Stripers Still Hot In The Delaware!!

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Only had one day off this past week but took advantage of the ½ day I had to fish. Got out early to a bright beautiful morning. Anchoring up in several different spots with bloodworms, bunker and clams we had a really good day. Nothing big but the stripers were 25, 21, 19, 18 and 15 inches. The catfish made up the best of the fishing with 10 fish between 5 and 10 pounds. Most al the bigger fish came on bunker. Also had several eels hooked up. Next to us was Frank who landed a 27, 24 and a bunch of smaller fish. He was catching fish with bunker and shad strips. Next to us was another boat that landed 3 or 4 smaller fish and it looked like they were using bunker. Over all I did not get many reports with the cold wet weekend and quite a windy Monday. Off Station Avenue several reports of 12 to 18 inch fish caught with bunker and bloodworms. Off Linden Avenue one fisherman picked up a 23 inch slot fish with 7 catfish early Sunday morning. He caught them all with bloodworms. Some bigger fish are being caught at the Burlington Bristol Bridge and above. Dave picked up one 38 and 34 inch fish with chunked bunker right below the turnpike bridge. Off buoy one a group of guys fishing eels, white perch and chunked bunker picked up 5 slot fish with a 39 and 32-inch throwbacks. They also had 11 smaller fish with a ton of catfish. JR fishing above Trenton caught several nice 20 to 30 inch bass with bunker, clams and plugs. Further down river Pete had a great day fishing Petty’s Island with 32 stripers in 2 days but only 2 slot fish. The rest were small. He did best with bloodworms and bunker. Down at the airport several slot fish have been caught with tons of smaller fish with bloodworms. Fishing up the Raccoon Creek one fisherman had three stripers 37,34 and 28 inches with catfish 5 to 14 pounds. He did best with live eels but also had fish with bunker and shad strips. Down the river in Delaware waters there have been some 30 to 45 inch bass caught with live perch, eels and bunker heads. These fish are being caught from the Commodore Barry Bridge down to the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Above Trenton the striper fishing has still been very good. At Lambertville one fisherman with top water plugs picked up 6 fish Tuesday evening with poppers and darters. Fish were 24 to 31 inches. At Upper Black Eddy a fisherman picked up a 31-inch striper with live minnow smallmouth bass fishing. At the Water Gap Kevin said there have been fish 24 to 38 inches picked up with live eels and live trout. Kevin here has been still crushing the shad in the evenings with small darts and spoons. Up at Narrowsburg to Callicoon they have also been doing very good for shad fishing late in the days. Mr. D was up to Narrowsburg Tuesday catching 19 shad and a 19-inch walleye all with spoons. Jimmy up above Callicoon had a couple great evening with 15 to 25 shad each night all with fly rods. Up at our place Ron had a couple good nights last week fishing 1/24 ounce darts in bright colors. He said each night 25 or better fish.

Some good numbers of bigger bass have been picked up in the upper end of Core Creek. Largemouth bass 2 to 5 pounds are hitting live minnows, spinner baits, plastic worms and crankbaits. The lower end still a bunch of white perch and smaller crappies. Fall’s Township Park has still been pretty good for 12 to 14 inch crappies. No big numbers but with smaller minnows some guys are catching 10 to 15 fish a day. Penn Warner slowed up with lots of white perch, crappies and bluegills hitting along the shoreline with minnows, worms and trout magnets. Keith has been doing well with some decent yellow perch off his dock with live minnows and smaller jigs. One fisherman at FDR Park picked up a few smaller bass with number 7 Rapala’s. He threw some bigger stuff for bass and snakeheads with no luck. Back in Tinicum Park catching some 12 to 20 pound carp, 1 to 4 pound catfish and a bass here and there. The carp hitting home made carp baits, catfish hitting worms and chicken livers with the bass caught with plastic worms. Ron had his second bad trip to Struble Lake catching a few crappies and perch with jigs. So later in the week he fished the Schuylkill River at Reading catching 14 smallies 12 to 14 inches with grubs and spinners. Lower in the Schuylkill some smaller stripers hitting below the dam with 4 inch shad bodies and shallow crankbaits. Also a few decent walleyes at night with crankbaits, shad bodies and live minnows. John at Nockamixon said plenty of bass in shallow water hitting top water weedless lures; buzz baits and K and E plastic worms. His one buddy has been doing fair with crappies on Lake Galena. Live minnows and 1-inch power minnows tipped on a chartreuse jig head. Hoping to get a few reports back from Beltzville Reservoir and Lake Wallenwaulpack with several guys heading up for a weeks vacation. The ponds down the street have been fair for bluegills and even a few carp. The bluegills have been hitting worms, corn and bread the best with the few carp picked up with corn.

