Good theory Dave. I've caught fish a few times when boats cruise by. Could be that the boat noise pushed them into my lane. I've had that happen when shore casting for spring browns on Lake Ontario too. Boats would go by, and we'd hook up. Lots of good theories out there for sure. All boils down to being in the right place at the right time. But, that could be oversimplifying things a bit. Tight lines Capt!
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Tuesday May 15th 2:03 pm
Capt. Dave | | Tuesday May 15th 1:30 pm
Kurt...had that happen a few times too. How many times did you have a boat come close bye and you catch a fish. That happens ALOT!!! Maybe catching them every time you move has more to do with stirring them up with the motor???
Kurt G. Miller | Northampton, PA | Tuesday May 15th 9:59 am
Hi Riverwolf. Strange indeed. Had it happen about 20 years ago in Bushkill. Could never figure out out. I guess sometimes you just have to move. Strange because the fish are migrating. Not like finding a honey hole in a lake and spooking the bass, or whatever fish are there.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Tuesday May 15th 2:01 am
Hey Kurt.....We experienced the exact same thing as you did....every time we moved caught a fish then nothing....interesting......
WG | | Monday May 14th 7:07 pm
Fishing report 5/13/18 tried two hours around lambertville area landing 1 beat hickory and a walleye. Went downstream to a fast water area just north of Trenton, found s good sized school of shad in very mixed condition. In 3 hours castung double dart rig, I landed 25 Americans, 2 hickory shad and countless (more than 50 ) stripers mostly 6-10 inches. If the 25 Americans, 3 were spawned and very skinny, 6 were very fresh light colored green colored, and the rest were darker purple and yellowish indicating that they were spawning/not migrating shad. Other than the 3 spawned our ones, the rest were full of eggs and strong. I was honestly surprised that I found so many fresh ones this “late” in the season! Still seems to be some fresh ones migrating north...water temp 60.
Capt Dave | | Monday May 14th 5:00 pm
Jack...there’s something to be said for beginners luck! Lol
Kurt G. Miller | Northampton, PA | Monday May 14th 1:38 pm
Not one of my better days on Sunday with my buddy, Art. The effort was there, but fish didn't want what I offered. Although, we did hook up on a nice variety of colors, all on gold spoons. Each time I relocated to another spot, we hooked right up, then nothing. Maybe I should have relocated more often. My buddy, Jay fished north of us and did much better. I guess I wasn't doing the right thing.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Sunday May 13th 8:38 pm
Fished just south of Easton Saturday landed 33 lost about 10 in 5hrs...went back today and only landed 4...what a difference a day makes...same spot...River is in good shape water temp was 57...
Kevin | Yardley | Sunday May 13th 7:30 pm
Landed 7shad and one herring this am for a few hrs of fishing. All on plug rigs and in 5ft of water. Temp 60.2.Overcast, drizzle then rain cut the day short. Tight lines and see u on the river.
ShadHarris | Smithfield area - boat | Sunday May 13th 1:53 pm
Took a German exchange student out yesterday 1:30pm between the storms - the boy never fished before in his life, but was placed here locally in Blairstown by my girlfriend. We netted 10 in a few hours mostly roe, and he got to land 7 of them so a real good experience. His very first fish of his life was a 5.8lb roe which was a legit money fish for the bi-state! LOL For having never reeled a fish in before, it took a lot of coaching in heavy current to coax that gal into the net. He even got to experience 3 on at once - but action was sporadic at best. By end of the trip he was a pro at fighting fish, learning how to fight with the rod and only using the reel to collect line when the fish is giving back (and not just reeling continually against the drag which is like fingernails on a chalkboard to me).
James L | Shohola | Sunday May 13th 1:23 pm
Fished Maramoras from 9-10:30. Had a boat marking a lot of shad in the area, but they didn't catch any fish, and only one bank angler got one. River was down to 53, while two days ago it was almost 65.
Capt Dave | Easton | Saturday May 12th 8:44 pm
Fished Easton today with my nephew from about 10:00 to 3:30 landed 16 lost at least a dozen. Water was 60.5 and clean! Some nice roes up to 4.75 maybe. Sean over from me had at least 30. Left before the storms rolled in. A great day to be out.
