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Report from Wednesday, August 24.

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Four largemouth bass to 2 ½ pounds were reeled aboard from Greenwood Lake on a trip yesterday that Capt. Dave Vollenweider from Live to Fish Guide Service from Montvale took with buddy Paul Schmidt, Dave wrote in an email. Schmidt is a tournament bass angler, and the fishing was slow, but caught. The fish were hooked on Senko worms, white PowerBait minnows and Z-Man TRD worms fished in various ways. Dave and Paul also fished rubber frogs on North Creek off Greenwood. The creek looked great for fishing, but nothing bit. Surface water temperatures have been 81 to 84 degrees.

Don from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna walked trout streams, and they were probably as low as he ever saw, he said. Big Flatbrook was 6 inches deep at some places, and Rockaway River was ankle deep. Rains will likely deluge or washout a coming season like fall. Nature usually balances out like that. Anglers usually avoid trout fishing in summer’s heat that can kill the cold-water fish during the fight. Some return to the angling after waters cool and rise in fall. Many customers who reported fishing targeted hybrid striped bass in evenings and at night on Lake Hopatcong on top-water lures. Not a lot was heard about walleyes from the lake, but a handful of locals reported catching walleyes from the water in the middle of the night, like 10 p.m. to 12 midnight. Don’s been fishing Newark Watershed lakes for largemouth bass. The angling was nothing spectacular but clocked a bass here and there on top-water lures. A customer’s been catching largemouths at a small pond in Mine Hill on Senko worms. Fishing’s been better this summer than last year at this time in general.

Great week of fishing, Laurie from Dow’s Boat Rentals in Lake Hopatcong wrote about the lake in an email. Lots of hybrid striped bass smashed livelined herring at Byram Cove that boaters fished while anchored or drifting. Bob Smith released 15 of the stripers to 7 pounds. A good-sized walleye and some crappies were mixed in. Lots of crappies could be hooked along the lake’s shoreline on small bait or jigs. Richard Hilton weighed-in a 3-pound smallmouth bass and a 3-pound largemouth bass from the lake. Brandon Wood, a junior member of the Knee Deep Club, weighed-in a 2-pound 10-ounce smallmouth, a 2-pound 1-ounce largemouth and a 3-pound 7-ounce chain pickerel. His friend, Conner Douglas, pulled in a 4-pound 5-ounce channel catfish.

Passaic River is “up – it’s got water,” said Joe from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. Good catches of carp, catfish and chain pickerel were plumbed from the river. Largemouth bass fishing seemed a little slow on Lake Hopatcong, but some good bags were still landed. He’d say fish for the bass with swim baits like Keitechs or Z-Mans, flipped to places like grass. Or maybe use spinner baits or other “moving” lures like that. Fishing was good at the Newark Watershed lakes. Canistear Reservoir turned out smallmouth bass, good catches.