Well the shore has not changed with tons of bluefish up and down the coast. Mixed in have been some decent stripers. LBI has been one of the hot spots for bluefish. They have been hitting metal, poppers, bucktails, shad bodies and crankbaits the best. Most of these fish have been 6 to 15 pounds. Lew had a couple fish 10 to 15 pounds with chunked bunker. Frank picked up over 30 bluefish on Tuesday with 4 keeper stripers mixed in. Bunker heads, 3-ounce Gator spoons and 2 ounce white bucktails with 6-inch grubs were working best. Fred at Sea Isle had a great day in the wind on Monday catching 17 bluefish and 6 small stripers all with bucktails and 2 ounce metal spoons and jigs. Russ at Brick had a couple bluefish with deadly dicks over the weekend. Frank fishing bait at Atlantic City had a few bluefish and a 26-pound striper Saturday morning. A few other guys in the back bay of Atlantic City with smaller metal jigs have been catching 10 to 20 bluefish a day. Most of these fish have been 3 to 8 pounds. Now if you’re looking for stripers the hot spot has been up in the Raritan Bay. These fish have been hitting a little bit of everything. The bait guys have been snagging and dropping bunker either to catch a bluefish or stripers 20 to 40 pounds. The guys trolling have been using Mojo rigs, umbrella rigs and bunker spoons. These guys have been catching quite a mix of bluefish and stripers 15 to 30 pounds. There was a 50 plus pound fish caught late last week. Off the jetty at Long Beach Island a few smaller bass are hitting live eels, bucktails with grubs or shad bodies and SP minnows. I even had some good reports of weakfish hitting flukes, saltshakers, bucktails and bloodworms. One fish I did see was 11 pounds caught off a jetty at Cape May point.

Looks like they settle on a flounder limit. But until I see it in print I don’t want to say anything.

Freshwater Jersey lakes slowed a little last week with all the cold windy weather. John tried to fish Union on Sunday but found it too windy to even anchor up and try to fish. In less that an hour before light he did not have a hit working surface lures. Jerry is still crushing crappies, bass and pickerel fishing Elmer Lake. Minnows, grubs and spinner working best. Richie picked up a few pickerel off his dock this past week. It was too windy early in the week and too hot later to be out in his boat. A couple guys fishing Newton and the Cooper River did pretty well with snakeheads working weedless frogs, flukes and bigger shallow crankbaits. They picked up 5 snakeheads and 4 smaller bass.

Well that is all I have time for this week. Looking like a mixed bag of weather for the weekend but if you are luck to get out please let me know how you did. Bill

Fisherman Magazine Update

Barring more intrusive federal intervention, New Jersey’s fluke season will get underway on May 25 with a three fish at 18-inch size limit running through September 5. In a unanimous vote by the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council on May 17 at Avalon Community Hall, New Jersey’s 2017 limits also provide a two fish at 16-inch bag limit for surfcasters at Island Beach State Park, while allowing three summer flounder at 17 inches for those fishing west of the COLREGS on Delaware Bay. The fluke drama isn’t over yet as there are plenty of bureaucratic moving parts that could still muddy the waters – but anglers, captains and tackle shops can mark Thursday the 25th on the calendar as the Memorial Day kickoff to the season as per state officials. Until next Thursday’s NJ flatfish opening (don’t forget Delaware is already underway at 17 inches, so is New York at 19 inches), big drum are hitting at the Coral Beds and off the Villas, tiderunner weakfish are running from Cape May up into the upper reaches of Barnegat Bay, big stripers are on clams and bunker chunks on the beaches while also whacking trolled baits out to the fence in Ocean and Monmouth County, and big “Dream Boat” bluefish can be found just about anywhere you look. Beautiful weather this week, and outstanding May fishing!

