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Delaware River Fishing Reports

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!



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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


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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 jr@delawareriverbass.com

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.

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