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Delaware River Fishing Reports

Spring Season is Just Ahead.

posted Jan 28, 2019, 2:23 PM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Feb 2, 2019, 2:54 PM ]

The spring season on the Delaware River is just ahead. Book before march 1st and save $25 book, book a smallmouth trip as a second trip from June 15th on and save $50 on the smallmouth trip.

What to expect?

This means crazy American shad action and big few striped bass bites per day. Shad fishing is one the best activities for all ages and skill level. They fight hard, jump and when you get wolf packed the action is absolutely insane! Stripers will follow shortly after the shad have entered the river providing great action early season doing split trips. Whats a split trip? Fishing half the time for shad then going after stripers!

Once the water warms up and the bass become active enough to chase plugs the pigs are the first on the scene. Normal years this would happen in March, but with the cold pattern the last two years we have seen it later into the first week of April. For the Delaware River the name of the game is always water temperature, it dictates 80% of the fishing activity. Late year, cold water, early year warm water. Not sure what's going to happen. Then the herring move in, which is good and bad. Too many herring makes it tough to trick fish, not enough herring and the bass will not hold still, they will continue north in their search for food and spawning. April use to be the month to end all months. This is when the fish would be in full force and typically bigger fish in the 20-45 lb range. 

What to say about May, boy record days were had in May the last three years leading to a week of over 50 fish per trip to a recording breaking 76 fish in a six hour trip, we left them snapping! If we spent all day on them it would have been a 150 fish day easily. 

June is a great time! Fish move up the river into some wild places, numbers are generally strong but smaller fish up to 33 inches. Striper fishing starts too taper out by Fathers day. Early mornings become mandatory because they shut down once the heat is on. 

July some bass are around but you have to fish late nights and early morning, no consistency but some pigs still hiding. 

Early trips like 5:30 am when the weather is hot helps, evening trips turn on when the sun drops. Cold weather is the opposite, if its cold and water is cold when the sun comes up it helps. Rain is one of the best times to fish, not down pours or lighting. but a nice light rain can do wonders! The tides play a factor but you can never associate one tide as the negative or bad tide. Simply put sometimes its a high tide bite for weeks on hand and sometimes a low tide bite and sometimes they always bite no matter the tide. 

Delaware River Stripers

posted May 12, 2018, 3:22 PM by Karl Hoelper

Please if you fish with me do not post you catch all over the fishing forums, it attracts way too many other boats and it makes it that much harder to catch. 

Having said that after a customer posted on every forum and sent it the editors of several publications my typically area ways flooded with people blowing up the spot and pushing the fish out. The next trip I went up the river and floated a long section from New Hope down and caught 26 fish. Fished up there again during the week and did a few more fish. 

So without giving too much away, the fish are here you have to work hard for them but you will be rewarded. This year we have 8 fish over 30 lbs and about 16 fish int he 20 lbs range and a bunch of 27 inches.

So to some up the striped bass fishing in the Delaware river its exactly how I thought it would be in an email sent to my customers in March. 


American Shad Recap for 2018

posted May 12, 2018, 3:07 PM by Karl Hoelper

 Top April and trips not including split shad and bass. This year was not as good as last year but it was on fire, we had few days that it was just tough to catch them and the conditions were poor. There is still shad in the river but we are done targeting them.

  1. 45 American Shad
  2. 37 American Shad 
  3. 23 American Shad
  4. 27 American Shad
  5. 63 American Shad
  6. 75 American Shad
  7. 68 American Shad
  8. 101 American Shad
  9. 78 American Shad
  10. 67 American Shad
  11. 45 American Shad
  12. 26 American Shad
Best day was 158 AMERICAN SHAD (full day trip with a half day trip)

Striped bass have in the river but hard to get to eat, lots of success with some big fish with skilled anglers while plugging. The lower river has yielded very little bass. 

2018 season

posted Apr 23, 2018, 6:59 PM by Karl Hoelper

Waters cold, late season as predicted. Shad fishing is excellent, stripers have picked up but the masses are not here. 

We’re booking smallmouth now  for the summer. Some weekdays available but mostly weekends don’t miss out.

Mixed stripers and smallmouth until Father’s Day water temperature dependent.

Shad insanity

posted Apr 14, 2018, 8:11 PM by Karl Hoelper

Over 257 shad and in two days! Hope the biomass is just starting. Bucks mixed up n so maybe it will last! 

Smallmouth fishing, Epic

posted Jul 23, 2017, 4:48 PM by Karl Hoelper

Smallmouth bass fishing has been absolutely amazing. You gotta beat the heat, get in the water cool off, and keep moving. I have been out every weekend and we have been catching 15, 30, 45, and 60 fish. Skill level definitely helps to put up numbers but it is not necessary to have fun.