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Had a couple really good days on the river this past week. Tuesday I was out looking to catch the turn of the tide. I headed north to above Station Avenue looking for stripers but ran into a bunch of smaller catfish with clams. So I headed south to the Rancocas where I found some smaller stripers hitting bloodworms and clams. After that I moved down to the Tacony and fished the flats below the bridge. Here I found the stripers. 1 slot fish 23 inches and 4 fish 16 to 19 inches. All these fish were on bunker. Tons of catfish mixed in up to 5 pounds. Wednesday I was back out early heading again north. I only caught one striper but it was 30 inches and quite fat. Shame to release the first fish bleeding out both sides. Picking up Helen at 11 we headed back out and it was on below the Tacony. Boated we had a 29, 26 and a few smaller fish. I hooked and fought a fish for 3 minutes before pulling the hook. This fish was upper 30 inches or better. And tons of catfish 4 to 9 pounds. Everything was caught with bunker. John was out on Wednesday catching a few smaller stripers and loosing a few bigger fish caught with bunker and shad strips. And Rick was out on Tuesday catching tons of catfish with one 25-inch bass with bunker and shad strips. From the word around lot of bigger bass were caught from the Burlington Bridge north to Trenton. Most of these bigger fish are being caught with bunker. Up in the bridges of Trenton lots of 20 to 28 inch fish are being caught with poppers, shad bodies and shallow crankbaits. A few guys have been catching smaller fish with live white perch. Below Stockton one fisherman with live eels picked up several stripers 24 to 34 inches with live eels, live perch and shad strips. He if fishing the wing dams and the rocks above the 202 bridges. Kevin said some nice stripers are showing up at the Water Gap hitting live eels, poppers and live trout. Some of the fish have been 15 to 25 pounds.

Kevin has been just crushing the shad at the Water Gap. Fishing most evenings with spoons and smaller darts he has been boating 25 to 50 fish. A few guys I know fishing Lambertville for shad have been catching fish but not the numbers as a week ago. Frank was up on Monday catching 11 fish with spoons. And Charlie fish for shad for the first time in many years at Point Pleasant catching 21 fish in 4 afternoons all with ¼ ounce shad darts.

Less the shad and stripers in the upper river there have been some good catches of smallmouth bass and even a few walleye here and there. One fisherman at Trenton looking for stripers picked up 2 smallmouth bass 18 and 20 inches both with SP minnows. There was one other fisherman send me a picture of a bass mid 4-pound range picked up at Trenton with a lure. One fisherman out of Byran picked up 4 bass and 2 walleyes just above the wing dam both with Zoom dark grubs. Further up at Portland this fisherman caught 25 smallies over the past weekend with minnows, worms and jigs.

Another good smallies spot has been the Susquehanna River. I had three different reports this past week and each one was better than the last. The first was down below Harrisburg with this fisherman out with a guide. They fished the power plant section of the river catching 35 bass 2 to 4 pounds and one small musky. The next fisherman was out around the Statue Of Liberty wading. He fished 3 days and picked up over 50 bass with grubs, tubes, Rapala shallow cranks and chatter baits. He said most of the fish were 12 to 16 inches. The best report came from Clemson Island. This fisherman never left the ramp pool and boated over 100 bass for 2 fishermen over the weekend. They caught 9 fish 19 to 21 inches. Most all the fish came on bigger minnows, tubes and grubs.

Pennypack still fair for trout for the few guys left fishing there. One fisherman at the Boulevard picked up a couple rainbows and a bunch of bluegills fishing power baits and mealworms. Another fisherman at Welsh Road caught 5 trout in three mornings all with wax worms. The last report up to Krewstown Road caught 1 rainbow, 2 smallmouth bass and several bluegills all with Rooster Tails. One fisherman at Pine Creek said some good size browns and rainbows have been hitting wax worms, CP Swings and Rebel floating minnows. One other fisherman at Resica Fall’s picking up a bunch of stocked rainbows and native brooks with wax worms, meal worms, earthworms and salmon eggs. This was the private section of the creek. Jim also said the trout at Levittown Lake have been hitting dry flies late into the evenings. The Levittown Lake and Light Cahill’s have been working best.

