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Had a real nice week up state last weekend cutting the grass and weedwacking for the entire time. The little bit of fishing I did was on our pond trying out my new canoe. After loosing all our fish a couple years ago due to the thick ice it was good to drift around catching smaller bluegills, crappies, yellow perch and golden shiners. Most all the fish I caught was on trout magnets and beetle spins. I did have a couple smaller bass come up and take swipes at buzz baits but nothing hooked up. This past week with the high winds I only got out on the river one day. But it turned out to be very good catching 4 stripers and over 20 catfish. The stripers were 26, 24, 22 and 5 inches. Catfish ranged from 1 to 9 pounds. Bunker was the hot bait but I also caught fish with bloodworms and shrimp.
Over all the lower river reports have been far and few between. I seems that most guys have given up on the stripers other than the few guys fishing up at Trenton. These guys are still doing very well on fish 22 to 34 inches with live white perch and eels. Most guys are drifting from the bridges down to where Route 29 comes to the river. Up at Yardley on fisherman with smaller live eels along the islands has been catching 5 to 8 stripers each morning. These fish have been 21 to 26 inches. And up in the wing dam at New Hope a few guys have been fishing live eels in the flew catching 20 to 31 inch stripers. Smallmouth bass fishing really picked up before all this rain. JR has been catching 30 to 50 bass with live minnows and Zoom grubs. Charlie wading at Point Pleasant has been catching 8 to 12 fish with a walleye here and there. Kevin up at the Water Gap told me the shad bite is dead but smallmouth fishing in the fast water has been awesome. He has been catching 25 to 40 fish each trip out with grubs, tubes, spinners and top water lures. One fisherman at Narrowsburg has been doing great with smallies with a few walleyes mixed in. But this past week he picked up a 37-inch striper with a live shiner.
Saltwater fishing has been great all up and down the coast. Now this past week good numbers of kingfish showed up from Wildwood up past Atlantic City. These fish are hitting bloodworms and fish bites. And in these same water fishing kingfish heads or whole smaller kingfish are catching some 5 to 7 feet brown sharks. Flounder fishing has been very good and the bigger fish are being caught from Shark River up and into the Raritan bay. Bucktails have been working the best. Another good spot for bigger flounder has been the old grounds and the Cape May reef. These guys are using bigger bucktails with 6 inch gulp grubs to catching flounder 3 to 8 pounds. Now everywhere else the flounder fishing has been good but most of the fish have been throwbacks. Back in Grassy Sounds one fisherman picked up 35 fish without a keeper. But he did catch 5 nice weakfish 19 to 24 inches. There are some great stripers still being caught up in north Jersey. These guys have been fishing Mojo Rigs, umbrella rigs and bunker spoons. Mixed in have been some 6 to 12 pound bluefish. The porgy and sea bass fishing off New York and Massachusetts has still been very good fishing top and bottom rigs with clams and strip mackerel. I talked to one fisherman flounder fishing in the bays of Connecticut catching plenty of fish with very few keepers. He has been doing best with small bucktails and Gulp mullet or spearing. The few guys heading to the Chesapeake Bay have been perch fishing hoping for the spot run to start soon. The perch have been hitting bloodworms, Fish Bites and strip squid the best.
The spillway of Core Creek has been pretty good for perch and smaller crappies. There are also a few big snapper turtles driving the fisherman nuts. The fish have been hitting smaller twister tails, trout magnets and small minnows the best. The upper end which has been pretty good for bass has been quite the past couple weeks. John up at Nockamixon said the bass bedded up and just shut down this past week. But the pan fishing has still been very good with crappies and yellow perch hitting tubes, grubs and minnows. His buddies up at Galena said fishing here died the whole month of June. The only fishing has been at night for channel catfish with chunked and live bluegills and chicken livers. I was out to Struble Lake looking for puppies seeing guys catching panfish right off the ramp. They seemed to all using worms. The fish hatchery got a stocking of bluegills and bass this past week for the different kids programs. But any kids can fish here at any time. One fisherman at Silver Lake picked up a few catfish and bluegills fishing worms. The shopping center lake same thing with bluegills and perch hitting minnows and worms. Fall’s Township slowed up for crappies but smaller bass have been hitting Senko worms, spinner baits and bright colored deep diving crankbaits. Jim picked up 11 fish this past week with these three lures. Jim also has still been hitting Levittown Lake in the evening with dry flies catching bluegills, smaller crappies and a trout here and there. Light colored Levittown Lake, White Millers and Light Cahill’s working the best.
Jersey guys have also been doing great. One fisherman at Spruce Run catching good size crappies, smallmouth bass and pickerel with minnows, mealworms, jigs and buzz baits. Couple guys out trolling Round Valley Reservoir picking up a few rainbows with spinner rigs. Jerry had another good week for pickerel, crappies and perch fishing his few south Jersey lakes. He is doing best on Elmer but also fished Magnolia and Rainbow. Terry fishing Manasquan Reservoir doing great with largemouth bass and pickerel. Spinner baits, buzz baits, rubber skirted jigs tipped with beaver tails or brush hog and live shiners did best. Did not hear back from my Union Lake crew but the bass, crappies, perch and pickerel should still be hitting well. Mercer County Park was real good for one fisherman catching 11 pickerel Wednesday afternoon. He caught all the fish with minnows.
Well that is all I have for you this week. For those who have been asking we will be picking up our new Vizsla pup on Tuesday and it will be in the store n Wednesday. Can’t wait. Bill