River Still Hot For Smallies!

Trout will be restocked in the Pennypack Creek on October 10th.

Had a great day on the river with Joe on Thursday. Fishing from the Stockton Bridge down to the New Hope Bridge we boated 51 fish with 5 stripers and 6 catfish mixed in with all the smallmouth bass. Most of the bass were 12 to 14 inches but Joe did have 2 decent fish 18 and 19 inches. One catfish was a bit over 6 pounds and the stripers were all 16 to 19 inches. Most all the fish were caught with watermelon grubs with a few caught with live minnows. One other fisherman working a salty grub picked up 19 bass and a bunch of small stripers fishing at the Stockton Bridge. Several customers off the New Hope wing dam have been doing very well with stripers, smallies and catfish with minnows, spinners, grubs and live and chunked eels. Keith picked up a bunch of catfish in the fast water chunking up eels Sunday evening. He ended the day with 19 cats 3 to 9 pounds. Another customer with live minnows and live small eels picked up 14 bass, 4 catfish and 2 stripers. He did have catfish up to 10 pounds and one legal stripers 32 inches. Down at Yardley another fisherman picked up legal striper fishing above the railroad bridge with a SP Minnow. The drift group got out last Saturday picking up 67 fish between 4 guys. They did best with live minnows but also picked up a few fish with spinners and grubs. Kevin at the Water Gap said the river is filling up with leaves so top water lures are getting hard to fish. But with grubs, Senko’s and jerk shads he is still picking up 20 to 30 fish each afternoon.

Out at the Schuylkill River bass, catfish and carp fishing has been great. The group of catfish guys fishing out of Gladwin picked up 75 fish with two 20 flathead this past week. Both flatheads were picked up with live bluegills. Talking to Harry who fished out of Norristown has picked up 11 flatheads this summer from 17 to 31 pounds. He only uses monster size bluegills that he pays between 5 and 7 dollars for. Down at the dam fishing the early morning some smaller walleyes and stripers are being picked up with white and bunker colored shad bodies. Further down river plenty of catfish, yellow and white perch and smaller stripers being caught with nightcrawlers, shrimp and bloodworms.

Penn Warner slowed up a bit this past week with the warm weather. Still perch, crappies and pickerel hitting live minnows along the shorelines. John had another good bass at Core Creek with a deep divining crankbait Monday morning. This fish was 19 inches just shy of 4 pounds. Around the docks plenty of small perch and crappies with mealworms and small minnows. John passed up on Nockamixon this week to head to Raystown Reservoir. For the week he picked up over 50 largemouth bass, 9 smallmouth bass and 2 big stripers. The largemouth bass hitting spinner baits and plastic worms. The smallies he did best with jigs tipped with shiners. One striper was caught with a bucktail and the other a 7-inch swimming plug. Talking to Harry again that also had a couple good days on Green Lane this past week with bass and even had a 31-inch northern pike. Shiners and plastic worms. Still catching some decent numbers of smaller bass in Magnolia Lake with smaller crankbaits, grubs and 3 inch Senko worms. The shopping center lake again fair for smaller bass, bluegills and catfish with minnows and nightcrawlers.

Forgot to mention the lower Delaware River still with plenty of catfish hitting up and down the river on bunker, clams, shrimp, chunked and live eels and nightcrawlers. Most of these fish have been 1 to 4 pounds. A few different guys out fishing bloodworms catching plenty of white perch and smaller stripers around the bridges. At Salem a few guys have been crushing bigger white perch with bloodworms fished on Sabiki rigs. Rick still doing fair fishing evenings with poppers, spooks and Fin-S fish on smaller bass, stripers and even catfish. The fisherman down at the Raccoon Creek said fishing slowed up with just a few stripers 18 to 24 inches and catfish up to 7 pounds fishing live eels and bloodworms.

Saltwater action was not good this past week with the big storm off shore. The only fish I heard of off Jersey was a few smaller bluefish caught off the jetties of Island State Park early in the week with mullets and strip mackerel. Still plenty of spots being caught off the Delaware beaches and also in the Chesapeake Bay. A few croakers mixed in. And again early in the week they were doing great on bigger porgies, sea bass and blackfish in north Jersey, New York and Massachusetts.

Jersey freshwater reports have been slow the past couple weeks. One fisherman up at Spruce Run has been doing great with crappies fish smaller spoons, jigs, trout magnets and small shiners. Mixed in has been a few decent smallies. One fisherman on Dennisville has still been doing great for pickerel fishing minnows, twister tails and spinners. In the sand pits behind the campground off Route 9 guys have been catching some nice largemouth bass with rattle traps, plastic worms and spinner baits. Here you just have to fight the bugs to be able to fish.

I know this report is short but I con only give you what I get. One the sale of the business all the contracts have been signed and we are waiting for inspections. We have allot of people asking about gift certificates and we will be forwarding all gift certificates to the new owner to honor for the next year. So keep us in mind for Christmas presents. Bill

Billy had another great weekend chasing smallmouth bass in the upper river. We fished Saturday all day from Upper Black Eddie down to Bull’s Island we picked up about 40 bass and 15 catfisih. Minnows was the main bait but we also had a pretty good bite on the zoom grubs u sold us. Sunday was the best day fishing from Frenchtown down to Washington’s crossing. Here we picked up over 75 bass, 15 stripers and a bunch of catfish. Again minnows was a great bait but the Zoom grubs were the hot thing. White, watermellow and punkenseed were the colors. Will be in Saturday morning to see you again. Steve

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