Lake Hopatcong Fishing Report – (08-30-2019)

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The following Lake Hopatcong Fishing Report came in from Dow’s Boat Rental on (08/30/2019), showing that Lake Hopatcong is definitely open for business.

Fishing Report

  • Junior Knee Deep member Brandon Wood weighed in several nice fish this past week, including 2 channel cats weighing 6 lb. 2 oz & 9 lb. 3 oz. His pickerel weighed 2 lbs. and he had a smallmouth weighing 2 lb. 2 oz. Not bad for the last week before school starts.

  • Jim Welsh & Lou Marcucci have been picking away with some Hybrids & Smallmouth Bass, along with lots of white perch and some nice crappies.

  • Aaron Graybill of Lake Hopatcong Guide Service has been out & about catching all kinds of fish, including walleye and Hybrids.

With less boat traffic the lake here is great for fall fishing.

Upcoming Fishing Contests:

  1. The Knee Deep Club will be holding their Fall Hybrid Striped Bass Contest on Sept 21st & 22nd, from 5 AM Sat until noon on Sunday. Make Your plans now…more info can be found on their website or call the shop at (973)663-3826.

  2. Muskie Inc Chapter 22 of NJ will also be holding their Muskie Tournament on Sat. Sept 28th from 6 AM - 2 PM At Lee’s County Park, with a BBQ lunch. Call Will @ (908) 914-5293 or go to their website at for more information.

Dow’s Boat Rental offers 10% off to any Muskie Inc member in case you need a new Muskie Lure.

Dow’s Boat Rental will be stocked up with Ice rapalas, gotchas, and blade baits for fall jigging and tell your friends that Lake Hopatcong is OPEN for boating & fishing. We are open 7 days a week for bait & boat rentals. Our fall hours are from 6 AM - 6 PM.

Check out the Shop Local Campaign to find a 15% off coupon for bait, tackle & boat rentals, from Dows Boat Rental.

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History of Shop Local:

Shop local was started by the Lake Hopatcong Foundation in 2013 as a way to support local businesses and to encourage the communities around the lake to think of the lake as their “downtown,” creating a more cohesive community around our lake. Hopatcong Lake Regional News stepped in in 2019 to keep this important initiative running and take it to the next level.

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