Early in the season with the water a little colder and water up the smallmouth bass were short biting but still catching good numbers. as the summer warms up the river the smallmouth need to eat more and more. Their metabolism burns the food so quickly they need to constantly feed which makes this the absolute best time to fish for smallmouth bass. To date, we have caught over a handful of bass almost 5 lbs, 17 4lb, plenty of 3 lbs, and who knows how many 2 lbs. 

You will not have action, like this in the fall, some days you get some really nice fish in the fall but we do the same with a steady bite in the summer. Fun fished with my uncle for 4 hours and caught over 60 smallmouth bass and jumped almost the same amount. Now we are very skilled at what we do but you will never see a day like that in the fall unless you're lucky enough to get on the shad bite with me. The shad bite is almost like a secretive thing I do, it's so good I don't even want to take anyone out.

Striper Spring Wrap Up for 2017

posted Jul 23, 2017, 4:38 PM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Jul 23, 2017, 4:55 PM ]

We are still getting a great number of stripers up to 22 inches while smallmouth fishing.

The spring was an odd spring. Very cold to start with a few warm days sprinkled in. April proved to be tricky to be consistent but big fish were caught every week. We put some serious damage on stripers up to 40 lbs but these a days you are waiting for one big bite in the lower river. Fishing up the river where the shad were proved amazing days. I love doing split trips for stripers and shad. Split days keep it very exciting, 30, 40, 50, 60 shad on this amazing year then dropping back some baits for bass and getting some great bites up to 37 lbs. This year was a very epic year for shad, normally we have some incredible days that can produce 100 shad in a day but this year was big schools and big fish.

As the water warmed up the shad fishing got even better and the stripers were hungry. Then we had a major rain event that shut us down for 3 weeks and during those three weeks, we slide back into a cold front which shut down any fishing. 

As May arrived the water cleared and the sun warmed the water up. Striper plugging the lower river and deep jigging the deep holes work very well. the fish stayed deep from Florence to Bensalem. The reason they stayed back was that's where the herring where. This is where paying some one that knows the entire river pays off. 

the second week of may off arrived and the fishing was beyond anything I have ever witnessed. It started with a few days of some modest fishing 4 bass, 7, bass, 12, bass, then 36 bass, then 51 bass, then 55 bass, and then the day that I couldn't believe 72 stripers in a 6-hour trip and we walked away from fish. As the another week passed the fish started to decline just like they inclined. The best part of this year was the fish class was 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33-inch range is the majority with bigger fish mixed in up to 40 lbs at a rate of almost 1 out 7 fish. 

As the month waned the fish naturally got smaller but we moved up the river to middle/lower bucks and had some great days catching 12, 18, 25 or so fish a day in the 22-28 inch class.

This type of fishing especially fishing for numbers or quality is highly dependent on your skill set. Can you cast, can you work a lure, or set the hook on a running fishing, can you pump and reel, do you have a fishing IQ, Do you know where to cast.

Yes, I can teach this but if you have the skills down you will do much better. There are few days I am not hooking fish for people at a rate of 5-1. There are days people don't want me to fish, they want to hook their own. I'll let an hour go by then I'll cast a few times hook up as a thermometer of whats going on. 

I know I live on the water and can run the majority of the river blind but I have also had some bad ass guys on the but that put in work and terrorize the stripers!



Striped Bass Fishing Reports

posted Nov 9, 2015, 5:47 PM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated May 26, 2017, 10:47 AM ]

May shaped and June Looks like it could be good for stripers up the river to the north. Bait fishing has been the slowest method to produce fish but some were definitely caught. 

Big November Fish!!

posted Nov 2, 2015, 11:48 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Nov 2, 2015, 11:49 AM ]

Delaware river Smallmouth Bass

Thursday and Friday are Open 73-75 degree days
Call or text 215-840-3093

Fall fishing produces big fish

posted Oct 26, 2015, 3:49 PM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Oct 28, 2015, 7:12 AM ]

Fall has been really good producing some very nice smallmouth bass with some walleyes mixed in. The water temperature is in the mid 50's a perfect temperature for smallmouth fishing its only going to get better with a warm 70 degree rain follow by a 70 degree day and several days in the mid 60's. It's not to late to get in on the action and catch you personal best smallmouth bass. 

During the last week we had several days that the fishing produced 15 fish on a 2 hour trip with 3 of them being pigs and several 4 hour trips that produced good numbers and BIG fish.

We have some discounts going on till the end of October so everything is lined up for you to get out there and get some Fish!!

Big Fall Smallmouth bass on the Delaware River

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