Only have one weekend to fish for shad. Was planning on fishing the Water Gap area this weekend. I'll be making the 3 hour drive to visit family anyway but am I SOL for fishing? Thanks
Mike S | Mechanicsburg | Friday May 5th 7:59 am
RUSTY BALLS | | Friday May 5th 6:18 am
BRAD U CAN TRY IT IF UR FISHING FROM SHORE BY THE FISH LADDER...THE WATER MIGHT BE CLEAN ENOUGH
Brad Hendrickson | Reading pa | Thursday May 4th 10:12 pm
I don't fish the Delaware normally but I will be near it tomorrow for work. Easton area where the Lehigh dumps in. Will conditions be ok to fish tomorrow or is it not worth my time?
Rusty Balls | | Thursday May 4th 6:15 am
fished Easton wed with a guy and his 8 year old son who won a trip thru DRSFA banquet, caught 12 from 6am to 830...after that the river went to crap...came up 2-3 ft...sticks logs everything but the kitchen sink...had one fish between 830-11..left at 11...done till next week...even the Lehigh was a mess
Phil | Sandyston | Wednesday May 3rd 11:02 am
That was me who put the "BEWARE" message below. I had forgotten to sign-in. ShadHarris is correct; the high water from upstate NY can come down like a big wave, but takes time to reach all areas. Years ago, when I lived in Morris County I used to drive 45 miles to the river only to find it running high/muddy with debris. Thank goodness now for the internet and USGS. I like the fishing when the water is tea-colored, not clear or muddy, and I can see the conditions I will encounter from my phone or home pc at any given time. Fishing will probably be futile until the water comes down to between 2 or 3 feet above normal flow in your chosen area.
Frank | | Wednesday May 3rd 6:41 am
Shad. Great post, I follow the river very closely too. My place is ON the river south of the gap... The gauges show a drastic rise, there must have been 2" + or more rain up north, and a release of water from the reservoirs. All take his advise if you travel far.
ShadHarris | NW NJ | Tuesday May 2nd 10:15 pm
A lot of folks don't fully understand the impact of Northern rains (and rains in general) on the Delaware. I will do my best to interpret based on current information. I live directly East of the Water Gap, and it absolutely poured last night, at as of 9:45 PM, the gauge has not moved. However, it's forecasted to surge nearly 3' by 2pm tomorrow. It's at 6.5' now, it has not really moved much in past few days. It will crest at 9.3... Lets go way North to Callicoon NY. It was at 4' yesterday at noon, and just crested at 7' and is already dropping. As you work further south down the river, everything else is still rising which only makes sense as all the feeder streams are still dumping in. It generally crests earlier, North to South but local rainfall can impact that a bit but this is a general rule of thumb. In Barryville, it was 4.3' yesterday and currently at 7' and rising. In Port Jervis, it was at 3.6' yesterday around noon and currently at 7.1' and rising. In Montague yesterday at noon it was at 6.6' yesterday at noon, and currently at 9.6' and rising. The Water Gap gauge was at 6.5' yesterday and IS STILL at 6.5. This is only 30 miles south of the Montague gauge. It is forecasted to crest at 9.3 feet by 2pm tomorrow. Belvedere gauge is at 5.5' and trending downward, but the surge is coming. It will crest 8.9' tomorrow at 8pm. Are you seeing the trend here? Let's end with Phillipsbugh gauge. It was 3.25' yesterday at noon, currently at 3.6' and is forecasted to crest at 8.9' tomorrow by 8pm. That more than a 5' surge! You can track all this information yourself, at https://waterdata.us...rent/?type=flow . I will never waste a trip to the river again, I study this religiously and have really started paying attention to these gauges over the past several years. Let me be clear. "don't fish tomorrow". It will be high, murky, and full of debris. Find something else to do.
| | Tuesday May 2nd 5:06 pm
Fished Reiglesville today.3 boated 2ldrs. Bote was early and shut down by 11am. Ron Marks came up around 12n and landed a few fishing on tje NJ side. We left at 1pm, water temperature 63, spawn should be happening soon. Only 4boats out. Rain coming Friday will hurt conditions for sure. See u on the river Kevin
Mike | Narrowsburg | Tuesday May 2nd 1:43 pm
The river in Narrowsburg is up 3 feet from yesterday with a lot of debris . The water is stained and visibility poor. Fished 2 hours this morning without a touch. The river was rising when I left, not sure how big the rains were in NY last night but it definitely affected the river.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Tuesday May 2nd 12:54 pm
Ryan Smithfield Beach boat launch is closed during the week until May 22.......only open on weekends.....
fish whisperer | water gap | Tuesday May 2nd 12:28 pm
Fished Monday from 3-7 pm: caught 2 bucks lost 1.
| | Tuesday May 2nd 12:15 pm
BEWARE of a sudden rush of high water coming down from upstate NY this afternoon.
