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Report from Wednesday, September 17.

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One angler talked about good fishing for hybrid striped bass at Lake Hopatcong on top-water lures, said Brian from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. The angler also mentioned good fishing for walleyes there, and Brian was unsure about the tackle the angler fished for the walleyes. Not a lot was heard about smallmouth bass. But if smallmouths were beaten anywhere, they probably were fought on Delaware River. The river’s been running low, like trout streams have. Deep water, like pools, should be fished, probably. Any trout caught on the streams probably came from spring-fed places that cooled water. But trout anglers will become active soon, when weather cools, especially for the fall stocking in October. One lake angler hit largemouth bass on rubber frogs. Top-waters like that and Jitterbugs seemed to catch in evenings. But that’ll probably change soon in cooler weather. Nighttime already chilled off.

Hybrid striped bass, some larger than 8 pounds, were plowed from the lake, on chicken livers or live or dead herring, Laurie from Dow’s Boat Rentals in Lake Hopatcong wrote in an email. Sometimes walleyes and white and yellow perch were hung. Chain pickerel smacked spinners cast along weed lines. Smallmouth and largemouth bass were hooked on live bait or lures. The Knee Deep Club will hold a walleye tournament on the lake this weekend. For info, anglers can see the club’s website or call Dow’s at 973-663-3826.

Fishing was tremendous on Passaic River above the falls from Fairlawn to Elmwood Park, said Nick from Meltzer’s Sporting Goods in Garfield. Smallmouth bass bit like nuts, and bait busted. Lots of northern pike also attacked. A largemouth bass tournament fished well on Lake Hopatcong. Fourteen pounds was the winning bag, and a 5-pound 4- or 5-ouncer was the lunker. Most of the bass were jigged or drop-shotted at weeds, but some were snatched from along docks, like on Senkos. Also at Hopatcong, Nick knew someone who was trolling and live-baiting walleyes in evenings and at night in deep water off points. None of the fish was large, but there were numbers. Largemouthing sounded a little slow at Pompton Lake. But a buddy hooked the fish at the river there on Senkos. Smallmouth bass were jigged and wormed at Greenwood Lake along the shore. Nothing was reported about trout, but fall trout stocking will take place in October.

Passaic River ran low, but northern pike were wrestled from the water, said Cheryl from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. Catfish and carp were probably also eased from the river. In saltwater, bonito were boated surprisingly close to shore, just off Monmouth Beach, on the ocean on metal like Crippled Herring.

Northern pike, good catches, were drilled on Passaic River, especially from kayaks, “to get out and away,” said Braden from Efinger Sporting Goods in Bound Brook. Large, flashy spinners and big, weedless Johnson spoons with trailers, or tackle like that, caught them. Many anglers targeted carp on Raritan and Delaware rivers, the lower Delaware. Many customers bought crawfish and shiners for smallmouth bass fishing on the north and south branches of the Raritan. A photo of probably a 3-pounder was seen that was released on the North Branch. Not much was talked about trout, but anglers will get after trout when weather cools and fall trout stocking, set for October, begins. Nothing was mentioned about trout fishing from shore on Round Valley Reservoir that picks up when weather cools. Of all things reported from the impoundment, a 3-1/2-pound rainbow trout was mentioned that was landed on a dead peanut bunker, when the angler tried for catfish. Anglers were yet to buy bait like small shiners for the shore trout fishing, really. More bought large shiners for largemouth bass fishing at farm ponds.