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Delaware River Fishing Reports

Troll bite turned on

posted Jun 6, 2019, 5:30 PM by Karl Hoelper

Decent trolling bite has developed! Lots of fish in the deep

Delaware River Stripers

posted Jun 6, 2019, 12:18 PM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Jun 6, 2019, 12:19 PM ]

As the summer season starts to roll in the water warms up and the bass more north for a bit then come back down in their way out to the ocean. Right we are covered up in shorts and dink’s. Not many big fish to be found in the southern part of Bucks County. We will get one more push of fish as they follow the herring south but this is hit or miss. Smallmouth fishing is in my future soon! 

Striper Season Wrap up report will come in the next few weeks. 

Delaware River Striper spring bite

posted May 17, 2019, 5:34 AM by Karl Hoelper

The Delaware river is going to be perfect for the first time in a long time. This is my favorite time of year chasing stripers up the river. Right now there are verified reports of fishing being all the way up to Milford. This makes things a little more difficult but if you can find striped bass you can get them good. It’s go time!

Few days and nights open to get on the elusive striped bass! 

Delaware River Tide striper Bite

posted May 12, 2019, 5:10 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated May 12, 2019, 2:28 PM ]


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Well I fished all week, we smoked the striped bass Monday to Wednesday with 36 fish, then Thursday and Friday the striped bass nite died, I think the fish were on spawning. Saturday morning I was not very optimistic but with a new day and new tides the stripers came back hitting. The morning trip we had a lot of bites, lots of fish to the boat but a lot more got away.?the stripers were a bit tricky on this beautiful morning on the Delaware River, but we got them.

The evening trip was much better with a steady striper bite though out the trip, but noticeably when the tide change the fish came by and were much bigger. 18 striped bass on the day the biggest being 16 lbs striped bass. 

Water is 58 degrees, we have three cold days ahead of us in the low 50’s. Striped bass will be in the river for longer time this year.  If you want to book your June dates it should be a lot of fun!  

Late May and June fishing is around New Hope PA or where the fish are. 

May stripers on the Delaware River

posted May 10, 2019, 6:06 AM by Karl Hoelper

May has kicked off like a fire storm. Stripers were every where even with low water temperatures, high water, and ultra fast flow.  As we move to the weekend the Delaware River will lose some heat on the river with a cold front moving through on mother’s day. We will see how this affects the striped bass. I have a feeling the fish are on spawn right now which makes it ultra tough to catch them. 

The great thing about a cold spring is the big fish will hang out a lot longer and the striped bass season in the Delaware River will be extended 2-3 weeks put us well into mid June and into July as we move up the river to upper Bucks. 

Fishing has been very solid for skilled anglers worth 35 pound fish being caught and several pot belly stripers in the mid 20’s. 

We have some great dates open in early June. 


Delaware River Striped Bass fishing Report

posted May 6, 2019, 7:13 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated May 6, 2019, 7:14 AM ]

The Delaware River finally receded to flow levels that were just about perfect prior to the 24 hour rain event. Water definitely came up but looks like the damage is minimized and will rebound in a few days. Of course the is if the the north didn’t get completely hammered.  

The fishing was exceptional this week with some big fish caught up to 35 lbs. most trips this weekend saw a good amount of stripers caught from 16, 12, 7 down to 3. The key to fishing is actually fishing and not giving up in 1 hour. Fish move in and out, behavior changes with the tide and weather. 

Captain Karl

Delaware River Fishing Report

posted Apr 30, 2019, 8:10 AM by Karl Hoelper

Last few weeks has been steady fishing with Striped Bass up to 25 pounds. The American Shad bite was great with lots of bigger fish. Rain moved in the area and has made Shad fishing tougher, schools have moved north. We seem to be in a big gap of schools right now. By the time you read this the gap should be closed and back on to the larger fish. 

This week a cold front pushed through and has continued to linger. It is causing the both Stripers and American Shad to very fussy. The water temperature of the Delaware River has dropped from 59 to 51 degrees which is a huge contributing factor to way the stripers and shad have basically shut mouth syndrome.The forecast as of now is calling for more rain this week, looking like it will be spread out through the days so it shouldn't be too much concern with raising water levels but you never know this tike of year. two weeks ago they called for 3 inches of rain and we may have gotten .3 inches on the lower end of the the river. The upper section from Easton and above got destroyed. The lower section of the Delaware River stayed 100% fishable until 4 days later when the water from up north came down just in time for the American Shad tournament. The Catfish bite has been strong with over 60 cat fish caught over 10 pounds, the biggest being 15 lbs. 

So heres the outlook, plenty of fish to south and into the the Bucks County area, the water is will warm up. fishing will go well into June as we move up the river with the bass. Early morning split Striper and smallmouth will probably be great action into early July.

I have 2 hour week nights available for Striper Fishing open from May and June this should hitting it just right. These are two person trips only and you must know how to cast and retrieve lures. 

May Striped Bass
14,15,16,17,20,21,22,23,27,28,29,30
June
3,4,5,6,7,10,11,12,13,14

Open Weekend Dates (Am starts 5:30-6:00 am)
May Striped Bass
25 AM
26 PM
June Striped Bass
1 PM
2 AM, PM
8 AM, PM
9 AM, PM

Mid to late June is open for Stripers, Stripers and Smallmouth 


Red Hot Delaware River Striper bite

posted Apr 19, 2019, 6:43 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Apr 19, 2019, 6:45 AM ]

This week we had a major rain blow out and more rain to come.

The lower river south of Delaware to Bristol has been red hot despite the mud. Fishermen using cut bait and bloodworms have had the most success. The full moon has turn on the fish even with the river temperature dropping to 51 degrees. This is why if the river gets blown out I change my location to fish where the fish are or can be caught. The advantages of being in a trailer.

This big hog of a Delaware River Striper was caught by a client and friend not with me. It it a well deserved pig that Phil put his time in and woke up early morning 3:300 am to get where needed to be to capture this hog!

Delaware River Striper Phil

Delaware River Striper Phil with kids

Delaware River striped bass and American shad

posted Apr 13, 2019, 6:24 PM by Karl Hoelper

Two trips today, lots of big shad. Second trip banged out a 39 inch 25 lbs striper. 

Delaware River striped bas April 13th

Shad and striper bite

posted Apr 8, 2019, 4:13 PM by Karl Hoelper

Fishing has started slow because of the cold weather as you could read in previous post. Shad fishing has picked up over the weekend and now as of today a big school has moved in putting up great numbers. Hopefully another school moves in with no gap in time. 

Striper fishing has also started. 18 pounder 35 inches on Sunday. 

April 6 Delaware River striped bass striper



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