Lake Hopatcong Fishing Report

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As spring has finally come into focus, the fishing season on Lake Hopatcong is heating up!

According to the official report from Dows Boat Rental & Bait:

  • They are seeing lots of pickerel being caught trolling.
  • Jake DeSombre also had several pickerel weighing over 3 pounds, caught on live bait while fishing last week.
  • A few trout being caught while trolling, but this will improve with some warmer temperatures happening this week.
  • Lots of crappie, still out of shallower water, with several making their way to the scale weighing 1lb 9 oz. Use little Rufus jrs or cubbie mites under a bobber or some fatheads.
  • Bob Smith, while trolling for trout with a small phoebe, landed a 45“ Muskie.

Knee Deep Club – Contest this weekend:

The Knee Deep Club will hold its spring Lake Hopatcong Walleye Weekend on May 5 and 6, 2018. The contest will begin at 5:00 AM on Saturday, May 5, 2018 and will conclude at noon on Sunday May 6, 2018.

The entry fee is $20.00 for Knee Deep club Members and $25.00 for non-members,

($20.00 entry + $5.00 non-member fee). A contestant may enter a child 12 years old and under in this contest for a $5.00 entry fee. No one will be allowed to register after 8:00 AM on Saturday May 5, 2018 . See the contest official entry form for all details.

Entry forms are available at: Dow’s Boat Rental – Nolan’s Point and Lake’s End Marina – Landing. or online at the Knee Deep Club web site. For additional information call 973-663-3826.

Cash prizes will be based on an 80% payout of entry fees for the three (3) heaviest Walleye weighed in for the contest.

Did you Know * The Knee Deep Club web site is and is full of current information about the Club and fishing Lake Hopatcong.

* A 6 lb 7 oz Walleye took first place in the 2017 contest. The club record Walleye is 10 lb 11 oz.

The Knee Deep Club trusts you enjoy the Walleye Weekend Contest on Lake Hopatcong.

Take a Kid fishing!

Dows Boat Rental & Bait: We are open 7 days a week from 5:30 AM to 7 PM with bait and boat rentals, and a large selection of lures.

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