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The First Striped Bass of 2021 – NJ’s Run Has Begun!

After counting down the days through the month of February, the back bay striped bass season in the Garden State officially kicked off on Monday, March 1 with Edvardas Gintare the first to report a “slot” fish of 30 inches a little after 10 a.m. at the Hook House in Toms River. That report was followed soon after by DJ Tommy K who checked in with the Tackle Box in Hazlet with another over 28-incher in the north, with Myles Bosley was next with a 30-1/2-incher at Absecon Bay Sportsman Center. For those wondering if the cold month of February would’ve put those holdover river stripers on lockjaw, the reports from the sedges and sod banks from the Raritan down the Delaware seem to show otherwise. More local tackle shops have reopened for the season this week as flats of bloodworms are arriving almost daily to keep up with the demand. And with a warming trend in the forecast for the week ahead, you can expect that demand to increase as striped bass hit the muddy flats in search of an easy meal. Check out this week’s full video forecast for a comprehensive rundown on local action in the New Jersey, Delaware Bay region. Fish on!!!


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Northern NJ & Hudson Fishing Reports

Report by Fairfield Fishing Tackle

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

Ice fishing was the name of the game when we spoke with Joe over at Fairfield Fishing Tackle. He said this was the first February in a while that we had fishable ice and the reports he got told of bet... More

Report by Tackle World

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

February was also a good month for ice for anglers stopping in at Tackle World. Mark said he got good reports on the perch, pike and pickerel fishing on Budd Lake; plenty of perch and a few bass being... More

Report by Bullet Hole Annex

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

Ice fishing was also at the top of the list when I spoke with Nick over at Bullet Hole Annex. Nick told me this was the best ice fishing we had in the northern portion of the state in the last several... More

Report by Ramsey Outdoor

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

Another place that said ice fishing with a little stream trout fishing was on the menu in February was sources at Ramsey Outdoors. They said some of the better fishing was in the smaller ponds and lak... More

Report by Dow's Boat Rentals

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

A happy Laurie Murphy Dow’s Boat Rentals said February served up the first good ice fishing conditions in the last several years. As of this report the lake was completely froze with ice ranging from... More

Report by Dow's Boat Rental

February 01, 2021 - 12:01:37

“It’s been a very quiet winter,” stated Laurie Murphy at Dow’s Boat Rentals. Laurie said ice fishermen were able to get out in the coves for a couple to days and then on only 3 inches of black ice... More

Central New Jersey Fishing Reports

Report by Hook House

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

“February was a tough month of fishing because of the weather,” said Dennis over at the Hook House Bait and Tackle. Outside of some pickerel being caught in the cedar waters on killies when you cold... More

Report by Jersey Hooker Outfitters

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

Sources over at Jersey Hooker Outfitters told us the snow storms that hammered the area in February were mostly nor’easters and this has kept the freshwater fishing in check. Likewise the good picker... More

Report by Fishermen's Supply

January 11, 2021 - 12:40:43

If you’re looking for a tug on the line not far from the coast I’d recommend picking upa few Blue Fox spinners over at Fishermen’s Supply in Point Pleasant. The upper reaches of the Manasquan W... More

Southern New Jersey Fishing Reports

Report by Buck Tails Outfitters

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

Some white and yellow perch are starting to show up in the river, said sources at Buck Tails Outfitters. They have not reached the bulkhead in Mays Landing as of this report but should move into that ... More

Report by Blackwater Sport Center

January 25, 2021 - 10:08:39

Fishing in the lower part of the state has been plagued by skim ice and up and down fishing, said Steve over at the Blackwater Sport Center. Pickerel fishing has been steady on live lined minnows when... More

Report by Bait N' Hook

November 30, 2020 - 15:35:24

Source over at Bait N’ Hook told us anglers must call the shop or e-mail the store and set a date and time to make a purchase or pick up gear.... More

DE, MD, & Chesapeake Bay Fishing Reports

Report by Smith's Bait Shop

February 22, 2021 - 10:02:55

Sources at Smith Bait and Tackle in Leipsic told us perch fishing was still decent in the spillways and there was more fish showing up in the river as well. February was a tough month because of all t... More