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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. 






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