Everyone I know that fishes Penn Warner was not in all week. John at Nockamixon had boat problems on Saturday and with no boat fished off a few docks on Sunday catching a few panfish. Jerry who was heading to Marsh Creek broke down on Saturday morning breaking an axle on his trailer. Getting it fixed early that afternoon getting to the lake late with all dead minnows he managed to catch a few perch with twister tails. Seeing a pattern here!! The last lake report was Ron heading to Struble Lake with his kayak. He fished all day Saturday with every lure in his box to catch a few crappies and perch with mealworms. And the first good report from Fall’s Township with this fisherman catching decent crappies all week long. Minnows seemed to be the best bait.

The hottest thing this past week has been Bluefishing up and down the coast. Long Beach Island has been the hottest spot with fish 6 to 15 pounds hitting poppers, crankbaits, bucktails, metal spoons and chunked bunker the best. Now at Atlantic City guys have been catching blues 6 to 10 pounds with metal spoons, diamond jigs, bucktails, bunker and clams. Further down the coast at Cape May to Wildwood blues 4 to 6 pounds have been hitting bunker and mullet the best. Striper fishing has still been great up in the Raritan Bay if you can get through the bluefish. Guys have been trolling Mojo Rigs, Mann’s 25 plus stretch, Umbrella rigs with shad bodies and bunker spoons. If they find schools of bunker it has been the snag and drop techniques. Now some of these bass have been 20 to 40 pounds with bluefish 8 to 16 pounds. A few guys fishing off the jetties down south have been catching plenty of smaller blackfish and sea bass with green or calico crabs and clams. Up the Delaware Bay there have been a few 25 to 45 pound drumfish caught this past week. These fish are hitting clams the best. Mixed in have been a few 15 to 20 pound bass being caught with the clams.

Jersey lakes have been very good for perch, crappies, bass and pickerel. John got down to Union picking up some bass 2 to 4 pounds early in the mornings with top water frogs and Lunker City salad spoons. Later in the day he fished minnows and twister tails around the lake catching plenty of smaller bass and pickerel. A few guys fished Newton Lake for bass but ended the day with 4 snakeheads. These fish were 15 to 22 inches and were all caught with weedless frogs. Tim fished the Copper River looking for carp. With 4 lines in the water with all kinds of carp baits they only ended the day with 6 fish 4 to 12 pounds. But fishing lures around the pads they picked up all kinds of bluegills, perch and gizzard shad. Jerry crushed the pickerel, bass and crappies in Elmer with live minnows and twister tails. Richie again picked up a bunch of pickerel with 4 and 5-inch Senko worms. He ended the week with 4 smaller bass and 55 pickerel. A few different reports from Spruce Run with crappies, yellow perch and smallmouth bass all hitting great. One fisherman off the bank picked up 25 crappies all 13 to 15 inches. The smallmouth guys have been doing best with Senko worms, Spro crankbaits and pig and jigs.

Well that is all I have time for this week. I hope all the mothers have a Happy Mother’s Day. It is going to be a wet and cold one. Bill

Just a quick report for u. I was just south of the BRB caught a nice 24 inch slot. Lots of action Out there. About 18′ of water.

Fisherman Magazine Update

One of the very first reported “50’s” of the 2017 season came by way of the Raritan Bay this past weekend with a 53-incher taken on a trolled mojo. In addition to the Raritan and Hudson complex, the coastal run seems to have kicked off this week as well, perhaps with the passing of Wednesday’s full moon, as 30- to 40-plus pound bass have been taken between LBI and Long Branch with the 3M’s getting it done – Majas, mojos, and menhaden (livies and swim shads too!) While weather conditions ahead this weekend could put a crimp in Saturday and Sunday action, all indications from last weekend through mid-week show that a few of those striped bass are heading in from deeper water and following bait in closer to shore now. Big, booming black drum have arrived along the Delaware Bay, while tiderunner weakfish are popping up behind Cape May County; the bluefish invasion continues to keep rods bent from Cape Henlopen in Delaware all the way up into the upper stretches of the Navesink River in northern New Jersey, with a few Dream Boat quality fish out there to boot. Be sure to check back regularly with TheFisherman.com through the week as we follow the ASMFC hearing in Alexandria, VA to provide an immediate update on the 2017 fluke decision – this is the week that everything comes to a head!

