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Delaware River Fishing Reports

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

Stripers in the Delaware River

posted Oct 14, 2015, 6:26 AM by Karl Hoelper

This is the time of year that stripers start biting again in the Delaware River. Now we don't have a migration like we have in the spring but what we do have is hold over. A hold over is a bass that lives in the Delaware River all summer and winter and may decide to move down towards the Delaware Bay during the colder months of the Year. These fish are typically 15-25 inches and can be a lot of fun on lighter tackle. The numbers can vary from 1-4 fish to 5-10 fish.

If your looking to do a striper/walleye trip give me call or Email 215-840-3093 or

Captain Karl.

Epic Epic Epic big fish bite

posted Sep 24, 2015, 11:55 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Sep 24, 2015, 12:04 PM ]

Fished two trips yesterday.

The morning trip, was good not great caught 20-25 fish and one monster.

The second trip started out slow but when the sun started to drop slightly around 3:30 something happen that I've never seen on the Delaware River. Pig after pig after pig were caught. Every drift we caught a monster and some times two. 5 fish in the 3.5 - 4 range, 1 fish over 4 pounds, 6 fish 2.5 - 3.5 pounds, and numerous fish in the 2 pound range. Epic bite and some of it was sight fishing, which is unbelievable now in ultra clear water! Kristen a newbie to fishing went from learning how to cast a rod for the first time to slaying pigs, it was simply incredible! I have to say the Lambertville drift from the bridge to the dam was something else. 

Capt. Karl

September Smallmouth Bass Bite

posted Sep 22, 2015, 3:09 PM by Karl Hoelper

Over the last two weeks the fishing has really picked up. In 10 trips we have seen bigger fish and have been able to sight fish them out of the shallows and weed beds. We are still average about 20-35 fish a trip with the exceptions of a slow day mix in. The walleyes have started to bite again catch 6 of them in the last three days and the bigger catfish in the 7-12 pound ranges have started chumping down on live minnows. 

Looks like this fall is shaping up to be some dynamite fishing, don't miss out on it

Capt. Karl

Fantastic Fishing

posted Sep 1, 2015, 9:13 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Sep 1, 2015, 9:13 AM ]

All this week has provide some fantastic fishing.

Monday we caught about 29 fish with some big fish mixed in.

Tuesday was another day for the books catching plenty of fish well over 30 of them.

Thursday we topped off with over 36 fish

Thursday night was a banner two hour trip catching over 40 fish under the shad with some real pigs mixed in.

Friday we were back at it crushing fish!!!

Saturday morning we caught 24 smallmouth before we switch over to catfish landing 4 fish over 9 lbs and one 15 lbs fish

Saturday Afternoon we add another 32 fish 

Sunday we caught about 17 fish (fly fishing)

Monday on a two hour trip we caught about 20 fish under the shad.

Excellent fishing and its just getting better. 

Delaware River Smallmouth bass, best it's going to get

posted Aug 26, 2015, 9:06 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Aug 26, 2015, 9:10 AM ]

The bite on the Delaware River is anything but slow. No matter what we throw, where we throw it, and the color we have been finding those bronze backs and in decent numbers. Picking up three, four, five bass in 7 cast in some areas. The key is finding nice pockets  covering a ton of ground find the fish, the drift and search method has been producing the most fish. On the other hand working some areas very throughly while anchored has produce some of the largest fish all year. 

We also have been finding and fishing under, over, and with the Shad, some days it's absolutely nuts catch 5-10 bass out of a school of Shad before moving to the next school. Keys have been throwing swim jigs, Shad baits, swimming plugs, and top water plugs. 

Fishing the Shad is never a garrentee, it can sometimes be wild goose chase. We may end up looking for the Shad first then we might have to find a school of Shad with bass on them. Just because the Shad are around doesn't mean the bass are on them.

Shad fry are moving down the Delaware river, leading to great top water action

posted Aug 11, 2015, 4:55 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Aug 12, 2015, 12:34 PM ]

Weekly Wrap Up:

Last week we saw a high pressure system sit over the Delaware Valley for about 4 days. The system moved in on Tuesday and finally lifted late Saturday night. Any one that knows about barometric pressure and fishing knows that high pressure system can produce some beautiful weather but some difficult fishing conditions. 

