Giving Thanks for NJ’s Incredible Striper Run of ‘22
If you happened to miss out on the incredible run of fish in this Friday’s “Substitute Teachers Day Blitz of ‘22” at the Jersey Shore, the good news is that the fall run of stripers continues into this holiday weekend! In recent years Thanksgiving has been very much been the pinnacle of the fall striped bass run at the Jersey Shore; based on footage from recent blitz conditions with the surf line packed tight with bait, one can reasonably expect to find those bunker-busting scenes somewhere along the beaches this week as well. Check out a few of the most recent surf catches, and take a sneak peek at the weather forecast before deciding on which beach you may want to start your bass hunt this week. Plus, details on tautog, black sea bass, weekend tournaments and our weekly freshwater report from on location in the Pocono’s. Give thanks, and catch ‘em up!
New Jersey & Delaware Bay Freshwater Fishing Reports
JB Kasper-New Jersey & Delaware Bay Freshwater Highlights
November 21, 2022 - 10:59:22
The month of November saw a roller coaster ride when it comes to freshwater fishing in our reporting area. Up and down water temps, windy conditions and tons of leaves in the water made the fishing hot and cold with numbers well below a normal year in most waters. Going into December water levels in most waters should be about average for this time of the year and water as are the water temps. As per usual the weather will be the joker in the deck. A mild December will extend the fishing throughout the month, while a cold month will make the fishing less predictable. Crappie, pickerel and trout are the main stays of the December fishing and all three are in good shape as we start the month off. Crappie fishing was decent in most waters the last two weeks of November and fishing should be good as long as waters stay ice free. Its much the same for the pickerel fishing in the lower part of the state. The pickerel fishing ended November with some red hot fishing and here too livelining killies should put you into plenty of chainsides as long as the water stays open. Still plenty of trout available in the fall stocked trout waters and the winter trout stocking in December should provide some good fishing. If you fish along the coast or the lower Delaware River and bay perch fishing is another good option in the tributary streams and December is usually a good month for the perch with a few stripers and catfish mixed in. Another good option is the pike and musky fishing in waters where they are available. Both fish produced some good fishing in late November and since they are cold water fish expect December to see some good fishing as well. Last but not least is the walleye fishing which also produces some nice fish in December in waters where they are present.