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Saturday May 12th 5:18 pm
Not a great day. Slow start, but got busier in the afternoon. Most fish came on plug rigs with various colors on gold spoons. The guy next to me was doing much better than me. I hate it when someone shows me up. But, he was a nice guy, so good for him, tough luck for me. I'll have to try harder.......GRRRRRR! Tight lines guys!
onemoreshad | Hatfield | Saturday May 12th 3:19 pm
STILL COMING!! Fished New Hope this morning from 7:30 to 1:30. Went 28 for 40 but still no giants. Had some high 4's but nothing over 5. Talked to a guy and said he caught a couple strippers about 1/2 mile south above dam . Tight lines always!! Shawn
Mike Ferrarp | Conowingo | Saturday May 12th 10:30 am
Fish below the dam for a couple of hours yesterday. Only managed one Hickory and a 20 inch striper fishing the fly rod. Other fellas spin fishing weren't doing very well either. I tried Deer Creek as well and didn't do a thing there nor did I see anything from the Stafford Bridge.
Dan | Bangor | Friday May 11th 11:27 pm
Fished Belvidere tonight 6pm-8pm caught 7 and 1 smallmouth on spoons
Pointing Lab | Water Gap | Friday May 11th 10:26 pm
Fished Water Gap from4:30 to 7 and got 18
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Friday May 11th 9:57 pm
Fished in Jay's boat and had a nice day above Easton. On and off day but ended up with 30 landed. Had a fair amount of quick strikes mixed in. Had to find the right colors today, as the fish kept changing their minds. Downriggers were good to start the day. Then plug rigs took over for the most part.
Pete | | Friday May 11th 9:38 pm
South of reigelsville 2:00-6:00. 10 or so on spoons/ downriggers right on the bottom in 6’. 5# striper and a Smallie. Water temp 63 deg.
whitetail | shohola | Friday May 11th 9:11 pm
5 shad and a smallmouth tonite divers been spotty all week
James L | Shohola | Friday May 11th 7:41 pm
Fished Matamoras this morning from 5am-8am, two shad. Figured I'd try again in the afternoon, fished 3:30-6, only managed 1. Here's hoping for the right amount of rain tomorrow to help out us shore guys.
RPS | Greeley | Friday May 11th 8:30 am
Fished Zane Grey this morning 6:30 - 8:00 not a bump but almost no rock snot.
John Graber | Shohola/Barryville | Thursday May 10th 4:35 pm
Fished last night and caught 5. Caught 2 night before and 5 Sunday morning.
cottontop | Branchville,NJ | Thursday May 10th 8:51 am
Fished above Dingman's area last night. 59 degree water, boated 22 along with one nice smallmouth. Everything was caught on plug rigs. Aggressive fish, had about 7 that swallowed the spoon completely.
RPS | Greeley | Wednesday May 9th 8:58 pm
Fished Zane Grey 3:30 - 6:30 pm caught 1 lots of rock snot had to clean darts every cast.
Kevin | Yardley | Wednesday May 9th 7:27 pm
Fished today from 630am to 1pm. Landed 40 shad all on plug rigs. Fish are higher in the channel now due to warm water. 64 degrees today in 5ft, River had dropped due to lack of rain. River dirty up some and had to check lines frequently. Mostly smaller fish now..end of the run will be coming soon in the lower river. Tight lines and see u on the river.
Fish Whisperer | Water gap | Wednesday May 9th 5:44 pm
Fished- Wednesday- May9- from 6am-2pm- Caught 6- All roe- small ones- between 4-4 1/2 lbs. Took a ride on way back home- Doesn't anyone fish the Pennsylvania side by the Portland Power Plant anymore????
Tom | Trenton | Wednesday May 9th 3:22 am
Fished in Trenton on May 8 at 7:00-8:30 am on an incoming tide, and caught 1 shad and 6-8 herring. Also fished from 1:00-2:30 pm outgoing tide and caught 2 shad and 4-6 herring It's taking a lot more casts to catch the shad now. The game warden has been very active in my area...don't keep any herring! If you do it cost you $50 a fish.
