New Jersey & Delaware Bay Freshwater – The Fisherman

New Jersey & Delaware Bay Freshwater Fishing

September 24, 2020 New Jersey/Delaware Bay Fishing Report with Jim Hutchinson, Jr.

Staff from The Fisherman Magazine hasn’t manned a booth for a local boat or outdoor show since the Asbury Park plug show in March, so it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited to return to action this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 25-27 at First Energy Park (Blue Claws stadium) in Lakewood. Get your new or renewing subscription at the show and walk out with a Savage sand eel package, a great bait for the fall run. Of course, if you’re like us, you also picked up a plug or two in Asbury Park earlier this year which you’re hoping to soak in the fall surf; the latest NOAA Weather forecast has W/NW winds predicted most of the day Thursday which could help cool water temps and kick those peanuts and mullet in the tails in jumpstarting the fall action. Many folks are checking the NOAA offshore weather forecast on the hour to look for windows to sail towards the tuna grounds; not much to report in recent weeks due to turbulent seas, but there looks to be a shot or two in the upcoming forecast. Another red drum makes the South Jersey forecast this week, and many folks in Cape May County in particular are hopeful for another speck-tacular run of spotted trout this fall. Meanwhile there are a few stripers being reported by those fishing off the beach and in the back along the sedges and sod banks. Welcome to official start of fall!


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Northern NJ & Hudson

Report by Dow's Boat Rentals

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Report by Fairfield Fishing Tackle

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Our first call to the northern part of the state went out to Joe over at Fairfield Fishing Tackle. He told us the Passaic River is fishing well for pike, smallies and catfish. “Kayak fishermen have b... More

Report by Ramsey Outdoor

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

Salmon fishing in Lake Ontario tributary streams also got top billing over at Ramsey Outdoors. Sources there told us the fishing is coming into prime time despite low water conditions which have force... More

Report by Bullet Hole Annex

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

“The best fishing going right now is the bass fishing in the Hudson in the Catskills,” said Nick over at Bullet Hole Annex. He told me smallmouth fishing has been outstanding in the mouths of the tr... More

Report by Tackle World

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Report by JB Kasper

August 24, 2020 - 11:21:35

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Central New Jersey

Report by Capt'n Hippo Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

The best fishing going on this past week was the white perch fishing in the Toms River and other coastal tidal streams, said Lenny over at Capt’n Hippo Bait & Tackle in Toms River. Lenny told me the ... More

Report by Hook House

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

We got another good report on the white and yellow perch fishing in the lower Toms River when we spoke with sources over at Hook House Bait and Tackle. They told us anglers fishing small jig-twister c... More

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

September 14, 2020 - 09:58:00

Lake Carasaljo was the top spot mentioned by sources over at Jersey Hooker Outfitters. Chatterbaits, plastic worms and Rat-L-Traps have been the ticket to the bass there and in most of the local ponds... More

Southern New Jersey

Report by Buck Tails Outfitters

September 21, 2020 - 09:31:00

The word from Buck Tails Outfitters was plenty of perch in the river and at Mays Landing being caught on shrimp and worms. In addition they mentioned some good live lining for pickerel in local cedar ... More

Report by Bait N' Hook

August 24, 2020 - 11:25:58

A big of a slow down in the fishing according to the folks at Bait N’ Hook in Sicklerville. Chris said what bass are being caught are being taken on crankbaits and weedless rigged Senkos and other pl... More

DE, MD, & Chesapeake Bay

Report by Smith's Bait Shop

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Good bass action in Garrisons Lake and Silver Lake was at the top of the list when we spoke with Steve over at Smith Bait and Tackle in Liepsic. He said anglers fishing big live shiners, the bigger th... More