Much Needed Rain, But A Weekend?


First I want to let everyone know our fall hours will go into effect starting Monday, October 3rd.

Monday thru Friday 7a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Now the weather this week and my wife and her doctor appointments and also getting sick all week kept me close to home. And with the weather this past week fishing reports came in slow to nothing.

The lower river has still been very good for catfish with most fish in the 1 to 4 pound range. Fish have been hitting shrimp, bunker, chunked eels, nightcrawlers and bagels the best. Most guys in boats have been catching 8 to 15 fish a trip with bank fisherman picking up 3 to 5 fish a trip. There was a big catfish tournament held on Sunday last week but I did not hear anything on how they did. In the lower river there have been several stripers being picked up with bunker, bloodworms and top water plugs. Most of the stripers being caught with bloodworms have been 4 to 12 inches. Several guys fishing poppers buzz plugs and spooks have been catching fish 12 to 22 inches.

The upper river has still been very low but I think after all this rain the past week the water level will come up. Up to the rain most guys have been doing very good with smallmouth bass with a few stripers and walleyes mixed in. Off the New Hope wing dam one fisherman with a live eel picked up a 32-inch striper last Friday. He also picked up several 12 to 15 inch smallmouth bass with live minnows. Tommy fished at Byran up above the abutments picking up 25 bass, 2 walleyes and fishing below in the deeper water another 12 bass, 2 walleyes and 8 catfish. Most of the fish were picked up with live minnows, Zoom grubs and Rapala crankbaits. Kevin up river said bass fishing is slowing up but with some rain the past month stripers 21 to 28 inches have been hitting live eels, black poppers and 5 inch white and green shad bodies.

A few guys have been heading to the Pennypack looking for the fall stocking of trout, which won’t come till October the 12th. But with mealworms, spinners and trout magnets have been catching plenty of bluegills and rock bass. One fisherman at the Boulevard fishing corn picked up a 12-pound carp. Guys fishing Penn Warner said some decent bass are starting to hit plastic worms, rattle traps, 4 and 5 inch swimming crankbaits and jigs tipped with bigger trailers. The bank fisherman are still doing fair with perch and crappies fishing live minnows. The Shopping Center Lake just a few bluegills and smaller bass with live minnows and worms. Core Creek bass fishing also picked up with a few guys picking 2 to 4 pound fish with spinner baits, crankbaits and Senko worms. These fish are being caught in the upper end with the main lake just perch and bluegills with mealworms, twister tails and trout magnets. Few guys headed to Marsh Creek fishing live minnows did very well on some bigger yellow perch. They also picked up lots of pickerel mixed in.

Saltwater action has been picking up each week. Everyone has been heading to Long Beach Island with lot of short stripers hitting poppers; rattle traps, shad bodies, SP minnows, mullet and bloodworms. There have also been some good bluefish caught off the beaches with spoons, diamond jigs, mullets and chunked bunker. Joe fishing mullet down in Cape May has been catching plenty of 1 to 3 pound bluefish. And with bloodworms plenty of spots and a few kingfish are also being caught. Danny up the Delaware Bay said plenty of spots are hitting bloodworms with a few weakfish mixed in. South in the Chesapeake Bay guys is filling coolers up with spots and croakers fishing bloodworms and Fish Bites. Mixed in have been smaller stripers. And in New York and Massachusetts bigger porgies, sea bass are being picked up with clams, strip mackerel and jigs.

I did not talk to one fisherman in the New Jersey Lakes. But I had three different customers back from the St. Lawrence River doing great with smallmouth bass. Minnows, shiners, grubs, torpedos, spooks and spinner have been working best. I’m also having lots of guys heading to Pulaski but I have not gotten any reports back yet.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Lets hope this cooler wet weather will do something to pick up the striper fishing down the shore. Bill

Had a good day on the Delaware river catching so walleye on grubs and a 2lb largemouth on senkos near bulls island nj JOSH


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