Capt. Dave Vollenweider from Live to Fish Guide Service from Montvale fished Clinton Reservoir in the Newark Watershed with his wife on Monday afternoon, he wrote in an email. The angling was tough at first – “crystal clear water,” he wrote – but improved at dusk. “Ended up with a few nice bass and a chunky pickerel,” he said. The email included photos of two largemouth bass. The trip’s fish were taken on Rage Tail Crawfish with coffee scent and top-waters. “There was a nice top-water bite,” he said, on a Heddon Baby Torpedo and a Rapala X-Rap Pop.
Delaware River fished well for smallmouth bass, Brian from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna heard, he said. The river’s flow was decent, so that helped, and the flow was probably because extra water was released into the river from Cannonsville Reservoir for maintenance or repairs to the dam. That’s what happened previously, at least, mentioned in the last report here. When the reservoir is filled back up, that should decrease the river’s flow a time. Small crawfish and hellgrammite imitations were fished for the smallmouths. Largemouth bass were angled at different lakes on top-water lures, like Zara Spooks, Hula Poppers, Jitterbugs and rubber frogs. They were also socked on Texas-rigged rubber worms or Keitech soft-plastic lures. They were Texas-rigged because of weeds. Or the Keitechs were fished on weedless jigheads. At Lake Hopatcong, hybrid striped bass seemed hooked mostly on spinner baits or spinners. Some anglers still trout fished on streams, though the season was warm for that. They fished small dry flies like Tricos and blue-winged olives. Isonychias probably still hatched sometimes. White flies or big, light-colored flies came off sometimes, he guessed.
Northern pike were fought from Passaic River, said Larry from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. Spinner baits and Blue Fox spinners are often fished for them. Carp were eased from the river, often on commercial carp baits, like corn-flavored. The river didn’t run too low, he thought. Customers headed to Lake Hopatcong to fish for hybrid striped bass, but not many details were heard. They usually fish for them at dusk.