his boat in the water. So he headed up a bit further to White Deer Lake and picked up a few smaller bass and a bunch of small bluegills. Plastic worms for the bass with small jigs for the bluegills. Nothing from Nockamixon this past week yet I cannot believe that the bass are still not hitting well. First report from the Shopping Center Lake off Route 13 with this fisherman picking up a bunch of smaller bass and bluegills with live minnows and nightcrawlers. Penn Warner has still been very good with one fisherman yesterday fishing with top water frogs picking up over 30 largemouth bass up to 4 pounds. Another customer fishing buzz baits in Manor Lake picked up 11 largemouth bass and 4 pickerel. Chuck and Jay were not out last week but I know the perch, crappies and bass are still hitting live minnows off the shoreline. Fisherman in Tullytown Cove picked up a few smaller bass with Crème natural worms.
Fluke season open this coming Saturday with a 18 inch 5 fish limit in the ocean and a 17 inch 4 fish limit in the Delaware Bay. I wish I had all the limits but we are still waiting for the saltwater rulebooks to come in. Bluefishing has been fantastic in north jersey. Mystic Island, Barnegat, Long Beach Island, Island State Park have been some of the best places to head. Most guys have been catching 10 to 25 fish per man with fish 6 to 10 pounds. Ava jigs, Kastmasters, Deadly Dicks, Gator Spoons and bucktails have been working best. Colors have been white, flo green and flo red working best. Dick fishing the north end of Brigantine on Sunday crushed the stripers with crankbaits, metal and top water poppers. He also picked up a 74-pound drum fish with a chunk of clam. Dick also out on Saturday up at Long Beach Island catching all the bluefish you wanted to reel in. He said there were 20 to 30 guys hooked at any time on the jetty. The Delaware Bay is just chuck full of stripers but I have not heard of one good report from the fisherman on catching stripers. Now the drumfishing picked up big time with fish up to 75 pounds taken this past week. Up the bay Danny said there have been some smaller stripers taken at Fortescue on bunker, clams and bloodworms. Most of these fish have been less than 24 inches. But some good numbers of weakfish are being caught on smaller bucktails, Fin-S fish, bloodworms and strip bunker. Most of these fish have been 2 to 3 pounds. Tony off the Cape May jetties is picking up a couple weakfish with bloodworms. He has been fishing a pop bobber right over the rocks. And Fred said there are plenty of smaller stripers with some decent flounder hitting in the back bays of Wildwood. Clams for the stripers with bucktails working best for the flounder.
Jerry was my only report back from the south Jersey lakes. He is fishing most of the smaller lakes off Route 55 with live minnows, grubs, spinners and shallow crankbaits. Good numbers of decent crappies, yellow perch and all the pickerel you want to catch.
Well that is all I have time for today. Good luck, Bill
Was out on Falls Township Lake on Wed May 11…Caught 5 walleye on deep diving Wally Diver crankbaits…trolling. A few small bass and some crappie as well…I have never seen a pickerel in that lake…been trolling big lures for tiger musky as well…no luck yet