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Freshwater Report

Report from Wednesday, June 13.

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Smallmouth bass began to be pulled from Delaware River, said Andy from Stokes Forest Sport Shop in Sandyston. One might think the Delaware would be running high because of rain this season. But it currently ran very low for the time of year. The reason was unknown, like maybe much dam water was released earlier this season to deal with high water. The Delaware’s shad fishing was practically finished for the year. A couple were still hooked, but shad that died after spawning floated down the river. Big Flatbrook’s trout fishing started to be in a summer pattern. The trout bit sulfurs and blue-winged olives, and began nibbling midges. Anglers anticipated the end of catch-and-release fishing for largemouth bass beginning Saturday. Regulations require the bass to be let go for a time through mid-June for spawning, and that ends Saturday. Anglers keep few largemouths. The bass are not great-tasting. But anglers fish for them more often after the release period. Some anglers like the potential to keep a trophy to mount, too.

A father and son jumped aboard one of the nighttime trips that plug for walleyes with Live to Fish Guide Service from Montvale on Friday on a lake, Capt. Dave Vollenweider said. They boated five of the fish 2 ½ pounds to heavier than five. The son whacked one of the fish on the first cast, and both father and son had never caught walleyes before. The fishing is picking up, and the water was 70 to 71 degrees. Walleyes push into shallows, where they can be hooked on cast lures, at night to forage on spawning herring this time of year. After the anglers left, Dave headed back onto the lake and drilled two more of the fish. Then a buddy joined him for trolling for muskies until 12 noon on the lake. Was a marathon of fishing for Dave. None of the fish of 10,000 casts bit. Dave’s friend Paul Schmidt’s club the Northeaster Bassmasters will hold a tournament Saturday and is looking for entrants. Look up the club’s website for contact info. That will be the club’s first tournament after the fishing’s been limited to catch-and-release through this Friday for spawning. Dave also fished for striped bass in saltwater with friends on another captain’s charter boat from Staten Island who specializes in big stripers. The trip nailed six stripers to 34 pounds. Here’s one. Big fish.

Fishing was generally good, said Brian from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. Lake Hopatcong fished well for largemouth bass. Hybrid striped bass and walleyes were also clocked there. Trout streams fished productive and ran at good levels. Lots of bugs hatched – “ “so it’s getting to be that time of year,” he said -- including blue-winged olives and caddis. Both tan-colored caddis and cinnamon-colored were seen. Some isonychias began to come off.

Delaware River shoveled out striped bass and catfish, good catches, throughout the Belvidere area, mostly off the boat launch, said Keith from
Hi-Way Sports Shop in Washington. Chunk bait, large shiners and herring caught both. Some anglers used stick baits and hit the stripers. Abundant trout still swam trout streams, giving up good fishing. The final two weekends of spring trout stocking were rainy, keeping many anglers from fishing for them. That seemed to keep the fish abundant now, even if high water from rain spread out the catches. The streams were fairly cold, good for trouting. Trout were hooked on usual bait including salmon eggs, PowerBait and PowerBait worms in bubblegum color and 3 ½ inches in length. Spruce Run Reservoir turned out good fishing for hybrid striped bass and largemouth bass. More and more often, customers kept buying live herring to fish for stripers. Musky fishing was the same as recently. If anglers targeted them often enough, they caught. Muskies caught were heard about every other day from Oxford and Mountain lakes. Lures and bait both tied into them.

The lake’s fishing was good, Laurie from Dow’s Boat Rentals in Lake Hopatcong wrote in an email. A large variety of fish bit. Largemouth bass and smallmouth bass will be able to be kept beginning Saturday, after fishing for them was restricted to catch-and-release for spawning, like every year. That’s like the opening of the fishing season for the bass, and both began to bite pretty well. Knee Deep Club will hold the annual Stew Lant Bass Tournament on Sunday, June 24, on the lake that awards cash. Hybrid striped bass in the 5- and 6-pound class pounced on livelined herring. Several trout were known to jump on the herring. “Nighttime action is still going strong, usually lasting into July,” Laurie wrote, apparently about walleyes or maybe also hybrids. Crappies chewed, and Sabrina Mackin limited out on them to a 1-pound 14-ouncer on fathead minnows on small jigs. Jim Macoluso hung a 3-pound 2-ounce chain pickerel from the lake.

