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Had a couple really good days on the river this past week. Tuesday I was out looking to catch the turn of the tide. I headed north to above Station Avenue looking for stripers but ran into a bunch of smaller catfish with clams. So I headed south to the Rancocas where I found some smaller stripers hitting bloodworms and clams. After that I moved down to the Tacony and fished the flats below the bridge. Here I found the stripers. 1 slot fish 23 inches and 4 fish 16 to 19 inches. All these fish were on bunker. Tons of catfish mixed in up to 5 pounds. Wednesday I was back out early heading again north. I only caught one striper but it was 30 inches and quite fat. Shame to release the first fish bleeding out both sides. Picking up Helen at 11 we headed back out and it was on below the Tacony. Boated we had a 29, 26 and a few smaller fish. I hooked and fought a fish for 3 minutes before pulling the hook. This fish was upper 30 inches or better. And tons of catfish 4 to 9 pounds. Everything was caught with bunker. John was out on Wednesday catching a few smaller stripers and loosing a few bigger fish caught with bunker and shad strips. And Rick was out on Tuesday catching tons of catfish with one 25-inch bass with bunker and shad strips. From the word around lot of bigger bass were caught from the Burlington Bridge north to Trenton. Most of these bigger fish are being caught with bunker. Up in the bridges of Trenton lots of 20 to 28 inch fish are being caught with poppers, shad bodies and shallow crankbaits. A few guys have been catching smaller fish with live white perch. Below Stockton one fisherman with live eels picked up several stripers 24 to 34 inches with live eels, live perch and shad strips. He if fishing the wing dams and the rocks above the 202 bridges. Kevin said some nice stripers are showing up at the Water Gap hitting live eels, poppers and live trout. Some of the fish have been 15 to 25 pounds.
Kevin has been just crushing the shad at the Water Gap. Fishing most evenings with spoons and smaller darts he has been boating 25 to 50 fish. A few guys I know fishing Lambertville for shad have been catching fish but not the numbers as a week ago. Frank was up on Monday catching 11 fish with spoons. And Charlie fish for shad for the first time in many years at Point Pleasant catching 21 fish in 4 afternoons all with ¼ ounce shad darts.
Less the shad and stripers in the upper river there have been some good catches of smallmouth bass and even a few walleye here and there. One fisherman at Trenton looking for stripers picked up 2 smallmouth bass 18 and 20 inches both with SP minnows. There was one other fisherman send me a picture of a bass mid 4-pound range picked up at Trenton with a lure. One fisherman out of Byran picked up 4 bass and 2 walleyes just above the wing dam both with Zoom dark grubs. Further up at Portland this fisherman caught 25 smallies over the past weekend with minnows, worms and jigs.
Another good smallies spot has been the Susquehanna River. I had three different reports this past week and each one was better than the last. The first was down below Harrisburg with this fisherman out with a guide. They fished the power plant section of the river catching 35 bass 2 to 4 pounds and one small musky. The next fisherman was out around the Statue Of Liberty wading. He fished 3 days and picked up over 50 bass with grubs, tubes, Rapala shallow cranks and chatter baits. He said most of the fish were 12 to 16 inches. The best report came from Clemson Island. This fisherman never left the ramp pool and boated over 100 bass for 2 fishermen over the weekend. They caught 9 fish 19 to 21 inches. Most all the fish came on bigger minnows, tubes and grubs.
Pennypack still fair for trout for the few guys left fishing there. One fisherman at the Boulevard picked up a couple rainbows and a bunch of bluegills fishing power baits and mealworms. Another fisherman at Welsh Road caught 5 trout in three mornings all with wax worms. The last report up to Krewstown Road caught 1 rainbow, 2 smallmouth bass and several bluegills all with Rooster Tails. One fisherman at Pine Creek said some good size browns and rainbows have been hitting wax worms, CP Swings and Rebel floating minnows. One other fisherman at Resica Fall’s picking up a bunch of stocked rainbows and native brooks with wax worms, meal worms, earthworms and salmon eggs. This was the private section of the creek. Jim also said the trout at Levittown Lake have been hitting dry flies late into the evenings. The Levittown Lake and Light Cahill’s have been working best.
Everyone I know that fishes Penn Warner was not in all week. John at Nockamixon had boat problems on Saturday and with no boat fished off a few docks on Sunday catching a few panfish. Jerry who was heading to Marsh Creek broke down on Saturday morning breaking an axle on his trailer. Getting it fixed early that afternoon getting to the lake late with all dead minnows he managed to catch a few perch with twister tails. Seeing a pattern here!! The last lake report was Ron heading to Struble Lake with his kayak. He fished all day Saturday with every lure in his box to catch a few crappies and perch with mealworms. And the first good report from Fall’s Township with this fisherman catching decent crappies all week long. Minnows seemed to be the best bait.
The hottest thing this past week has been Bluefishing up and down the coast. Long Beach Island has been the hottest spot with fish 6 to 15 pounds hitting poppers, crankbaits, bucktails, metal spoons and chunked bunker the best. Now at Atlantic City guys have been catching blues 6 to 10 pounds with metal spoons, diamond jigs, bucktails, bunker and clams. Further down the coast at Cape May to Wildwood blues 4 to 6 pounds have been hitting bunker and mullet the best. Striper fishing has still been great up in the Raritan Bay if you can get through the bluefish. Guys have been trolling Mojo Rigs, Mann’s 25 plus stretch, Umbrella rigs with shad bodies and bunker spoons. If they find schools of bunker it has been the snag and drop techniques. Now some of these bass have been 20 to 40 pounds with bluefish 8 to 16 pounds. A few guys fishing off the jetties down south have been catching plenty of smaller blackfish and sea bass with green or calico crabs and clams. Up the Delaware Bay there have been a few 25 to 45 pound drumfish caught this past week. These fish are hitting clams the best. Mixed in have been a few 15 to 20 pound bass being caught with the clams.
Jersey lakes have been very good for perch, crappies, bass and pickerel. John got down to Union picking up some bass 2 to 4 pounds early in the mornings with top water frogs and Lunker City salad spoons. Later in the day he fished minnows and twister tails around the lake catching plenty of smaller bass and pickerel. A few guys fished Newton Lake for bass but ended the day with 4 snakeheads. These fish were 15 to 22 inches and were all caught with weedless frogs. Tim fished the Copper River looking for carp. With 4 lines in the water with all kinds of carp baits they only ended the day with 6 fish 4 to 12 pounds. But fishing lures around the pads they picked up all kinds of bluegills, perch and gizzard shad. Jerry crushed the pickerel, bass and crappies in Elmer with live minnows and twister tails. Richie again picked up a bunch of pickerel with 4 and 5-inch Senko worms. He ended the week with 4 smaller bass and 55 pickerel. A few different reports from Spruce Run with crappies, yellow perch and smallmouth bass all hitting great. One fisherman off the bank picked up 25 crappies all 13 to 15 inches. The smallmouth guys have been doing best with Senko worms, Spro crankbaits and pig and jigs.
Well that is all I have time for this week. I hope all the mothers have a Happy Mother’s Day. It is going to be a wet and cold one. Bill
Just a quick report for u. I was just south of the BRB caught a nice 24 inch slot. Lots of action Out there. About 18′ of water.