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Only one day off this past week with Bruce up the mountains for the week. But Helen and I got out early Wednesday and just took bunker and nightcrawlers out and fished for catfish. 5 hours of fishing put 14 catfish in the hatcheries for the kids to catch later. One fish was 8 ½ pounds. Talking to several guys fishing the tidal section of the river has all been doing well on catfish 2 to 6 pounds. Bunker, clams, shrimp, nightcrawlers and bagels have been working best. Some of the bigger fish are coming on chunked eels. Mixed in have been a few smaller stripers 12 to 18 inches on bunker and bloodworms. One fisherman down at the Tacony picked up 35 stripers on Sunday all with bloodworms all under 15 inches. Plenty of white perch mixed in. Bass fisherman have been hitting Dredge Harbor, Salem Harbor, Tullytown Cove, Warner Cove and up at the steel mill. These guys have been fishing plastic worms, rattle traps, crankbaits, spinner baits and jigs. Most guys have been picking up 1 to 3 fish a trip with most fish 1 to 2 pounds. Rick called for the first time and he is still hitting the river for catfish and stripers fishing below the airport catching catfish 2 to 10 pounds and stripers 15 to 32 inches. Bloodworms, chunked bunker and live eels are working best here.
The upper river has been picking up for smallmouth bass with the walleye fishing starting to drop off. Several guys fishing New Hope up to Upper Black Eddy have been catching 10 to 25 bass a day with some smaller stripers mixed in. These fish have been hitting minnows, Zoom grubs, spinners and tubes the best. Several different customers have been fishing live eels off the New Hope wing dam, below the wing dam in the rocks, below the railroad bridge at Yardley and the rocks above the 202 bridge with live eels catching stripers 24 to 32 inches still in pretty good numbers. Early morning, late evening and all nightlong has been the best time to fish. Kevin up at the Water Gap is still doing well on smallmouth bass all day long and still picking up a few stripers in the even. He said they need lots of rain to get the stripers hitting again. The bass have been hitting smaller rattletraps, grubs, tubes, spinners and top water lures the best. Stripers are hitting live eels.
Pennypack creek for trout is pretty much over unless you’re a fly fisherman fishing early or late in the day. These guys are still catching a few fish with white millers, light cahill, olive caddis in dry flies and olive or brown cone head wooly buggers. The rest of the guys have been fishing smaller minnows, spinners, grubs and smaller crankbaits for smallmouth bass, rock bass and bluegills from the Boulevard north to Lamar Park. Several guys fishing the Perkiomen from Green Lane down to the prison catching tons of rock bass, bluegills and smaller bass with minnows, meal worms, trout magnets, spinners and 2 inch twister tails, Charlie fish the Tohickon down stream from Nockamixon several days this past week only catching bluegills and rock bass with top water plugs and twister tails. The Neshaminy Creek has also been very good for smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegills, carp and catfish from Hulmeville Road up to Route One. One fisherman at haunted Lane picked up a 27-pound carp with a single piece of corn. He also picked up a bunch of small catfish with nightcrawlers.
Several different reports from Penn Warner all been great for bass, crappies, yellow perch and pickerel. Bill fishing on Saturday with top water frogs and buzz baits picked up 25 fish 1 to 4 pounds. He also had lots of big crappies and yellow perch mixed in. Chuck and Jay have still been doing very good on perch and crappies fishing minnows along the shoreline. They get a bass and pickerel here and there mixed in. Good customer BUZZY that fished Penn Warner all the time has not been in the store this year. I was wondering if anyone knew of him and how he is.
Core Creek for several guys has been the best year in a long time for largemouth bass. These guys have been fishing the upper end with Spro crankbaits; rattle traps, spinner baits, buzz baits and plastic worms. Some of these guys have been catching 5 to 15 fish a trip with some fish in the 4-pound range. Further down the lake plenty to smaller crappies, white perch and bluegills with mealworms, wax worms, small twister tails and spinners. Chet has been doing very good on crappies and bluegills fishing with small white and chartreuse hair jigs. Last report came from a carp fisherman catching a 12-pound catfish Friday with a tiger nut boilies. One fisherman at Green Lane picked up some good largemouth bass fishing with 10-inch power worms. He also saw several other fisherman some catching crappies and perch with live shiners and one other fisherman catching a 36-inch northern pike with a 1-ounce spoon. Ron had a great weekend fishing Struble Lake and Marsh Creek. On Struble he picked up a bunch of bigger crappies with minnows and trout magnets. Marsh Creek he was out for smallmouth bass but was happy to catch 19 pickerel all 15 to 20 inches. John at Nockamixon has still been doing very good one smaller bass, crappies and perch. The bass-hitting buzz baits and drop shot Senko worms. Crappies and perch hitting minnows and twister tail the best. FDR Park slowed up quite a bit with 2 fishermen this week only catching bluegills with mealworms and trout magnets. No bass or snakeheads.
