Need Some Better Weather!

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Weather for this coming weekend in not looking all that good. The upper river is much higher than normal and all the guys heading up this past week said the water color was quite off to muddy depending on how far up you went. Myself I was out on the lower river on Thursday finding even the catfish were hard to come by. Water temperature was 80 degrees and the water was in great shape clear and not too much debris. Fishing shrimp, bunker and nightcrawlers the three of us boated 11 catfish 1 to 5 pounds.

Now with the upper river high and off color the striper fisherman did much better. At the New Hope wing dam one fisherman picked up 5 bass 26 to 30 inches fishing right off the dam. He picked these fish up with live eels. Another fisherman anchored on the high side of the dam picked up 11 fish 18 to 26 inches all with live eels. Now up in the rocks at Lambertville several fishermen have been catching 3 to 10 fish with live eels, white perch, poppers and SP Minnows. Kevin said at the Water Gap the picked up plenty of stripers and even had fish 36 to 39 inches. Again eels working best. While he was buying bait several guys were talking up catching some nice bass off the wall of the Portland power plant. These guys had fish up to 34 inches with eels and poppers.

Several guys have started fishing the creeks for bass, bluegills and anything else that will bite. One fisherman at above Pine Road with white and black poppers has been catching nice smallies, rock bass, bluegills and even picked up a couple 14 inch largemouth bass. A bit lower at the Boulevard a few 12 to 15 pound carp being picked up with corn. A few guys fishing the Neshaminy at Hulmeville Road catching catfish, carp, perch and even a few largemouth bass. Minnows, nightcrawlers, chicken livers and corn working best. At Playwicky Park a few guys are crushing rock bass with small jigs and trout magnets. Further up the creek above the Boulevard a few guys catching plenty of 10 to 12 inch smallies with 3-inch power grubs. Perkiomen Creek at the 73 bridge several smaller bass, rock bass and bluegills hitting minnows, spinners and smaller crankbaits. Further up the creek here just below Green Lane in the deeper water one fisherman picked up 6 smallies 14 to 17 inches with Senko worms and 4 inch lizards.

Schuylkill River still been very good for carp fishing from Gladwyne up to Norristown. These fish have been hitting corn, carp baits and boilies. Main scents have been tiger nut, sweet corn and pineapple. Some of these fish have been 20 to 35 pounds. The group of cat fisherman did real good catching over 150 fish this past week with 6 flatheads 21 to 24 pounds. The smaller fish hitting shrimp, chicken livers and bagels. Flatheads on bluegills, eels and whiter perch. Further down the river Joe said plenty of catfish, perch and smaller stripers hitting bloodworms, nightcrawlers, bagels and chicken livers. Ron said the bass in the upper part of the river slowed up with off color and high water.

Core Creek showed signs of some better largemouth bass in the upper end. These fish were caught with minnows, Slug-O’s buzz baits and shallow jerk style baits. In the spillway still smaller perch, bluegills and turtles hitting minnows, mealworms and trout magnets. Penn Warner still a bit slow with perch, crappies hitting along the shoreline with minnows and twister tails. Some of the bass fisherman said fishing has been tough but still catching fish 2 to 4 pounds on rubber-skirted jigs tipped with beavers and brush hogs. A few guys talking up Green Lane catching some nice largemouth bass on buzz baits, Zara Spooks and Jitterbugs along the roadway. These guys had fish up to 5.1 pounds. Plenty of smaller bass hitting on Magnolia Lake fishing smaller crankbaits, 3-inch Senko worms and twister tails. Shopping center lake off 13 had a few bass, bluegills and catfish hitting minnows, nightcrawlers and spinners. Down the hatchery one fisherman picked up 4 largemouth bass one being a bit of 23 pounds. He caught these fish with live minnows. FDR Park one fisherman caught a 19-inch snakehead with a weedless frog. Giving Pond been good for smaller bass and crappies fishing minnows, twister tails and smaller marabou jigs. And John up at Nockamixon said plenty of smaller bass fishing weedless lures in and just out side the pads.

Jersey guys did pretty well last weekend. John got out both Saturday and Sunday picking up a few smaller bass with weedless frogs but crushed the pickerel with yellow twister tails and Rapala 4 inch floaters. This was on Union Lake. Jack got out on Dennisville doing well with pickerel, crappies and yellow perch fishing minnows and smaller jigs. Batso Lake was fair for bass, pickerel and bluegills fishing minnows, mealworms and twister tails. Cooper River has been pretty good for catfish, carp and gizzard shad hitting nightcrawlers, minnows, corn and smaller grubs. Up in Newtown several snakeheads have been caught with some decent largemouth bass. These guys have been fishing weedless frogs, spinner and buzz baits, and weedless mice. Tom got out for the first time in a couple weeks catching nothing fishing for muskies in a few different spots. He was out on the river at the Water Gap, Greenwood and Lake Hapatcong.

Saltwater reports were slow coming this past week. I know they are still doing very good on kingfish from Wildwood up to Margate. These guys have been doing best with bloodworms and Fish Bites. Lots of smaller flounder being caught off the beaches fishing smaller jigs heads tipped with 4 inch Gulp mullet. Some better flounder reports coming out of Barnegat, Belle and up off Long Beach Island. Most of these guys are out on head boats fishing bucktails and 6-inch Gulp grubs. There seems to be lots of 2 to 6 pound bluefish up and down the coast. These fish hitting metal spoons, mullet and chunked bunker. Shark fishing also been very good off the beach with kingfish head, chunked bunker and mackerel.

Wish I had more but that is all I heard this past week. Bill

My son and I Fished the main stem north of Duncannon , half day Friday and most of the Day Saturday until  the storms pushed off the water.Landed well over 50 Smallies averaging 15″ to 18″ and football fat.Also landed some smaller fish which was good to see.Tubes caught the most but we caught fish on every plastic we threw.Joe from Newtown

Does Crabbing make the list? Caught yesterday at my dock…biggest one so far this year.Bridgeport Family Marina…B Dock.

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