Opening Week of Deer Season



Was away last weekend for a work week up at our hunting camp. This past week down to Virginia for Thanksgiving and now getting ready to head to the mountains next week for the opening of buck season. So there won’t be a report next week.

Being away next week we will be working on different hours.

Monday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wednesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Thursday 12 Lunch till 5 p.m.

Then we go back to normal hours


Freshwater fishing has really slowed up the past week or so. Several guys are still doing well at the Pennypack for trout and bluegills. Mealworms, wax worms and spinner have been working best. Levittown Lake a few trout are still hitting with a few decent crappies also being caught with small hair jigs, marabou jigs and trout magnets. Core Creek was restocked this past week with trout and I did not hear a single report of a trout being caught. Now they are still getting a few white perch and crappies with smaller minnows and small jigs. And one customer fishing Valley Green had a very good day with rainbows with cone head wooly buggers last weekend. He picked up 11 fish with a 16 and 18-inch fish mixed in.

Penn Warner has been a hit and miss spot. Jay crushed the bass, perch and pike the past couple week but said this past week was very slow. He is still doing best with minnows. Bryan fished on Monday with spinner baits and jigging metal catching 4 bass, 2 pickerel and a northern pike. He said nothing big but enough action to keep him happy. Steve fished Givens Pond catching a bunch of smaller bass and crappies with minnows, shiners, twister tails and spinners. John up at Nockamixon said the bass fishing has been picking up with the colder water. Live minnows, shiners and alewives have been working best in 20 to 30 feet of water. Last weekend he had a dozen fish 3 to 5 pounds. His buddies that have been crappie fishing in Lake Galena said here the fishing slowed up with only a few perch and smaller crappies hitting minnows and small grubs. FDR Park has been fair for perch and smaller bass with live minnows, twister tails and trout magnets. One fisherman in Tinacom catching several carp 12 to 18 pounds with corn and carp baits.

The upper Delaware River is slowing down for numbers but some much bigger fish are being caught. Off the New Hope wing dam one fisherman picked up a couple smallmouth bass 14 to 17 inches, stripers 21 to 27 inches and catfish 15 to 27 inches. He is doing best with live minnows and live eels. Up at Byran several guys have been catching 5 to 15 smallmouth bass. Most of the fish have been 13 to 16 inches hitting minnows and Zoom grubs the best. Up at Point Pleasant Charlie picked up a couple decent walleyes with mid range Rapala’s. These fish have been 15 to 20 inches. Further up at Upper Black Eddy one fisherman waded with minnows and twister tails catching 4 bass and a catfish early in the week. Kevin up at the Water Gap said the bass fishing is dead but some good numbers of walleyes and bigger catfish hitting shiners, nightcrawlers and strip white perch. Kevin also fished the river at the mouth of the Bushkill seeing lots of fish but did not have a single hit.

Now if you’re looking for good numbers and bigger smallmouth bass you need to head to the Susquehanna River. Here guys have been catching 25 to 50 fish a trip with lots of fish 14 to 19 inches. Live minnows have been the best during the day hours but as dusk comes in top water poppers and spooks are also hot. One fisherman wading the statue of liberty picked up 21 bass, 2 catfish and even a carp last Saturday all on live minnows. Several guys have been doing the drift from Clemson Island down to Duncannon catching the most fish. And the bigger fish seem to be held up just below the Junta River in the deeper holes. Jim picked up over 35 fish Tuesday but had 11 fish over 17 inches. His biggest was 20 inches just about 5 pounds. Another report from Sunbury with this fisherman doing great but said most of the fish were smaller. Friday he picked up 27 fish, Saturday another 19 and fishing just the morning on Sunday he boated 11 more. He did best with 3-inch grubs, minnows and tiny torpedoes. The last report was from a fisherman that took the weekend to drift from Sayer down to Laporte. This fisherman boated over 55 smallmouth bass, 2 pickerel, 4 northern pike and all kinds of rock bass and bluegills. He fished 2 and 3-inch grubs, spinners and nightcrawlers.

Now the saltwater action was super hot this past week. Russ was at Seaside on Tuesday catching 6 bass and plenty of good size bluefish. He was back down on Wednesday with my brother not to have a single fish. Anthony, Karl and JR were down on Thanksgiving having one of the best days ever. They caught stripers on every cast with fish 20 to 42 inches. The fish were hitting pretty much anything but they did best with poppers. Ron and his buddy’s were down to Long Beach Island on Monday catching bluefish 5 to 8 pounds with spoons and diamond jigs. Up at Sandy Hook I heard some decent reports on smaller bass and bigger bluefish early in the week. Metal, poppers and bucktails were working best. Now for the boat fisherman it has been on this past week. Up and down the coast 1 to 3 miles out guys have been catching fish 20 to 30 pounds with metal spoons, diamond jigs, Mojo Rigs, Umbrella Rigs and bunker spoons. I seen pictures of some of the bigger fish 40 to 47 pounds. Now as you down south the fishing does slow up. Off Brigantine there have been a few bass in the north end but no keepers. Poppers have been working best. Atlantic City I talked to a few guys fishing the back waters catching smaller bluefish and stripers with mullet, Kastmasters and Fin-S fish. In the Delaware Bay there are a few stripers but over all the fishing has been slow. The few bass they have been catching have been 20 to 29 inches hitting live eels, fresh and chunked bunker and shad bodies the best. Sea Bass and black fishing has been great all up and down the coast. Most of this fishing has been off shore but still some good numbers of fish are being caught off the jetties. Now the further north you head the bigger the fish get. In the Cape May section I talked to guys catching limits of fish 1 to 3 pounds. Now the guys fishing from Barnegat up to New York have been catching limits of fish 3 to 5 pounds. And as you head up off New York up to Massachusetts they are doing great on giant sea bass with a mix of cod mixed in.

South Jersey reports were slow the past couple weeks. But this is the season you should crush the pickerel, bass, crappies and perch in all the rivers and lakes. Richie did fish Lake Lenape catching plenty of smaller bass and pickerel with spinner baits, Rapala crankbaits and shallow jerk baits. John only fished one afternoon on Union doing pretty good with pickerel and crappies trolling twister tails around the islands and dam. Steve did very well on decent crappies fishing live minnows and wax worms on Union Lake. Jerry was in telling me the pickerel are taking over in his south jersey ponds. He is still doing best with live minnows. Another Jerry fishing Batso Lake missing a few bass with plastic worms but managed to catch a bunch of pickerel fishing the different streams spilling into the Mullica River. Twister tails, minnows and spinners working best.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Please remember the hours for the beginning of the week. Also we have had a few guys asking about the sale of the business and I have worked up some worksheets for anyone that would be interested. Bill


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