Stripers showing up North Jersey

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Trout will be restocked in the Pennypack Creek on October 10th. Levittown Town Lake was restocked October 24th.

Fishing reports are getting shorter and shorter as the cooler weather comes in. And so far it is only cooler weather with the river temps still in the upper 60’s and the ocean in the lower 60’s. Not good for ice fishing but I could stand this weather to hold till the first week of April and then let spring come in with little rain and wind for a fantastic striper season. Myself I was only able to get out one afternoon hunting and was able to pick up another big doe with the bow. Was thinking of heading up the river the other day but the winds kept me close to home.

With the rain over the weekend the river was up and off color. Now that did not shut the fishing down with some decent smallies caught and plenty of catfish hitting minnows and nightcrawlers. A few guys fishing the Neshaminy Creek have been having mixed reports with fishing hitting one day and then next nothing. The lower river has again not changed with plenty of catfish hitting nightcrawlers, chicken livers, chunked and live eels, bunker, shrimp and bagels. Most of these fish have been 1 to 4 pounds with some 6 to 10 pound fish hitting the live eels.

The Susquehanna River has still been on fire for smallies with quite a few walleyes mixed in. These guys have been doing best with minnows, crayfish, grubs, tubes, salty spiders and top water plugs. Most of these guys are talking up 25 to 50 fish a trip with most fish 2 to 4 pounds.

Trout fishing still pretty good on the Pennypack Creek with fish hitting wax worms, mealworms, power baits and spinners. Now no big numbers but most everyone has picked up 1 to 2 fish each trip. And if your fishing up the creek there are still some smallies, rock bass and bluegills hitting smaller minnows, grubs, spinners and smaller crankbaits. Levittown Lake was great last week with most guys picking up 1 to 5 fish with power baits, wax worms and Kastmasters spoons. And I had one report from Darby Creek with this fisherman catching 2 rainbows with dry flies mixed in with the 20 bluegills he caught last Sunday.

One fisherman on Core Creek picked up a bunch of white perch but also reeled in a 31 inch 20 plus pound catfish. He caught this fish while reeling in a perch. In the spillway plenty of small perch and bluegills hitting mealworms, wax worms and twister tails. Penn Warner has still been very good for both boat and bank fisherman. Chunk and Jay picking up plenty of yellow perch, crappies and pickerel with live minnows along the shoreline. The boat guys have been drifting minnows and jigs picking up bass 2 to 4 pounds with plenty of pickerel and pike mixed in. Jerry had another good day on Marsh Creek catching good size smallies and yellow perch with minnows, grubs and rubber skirted jigs. The one fisherman on Churchville picked up a couple 5 to 6 pound bass and even see a monster musky swim by one afternoon. The bass here have been hitting spinner baits. The hatchery down the street was real good this past week for largemouth bass all caught with live minnows and nightcrawlers. John having boat problems had to result into bank fishing on Nockamixon having a good weekend with smaller bass and crappies fishing off the docks with smaller jigs, tubes and Pins minnows. He did talk to one fisherman catching some bigger smallies in the rocks with live shiners and suspended jerk baits.

Quite a windy week kept lots of the boats close to home down the shore but when they are getting out the fishing has been great. Most of the boats heading out of Barnegat and Brielle have been fishing 3 to 5 miles out catching plenty of sea bass and blackfish. Now here there are lots of throwbacks and they have been catching most of the fish with clams, squid and mackerel strips. Now if you’re off Island State Park up to Block Island lot of bigger sea bass with a few cod mixed in. Here again clams, squid and strip mackerel but they are also doing well with 3 to 8 ounce diamond jigs. And there are boats heading out of Connecticut catching porgies, sea bass and cod close to shore and the off long trips are heading out for bigger cod and tilefish. Black fishing has been good all up and down the coast but the one fish limit is not giving us that many reports. I think this season opens with a better limit sometime the middle of this month. There is quite a striper bite starting off Long Beach Island, Raritan Bay and off New York. These fish are mainly being caught snagging and dropping bunker but I also heard of fish caught trolling Mojo Rigs, Stretch 25’s and 30’s and bunker spoons. Most of these fish have been 20 to mid 40 pound fish.

South jersey is turning on for pickerel, bass, crappies and perch. John had a great weekend caught all the pickerel you wanted on Union Lake with spinners and twister tails. He was looking for bass with frogs and spinner baits with little luck. Jerry still doing great with pickerel, perch and crappies in the lakes along Routes 47 and 55. Minnows, spinners, Senko worms and jigs have been working best. One fisherman around the Sweetwater Casino picked up pickerel 14 to 18 inches with minnows, shiners and 4-inch twister tails. Up at Batso in the coves plenty of pickerel hitting twister tails and minnows. A couple guys crushing bowfins in the quarries around Salem. They are also picking up a snakehead here and there. Minnows have been working best.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Bill

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