Striper Fishing Still Hot on the River

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Sorry about being a day late but it was so busy yesterday I was never even able to open up the lab top. But with the rain today I will have plenty of time to type. I was able to get you both days off this past week and with the 25 to 35 mile and hour winds it was one of the worse river conditions I have ever fished. Tuesday I headed up river to find the fish off the Neshaminy State Park beach. I anchored up with bunker and started out catching catfish after catfish. So I moved in closer to the shore and there were the stripers. I ended up with 11 bass and 9 catfish. 2 Slots and the rest smaller fish. But then the winds got really bad so I started back to the ramp. Well it was so bad I even kicked off my boots in case of a major problem. By the time I got back to the ramp I had 75 gallons of water in the boat, I was soaked and cold and was glad to be on land. Wednesday I was going to beat the winds getting out at 6 in the morning. Well this time I headed down river to the beach above the Tacony Bridge. Well the wind was already howling and really hard to fish with the boat blown sideways. But I managed to catch my 2 slot fish and 11 catfish up to 7 pounds. After taking a wave over the side of the boat and trying to beat the change of the tide I headed back to the ramp. Over all the striper fishing on the river has been a mixed bag. It seems all the big fish this past week were caught all up and down the river all on bunker but mixed from the Burlington Bristol down to Petty’s Island. But all these fish are coming in one’s. Now there was several slot fish caught with bloodworms, clams and bunker and most guys I talked to had limits. Then come the small fish that are crushing clams and bloodworms all up and down the river coming in numbers of 5 to 25 per boat. Still the hottest spots have been Burlington Bristol Bridge, Neshaminy State Park, Station Avenue, Linden Avenue, Princeton Avenue, Tacony Bridge, UPS Pier and Fort Mifflin. Now further up the river at Lambertville there have been some decent stripers hitting shad strips, live eels, crankbaits and poppers. One fisherman with live eels early in the week picked up 11 bass 23 to 31 inches. He was fishing above the 202 bridge. One other fisherman just below the New Hope wing dam picked up 8 to 10 bass 20 to 28 inches with shad strips and poppers.

The shad fishing in the upper river was on fire beefed the big storms they had above Narrowsburg. The water level came up 2 to 3 feet on Wednesday that washed out the shad fishing from the Water Gap down to Trenton. But before that most guys I talked to were catching 5 to 50 shad per day. One guide at Lambertville has been boating 50 to 75 shad each trip out. Kevin up at the Water Gap had a few afternoons with 30 to 50 shad for a couple guys. These fish are all being caught with shad spoons and darts. Another good spot for shad has been the art museum below the dam. Here guys have been throwing ¼ and ½ ounce darts catching 3 to 6 fish each trip out. Mixed in have been a few 15 to 20 inch walleyes and smaller stripers.

Trout fishing has still been pretty good in the Pennypack for the few guys that are still doing it. One fisherman went to Woodward Avenue on Tuesday not doing anything but went down to Holme Avenue to catch 3 trout and a nice smallmouth bass all with Panther Martin spinners. A few guys fishing Welsh Road have been catching 1 to 3 fish each trip over with wax worms, power baits, corn and spinners. Some bigger fish being caught above Pine Road with the Lemur Park of the creek being stocked. These fish are being caught with small jigs, trout magnets, worms and even minnows. Stony Creek was stock last week for the kid’s tournament and I heard of a few 4 to 6 pound fish caught during this past week with mealworms, power worms and baits, spinners and jigs.

