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FISHING LOGS: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
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HOPATCONG’S HOT

Posted By J. B. Kasper, August 7, 2017
I guess no one made a sacrifice to the weather Gods, as nasty storms with as much as 5 inches of rain hammered different parts of our reporting area. Needless to say flooding, dirty water and poor fishing conditions made for some interesting fishing this past week. Another factor that really put a hurt on the fishing was the barometric pressure which topped the 30 mark all week even when the rains were coming down. Maybe Mother Nature has dementia! Bass fishing was hit or miss with water conditions being the dominate factor. Crappies, for the most part were not schooled up in most waters and were scattered making fishing picky. Smallmouth fishing is good in the larger streams and rivers when conditions are favorable, while trout fishing remains in the summer doldrums. On the up side panfishing has been good all over; if you like whisker trout, catfishing has been very good in the off color water and dark hour hybrid fishing remains solid in several waters. Rounding out this week’s prospects for some action are northerns, lake trout, walleyes and carp in waters where they are present. Lake Hopatcong has been on fire according to Mark at Jigging World. He did a dark hour trip there during the week and found very good walleye and hybrid fishing off the islands on topwater baits amid heavy boat traffic.
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