ShadHarris | | Tuesday May 8th 7:24 am
Dave was definitely your spoon but an older model and smaller than the candy corn you gave me. The candy corn worked good in Lambertville along with your staple orange and black on silver
Capt Dave | Easton | Tuesday May 8th 7:16 am
ShadHarris...you finally connected on one of my spoons! LOL. Sounds like the skinny candy corn spoon.
Jay wolak | 20 miles north of port jervis | Tuesday May 8th 1:17 am
Me and my buddy Ron set out today for our first shad trip wading. Used 8 lb line and my custom lamiglas 10 foot rod paired with a van staal reel. Got there at 2 pm fished float rigs with no luck then switched to small darts. Between the two of us landed 21 and lost about 15. Some nice big purple back roes and a bunch of big bucks . Had two nice spurts of action a few doubles . As the sun set the action died out . Fantastic day ! My arm is actually sore . What a fishery ! Love the Delaware ! Going again tomorrow or the next day for some more action .
ShadHarris | Gap area | Monday May 7th 9:50 pm
21 of 28 i gap area from 5:10pm to 7:40pm. Not the best action I have ever seen, but not the worst either. Somewhere in between. Small pink and white darts were hot until 6:30 then went dead, Switched to a small bright yellow spoon with orange head and gold on other side, and nailed another 11. First time fishing from shore I ever got more on spoons than darts. Nice to be prepared to give them what excited them the most.
RPS | Greeley | Monday May 7th 8:43 pm
Fished Zane Grey 7:30 - 11:00 am hooked 18 landed 13 water temp 53. Went back 3:30 - 6:30 pm hooked 20 landed 7 water temp 54.
Tony | | Monday May 7th 8:03 pm
Rattles are fine,no need to black out the plugs. Use plugs that will get you roughly 2/3 of the way to the bottom of the water your fishing in. For water up to 8ft I use 3to5 ft diving plugs,for 10-12ft water I use 5-8ft diving plugs. You can troll if the water is a consistent depth. But I would suggest anchoring in a pinch point where the water slopes deeper behind boat forcing the shad up to you. Good luck
Ralph V | Port Jervis | Monday May 7th 6:16 pm
Just started fishing for shad, if I use plugs with spoons is it ok that the plugs have rattles? And should I black out the plugs with some paint? I have a drift boat was thinking of trying to back troll as I do for salmon has anyone tried this or should I just stay on anchor? Any help would be appreciated.
Joseph C | Phoenixville, PA | Monday May 7th 4:15 pm
Lunch time today at the Eddy below Lambertville. I hit the May trifecta with shad (1), herring (10 or so) and stripers (2 little ones, but nice to see them again.) All on back dart of a double dart rig. Shadbobo, I think that everybody trying for the big spawning striper figure that they are looking for tasty herring and throw plugs that match that profile, not in color but in size and splash. I wouldn't be surprised if they'd hit a bucktail if they were around and hungry. I am no expert, though.
Kevin | Yardley | Monday May 7th 1:03 pm
Shad bo, Same plug you use for stripers down the beach. I use Bombers, Atom Striper Swipers, Cordell Red Fins. Hope this helps Kevin
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Monday May 7th 9:28 am
Fished at confluence on Sunday. Landed around 40 or so with my good friend Jay. Best day for big fat momas. Lots of releases but no fish on, and a few that just got off. Other boats doing well also. Started slow, for us, but Rusty was on them when we arrived. Once we got going, it was pretty good with few slow times. Took advantage of slow time to eat and fuel up for the fast action later. Got off the water just in time to stay dry. Mostly orange and black, and fish were a few feet off the bottom. Seems to be a ton of fish there every year that can't find the ladder to run the Lehigh. Engineering issue when ladders were installed I guess. Tight lines guys!
Shadbobo | Pburg | Monday May 7th 8:35 am
Kevin. what type of plugs do they throw for stripers? Thanks
Captain Dave | Easton | Monday May 7th 8:35 am
Fished Sunday afternoon at Easton with my nephew and caught 25 shad in 5 hours. It wasn't crazy fishing but was enough to make it a good day. Had a couple of lulls of 30 minutes to an hour and then it would pick up again. Water was 61 when we started and 60.5 when we left. Fished in the rain until it slowed for a bit and then took the boat out before heavier rain came in. Fish were hitting both diving plugs and downriggers. Black and orange, yellow and orange and purple were all catching. It was nice to be able to fish and not have to clean your lines every 5 minutes.