Ryan | Smithfield beach | Tuesday May 2nd 6:31 am
I was looking to get some information on the Smithfield beach area. I'm from Lancaster county and plan on making the trek up Smithfield tomorrow. Just wondering how the fishing is and if the boat launch ramp at Smithfield is open during the week? If anyone has any knowledge of this I greatly appreciate it. Thank you.
Keven | Honesdale pa | Monday May 1st 9:53 pm
I am from the Honesdale area and looking to take a first time fisherman, my 12 year old stepson, shad fishing this weekend. I haven't fished shad in 20 years, we always fished Skinners Falls with Shad Darts. We'll be fishing from shore / wading. And suggestions / advice on where to go, and what to use would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. Keven
ShadHarris | Between Water Gap and Dingman's | Sunday April 30th 8:31 am
This was definitely my longest shad of the year, and would have done some damage in the Bi-State a week ago!
| | Sunday April 30th 8:21 am
Had a great 3 hour session by boat N of Bushkill last night. It was a continuous stream of doubles, and quit at 6pm with a red hot bite still happening. Netted 32. Had to cut back on amount of rods in water, to about half what I usually put out.
| | Sunday April 30th 8:20 am
Chris - I am pretty much anti-spoon, but that puts me in the minority. I uses 1/32 and 1/16 ounce exclusively in two colors. Hot pink and white, and chartreuse and bright green. I run them behind in line sinkers, 1/4 to 3/8 ounce generally. I can see the fish on my finder, and they bit non-stop last night and most other trips this season so far.
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Sunday April 30th 5:17 am
Chris...try fishing closer to shore at the current break......I like to put myself in 8 to 9 ft of water......run those spoons up to 40ft behind the ball.....try the diver method 60 ft back.....flatline with 4 split shot.......good luck......we were up at Smithfield Beach yesterday and did great......remember that ramp is closed during the week.....
chris | south of easton | Saturday April 29th 10:37 pm
can anybody tell me why I am not catching any fish? I am fishing in the channel with downriggers and am running my spoons 1 to2 feet off the bottom but am catching nothing. My depth finder is showing most of the fish coming through 7 to 10 feet down so I tried fishing those depths and still catching nothing. yesterday my brother outfished me 6 to 1 on flatlines. Any suggestions?
Onemorecast | Port Jervis | Saturday April 29th 9:12 am
Spent about an hour after work with the noodle rod. Went 2 for 4. 1 buck ( within first couple casts) then a big roe about 30 min later. Beauty of a day on the River!
Snizzy | Lambertville | Friday April 28th 10:26 pm
Thanks rusty ill give them a shot
ShadHarris | North of Gap from shore | Friday April 28th 6:59 pm
I did a quick 2 hour session 4PM to 6PM. 9 first hour, figured it would build, but only 5 the next hour and was going 10 or more casts without a hit. This was slowest session from shore this season. All bucks! All on 1/32 hot pink head / white body darts with 1/4 ounce in-line sinker. Excellent water clarity. River still up a tad but damn near perfect.
Phil | Sandyston | Friday April 28th 5:38 pm
Question for wader fishers: If you're in a known good spot and are catching shad on a regular basis, and suddenly the action drops dead for 45 minutes or so, do you get in your car and go to another known good spot or wait for another school to possibly come through your area?
Cshadrun | Rieglesville NJ | Thursday April 27th 9:39 pm
Lookin to hit Rieglesville tomorrow. See y'all there :)
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Thursday April 27th 9:04 pm
Fished Reigelsville yesterday and today...slow pick of fish but they are there.....real fighters in fast water...Anyone know where the hovercraft airboat like vessel came from....they were very considerate of fishermen....
