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Out Wednesday morning for a little bit of cat fishing. With bunker and nightcrawlers in 5 hours of fishing we picked up 24 catfish all 1 to 3 pounds. Most of the fish were picked up with the bunker. Bruce fished a couple days on Duck Harbor and Long Pond last week catching some nice bass, pickerel, yellow perch and bluegills. They picked most of the fish up with trout magnets.
The lower Delaware River has been pretty much catfish. A few guys have been catching smaller stripers and white perch fishing with bloodworms. Some of these guys have picked up 25 to 30 fish but all under 12 inches. Bass fishing on the lower river slowed up with the water hitting 80 degrees this week. I talked to a few different guys in Dredge not catching anything. The few they caught were 4 to 10 inches on smaller plastic worms. The upper river should be great for smallmouth bass with the warm weather and low water. Problem this week I only talked to a couple guys that were up there. One fisherman at Yardley picked up a few smaller bass with minnows but said in the island there are so many small stripers hitting flies and small lures. Another guy was up to Bull’s Island catching 25 smallmouth bass and 2 walleyes all with live minnows. The last report was a striper fisherman fishing below the wing dam at New Hope catching 7 stripers 24 to 30 inches all with live eels. Kevin way up river said plenty of smallmouth bass during the day hours with some walleyes hitting at night with minnows, shiners or nightcrawlers.
One fisherman at the Pennypack caught a nice 19-inch rainbow trout on Monday just south of Pine Road. He picked this fish with a Rapala minnow. He also picked up 4 smallmouth bass and 11 bluegills. Charlie fishing the Tohickon is doing well on smallmouth bass 1 to 2 pounds fishing poppers with his fly rod. Mixed in tons of rock bass and bluegills. Several guys fishing the Neshaminy around the Boulevard up to Chain Bridge catching plenty of smallmouth bass, rock bass and bluegills. These guys have been doing best with minnows, spinners and grubs. Further down the creek at Haunted Lane they have been doing well with catfish, perch and smaller stripers. These guys are fishing chicken livers, nightcrawlers and corn. I did not talk to anyone but I know the Perkiomen Creek should also be great for smaller bass, bluegills and rock bass.
Lake reports were slow this week. A few guys fishing Core Creek said the bass fishing is slowing up. What they are catching has been 1 to 3 pound fish with plastic worms and rubber skirted jigs. Fall’s Township one fisherman up on Sunday picked up 5 bass all 12 to 13 inches. He caught these fish with small live bluegills. John at Nockamixon is still doing well with largemouth bass, crappies and yellow perch. The bass hitting buzz baits, torpedo’s and 4-inch rubber worms. The panfish on 2-inch twister tails, tubes and spinners. Penn Warner still fair for bigger crappies, white and yellow perch and pike fishing live minnows along the shoreline. A couple guys fishing FDR Park all doing nothing this past week. Ron still fishing Struble Lake doing well with yellow perch and crappies. He is doing best with trout magnets and smaller minnows. Two different reports from Marsh Creek with both guys doing well with pickerel and perch fishing minnows, twister tails, spoons and jigging metal around the shore line. Nothing big but plenty of action. One family out at Raystown had a great week fishing for smallmouth bass. These guys picked up over 125 bass 1 to 4 pounds. Main lures were Senko worms, spinner baits and Zara Spooks. They talked to several guys out striper fishing at night with only a few smaller fish taken.
Schuylkill River catfishing has been hot the past month. The group fishing Gladwyne has been catching 10 to 25 fish a night with most fish 1 to 4 pounds. They have been fishing chicken livers, nightcrawlers and shrimp. This past week with live bluegills they picked up 3 flathead 11, 14 and 17 pounds. First flatheads in over a month. Several reports from Norristown with these guys doing better with flatheads 15 to 30 pounds. These fish are being caught with live bluegills, white perch and even this week live eels. Joe fishing down river is catching plenty of smaller catfish, white and yellow perch and small stripers with bloodworms, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bagels dipped in stink bait.
Saltwater action has been a mixed bag. Some good flounder are being picked up in the Fortescue area. These fish have been hitting bucktails, squid and minnows and Gulp mullet. Joe doing well on kingfish in the Cape May to north Wildwood section of the coast. Bloodworms and Fish Bites working best. Smaller blues in the Brick to Long Beach Island section hitting strip and whole mullet and chunked bunker. Long Beach Island jetties have been hot at night for stripers fishing live eels. Most of these guys have been buying 15 to 25 eels per man so I know they have been doing great. Most of these bass have been 30 to 42 inches. Flounder fishing up north has been pretty good for most guys with limits of fish being caught with Spro bucktails fished under a 6 inch Gulp Grub. A couple of weakfish were taken off the jetties at Sunset Beach with strip squid, bucktails and shrimp.
Well that is all I have for you this week. Great looking holiday weekend coming up so I hope everyone gets out and enjoys it.