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Delaware River Fishing Reports

Covid 19 and fishing

posted Mar 19, 2020, 1:47 PM by Karl Hoelper

Right now I’m healthy and want to stay that way. I have a baby coming and do not want bring anything home to risk the health of my family. If you book a trip or have booked a trip and feel the slightest bit sick stay home. All deposit will be refunded 100%! 


Delaware River American Shad and Striper Bass

posted Mar 7, 2020, 5:09 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Mar 7, 2020, 5:20 AM ]

The bays that surround the barrier islands of south Jersey have come to life. Big schools have been spotted off Ocean City Maryland and the Delaware coast. The Delaware River hit 44 and a warm weekend, a blistering hot Monday, warm week coming up, warm rain, and warm NIGHTS will trigger the spring run! We will be back to the normal years of fishing. March there will be fish, Shad and Stripers, April and May will be the prime time. We should not have the Late a April start like the last 5 years! It’s going to be game on.

It’s time to book your trips! 

2020 Striper and Shad Season on the Delaware River is upon us

posted Feb 7, 2020, 5:22 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Mar 4, 2020, 8:02 PM ]

The 2020 striped bass and American shad season for the Delaware river is right round the corner. The weather is acting like spring already with the Delaware river reading temperatures of 41 degrees in the first week of February. It would seem strange to have weather in the 50 and 60's in February and the Delaware river temperature climbing so fast but in the early 2000's this was the norm. In that time frame American shad in the Delaware River would be in full swing by March 15th and big fat Striped bass would be lurking around in the Delaware river by the same time. This was always known as the trophy season, when you could target the big bass before they got pre-occupied with spawning. In these warmer winters the prime time striper season would be April 1st to May 15th with the fish leaving the river before Memorial Day. In the past 6 season on the Delaware river the stripers didn't show up in force until late April and stayed well in mid June. 

What will this years Striped bass season look like on the Delaware River?
Im not one to argue with the weather so if we keep on this track the Shad will be hitting in the first week of March and the stripers will be biting fairly consistently in mid-late March. Typically warm winters and springs bring a lot of rain to the Delaware river which can make it difficult to target striped bass and shad consistently. It is when the mud clears when you can slam them. We won't know if we will get a lot rain or if we will be able to capitalize on the weather. 

April will be a fantastic month if the weather stays this way and May will be great fishing. 

Book your trip now for the 2020 season, Email , Last year we caught over 600 stripers with many trips catching over 20 fish per trip. No one on the river has striped bass or American shad dialed in like us. 

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 ]

Now booking Smallmouth bass trips save up to $50 if you book before June 15th.

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

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 

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