The Schuylkill River has really picked up for all kinds of fish. The art museum has been very good for smaller stripers, catfish and perch. Bloodworms, smaller minnows and chunked bunker working best. A few walleyes early in the day with shad bodies. Further down the creek Joe said plenty of catfish, smaller stripers and yellow perch with bloodworms, nightcrawlers, shrimp and bagels. Gladwyne been pretty good for smallmouth bass and catfish with minnows and worms. A bit further up the catfish crew are still catching 10 to 25 catfish a night with shrimp, chicken livers, nightcrawlers and chunked fish. Again no flatheads. But up at Norristown I have been hearing of flathead catfish 15 to 28 pounds all caught with live bluegills or white perch. And one fisherman at Reading picked up over 50 fish Saturday evening. A mix of smallmouth bass, rock bass, bluegills and even a couple smaller catfish with minnows and crayfish.
A few different report from the Susquehanna River this past week with tons of smallmouth bass being caught in the Duncannon to Clemson Island section of the river caught with live minnows, grubs, spinners and tubes. Further down at Harrisburg Dennis picked up 35 fish up to 3 pounds all with Zoom Grubs and Senko worms. Way up the river at Sayre one fisherman picked up a bunch of smallmouth bass and pickerel with tiny torpedo’s, twister tails and lives crayfish. Even the Juniata River has been very good for smallmouth bass. Here the numbers have been high but the size of the fish is 12 to 14 inches. Again minnows, grubs, tubes and spinners working best.
Saltwater fishing has been very good but coming home with dinner has been tough. Dick is still doing well off the beach at Brigantine on stripers and kingfish. Salted clams for the bass with bloodworms for the kingfish. Several guys said plenty of kingfish were caught off Sea Isle beaches all with bloodworms. A few smaller flounder hitting past the breakers with strip squid and bucktails tipped with Gulp grubs. Some bigger flounder have been caught off the Shrewsbury Rocks with Spro bucktails and a 6-inch Gulp grub fished above the bucktail. Mixed in here have been some 3 to 5 pound sea bass, which is ashamed since they are out of season. From all the eels I have been selling this past week I would think some good stripers are being caught off the Long Beach Island jetties. Most of these guys have been buying 20 to 40 eels each so I know they are not eating them. Down at Cape May the fishing has been fair for flounder but here they size is killing most fisherman. One report with a fisherman catching 100 fish with one 18-inch keeper on Sunday. At his marina he talked to 10 different boats that all did the same. The back bay of Wildwood in Grassy Sounds a few bigger fluke are being taken with bucktails fished in the skinny water. They guys are out in kayaks or smaller pram boats. Still a couple drum fish in the Delaware Bay but over all far and few between. Striper fishing in the bay this past spring really was a bust. They are getting a few kingfish in North Cape May up into Wildwood. And in the Cape May area some nice weakfish are still being caught with bucktails and floating bloodworms around the rocks and jetties.
Several guys are heading north to Massachusetts doing great on monster porgies and sea bass. Most of these guys are just fishing the clams they supply you on the boat but certain guys are taking bloodworms and mackerel with them doing even better. They are also still getting a few cod mixed in. And we started to get the first guys fishing down in the Chesapeake Bay for spots and croakers. Mixed in are some smaller stripers. Bloodworms, Fish Bites and squid have been working best.
With all the warm weather the Jersey lakes have been on fire with smaller pickerel, bass, perch and crappies. Jerry last week picked up over 100 fish in 2 days drifting minnows around his south Jersey lakes. He has been catching tons of perch and crappies with some pickerel mixed in. Richie came up this week and picked up several Shad Raps for the pickerel in Lake Lenape. He fished to afternoons catching over 15 fish each day. One fisherman on Medford lakes had a couple great days for decent bass and pickerel. Fishing Red Fin’s, Rogue minnows and 6-inch Gulp worms he had over 45 bass and a UN counted amount of pickerel. The bass were 1 to 3 pounds. Tom took a couple nights and headed to Spruce Run. Throwing mostly top water lures he picked up several smallmouth bass 2 to 3 pounds, 1 monster largemouth bass 21 ¾ inches 6.11 pounds. A couple guys fishing the Cooper River did pretty good with catfish and carp fishing worms, corn and bagels. They even saw one fisherman pick up a 24-inch snakehead with a Snag Proof weedless frog. If you’re looking for snakehead Newton Lake seems to be the hot spot. Bill was over last week picking up a couple smaller fish. Denny was over yesterday in the heavy winds throwing rubber creature baits, spinner baits and weedless frogs. He picked up 5 bass, 3 snakeheads and a good size pickerel.
Well I think I covered it all this week. A bit slow so I had time to sit and type. Great looking weekend coming up so I hope everyone gets out and has a great time. Heading to the Dave Matthews concert Friday night with the boat and hope to get some good cat fishing in while listening to some good music.