Passaic River’s fishing was great, said Joe from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. The river’s northern pike and catfish served up good catches. Its fishing for bass, mostly largemouths, was pretty good. Not many smallmouth bass, a few, were heard about from anywhere, for some reason, except Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. Smallmouth fishing sounded good there. Not many smallmouths were heard about from Lake Hopatcong. But Hopatcong’s walleye fishing was terrific and largemouth fishing produced. Joe sends customers to the lake, not the river, at Ramapo Reservoir for largemouths, because that’s a place to score. Good largemouthing and occasional walleyes came from Greenwood Lake. A few muskies caught were talked about from Greenwood.

Customers fished saltwater more than fresh, and not many fished fresh, but when they did, they often went for largemouth bass at lakes, said Abby from Hook House Bait & Tackle in Toms River. That angling went well on nightcrawlers and rubber worms, mostly Senkos. Mostly Lake Riviera and Ocean County College Pond were fished for largemouths. Some freshwater anglers got after chain pickerel at lakes, fishing shiners for them. Shiners and killies are stocked. Some fished small killies to pick up crappies at lakes. Freshwater anglers often stopped in with kids to head out for sunnies, bluegills and crappies. Hook House, located on Route 37, also owns Go Fish Bait & Tackle on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.

Fishing was super at lakes and ponds last week, a report said on Sportsman’s Outpost in Williamstown’s Facebook page. A customer who fished Franklinville Lake on a trip reeled in largemouth bass to 3 pounds and chain pickerel on a black Senko rubber worm. Another who fished at Bethel Lake at Bethel Mill Park in Sewell threw a Roostertail to wax five chain pickerel to 4 pounds. Another customer bailed 10 largemouths to 6 pounds on a 5-inch Senko. The report named no location for that catch.

A lot of rain fell and muddied lakes, said Steve from Blackwater Sports Center in Vineland. Fish were caught, but anglers had to work. Largemouth bass fishing went fairly well. Union Lake put out largemouths, not many smallmouth bass. Soft-plastics were often fished for largemouths, including Senko worms and Zoom fluke. Many anglers drop-shotted for them, like with Roboworms. Many anglers worked Malaga Lake for good catches of largemouths and crappies. In saltwater, summer flounder fishing was good on back bays. Bucktails, Gulps and Tap Dancer rigs were popular to fish for them. Not much was heard about flounder from Delaware Bay. No black drum fishing was really heard about from the bay this week. That angling might’ve been ending for the year. Was a good season for the drum catches.

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Streams were loaded with trout, including Big Flatbrook, said Kevin from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. The fish were hooked well everywhere, he said. Musconetcong River’s flow was in good shape for trouting. Pink Power Worms and Trout Magnets were hot on trout. For fly anglers, sulfurs will probably begin to come off. That’s the next hatch. Soft-hackles can work well then. The sulfurs really don’t hatch until dark, but the soft-hackles can imitate emergers and catch if fished at like 8 p.m. Little was heard about Delaware River, and shad fishing might’ve been winding down on the river. The Delaware ran high, though. At lakes, largemouth bass fishing seemed “iffy.” Not much was heard about success on them, maybe because they were spawning, then not spawning, then spawning again, and so on. The bass are required to be released through June 15 for spawning. Walleyes and hybrid striped bass were socked at night at Lake Hopatcong on livelined herring. That was beginning. John from the shop, who surf-fishes along New Jersey’s northern coast, said catches of striped bass and bluefish seemed to shut off from the beach there in lousy weather. He heard that blues were fought on Manasquan River.

The Pequest Hatchery’s annual open house and sportsman’s flea market was held Saturday and Sunday, and kids got to fish the hatchery’s trout-holding pond during the event, said Keith from Hi-Way Sports Shop in Washington. That was limited to catch-and-release, and the kids bailed some big trout and seemed to have fun. Keith saw a photo of one of the trout that looked 9 pounds. The state will hold the Youth Fishing Challenge on Saturday, Keith noted. The event awards prizes to kids for catches, and is held at different locations throughout the state. The event coincides with one of the state’s two free fishing days, when no fishing license is required, each year. Trout fishing was great on rivers including the Pequest, Musconetcong and Pohatcong. Nearly all trout bait and artificials caught including salmon eggs and flies. Striped bass fishing was terrific on Delaware River at Belvidere. Cast Rapala Husky Jerks or any stick baits. Customers also fished for the stripers and caught off the Poxono boat launch at the Delaware Water Gap farther north. Shad fishing seemed about finished on the Delaware. Merrill Creek Reservoir fished well for landlocked salmon and smallmouth bass on livelined herring. Smallmouths and largemouth bass must be released through June 15 because of spawning. Largemouths were hooked at Oxford Lake close to shore. Largemouths loiter in skinny water around spawning season. Some big largemouths were landed at Mountain Lake.

