Lake Hopatcong Fishing Report

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The Lake Hopatcong fishing continues to deliver some of the best fishing found within our State.

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

The Knee-Deep Club’s walleye contest was held this past weekend, with 44 entries and some tough fishing for starters.

  • Fishing on the first day picked up in the evening and overnight, with Tom Sarnacki catching the 1st place fish weighing 5 lb 7 oz.
  • Eddie Mackin placing 2nd with a 5 lb 6 oz. walleye
  • Mike Rastiello with a 5 lb 4 oz. fish to finish in 3rd
  • Joe Orlando trolled with a jointed bomber in The Great Cove section of the lake, Nolans Point, to see his first walleye weighing in at 6 lb 3 oz.

The weekend also produced some Hybrids being taken in shallower water trolling jointed Rapalas or bombers, with an 8-pounder caught by Dick Pedati, and 8 lb 1 oz. Hybrid caught by Eddie Mackin and an 8 lb 2 oz. fish caught by Jack Dziduch. 

John O’Neill trolled his Hybrids on a bomber, also in Great Cove, his larger fish up to 6 pounds or so. Lots of yellow perch were found in shallower water also, hitting small herring or little jigs, and Mike Truglio was happy with his limit of nice crappie, the larger ones just under the 2-pound range.

Several nice Largemouth were caught up in the Woodport section of the Lake, but released due to the closed season.

Next Fishing Contest:

On May 20, 2018 the Knee-Deep Club will be hosting its Panfish Challenge!

This is a one-day contest which will be held from 5 AM to 4 PM. This contest is a “points contest”. It is the same type of point structure as our former King of the Lake, or Stew Lant Challenge: 3 points for first place; 2 points for second place and 1 point for third place.

Total points will win. The species that will be targeted are Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Sunfish, and Rock Bass.

This contest was created to target some of the “over looked fish”. Lake Hopatcong is well known throughout the region for the Panfish it holds.

The contest entry fee is $20.00 for Knee Deep Club Members and $25.00 for non-members ($20 entry + $5.00 non-member fee), and must be submitted on an official contest entry form.

Mail in entries must be received by the club on Saturday May 19, 2018. In person entries can be made at either official Knee-Deep Club contest weigh station until 8:00 AM on May 20, 2018. Please see the official contest entry form for contest rules and regulations, available at Dow’s Boat Rental at Nolan’s point and Lake’s End Marina, Landing.

Please come out and fish this unique fishing contest!

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