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Old 03-25-2006, 03:17 PM
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Friday March 24, 2006

Stripers are on everyone mind now. And with the cold weather we have been
getting the past couple of weeks they are coming but slow and sure. More fish
were picked up again this week but no one in this section of the river is
catching more than one here and one there. If you are looking for numbers and size
fish you will have to head down river to the Commodore Barry Bridge area south
thought Salem and down towards the Delaware Bay. No matter where you are
fishing for the stripers Bloodworms have been the only bait so far that is working
the best with a few fish being picked up on clams. One customer last weekend
fishing in the 295 bridge area picked up 7 fish with one being a keeper size
fish. Another customer was fishing off shore right under the Commodore Barry
Bridge picking up 3 fish 2 being keeper size. Lots of guys have been fishing the
Salem area doing very well on smaller stripers with a few keeps here and there
but the white perch in this area have been hitting in very good numbers and
fish up to a pound are being caught. Back to the stripers in the airport area
Fort Mifland has been another good place to head with a few fish being caught
last weekend a couple of 32 to 35 inch mixed in. Off the pier at the UPS
building has been another good spot but most of the fish here have been on the
smaller side. One decent fish was taken off Linden Avenue in the beginning of the
week with a few smaller fish taken during the week. Station Avenue is one of the
main place most guys fish at and here they seem to be catching 1 to 2 fish
each day with a keeper fish here and there. One of the better places I have
heard this week has been up under the Burlington Bristol Bridge fishing during the
night hours. Here they picked up several smaller fish with one customer
catching 3 fish this past week 28 to 31 inches. Now again this is going to get
better and better each week but we need some warm day and nights.

The catfish in the lower river have been picking up each week. Again the
further down river you go the better the numbers and size of fish gets better. Up
in this section they have been catching catfish but most on the smaller side
and only a fish here and there. One of the customer fishing out of Salem had
several of the stripers but he also picked up 9 catfish 4 of the fish over 6
pounds.

Other reports for the river have still been fishing the harbors like Dredge,
Salem, Tullytown, Warners and the power plant. All these places have been
still very good for crappies, yellow perch and largemouth bass. The guys are still
throwing minnows, grubs, hair jigs, spinner baits and crankbaits. Karl was up
to the power plant this morning but never picked up any fish. But another guy
just came back from Dredge catching 4 bass and 14 crappies. Three of the
crappies were 15 inches around 1 1/2 pounds.

Trout have still been the next best thing in this area. Core Creek and
Levittown Lake are still open till the end of the month and they are still doing
very well on trout, bass, crappies and perch. Now Core Creek has still been the
better lake for all these fish. Some guys fishing around the dam have been
doing very well on crappies up to a pound, trout up to 14 inches and even have
caught a few of the big catfish up to 8 pounds. Minnows have been one of the
better baits but some guys are still using mealworms, wax worms and twister tails.
Up the lake where the creek feeds into the lake they guys have been catching
mostly trout on wax worms, meal worms, minnows and power baits. But up in this
section it has been almost all trout. Now Levittown the trout have still been
hitting very well and they are also doing very well on largemouth bass.
Minnows, nightcrawlers, rooster tails and kastmasters have been the best to use the
past week.

Saltwater this week was very poor. Not the fishing itself but the boat not
able to get out all week. Heavy winds this week kept all the boat inshore. But
this weekend is looking much better and when they can get out the sea bass,
ling, cod, pollock, mackerel, blackfish all should be hitting in good numbers and
in good size.

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