Friday October 7, 2005
Sorry I have had to go to every other week but the amount of information has
really dropped off. Online reports have completely stopped and information
coming in here has been very slow. I hope after this rain over the next few days
may start things up putting some water back into the streams and rivers and
cool the water down the shore to start the beach fishing for blues and stripers.
Myself I have not gotten out in over three weeks now. All kind of problems
are keeping me close to home. But Bruce and Karl were able to get up rover on
Monday and had a really good day on smallies. They put in at Byran and fished
that area most of the day but went through the dam and went out at Bull's
Island. They picked up over 50 smallies 3 stripers and 1 big catfish. Fishing along
the wall at Byran they picked up mostly small fish from 6 to 10 inches. And
that is where the big cat came from. When they went down river around the foot
bridge is where they picked up some better fish. Now the biggest they had was
around 14 inches. They were using minnows, grubs and surface lures. Several
other guys are all doing very well on the upper Delaware. Most guys are wading
the river at Frenchtown, Upper Black Eddy, Treasure Island, New Hope,
Washington's Crossing and Yardley. And most guys are using minnows, worms, grubs,
spinners, tubes and surface lures. All have been doing very well on smallmouth bass
and small stripers. The numbers on the smallies have been from 10 to 25 fish
per man for a days fishing with some guys getting up to 10 to 20 stripers a
trip also. But these stripers and on their way down river so they will not be
caught much longer. And one customer did the canoe drift trip on Saturday with
his kids and they picked up 80 bass, 9 stripers and 4 catfish. All their fish
were caught on live minnows. All the bass were 10 to 13 inches and the stripers
were 12 to 15 inches.
The Susquehanna river really started to turn on a couple of weeks ago with
most guys heading in this direction picking up several smallies with some good
size fish. But in the past couple of weeks I have not heard a word back from
any of those guys. I would hope the fishing has not changed but without someone
telling me I don't want to guess.
The lower river has still been very good for catfish and small stripers. With
the Big Cat Shoot-out this Saturday I would have thought they would have had
a great tournament but with the rains they are calling for I'm not so sure
now. The cats are still hitting nightcrawlers, shrimp, chicken livers, herring,
mackerel and bagels. Most of the fish being picked up have been 2 to 5 pounds
with a few fish 5 to 10 pounds still being caught. Now again most of the
stripers that are being caught have been from 10 to 15 inches. These fish are
schooling up around bridges, sand bars and under the moving pods of baitfish. They
are being caught on kastmasters, rattle traps, twister tails, and Zara spooks.
Now the largemouth bass fishing has picked up a bit the past couple of weeks.
These fish are starting to move closer and into the harbors and marinas. The
guys have been telling me that plastic worms, rattle traps, fire tiger
crankbaits, grubs, tubes, and pig and jig have been working the best. Most of the fish
have been 1 to 3 pounds with some guys getting 2 to 10 fish per boat for a
morning of fishing.
Trout were stocked in Core Creek, Levittown Lake, Wissahickon and the
Pennypack. Now Core Creek has just gotten a regular stocking but in this lake the
crappies and perch have really turned on. They have been using small minnows,
meal worms, small tubes and twister tails. There also have been some decent bass
being caught along the shore line with plastic worms, spinner baits, rattle
traps and crankbaits. But for the trout in this lake a slip sinker rig works the
best with 1/4 to 1/2 ounce of weight with a 8 to 10 hook. For bait meal
worms, wax worms, earthworms and power baits work the best. Now for Levittown Lake
from word of mouth that much bigger fish went into this lake. I heard of trout
up to 18 inches were stocked this week. Here they use allot of kastmasters
from 1/12 to 1/4 ounce. Silver, gold and silver/blue seem to work the best. And
for the bait fisherman the same as above plus minnows. Now the Wissahickon
most of the guys are using allot of small minnows, salted minnows, meal worms,
wax worms and corn. Here they are just using a hook and a split shot. Also
spinners like Rooster Tails, Panther Martins, C P Swings and Mepps are also working
very well. This creek was stocked on Tuesday. Now this is the first year for
a fall stocking for the Pennypack. The fish were put in yesterday. Most guys
are talking mealworms, wax worms, earthworms, salted minnows, corn and power
baits. But they are also using the same spinners as above. The two lakes will be
getting a couple of more stockings one in December and another in February.