Nighttime catches of hybrid striped bass and walleyes picked up last week on the lake, Laurie from Dow’s Boat Rentals in Lake Hopatcong wrote in an email. Bomber Original Floating Lures, Bomber Badonk-a-Donks, Zara Spooks and Creek Chub Knuckle Heads are stocked for the fishing. The fish are also smacking livelined herring. Walleyes weighed at the shop included Richie King’s 7-pound 7-ouncer and Mike Truglio’s 6-pound 15-ouncer. Perch and crappies bit small herring. Chain pickerel attacked Mepps spinners fished along weed lines. Mike Rastiello weighed-in a 3-pound 14-ounce white catfish that chomped a herring.

Fishing was pretty much the same as before, said Joe at Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. Kayakers on Passaic River enjoyed higher water that let them access “back waters” they couldn’t otherwise. They lit into bass and northern pike well. The bass heard about were mostly largemouths, occasionally a smallmouth. Release both species, according to law, through June 15 because of spawning. Yellow perch fishing was picking up on the river. Greenwood Lake and Lake Hopatcong seemed generally to give up good fishing. Walleyes were tied into at Hopatcong and reportedly Monksville Reservoir. In saltwater, striped bass fishing sounded hit or miss, either good or slow. Sea bass fishing seemed productive on party boats, usually.

Lots of striped bass seemed landed at Gloucester Marina along Delaware River, said Jason from STC Sports in Gibbstown. He was delivering frozen bunker to the marina and the folks at the marina said the bait was in demand for the stripers. Customers tried for snakeheads, the invasive species, at ditches off Delaware River in Gibbstown. Whether they caught was unknown, and the customers just said they were headed for the fishing. Snakeheads are a powerful, aggressive catch. Customers often fish herring for them. But also often fish top-waters like rubber frogs and buzz baits. For largemouth bass at lakes, rubber baits like lizards are often cast this time of year. The idea is that something like a lizard invades spawning beds to feed on eggs, and the spawning bass attack to rid the lizards from the nest. Release largemouths through June 15 for spawning according to law.

Weather sometimes put fishing on hold this past week, a report said on Sportsman’s Outpost in Williamstown’s Facebook page. But a handful of reports came in. Two anglers landed six largemouth bass apiece at Timber Lakes on minnows. Largemouths must be let go through June 15 for spawning. Someone else fished Union Lake, tugging in three crappies and a 19-inch pickerel on Roostertails. At Greenwich Lake, a kayaker pasted three largemouths to 4 pounds on black Senko worms. Someone who fished Avis Millpond did-in six largemouths to 3 pounds on a Whopper Plopper. A 9-pound catfish came from Laurel Lake on a green-neon nightcrawler.

Freshwater fishing wasn’t all that hot, but a report rolled in yesterday about largemouth bass and smallmouth bass that were pretty cooperative at Union Lake, said Steve from Blackwater Sports Center in Vineland. Toss both species back through June 15 by law for spawning. A couple of customers fished Audrey Lake, pulling in fairly good fishing for largemouths. Any smallmouths caught at Audrey these days? Not really – it’s been a while, he said. Audrey was stocked with smallmouths years ago, and then was one of two lakes, along with Union, that held smallmouths in South Jersey. The smallmouth population petered out at Audrey for some reason. Some customers crappie fished pretty heavily at Elmer and Malaga lakes. What do customers fish for crappies? Lots of minnows were sold for the angling. How do they fish the baitfish? Just on a hook under a bobber. Elmer Lake served up fairly good largemouth fishing. For largemouths, fishing with rubber frogs was heating up. Chatter baits were often pitched for the bass. Senko rubber worms were often used. In saltwater, summer flounder fishing was reportedly good on back bays. Nobody mentioned flounder from Delaware Bay. Delaware Bay’s black drum fishing might’ve been slowing for the season, but the drum were picked.