Penn Warner picked up this past week with the bank fisherman catching perch, crappies and pickerel. They have been doing best with live minnows. Now a few of the boat guys said the bigger bass were hitting jigs tipped with rubber trailers, plastic worms, deep crankbaits, spinner baits and jigging metal. One fisherman had largemouth bass up to 6 pounds and smallies up to 4 pounds all in good numbers. Tim and his buddy fished Sunday catching 11 largemouth bass, 2 pickerel and a 32-inch northern all with spinner baits.

Core Creek still quite slow with a few perch and smaller crappies hitting meal worms, twister tails and trout magnets. One fisherman in the spillway did catch a nice 16-inch largemouth with a live minnows late last week. Levittown Lake slowing up for trout but the smaller bass and crappies has been hitting smaller minnows, twister tails a spoons. Jim is still catching a few trout late in the evening with dry flies but far from what it was a week ago. A few guys started to fish the Perkiomen Creek doing real well on small bass, bluegills and rock bass. Small crankbaits, twister tails, spinners and minnows working best. One fisherman at the prison said there have been a few bigger smallies hitting jerk shads and 4 inch grubs in dark colors. He had 4 fish last week 15 to 17 inches. Charlie has been hitting the lower part of the Tohickon doing well on 14 to 16 inch smallies and bigger bluegills. He said trout magnet crankbaits; Pin’s minnows and smaller spooks have been working best. Again only one report from Fall’s Township with this fisherman still catching some smaller bass and pickerel with plastic worms, crankbaits and live shiners. Had my first report in a long time from Green Lane Reservoir with these guys doing well with bass and crappies fishing along the roadways with minnows, twister tails, spinner baits and power worms. They had bass 2 to 3 pounds and crappies almost up to a pound. Nockamixon still very good for smallies, largemouth bass and crappies. Only one report but it was a good one with John and his wife fishing Saturday in shallow water catching over 20 bass 1 to 3 pounds. He tried fishing the deeper water for bigger fish but thinks they are moving into shallow water getting ready for the spawn. Now on Sunday he was out again fishing tubes and twister tails catching a 25 fish limit of crappies and yellow perch. Jerry at Marsh Creek said the pickerel have been on fire fishing with live minnows, spinners and spoons. He is working hard for bass and perch but is happy to land the 10 to 25 pickerel each trip out.

The jersey shore is alive with bluefish from Atlantic City up to Island State Park. The best fishing has been off Long Beach Island where they are catching fish 6 to 15 pounds on clams, bunker, poppers, crankbaits and almost any metal you throw into the water. The Raritan Bay has also been very good for bass and bluefish. Everyone I talk to said if you can get through the bluefish with bunker there are plenty of 20 to 40 pound bass being caught. Problem has been the 10 to 15 pound bluefish above the bass hitting anything that hits the water. Off the wall in Brooklyn one fisherman picked up 11 bluefish and a 31-inch bass all with chunked bunker and bunker heads. He said fishing all the way down to Coney Island has been good. A few bass are still being caught up the Delaware Bay but most guys here are heading out for drumfish. Now this bite is still not hot but there have been a few 20 to 30 pound fish caught. Blackfish and sea bass off the jetties have been hitting real good on green crabs, clams and squid strips.

I only got one Jersey freshwater report this past week with this customer fishing the Cooper River doing well with 2 to 4 pound catfish and 8 to 15 pound carp. He said worms and chicken livers for the cats with corn and boilies working best for the carp.

Well that is all I have for you this week. Good luck and let’s hope these winds lay down sometime soon. Bill

I caught a 36″ on bunker head at neshaminy creek saturday morning.Tom O

Good Morning,Thought I would share one of the best days on the river we had Sunday. We started out about 6:30 am headed down near the  CBB. We anchored up in our usual spot for most of the day we were catching catfish from 10 lbs and under. Managed to land my first striper.  We fished until the tide turned and headed back to the launch. The striper was picked up on bloodworms. (not fresh the were frozen from previous trip) Thank You, David Bitting

Thanks for sending me out to the tacony.  had a blast with bloodworms and bunker catching over 35 fish yesterday.  biggest was 32 inches smallest 8 inches.  21 perch and 9 catfish also boated.  again thanks see you again next weekend.  Freddie

