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Spring stripers 2020

posted Jun 7, 2020, 5:25 PM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Jun 7, 2020, 6:10 PM ]

Well 2020 so far has been full of events and surprises. Lockdown, riots, cold ass spring weather and very windy. February was very warm but March and April proved to very cold. The stripers entered the Delaware River late March and stay in the south river for most of April into the beginning of May. We got some fish pushing up but not the a large bulk of fish. The south had many 40-50 pound fish this year. Probably one of the best years, maybe because they all stayed in one area or maybe because the massive influx of people fishing from the stay at home orders. Fishing on the boat, trying to stay 6 feet away and wearing face masks make it difficult to interact with people, hard to work the pit, hard to do just about everything. 

Once the water warmed up in May the fish came up in broken schools pushed up with the herring schools. The striped bass schools never really hung out for long. One would come up and keep moving, followed by the second, third, fourth and so on... schools. Typically in May the first school that would go up the river would start to drop back. So you would have two or three schools at once in a given location. That never happened. In fact the big bulk of fish are still in the river to the north, which most will still need to come back south. 

The American shad were load in the deep water all of April but very hard to get them to hit in sub 50 degree water. We went in to May with 48 degree water. That has NEVER happened to my recollection. 

End of May into the June as I have been saying for 6 years has been the ticket if you want the best chances to catch fish. 

We caught over 323 stripers in this years season, down almost 300 fish from last year. I still have a week or to to push the numbers up but that won’t be easy. 

I’m booked until beginning of July. Email me if you want to smallmouth fish. Jr@delawareriverbass.com





Striped bass

posted May 23, 2020, 1:25 PM by Karl Hoelper

We have opening in the first two weekends of June. 

You don’t want to miss out. Email jr@delawareriverbass.com to book

C-19 and fishing update

posted Apr 26, 2020, 6:59 AM by Karl Hoelper   [ updated Apr 26, 2020, 7:01 AM ]

The lower Delaware river has been on fire since March, the fish have largely stayed south. The herring have not moved in mass as of today. The water temperature has peaked at 51.8 degrees and has consistently stayed in the upper 40’s. Though February was warm March and April have been relatively cold, the nights are the main driver. Since March we have had 3 60 degree nights and only 15 nights in the mid 50’s. Recently we had three nights with freeze warnings. 

Bottom line their is more fishing ahead of us than behind us. 

If we are to open and run, there are plenty of fish to be caught. We will have to comply with all NJ and PA fishing regulations as always that means saltwater registry, fishing license (PA or NJ). More importantly comply with state covid -19 rules, I heard of $10,000 fines for business. Not sure if that’s legit but for me it’s not worth it. 

We went out and bought a new boat. 20 foot G3 CCJ, check out Facebook for pictures. 

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%! 

Karl

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 jr@delawareriverbass.com , 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. 

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