American Shad fry are moving down the river:
Every fall the American shad move down the river when the tempter of the river hits in the low to mid 70"s. With the cold nights and the damn stuck open in New York the Shad have started to come down the river a month early. By mid-week I saw a pod or two by Sunday they turned into schools. My uncle went out fishing for a two hour trip and we pushed double digit fish for each angle. The best part about this time of year is they will be on poppers anytime now and the fish gather together in larger schools leading to some explosive action. This is the best time fish for smallmouth and we will be offering two hour trips.

New Two hour smallmouth evening trips (Shad Bite)
2 hours $175.00
Start time- 6:30-8:30 pm

I was out with Larry and Larry, one on spinning tackle and one on fly gear. We started the morning off hooking a monster bass that we fought for several minutes before breaking the line. This fish was very heavy and strong and had the rod hell bent. The first fishing hole yield 4 fish, then we moved down the river and got into some steady action with fish being timid grabbing the back of the baits short. For every fish we caught we had another 3 bites. Moving to the shallow water we say some smallies chasing daces around and Larry was able to connect with two of them on poppers. By the end of the day we at 19-23 fish.

I was out with Mal and Tony both fly fishing. High pressure was stilling hanging over our heads lawing to 59 degree nights. The river lost about 7 degrees over night and the fog was thick till about 8:30. Tony was able to hook and land some really nice bass using poppers and Mal had really nice catches as well. We cover a lot of territory today and land a fair amount of fish for fly fishing. When I broke out the spinning tackle to see what was going on I hook a few fish and got a few fish to bite with in 9 cast. Sometimes the spinning gear is just the way to go.

Went out with Rob and Nick, the high pressure system was still hanging over our heads but the barometer was dropping. As the pressure lifted the fishing started to pick. We landed well over 33 fish and had another 50 bites easily. We caught a ton of fish that were very respectable for the Delaware River but no monster bass. All in all we had a great day and it was Nick and Robs best day bass fishing in PA and all summer. All to note we located several schools of shad coming down thew river.

The High Pressure system finally gave way to a warm low pressure system. Tim and His Girl friend who bought the trip as a gift for their anniversary got into some heavy action fast. We located a school of fish in the shallows sunning and was able to land 12 fish out of one stretch and jumped off 3. On fish we had to the boat was every bit of 4 plus pounds but we popped the hook. We caught 3 fish in that stretch that was over 16 inches. As we moved up the river we stayed with steady action picking a fish up every 5 cast. then the action slowed to about every 10 cast. By mid day the sun was blazing and the action had slowed down. We ended up with over 23 fish for the morning but time jumped or pulled the hook on another 16 fish easily. 

I was out with Rob and his son and caught 5 and 7 years old. Right away as soon as wee dropped anchor we where into them hot and heavy and big fish too. We caught several fish in the 13-16 inch range and a good few in the 17-22 inch range, one fish being the second biggest that we caught all year. with in 2 hours we caught over 24 fish and the day kept going like that until the sun really started to blaze. 

Smallmouth Bass

The Best Smallmouth Bass Bite on the Delaware River in 5 Years

posted Aug 4, 2015, 5:34 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 5:34 AM ]

The last week I fished 6 out of 7 days and it was and still is the best bite I have seen in 5 years. We caught well over 180 smallmouth bass, stripers, walleye, and catfish this week. Some trips saw as many as 40 fish in 4 hours of fishing other saw 30 fish with another 25 bites or hook ups. 

When is the bite the best? We have been fishing early morning 6:00-6:30 am and off by 10:30 for our 4 hour trips and our 6 hour trips were off by 12:00-12:30. The bite has been great until about 1:00. Not that we are not catching fish after 1:00 but the quantity defiantly goes down. Now on cooler days that don't get over 85 degrees all day we seem to be doing well. Its the hot days that are over 85 degrees with the sun blazing where the bite peters off. 

If want to catch smallmouth bass and a lot of them now is the time to go fishing. 

Why spend the money to go blue fishing when were catching bigger fish in the river?

Why go flounder fishing when you can't even find a keeper?

Smallmouth bass fishing guide

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