Striper Bite starting down the shore

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With bloodworms back in stock we saw lots of worms head to the river and to the shore. The worms that went to the river there were only a few catfish picked up. But the worms that headed to the shore did quite well with stripers and white perch. Oyster Creek power plant was one of the best places to head with stripers 15 to 28 inches were caught with bloodworms, 4 and 5-inch shad bodies and different colored Fin-s fish. Salem Canal there was some monster white perch mixed in with 15 to 20 inch stripers and catfish. Mullica River from May’s Landing down to Collin’s Cove bigger white perch, stripers 15 to 24 inches and pickerel caught with bloodworms, minnows and grass shrimp. Below Union Lake there were some stripers 20 to 28 inches caught with bloodworms, shiners, Storm shads and poppers. The only other reports from the shore have been the off shore trips for cod, Pollock, ling, blackfish and sea bass. Most of this fishing is from North Jersey up to Massachusetts. Clams, strip mackerel, squid and jigs working best.

The upper river has still been very good for walleyes 13 to 22 inches. The hot spots have been Washington’s Crossing, Lambertville, Stockton, Bull’s Island, Byran and Point Pleasant. These guys have been catching fish jigging minnows, shad bodies and twister tails. They have also been trolling spinner rigs with minnows or nightcrawlers, Storm Hot and Tot’s in bright colors, Walleye Divers again in bright colors. The lower river again has been pretty much catfish with bloodworms, chunked eels, bunker and shrimp. Nothing big but most guys are catching 1 to 3 fish each trip out. Now the Schuylkill River has been better for bigger catfish. These guys have been fishing chunked eels, live eels, live perch and bluegills and also chunked perch. So far this year I know of 7 flatheads taken 13 to 27 pounds. Also below the Art Museum a few guys have been catching a few white perch, walleyes and catfish with minnows, nightcrawlers, twister tails and shad bodies.

Ron took his first trip out and fished the upper Schuylkill looking for a bass or walleyes. Well fishing all day Saturday and Tuesday not catching a fish. Todd fish the Perkiomen Creek right behind his apartment and picked up a few bluegills fishing small crankbaits and smaller twister spinner baits. A few guys up at Core Creek said the lake has been slow but the spillway has been pretty good for smaller perch and crappies. Minnows, mealworms, wax worms and twister tail working best. The last day of the season on Levittown Jim picked up a few decent bass and crappies with Kastmasters, Little Cleo’s and Senko worms. Now he will be heading back to Fall’s Township till trout season opens. Couple guys have been fishing Fall’s Township only catching a few pickerel and smaller walleyes trolling crankbaits. Tim up at Given’s Pond had a pretty good day with crappies fishing minnows and twister tails. The landscaper fished the shopping center lake over the weekend catching a few bluegills and one small bass. Nightcrawlers and minnows working best. One fisherman at Silver Lake said the bass are starting to hit spinner baits, Senko worms and shallow crankbaits.

South Jersey lakes, river and creeks all have been great for pickerel, perch, crappies and bass. Most guys have been doing best with live minnows but twister tails; crankbaits, spinner baits and plastic worms are also working well. Steve at Union Lake had a great weekend for bigger crappies with a few perch and pickerel mixed in. He did best with live minnows, wax worms and 1/64 ounce jigs. John also got down on Saturday fishing live minnows, twister tails and jigs tipped up brush hogs catching 7 bass 1 to 3 pounds and 14 pickerel mixed in. His one buddy did catch a 24-inch pickerel reeling in a yellow perch. This fish was over 5 pounds. Jerry has still been doing very well with pickerel; perch and crappies fishing live minnows in the lakes along Routes 55 and 47. Gary fishing Dennisville picked up a bunch of pickerel fishing Rapala’s, Rooster Tails and 4 inch yellow twister tails. Richie said the pickerel in Lake Lenape have been hitting Rapala’s divers and shad raps, spinner baits, and floating plastic worms.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Cold weekend is not going to help the striper run but I’m hoping in the next week or so the first fish will be caught. I may even head out sometime this coming week. Bill

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