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Friends in from Brooklyn and a rainy Tuesday I was not able to get out at all this past week. Hope to get a couple good days next week to hit the upper river.
Upper river level has come down to a perfect level. And the fishing has been getting better and better. Lots of different reports up and down the river and all have been good. Several guys fishing off the New Hope wing dam catching smallies, catfish and small stripers. Minnows and live eels working best here. Most guys I talked to have been fishing from Bull’s Island down to the Lambertville ramp with most these guys catching 20 to 40 fish each trip out. Lots of 12 to 16 inch fish mixed in with tons of smaller fish. Minnows, grubs, tubes, spinners and Senko worm working best. A few guys drifting from Frenchtown down to Bull’s Island have been catching 40 to 70 fish each trip out. These guys are doing best with live minnows, grubs and spinners. Upper Black Eddy one fisherman picked up 11 bass and a bunch of catfish with nightcrawlers and minnows. Charlie picked up 25 fish in a couple nights fishing white and black poppers in the late part of the day at Point Pleasant. Kevin fishing above the 80 bridges with shiners, grubs, poppers and buzz baits has been catching 25 to 50 fish each trip out. He has also been catching a few walleyes in the late part of the day with nightcrawlers and spinner rigs. Up at Narrowsburg and above a few guys did canoe drifts catching plenty of small bass, rock bass, river chubs and bluegills. Minnows, spinners, grubs and shallow crankbaits were working best.
The lower river still has been pretty good for catfish, with these fish hitting nightcrawlers, shrimp, chicken livers and chunked eels the best. And there are still plenty of small stripers and white perch hitting bloodworms and chicken livers. Fran picked up a 27 pound flathead with a live white perch on Monday evening. Bass fishing has still been slow with lots of smaller fish hitting in the back coves on smaller plastic worms, jigs and chatter baits. The fisherman down in the Raccoon creek said striper fishing really dropped off this past week but plenty of 6 to 10 pound catfish hitting live eels and chunked bunker. There were a few carp picked up off the Frankford Arsenal ramp with corn and carp baits.
Schuylkill River still very good all up and down for carp, catfish, bass and bluegills. Joe told me that there are tons of small stripers, yellow and white perch and smaller catfish hitting nightcrawlers, chicken livers and bloodworms. This is a mile or so below the museum dam. Right below the dam only one fisherman catching a few walleyes and perch fishing twister tails and sassy shads. Up at Gladwyne several different reports. One fisherman picked up 6 carp this past week 16 to 26 pounds. He picked these fish up with different homemade carp baits. The catfish group had another good week with over 100 fish 2 to 7 pounds with chicken livers, shrimp and chunked perch. With live bluegills they picked up 2 flatheads 19 and 22 pounds. Ron came down river one day and fished the fast water above Gladwyne at the bridge catching 19 bass with spinners and live shiners. He also had a good evening catching 11 bass with baby spooks up in the Norristown section.
More good smallmouth bass fishing has been done in the Neshaminy Creek, upper Pennypack Creek and Perkiomen Creek. Several guys fishing from Pine Road up to the Lorimer Park. These guys have been catching smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, big bluegills and rock bass. Minnows have been the best but spinners, grubs and even mealworms are working well. One fisherman down at the Boulevard picked up an 8-pound carp fishing corn last Sunday. Lots of different guys fishing the Neshaminy Creek from Hulmeville Road up to Stone Bridge catching catfish, carp, smallmouth bass, bluegills and rock bass. Minnows again have been the main bait but spinners, grubs, tubes and top water lures working well. At Hulmeville they have been catching mostly catfish and carp. Catfish hitting nightcrawlers and shrimp the best. Carp with corn, carp baits and boilies the best. TJ had a great afternoon fishing the rock at Route One catching over 75 fish on Monday with spinners and small twister tails. Right were Core Creek dumps into the Neshaminy one fisherman had a couple 14 to 15 inch smallies fishing 3 inch Fin-S fish.
Core Creek again has not changed. Just a bunch of small perch and bluegills. Penn Warner a mixed bag with plenty of white perch hitting minnows along the shoreline. One fisherman doing well on both largemouth and smallmouth bass with lots of 16 to 21 inch pickerel fishing large minnows. FDR Park several smaller bass and bluegills hitting small jigs and trout magnets. Nockamixon still fair for smaller bass with several guys talking up plenty of perch, crappies and bluegills hitting small jigs, tubes and meal worms around the docks and different structure. John put in a day looking for bigger bass fishing some of the deep holes with spinner baits, jigs, metal and bucktails to go right back catching the smaller bass with weedless frogs and smaller Senko worms. One guys talking up the lake in Yardley catching a bunch of bluegills and smaller catfish with his kids. Worms were working best. Lots of people have been taking their kids down to the hatchery doing quite well with bluegills with a few catfish and bass mixed in. Nightcrawlers, mealworms, minnows and even lures have been working best. I even had one fisherman hit the little lake back in Eden Hall catching a few bluegills with trout magnets and little inch worms and crickets he found around the lake.
Saltwater reports have been far and few between with all the bad weather and wind we had this past week. Plenty of croakers and spots still hitting down in the Chesapeake Bay with bloodworms and Fish Bites. Some kingfish and smaller croakers hitting off the beach from Cape May up to Atlantic City again on bloodworms and Fish Bites. Flounder fishing is coming to a quick end with fishing still real good when you can get the weather to go fishing. Up off Brielle a few decent blues were caught off the jetties with bucktails and metal. Shark fishing has slowed up quite a bit but still a few fish 4 to 6 feet are being caught with bunker chunks, mackerel chunks, kingfish heads and live eels. Still good reports up off New York and Massachusetts for bigger porgies and sea bass fishing clams, strip mackerel and gulp mullet.
Well that is all I have for you this week. Summer coming to an end but still have plenty of time to get out and get some good fall fishing in. Lets all hope for a great striper surf season to come.