Cshadrun | Rieglesville NJ | Wednesday April 26th 8:31 pm
Only had a little time when I finally hit the river...had to be home for dinner :) river was thick, lots of water and debris...one buck shad in the boat and not complaining for how little time I had. Mostly an excuse to use my new anchor...thanks Rusty, a solid and positive addition to my set up. Good to meet you guys!
robert | neshaminy | Wednesday April 26th 8:36 am
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Tuesday April 25th 8:12 pm
If you go to the links on this page you can get NOAA and USGS gauges.....heading out tommorow hope rain doesn't mess river up too much......
Komar | Vernon | Tuesday April 25th 8:03 pm
Thanks Phil, I'll give it a try. You guys are the best
Phil | Sandyston | Tuesday April 25th 7:03 pm
Their system ran my text together but the 3 links are obviously spaced with https://
Phil | Sandyston | Tuesday April 25th 6:57 pm
Komar: First link is for fishing above Neversink River entry to Delaware. Normal low flow is 2.5 ft. at this station. Second link is at Milford Bridge in Montague where normal low flow at this station is 5.5 ft.. Third link will give temperature which increases very slightly as you move downstream. https://nwis.waterdata.usgs.gov/pa/nwis/uv?cb_00065=on&cb_00060=on&format=gif_stats&period=&begin_date=&end_date=&site_no=01434000 https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?cb_00060=on&cb_00065=on&format=gif_stats&site_no=01438500&period=7&begin_date=&end_date= https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nj/nwis/uv/?site_no=01432805
Komar | Vernon NJ | Tuesday April 25th 6:17 pm
Is there any way to find out river conditions before heading out? I live over an Hour away and it would save me a long ride if I knew the river was not fish able. I'm planning on going Thursday but this weather has me concerned. I was lucky last Thursday, it sounds like I got in just before the river surged.
Rusty Balls | | Tuesday April 25th 4:18 pm
Snizzy...The rods I use for downriggers are ugly stik model big water downrigger rods model # usbwdro62oc832...8'3 light...6-20 lb line...nice rods...I got 8 of them there great for faster water...Rusty...if u need I can send u a pic..
Rusty Balls | | Tuesday April 25th 2:56 pm
got anchors, spoons, darts, inline spinners & diver plugs for sale...Rusty at Rusty Balls Tackle...484-239-4723...ill be on the river the next 2 weeks at pburg/Easton...call me if u need something
Snizzy | Lambertville | Tuesday April 25th 12:08 pm
Went 8 for 10 in a couple hours today river is still high what action rods are you guys using out there on diwnriggers seems like my light action rods are a little to weak for this high water
ShadHarris | | Tuesday April 25th 11:06 am
Thanks for the Lambertville report Frank. Great to see the main run is still down South and going strong. This is what the "glory" days used to be like. Lewis Fishery is getting their best numbers in year's as well. It's going to be some month of May, further North and already we been hammering them regularly. Too bad mother nature is tossing us another curveball with more heavy rain forecasted.
fishermanfrank | Upper Southampton,PA | Tuesday April 25th 10:07 am
launched yesterday 9:30 am at Lambertville Bridge spots Were full. anchored up below bridge next to a buddy He was bailing shad ,I got no hits& every other boat was catching moved up to a spot by Bridge started catching some roe ,mostly Buck l boated 10 another DRFA club member boated 46 & the buddy below me boated at least 60. overcast & spotty rain left at 2pm water temp 56-57
Phil | Sandyston | Monday April 24th 10:17 pm
Great picture, Wilson.
Phil | Sandyston | Monday April 24th 9:41 pm
Fished 5pm to 7:30 tonight. Was hot-shotting it from the shoreline (no waders) with 4lb. line. below Tom's Creek on the PA side. Landed 10 of 17, Not a good ratio, but I was off-balance on the slippery shoreline at times and lost fish when they jumped because of it. One big roe got off at my feet and must have been in the 6lb. range. I thought the old hen was going to burn up my freakin' drag. Still getting mostly cock-fish though. Good outing.
wilson | easton | Monday April 24th 4:29 pm
a big thank you to the man operating the weigh station you turned a bad day into a good day . thanks for all your help
Riverwolf | Coopersburg | Monday April 24th 1:02 pm
Fishing was tough this past weekend.....Did get some fish....waiting for the river to calm down....missing my high water spot at Smithfield with the ramp being closed during the week......Great job to Eric and the guys for an awesome tournament.....Looking forward to Riverside tourney this week.....Tight Lines....
