Lake Hopatcong Fishing Season Officially Underway

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There are plenty of trout here with the State having stocked twice already and are expected back again this week. In addition, the Knee-Deep Club stocked over the weekend, adding over a thousand more trout.

The Knee-Deep Club are holding their Trout and Pickerel contest on Sunday, April 22, starting at 5 AM. It is two separate contests, with an entry fee for each.

You can fish either one, or both contests, with a cash prize for the top 3 heaviest fish in each category. 

The entry fee is $20/ member and $25/ non-member. 

Dows Boat Rental is open early for the contest and you may register up until 8 AM that morning. Trolling phoebes and rapalas in shallower water is the way to catch trout this time of year, and trolling rapalas or a mepps spinner should produce the pickerel.

We are seeing yellow perch and crappie on rufus jigs and small rubber jigs fished under a bobber, also in the shallow water, and the walleye have started to hit, also in the shallower water, taking larger rapala husky jerks.

The season for walleye will reopen on May 1st and remember that Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass is closed from April 15th until June 15th for their spawning season. 

Some notable catches this past week included a 1 lb 11 oz. crappie caught by Dylan Cole and a 4 lb 4 oz. pickerel weighed in by Pete Rathjens.

Dows reports: We are ready with boat rentals, bait, and tackle. Our April hours are from 6 AM to 7 PM.

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