Fisherman Magazine Update

The Fisherman Magazine’s annual “members only” contest, the Dream Boat Challenge, is officially underway this week with a season-long quest to win a new Steiger Craft 21 DV Boat powered by a Yamaha 200HP outboard motor, along with many other great prizes. A year ago this time the 7th largest bluefish of the 2016 Dream Boat Challenge came from New Jersey, a 19.32-pounder – in fact, four of last year’s top 10 fish came during the spring run! The size of the gators racing through local bays and rivers right now should have subscribers chomping at the bit at the trophy chopper potential this week! An 8-pound weakfish was weighed in at a Dream Boat Challenge weigh station in Cape May County this past week, definitely a Steiger kind of tiderunner – just a week out of May’s full moon, it’s time to start collecting the pinkies and sorting subsurface swimmers for a shot at the leaderboard. The first “boomers” of the drum season have come to scale, and big stripers continue to come by way of the upper reaches of the Delaware Bay and Raritan where baits and trolled lures continue to score. Windy conditions mid-week, and nothing pleasant in the Friday forecast – but things should clear out and warm up for the Saturday and Sunday action as the 2017 season continues to ramp up for Delaware and New Jersey anglers.

Stripers In The River – Blues on The Coast

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Not the best couple days off. Tuesday I woke up to a nice 30 mile and hour wind with rain all day long. So I stayed home and caught up on some sleep and things to do around the house. Wednesday was a much better weather day getting up to a light wind that laid down as the day went on. Well fishing bloodworms, shad strips, bunker and clams I only managed to catch 2 stripers, 6 catfish and 6 white perch. The stripers were 20 inches and smaller. I ran all up and down the river looking and then decided to sit out my best spot. Just one of those days. But all up and down the river the striper fishing has been hot. Weezer was out on Sunday picking up 2 20 pound fish, 2 slot fish and a bunch of smaller fish. Dave was out looking for stripers with bunker but only caught a boat of catfish. There was a 44-inch fish taken off Princeton Avenue packed up with clams. A big 46-inch fish was taken up at the Burlington Bristol Bridge with a bunker head. Lou had a good day with another 40 plus inch fish with another 39 inch right behind it. Station Avenue has been pretty good with one fisherman catching 7 fish all in the 20 to 32 inch range. He caught these fish with bunker and bloodworms. Another fisherman at the Neshaminy State Park had 5 fish this morning all with bloodworms. Each one in the slot range. Some really good numbers of big fish being caught in the Salem to Commodore Barry Bridge area. Frank’s buddy early to day caught 11 fish 27 to 42 inches with bunker. Frank himself has been all up and down the river catching smaller fish. The airport has been very good with a bunch of slot fish caught with bloodworms. 

Shad fishing in the upper river has been smoking. Everyone from Washington’s Crossing up to Lambertville has been catching 3 to 50 shad per boat. These guys are all fishing shad spoons. Up at Bull’s Island one fisherman under the walk bridge picked up 17 fish wading with darts and spoons. Up at Upper Black Eddy Steve and his buddy landed over 40 shad with a few walleyes mixed in with spoons and darts. Kevin said the Water Gap has been hot with a bass bite during the morning hours and shad all afternoon and evening long. He had one day with over 75 fish with 3 guys in the boat. Again spoons and smaller darts are working best. One fisherman at Trenton looking for stripers picked up a nice 5-pound smallmouth bass.

Trout was restocked in the Pennypack today. So far I did not hear how good the stocking was but up to today they have still been catching 1 to 5 fish for the better trout fisherman. These guys are doing best with power baits, spinners, mealworms and small bright jigs. I hear Stony Brook is being stocked for the kid’s tournament so the beginning of next week there will be some monster trout left over. Jim up at Levittown Lake had a great week with trout hitting in the evens on dry flies. Light Cahill’s, Levittown Lake and White Millers working best.