ShadHarris | Between Water Gap and Dingman's | Sunday April 23rd 10:51 pm
Final day of the Bi-state. We returned to a super-secret spot N of Bushkill, where we got them real good Friday before the big river surge, and scratched out 30 to the net out of 35 hookups and several more LDRs. Too many cookie-cutter 4-4.5 roes to get us into the upper echelon of the tournament money, but we feel blessed to have held onto 5th overall. We made a wise decision to sleep in late, but then started trolling around 12:45 pm to explore what was going on in these horrid conditions, and got 2 out of 3... I thought it was best to then anchor in a spot that normally produces but get in tight to the PA shore and it paid off. Once the sun went behind he mountain the steady stream died off and we motored upriver to another spot to get back in the sun on the NJ side (water very stained, needed the shad to see the darts) for the last hour and banged several more. River dropped a lot today, and historically I would not fish in these conditions let it wait one more day, but I can say I caught fish in higher and more stained water in this location than I ever had in 40 years. Thanks again to the tournament director for running a great tournament. I am not sure how many were running an hour south to weight in fish... Probably just us maniacs..
Cshadrun | Rieglesville NJ | Sunday April 23rd 8:41 pm
Need a river anchor! Busted what I've been using. Rusty, was it you that listed your anchors earlier in the season. Can you re-post your anchor contact for me? Want to get set up this week.
Dennis Scholl | Riegelsvile | Saturday April 22nd 10:32 pm
Fished for four hours at Riegelsville this morning/afternoon and boated five shad, three roes, two bucks. Did not see any other shad caught among 10-12 boats. Very odd day. River was rising, logs all over, got hit by one and had to untangle it from anchor rope. Had to clear lines every few minutes. Must have been a lot of rain up north. Just happy to be out on the river. Work has kept me from fishing for the past 10 years. Got out three times last year after fishing maybe 10 times in the previous eight years. Imagine that, me, the guy who started the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the DRSFA back in 1975, when I was 24. Now I'm 65. Holy s__t!
Snizzy | Lambertville | Saturday April 22nd 2:37 pm
Went 7 for 10 river was clear but high and rising hopefully it crests soon tough to hold anchor water was 55 degrees orange and yellow worked
John | Delaware Water Gap | Saturday April 22nd 12:00 pm
Tried to launch at Smithfield to fish with my kids who are both in the tournament and the NPS closed river road. Later found out it's closed for a bike n brew. So not only do shad fisherman get screwed but it is also the youth turkey hunt. Guess the NPS and Deb Zyrus feel drinking beer is better than getting kids in the outdoors.
ShadHarris | NW NJ | Saturday April 22nd 11:26 am
Just saw video of the "Dollbaby" getting slammed by a giant floating log in very high swift water in Easton, taken by Capt. Dave who was tucked into the Lehigh..... Very real - very scary. They knew it was coming and could not get off anchor soon enough. It raised their bow and caught their anchor line... Fortunately boat did not capsize or sink, it's an old bulletproof fiberglass boat. Thank god for a safe ending to that one.
Phil | Sandyston | Saturday April 22nd 10:43 am
Looks like we will just have to sit tight for a while with the high water. Next good opportunity seems to be Monday-late, if it can come down to 2 1/2 to 3 feet over normal by then and clear up some. Tuesday will not be conducive to good shad fishing if the weather report is correct. Komar: Sometimes the fish will manage to get the line wrapped around its body during the fight and stay out there for long periods of time like that, as you probably know. Time to put the butt against your gut.
ShadHarris | NW NJ | Saturday April 22nd 8:12 am
Folks be careful out there. Phillipsburg gauge shows it 2 full feet higher than yesterday at this time, and it's going to crest 2am Sunday morning after adding nearly another 2' on top of where you are now. Water gap is also up 2 feet from yesterday, will crest at 1pm today after adding another foot on top of where it is now. This is real scientific data, and available online thanks to USGS. As much as I love to shad fish and being in the bi-state tourney, I elected to pass this morning, and although the boat is hooked up, the only fishing I will be doing will be from the shoreline. I can only imagine the logs and debris floating down. What a shame, after an epic day from the boat yesterday!