Lake Hopatcong Ice and Fishing Report

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Although The Knee Deep Club canceled their Lake Hopatcong ice fishing contest for February 10th, following the warm spell and rain, there was still plenty of fishable ice.

Some Lake Hopatcong shorelines were compromised and refroze, and the main lake remains open, but most coves are still covered with 5 to 7 inches of ice.

Having a snow day from school, Lake Hopatcong Max Hughen fished with some friends and caught himself crappie, the largest weighing in at 1 lb 15 oz. His yellow perch weighed 1 lb 15 oz also, breaking the junior Knee Deep Club record of 1 lb 12 oz.

His dad’s crappie weighed in at 1 lb 5 oz.  Lake Hopatcong reports of pickerel, perch, bluegills, and crappie are coming in steadily. Dows Boat Rental is open early at 6 AM to help your with your fishing needs.

Third Ice Fishing Contest:

The Hopatcong Lake Knee Deep Club will hold the third 2019 Ice Fishing contest on Sunday March 3, 2019.

The Lake Hopatcong contest will begin at 6 AM and conclude at 4PM.The contest entry fee is $20.00 for club members and $25.00 ($20.00 fee plus $5.00 non-member fee).

Cash prizes will be based on an 80% pay out of entry fees for each of these three categories: Perch/Crappie, Pickerel and all other species (excluding Muskies).

Top finishers will be based on weight and any ties will be broken by which fish was entered first.

Please read the entry form for complete rules, entry forms are available on line at,, or at the Clubs’ official weigh stations located at: Dow’s Boat Rental, Nolan’s Point, Lake Hopatcong, and Lake’s End Marina, Mount Arlington Blvd, Landing.

Take a kid fishing: A contestant may enter a child who is under the age of 16 in this contest for a $5 entry fee. The child with the heaviest fish in each category will win a jigging rod and reel.

The Lake Hopatcong Knee Deep Club is wishing for a real cold period so we can have safe ice for the contest. The very best of fishing luck, see you on the Ice!

Dows Boat Rental (Supplies the Fishing Report):

We are still pretty well stocked with tip-ups, jet sleds, ice jigs, and jigging poles, and carry shiners, wax worms and spikes for bait. Have a great week.

Dow's Boat Rental:

Address: 145 Nolans Point Rd, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849

Phone: (973) 663-3826

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