Delaware River Fishing Reports
Winter time Striper fishing out of Ocean city Maryland has been absolutely crazy, We have been primarily trolling until we find the birds or a jag of fish, which we then switch to casting and jigging. There are no typical days striper fishing during the migration seasons but there are some fantastic days where we catch 30-45 pounds fish until your arms fall off. Wither we are trolling and hooking up 8 fish at a time or we are cast poppers in the birds its always a great time. We have had over 25 days with more then 15 fish and over 14 days with complete and utter chaos landing well over 25 five fish and even reaching numbers in the 40's. Depending on the school of fish we encounter they can be all 15-20 pounds or they could be 30 pound plus class. The bite starts in November and and continues well into February.
This year I will be running trips out of Ocean City Maryland Part time during the summer and and full time in the fall. Summer time we will be focusing on sharks, tunas, bluefish, and bottom fishing. The boat is a 27 foot Grady White Express built to handle rough seas.
Great day on the Delaware River! A short 4 hour morning trip before the muddy water came was both fun and exciting. Fred and Ethan got into about 16-20 smallmouth bass and two nice walleyes , 3 of the smallies where over 4 lbs and we broke off a monster.. Water was up a bit and the fish were spread out but some holes held a good bit of fish.
So I took a small break from fishing the Delaware River and went down to Ocean City Maryland. Friday I got in the water and it was as clean as I ever saw. 15 foot visibility and was load with striped bass. If I was allowed to shoot Stripers in Maryland I could have killed at least 20 30 pound stripers and tons of smaller fish. I did shoot a few Togs and had a great time. Saturday I went offshore and bang up the 50-70 yellow fin tunas md a 250 makos, and on monday well we got in to a great white marlin bite.
Well Im back up here one day and smoked the smallmouth bass. 45 fish today in 5 hours. Fun fishing with my buddy, it pays to know how to work a jig correctly!
With the crazy weather year we had this winter the stripers never made a full migration up the Delaware River. In my estimations I would have to say only 25% of the Striped bass stock made the annual trip up the Delaware River this year. This left many anglers wondering what had happen to their striped bass they treasure so much. I know fishing from Center City Philadelphia to Trenton Nj during the prime season this year was a very unpredictable, what was once normal to guarantee fish was now tough to buy a single bite. Though many large fish from 25-43lbs fell to my net this year it seem like the majority of the striped bass larger and smaller stayed well south of center city, down by the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It wasn't until late May when the Delaware River saw a massive influx of stripers move into the river. Since May 26- June 10 we caught over 300+ stripers on artificial lures ranging 25-35 inches. This was the best late spring bite I have ever witnessed in 30 years. I kept it very quite and was able to get my customers on bites totaling 33+ fish with no other boats on the water.
Friday Morning 30 fish in 4 hours, friday night 6 fish one keeper. Saturday morning 9 fish and today 33 fish.
The bite has been great, I had to adapt and over come a lot but the bite has been great. The lower river is healthy with fish.
Thats all I got to say, pictures will be up in two weeks when this great bite is over.
Note, Most fish range from 7-12 lbs 24-32 inches with larger fish mixed in.
Fished out of the Penn ramp On wednesday and Today Friday, what an amazing June. Fishing the edges with poppers in the early morning keying in on Stripers breaking water. I fished from the Penn ramp down to Burlington Bristol moo king for breaking fish. Got into a mess of them, then we switched to jigs in deep water holes and dominated them. Once you find the school its game on
Wednesday Totals 36 fish, 6 keepers mixed in ranging 12-20 lbs. The rest of the fish were in the 24-27 inch class
Fridays total 30 fish, all fish were in the 25-27 inch class no keepers.
Hey guys if you want explosive action get on the bite from about 9 am and fish deeper as the sun gets higher.
Well Sunday was a beautiful day, we followed the herring south down around the bend in 20 foot of water and ended up jigging 21 stripers up from 24-32 inches. I started at Trenton and did ok, notice some fish busting top water below the bridges and drifted with them. Came across the deep hole south of the Trenton ramp by the sand bar at Bordentown and lite up the bass. By the end of the day we landed 31 fish, straighten a split ring on a salt water plug, broke of two fish and missed about 10.
Went right back today pick up a couple in the same spot, moved south down to the soap factory in the 26 foot water and bang out a couple. finish with 12 fish biggest 27 inch smallest 23 inch. All the fish came on high tide low tide was terrible.
Still booking trips for plugging. Get with with me and catch them up!
Thursday I filmed with Delaware Vally outdoors we fished from Stockton to New Hope landing 6 fish most fish were not that impressive. Today Saturday morning we fished plugs and buck tails. We smoked the fish, broke of a big fish landed about 10. The sad part was we left a bite thats was out this world. Every third cast in the honey hole and we were hooked. At the end of the day at 10:00 I repeat at 10:00. We hooked 15 fish and landed about 10 plus a nice walleye to add into the mix. No pictures are going up to preserve my spot except the walleye. The boat that was in my sweet spot was bait fishing until they saw us banging em on plugs. Once they switch over they lit up the scene with about 12 fish, a couple of double headers.
By the end of the week, not including tonights trips and sunday mornings trip we caught 33 stripers a few 25-27 inches, 1 22 inch walleye and a 4 lbs.
After the memorial day weekend I drove up from Ocean City, Maryland. Fished the Delaware River with artificial lures in the 78 degree blazing sun and managed to catch 12 fish before the rain and wind storm pushed us off river. The fish were not huge but a 24 inch fish in the shallow fast water sure is exciting. I know there are some big fish left in the river up to 35 inches. I am fishing tomorrow with Delaware Valley Outdoors at 5:00 to find them some larger fish.
Plenty of opportunity for plugging still, great action to end of June.
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Great trip last night, muddy high water but we still managed to catch a hand full of Stripers on plugs. Most fish were in the 24-33 in range. I expect to be catching these Stripers all up and down the river from Trenton north for the next three weeks or about Father's Day. After that it a night time fishery for the resident bass.
The fish are here can you them bite? Test out your plugging skills, call or email to book a trip.
Jr@delawareriverbass.com or call 215-840-3093
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