Nockamixon has still been hot for both smallmouth and largemouth bass. John was up with his wife over the weekend catching smallies up to 5-pound fishing minnows. The other John is not getting monster fish but catching 10 to 20 fish each trip out with a bunch of crappies if the bass fishing is slow. He said the bass have been hitting Senko worms, Chatter Baits and jigging metal off the ledges with the crappies hitting small tubes fish under a slip bobber along the docks. Jerry up at Marsh Creek picked up over 50 pickerel last weekend out looking for bigger bass. He is fishing minnows and jigs along the roadbeds catching these 15 to 21 inch toothy critters. No bass or yellow perch last weekend. The landscaper had a couple good days in the shopping center lake catching smaller bass and bluegills with twister tails, mealworms and minnows. Only one fisherman up at Fall’s Township Park fishing half a day on Saturday not having a single hit. Penn Warner slowed up this past week after the rain and cold day on Tuesday. Chuck and Jay are still catching a few fish but no numbers or big fish. Several guys have been fishing the hatcheries catching plenty of bluegills and a few catfish with nightcrawlers and earthworms. One father told me his daughter picked up 25 bluegills on Saturday. One other fisherman down at the ponds picked up a 3-pound largemouth bass fishing a minnow under a bobber.

Jersey reports have still been very good for the few guys reporting. Jerry still crushing crappies, perch, pickerel and bass fishing minnows in the south jersey lakes. Richie on Lake Lenape has still been doing great with pickerel looking for the bigger bass. This past week fishing 10 inch power worms he caught a 5 pound bass and went through 4 packs of worms with the pickerel biting them off. Switching up to a Senko worm he landed 7 smaller bass with 25 or better pickerel. John had a great day on Union Lake picking up 9 bass, 11 pickerel and a bunch of decent crappies. The bass and pickerel were caught with surface frogs, Senko worms and shallow jerk baits. The crappies were caught drifting 2 and 3-inch twister tails along the islands. Stosh had a monster largemouth bass 22 inches 6.2 pounds caught with Tactical Angler jerk bait on Dennisville Lake. He also had plenty of smaller bass and pickerel mixed in. Tom still doing well early in the week with muskies, pickerel and smallmouth bass fishing Lake Hapatcong. Fishing 5, 7 and 9 inch jerk baits has been working best. I talked to him this morning and the past two days have been dead. Andy was up to Spruce Run Reservoir catching a few smallmouth bass, yellow perch and crappies with live minnows, plastic worms and shallow crankbaits. Nothing big but good action. And only one trout report from Jersey with a fisherman on Amwell Pond catching a few rainbows with power bait.

Saltwater action is still hot but the weather and wind this past week dept most guys close to home. The Raritan Bay has been smoking hot for stripers. Here they are catching fish mid 20 inches up to mid 40 pound fish. Snagging bunker and either dropping or chunking has been working best. But there are several guys trolling Mojo Rigs, Bunker Spoons and Umbrella Rigs that are also doing well. Now as you come down the coast it is bluefish everywhere. Out front and back bays have been great for blues 5 to 13 pounds. These guys have been using metal spoons, diamond jigs, bucktails, poppers, crankbaits and even rubber shads. And the bait fisherman has been doing best with chunked and whole bunker. As you come down to Cape May the fishing gets much slower. One fisherman off the south beach of Wildwood fished all last weekend to catching 4 stripers 15 to 17 inches. All with bloodworms. Now up in the bay there have been some bigger stripers hitting. Fortescue Danny said there are fish 30 to 60 pounds showing up in the bunker nets. I had one report from Reed’s Beach with this fisherman catching 2 keepers last week both with clams. Up at Money Island George had a great week catching over 40 stripers 24 to 36 inches. He did best with bunker but also caught fish with bloodworms and clams.

Well run out of time again so have to end it here. Good luck and a great looking weekend coming up. I hope we will have enough bait to supply everyone. Bill

Add on just talking to Paul who is fishing the Betsy Ross Bridge with bunker landing a 44, 42 and 39-inch bass this afternoon. He said these fish all came within 30 minutes of the 8 hours of fishing. Another report from the beach at the Tacony with these guys fishing the low end by the Pennsauken Creek catching 11 bass 21 to 32 inches with bunker and bloodworms.

Slot fish 23″ 9am 4/22/17 rancocas creek … couple shorts… one aproximate 30-36″ lost at the boat … all bunker… perch chewing up bloods…Tom O