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Spring Has Sprung & NJ's Ocean Striper Run Has Begun!

You'll know all there is to know just 25 seconds into this week's report when you see all the rods bent over aboard the Ocean Explorer with Capt. Bob Quinn out of Belmar on Wednesday as a wave of coastal striped bass barrels through along the Jersey Shore this week. Except for a little talk about winter flounder and the April 1 restart of tautog, the first 12 minutes of this week's video fishing forecast is all about the bass, 'bout that bass! After announcing our Sterling winner for the week and hinting about the bluefin in this week’s report, Hutch did receive a report overnight from Capt. Fred aboard Andrea's Toy about bluefin off the Jersey Coast this week. The big story this week takes over at the 14:05 mark of this week’s forecast as Hutch provides a comprehensive first-person analysis from the March 16th field hearing in Wildwood, what Congressman Jeff Van Drew called “the launch of a congressional investigation into offshore wind (and we call it offshore wind industrialization).”


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New Jersey & Delaware Bay Freshwater Fishing Reports

Northern NJ & Hudson Fishing Reports

Report by Bullet Hole Annex

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:57

“Most of the small ponds in the northern portion of the state are waking up and producing bass, crappies, pickerel and panfish,” said Nick over at Bullet Hole Annex. The bulk of the fishing has been... More

Report by Dow's Boat Rentals

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:57

“The lake levels have come up some, but you still need to use caution while navigating around any shallow areas,” reported Laurie Murphy at Dow’s Boat Rentals. Main lake temps are slowly climbing a... More

Report by Fairfield Fishing Tackle

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:57

“We are up and running fulltime and our shelves are stocked with trout gear for the season opener,” said Joe over at Fairfield Fishing Tackle, who said in late March that the only consistent fishing... More

Report by Fisherman’s Den

March 27, 2023 - 09:35:02

I spoke with Tom over at the Fisherman’s Den in Belmar and he said he has been seeing a lot of interest in the April 8 trout opener. He said the shop is well stocked with all types of trout and fresh... More

Report by Ramsey Outdoor

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:57

It was a slow month of March for anglers stopping in at Ramsey Outdoors. Don told us the only two reports he got were of some pike being caught in the Passaic River which has been in very good shape, ... More

Report by Tackle World

March 27, 2023 - 09:34:57

We spoke with the folks at Tackle World who told us most of their attention in the freshwater realm has been centered on the April 8 New Jersey trout opener. Streams are in excellent shape and a by th... More

Central New Jersey Fishing Reports

Report by Creekside Outfitters

March 27, 2023 - 09:35:02

Pickerel was also the word over at Creekside Outfitters. Sources there also mentioned the mild winter as the reason that the pickerel fishing was so good. They told us they expect to see the bass and ... More

Report by Hook House

March 27, 2023 - 09:35:02

Pickerel fishing was the name of the game in the cedar waters along the coast according to Dennis over at Hook House Bait and Tackle. He said the mild winter produced excellent pickerel fishing and a... More

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

March 27, 2023 - 09:35:02

“The fishing in the first half of March left a lot to be desired, however the second half of the month saw a marked increase in the bass and crappie fishing to go along with the very good pickerel fi... More

Southern New Jersey Fishing Reports

Report by Allen's Dock

March 27, 2023 - 09:35:02

A big welcome to the folks over at Allen’s Dock in Bass River Township to our freshwater fishing report this season. Sources there told us pickerel fishing was decent all winter in the nearby cedar w... More

Report by Blackwater Sports Center

March 27, 2023 - 09:35:02

Farther south, Steve at Blackwater Sport Center said the mild weather this past winter kept the pickerel active and livelining killies was the ticket to some really good fishing. As of the end of Marc... More

Pennsylvania Fishing Reports

Report by Dave's Sport Shop

March 27, 2023 - 09:35:02

The word from Diane over at Dave’s Sporting Goods in Doylestown is crappie fishing has started up in Lake Nockamixon with a few bass also being caught mainly in the afternoons. Diane also mentioned t... More

DE, MD, & Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports

Report by Smith's Bait Shop

March 27, 2023 - 09:35:02

Trout fishing is open and providing some good fishing, while bass and crappie action is heating up as well according to Steve over at Smith Bait and Tackle in Leipsic. Kelli Craoft tipped the scale wi... More