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Report from Wednesday, July 29.

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Trout streams probably ran somewhat low, and the water temperature probably failed to drop, said Brian from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. Trout anglers usually avoid fishing the streams if the water climbs above 68 degrees, because fighting a trout in the warmth will kill the fish. But tricos probably came off in early mornings, especially on the Big Flatbrook, but also Musconetcong River and some others. Isonychias, especially brown drakes, probably hatched in evenings, though that hatch was probably winding down for the season, if it hadn’t ended. Light Cahills could hatch in evenings. So could the bug that anglers call “the white fly” that sizes 8 and 10 Light Cahills can imitate. Brian forgot the name, but most anglers probably think the white fly is a large Light Cahill, though it’s not. Boaters jigged rainbow trout deep in Round Valley and Spruce Run reservoirs. One customer talked about catching the fish, and Brian didn’t remember what on, but wanted to say a Cleo. Hybrid striped bass were hooked from Lake Hopatcong on chicken livers in evenings. Largemouth bass jumped on Senko rubber worms and Keitech soft-plastic baits in lakes. The bass began to hit rubber frogs and other top-water lures like Jitterbugs and poppers in mornings and evenings. Nothing was heard about smallmouth bass from Delaware River, but the smallmouths were probably active. Crawfish imitations are fished for them.

Passaic River fished well for northern pike, yellow perch and occasional crappies, said Joe from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. The water level wasn’t bad or wasn’t especially low, like rivers can become in summer, and rain replenished the Passaic recently. The water was somewhat off-color, because of the rain. Largemouth bass fishing was good on Lake Hopatcong on soft-plastic lures in weeds. Drop-shotting worked. Hybrid striped bass were cracked at Hopatcong on livelined herring. From saltwater, fluke fishing sounded fairly good.