Lakes in the area. Well Rohm Haas has really been good for some of the
regulars that fish up here. They have been catching plenty of largemouth bass
fishing the shore line around the pads. They have been using plastic worms, rattle
traps, spinner baits and surface frogs. Some of these bass have weighed in up
to 6 pounds. Churchville has been picking up for smaller fish under the bridge.
The crappies and perch have moved back in and have been hitting meal worms,
wax worms, small minnows, grubs and Fall's Jig and Minnows. Along the shore
line and rocks they have started picking up some smaller largemouth bass on
plastic worms, crankbaits, spinner baits and rattle traps. Most of these bass have
been around 2 pounds. The shopping center lake has still been very good for
smaller perch, crappies, bass and catfish. Here they are mostly using bait such
as minnows, nightcrawlers, earthworms and wax worms. Several reports back from
Noxamixion and all have been very good. The largemouth and smallmouth bass
fishing has really turned on. Bait fisherman have been using allot of minnows,
nightcrawlers and small shad that are caught around the lake. The lure
fisherman have been using pretty much everything. The crappies and perch are also
hitting around the docks, piers, bridges and any structure along the shore line.
Small minnows, meal worms, twister tails and small tubes are your best things
to use. Roosevelt Lake has still been a bit slow with the lake still over
grown. But if you can find some open water the crappies and perch should be hitting
well. As the lake opens the bass, catfish and carp will also pick up.
Magnolia Lake has been very good for smaller largemouth bass. The couple of guys
still fishing here have been catching 5 to 10 fish a day on crankbaits and plastic
worms. Most of the fish are under a pound but they do get a fish here and
there up to 3 pounds. All the south jersey lakes, rivers and streams are starting
to pick up for bass, crappies, perch and pickerel. Minnows are one of the
best baits to use but they do throw allot of grubs, spinners, rapalas, plastic
worms and spinner baits.
Saltwater action has been very good even know the water temperature is still
in the upper 70's. I hope this storm over the weekend may change that. But
still the flounder fishing has still been very good all up and down the coast and
in all the bays. Now in the bays and just off shore the fish have been on the
smaller side with a 15 to 1 catch keeper ratio. But the deeper the water the
bigger the fish. Off the Cape May reefs and the Old Grounds there has been
some flounder taken up to 8 pounds. In the Delaware Bay and along the coast up to
Atlantic City the croakers. Kingfish and weakfish have still been very good.
There has been so many croaker this year most guys are starting to complain
about catching them. Now the weakfish are still around with some fish up to 4
pounds being caught. Bloodworms, sandworms, fish bites and squid have been the
better baits with bucktails, fin-s fish and Mirro lures have been the best for
artificial. Now as you start to head up north from Barnagate to Sandy Hook
there are allot of bluefish moving in along the beach. These fish have been
hitting mackerel and mullet the best. There are a ton of mullet being netted up and
down the coast. And last weekend there were allot of stripers picked up off
the beaches of Sandy Hook and Island State Park. These fish were caught on
poppers, crankbaits, rattle traps and sassy shads. Now I did not hear of anything
big but some of these fish were up to 20 pounds. There are some sea bass being
caught but from what I have heard most of these fish have been under size.
The tuna fishing off shore has been really good when the weather allows you to
get there. And I don't think to many people will be going this weekend. These
fish have been caught trolling and chunking. Several guys are still heading
down to the Chesapeake doing very well on croakers and spots. These guys are
still taking allot of bloodworms and fish bites. And the guys heading north have
been doing well on bigger porgies and some cod fish in the Massachusetts area.
Bottom fishing with clams and jigs have been the best up here.
Well that is all I have for this week. Please if you do get out spend a
couple of minutes and send me an e-mail to post on the fishing reports. I hope you
can get out on this damp weekend. Good luck.