Kevin | Yardley | Monday May 7th 6:26 am
Another good day Sunday at Yardley.40shad and a few herring in 62 degree water. River has dropped a ft since last Wednesday. Most boats out striper fishing now throwing plugs. Several fish had the leeches as the came off when netted. All fish released to spawn. See u on the river. Kevin
James L | Shohola | Sunday May 6th 2:48 pm
Started at a spot in Milford this morning with no bumps. Sopped by my local bait shop on the way to Matamoras and grabbed a couple flutter spoons, and a dart color, white with chartreuse top, that the owner said seemed to be producing a bit more than other colors. Managed 10 for 16 over 3.5 hours, with a walleye. A slow pick, but much better than what I've been seeing.
Kevin | Yardley | Sunday May 6th 8:11 am
It was a epic day on Saturday. Caught 80 shad on spoons o 6Ft of water on flat lines and plugs. About 10herring as well. This is one of the best runs since the 1990's. Water temp 62am, 64by 3pm. Rain today will be a plus to cool the temp and keep flow up as river is slowly dropping. Several boats out, some short stripers being released in this area. More fish heading North in the coming days. Good luck and see u on the river.
ShadHarris | N of Bushkill, South of Dingman's | Saturday May 5th 9:05 pm
Complete and utter shad beat-down just N of Bushill from 3:15pm to 6:45 tonight. Mostly roe 4 to 4.75 lbs. I set the first rod and it hooked up before my hand left the rod holder - instantl, and it was a stream of doubles and triples for first 1/2 hour, landing 12 in 30 minutes before a welcome lull. Hit 50 in the net at 6:30pm (we use I pitch counter for the hell of it), and 50 was the number we said "enough is enough" except we still had 3 lines and and wham - triple and we landed all 3 and got the hell out of there leaving a mad bite. I have seen a lot of great shad bites and I really don't like to fish for shad much more than 3-4 hours that is enough for me, but this is probably a top 10 session in my 40+ years of catching them. All they wanted was hot pink head, glow white body, UV pink or UV pearl tales in sizes 1/16 and 1/32... Tried other colors just to see, tried spoons just to see, but there was no point just gave them what they wanted. It was nice to drop anchor and never have to move and catch them on both sides of the boat and down the middle -clicking on all cylinders... As awesome as this night was, I still prefer catching them in the waders! This was after getting up 4:30am to catch 18 from shore this morning, I am beat.
Flyfamerica | West Chester PA | Saturday May 5th 8:33 pm
Fished Deer creek today. Nothing there that I could see. The small stream that was filled with herring last week only had a few. Went to Fishermans park below the dam and caught about 10 hickories and 5 Americans mostly on a silver flutter spoon. Only fished for a litle over an hour. It was good today.
Rudy529 | Bethlehem | Saturday May 5th 8:26 pm
Killed them in Easton today next to Rusty and and the boys in the boats from shore... 25-30. Home my 1pm.
James L | Shohola | Saturday May 5th 8:11 pm
Managed 2 in 1.5 hours around Matamoras. I was told I missed the hot bite earlier in the day.
Ralph Volpe | port jervis | Saturday May 5th 8:10 pm
Only had one today I can't find them!
Kurt Miller | Northampton, PA | Saturday May 5th 6:33 pm
Killer day at confluence. Everyone doing well! Chartruse on gold or silver killed. Switched to other colors when there was a lull, and they worked ok. Then it got crazy again and all colors worked well. Stopped around 3:30. Hands are beat up from carpel tunnel. I need to recover for tomorrow! Tight lines! Hooked 95, landed 80...all by myself.
RPS | Greeley | Saturday May 5th 3:55 pm
Fished Zane Grey launch this morning 6:30 - 9:00 hook 20 only landed 11 foul hook 2 and many hits that didn't hook up water temp 58.