Stripers In The River – Blues on The Coast

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Not the best couple days off. Tuesday I woke up to a nice 30 mile and hour wind with rain all day long. So I stayed home and caught up on some sleep and things to do around the house. Wednesday was a much better weather day getting up to a light wind that laid down as the day went on. Well fishing bloodworms, shad strips, bunker and clams I only managed to catch 2 stripers, 6 catfish and 6 white perch. The stripers were 20 inches and smaller. I ran all up and down the river looking and then decided to sit out my best spot. Just one of those days. But all up and down the river the striper fishing has been hot. Weezer was out on Sunday picking up 2 20 pound fish, 2 slot fish and a bunch of smaller fish. Dave was out looking for stripers with bunker but only caught a boat of catfish. There was a 44-inch fish taken off Princeton Avenue packed up with clams. A big 46-inch fish was taken up at the Burlington Bristol Bridge with a bunker head. Lou had a good day with another 40 plus inch fish with another 39 inch right behind it. Station Avenue has been pretty good with one fisherman catching 7 fish all in the 20 to 32 inch range. He caught these fish with bunker and bloodworms. Another fisherman at the Neshaminy State Park had 5 fish this morning all with bloodworms. Each one in the slot range. Some really good numbers of big fish being caught in the Salem to Commodore Barry Bridge area. Frank’s buddy early to day caught 11 fish 27 to 42 inches with bunker. Frank himself has been all up and down the river catching smaller fish. The airport has been very good with a bunch of slot fish caught with bloodworms. 

Shad fishing in the upper river has been smoking. Everyone from Washington’s Crossing up to Lambertville has been catching 3 to 50 shad per boat. These guys are all fishing shad spoons. Up at Bull’s Island one fisherman under the walk bridge picked up 17 fish wading with darts and spoons. Up at Upper Black Eddy Steve and his buddy landed over 40 shad with a few walleyes mixed in with spoons and darts. Kevin said the Water Gap has been hot with a bass bite during the morning hours and shad all afternoon and evening long. He had one day with over 75 fish with 3 guys in the boat. Again spoons and smaller darts are working best. One fisherman at Trenton looking for stripers picked up a nice 5-pound smallmouth bass.

Trout was restocked in the Pennypack today. So far I did not hear how good the stocking was but up to today they have still been catching 1 to 5 fish for the better trout fisherman. These guys are doing best with power baits, spinners, mealworms and small bright jigs. I hear Stony Brook is being stocked for the kid’s tournament so the beginning of next week there will be some monster trout left over. Jim up at Levittown Lake had a great week with trout hitting in the evens on dry flies. Light Cahill’s, Levittown Lake and White Millers working best.

Nockamixon has still been hot for both smallmouth and largemouth bass. John was up with his wife over the weekend catching smallies up to 5-pound fishing minnows. The other John is not getting monster fish but catching 10 to 20 fish each trip out with a bunch of crappies if the bass fishing is slow. He said the bass have been hitting Senko worms, Chatter Baits and jigging metal off the ledges with the crappies hitting small tubes fish under a slip bobber along the docks. Jerry up at Marsh Creek picked up over 50 pickerel last weekend out looking for bigger bass. He is fishing minnows and jigs along the roadbeds catching these 15 to 21 inch toothy critters. No bass or yellow perch last weekend. The landscaper had a couple good days in the shopping center lake catching smaller bass and bluegills with twister tails, mealworms and minnows. Only one fisherman up at Fall’s Township Park fishing half a day on Saturday not having a single hit. Penn Warner slowed up this past week after the rain and cold day on Tuesday. Chuck and Jay are still catching a few fish but no numbers or big fish. Several guys have been fishing the hatcheries catching plenty of bluegills and a few catfish with nightcrawlers and earthworms. One father told me his daughter picked up 25 bluegills on Saturday. One other fisherman down at the ponds picked up a 3-pound largemouth bass fishing a minnow under a bobber.

Jersey reports have still been very good for the few guys reporting. Jerry still crushing crappies, perch, pickerel and bass fishing minnows in the south jersey lakes. Richie on Lake Lenape has still been doing great with pickerel looking for the bigger bass. This past week fishing 10 inch power worms he caught a 5 pound bass and went through 4 packs of worms with the pickerel biting them off. Switching up to a Senko worm he landed 7 smaller bass with 25 or better pickerel. John had a great day on Union Lake picking up 9 bass, 11 pickerel and a bunch of decent crappies. The bass and pickerel were caught with surface frogs, Senko worms and shallow jerk baits. The crappies were caught drifting 2 and 3-inch twister tails along the islands. Stosh had a monster largemouth bass 22 inches 6.2 pounds caught with Tactical Angler jerk bait on Dennisville Lake. He also had plenty of smaller bass and pickerel mixed in. Tom still doing well early in the week with muskies, pickerel and smallmouth bass fishing Lake Hapatcong. Fishing 5, 7 and 9 inch jerk baits has been working best. I talked to him this morning and the past two days have been dead. Andy was up to Spruce Run Reservoir catching a few smallmouth bass, yellow perch and crappies with live minnows, plastic worms and shallow crankbaits. Nothing big but good action. And only one trout report from Jersey with a fisherman on Amwell Pond catching a few rainbows with power bait.

Saltwater action is still hot but the weather and wind this past week dept most guys close to home. The Raritan Bay has been smoking hot for stripers. Here they are catching fish mid 20 inches up to mid 40 pound fish. Snagging bunker and either dropping or chunking has been working best. But there are several guys trolling Mojo Rigs, Bunker Spoons and Umbrella Rigs that are also doing well. Now as you come down the coast it is bluefish everywhere. Out front and back bays have been great for blues 5 to 13 pounds. These guys have been using metal spoons, diamond jigs, bucktails, poppers, crankbaits and even rubber shads. And the bait fisherman has been doing best with chunked and whole bunker. As you come down to Cape May the fishing gets much slower. One fisherman off the south beach of Wildwood fished all last weekend to catching 4 stripers 15 to 17 inches. All with bloodworms. Now up in the bay there have been some bigger stripers hitting. Fortescue Danny said there are fish 30 to 60 pounds showing up in the bunker nets. I had one report from Reed’s Beach with this fisherman catching 2 keepers last week both with clams. Up at Money Island George had a great week catching over 40 stripers 24 to 36 inches. He did best with bunker but also caught fish with bloodworms and clams.

Well run out of time again so have to end it here. Good luck and a great looking weekend coming up. I hope we will have enough bait to supply everyone. Bill

Add on just talking to Paul who is fishing the Betsy Ross Bridge with bunker landing a 44, 42 and 39-inch bass this afternoon. He said these fish all came within 30 minutes of the 8 hours of fishing. Another report from the beach at the Tacony with these guys fishing the low end by the Pennsauken Creek catching 11 bass 21 to 32 inches with bunker and bloodworms.

Slot fish 23″ 9am 4/22/17 rancocas creek … couple shorts… one aproximate 30-36″ lost at the boat … all bunker… perch chewing up bloods…Tom O

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