The following is the weekly report for fishing for Lake Hopatcong as provided by Dows Boat & Bait Shop and Aaron Graybill from Lake Hopatcong Guide Service.
Warm air has caused water temperatures to rise quickly. The main lake is around 77 degrees with temperatures rising into the 80's in the warmest parts of the lake.
The largest hybrid striped bass this week were caught deep over the main basin this week. These big ones are packed up and chasing herring balls around in open water. If you can locate them, the fishing can be phenomenal.
Some big walleye and smaller hybrid stripers are being caught in good numbers on main lake points and deep weed lines - a clear indicator that the fish are settling into their summer patterns. When targeting deep weed lines in Lake Hopatcong, you will want to setup in the 11' - 14' range, as that's where the weed growth stops in most parts of the lake.
The morning and evening topwater bite has started and should only get better as it continues to warm up. Jerkbaits like Bombers, Rapala Husky Jerks, and Storm Thundersticks are also great when fished shallow during low-light periods. Slab crappie and jumbo yellow perch were boated consistently all week, mostly on herring. The bass fishing was particularly good this week, with most fish falling victim to swimbaits, chatterbaits, senkos, and drop shots.
- Lou Marcucci caught hybrids during the week just under 7 pounds, along with a 2lb 7oz Smallmouth.
- Max Hughen landed his 6lb 9oz Hybrid caught on a zara spook
- Jim Welsh had a mixed bag of fish including a 4lb 8oz pickerel, and walleye up to 6 pounds
- Still seeing lots of nice yellow perch, along with some trout and crappie. Knee Deep’s next contest will be July 10th & 11th for Hybrid Striped Bass.
Want to try something new to our region? Lake Hopatcong Guide Service’s GUIDED GROUP TRIPS (up to 8 people, fishing from a luxury pontoon boat) have begun and are off to a great start! If you want to bring a large group of friends/family out to enjoy the lake and catch some fish, this is a great option for anglers of all ages/skill levels.
The Knee Deep Club held their Stu Lant Bass tournament over the weekend
- Knee Deep Club Stew Lant Bass contest 19 Entries
1st Place Rob Bozik, Wharton 4lb 0oz LM Bass $224. 00 & Rod/Reel
2nd Place Ed Mackin, Wharton 3lb 11oz LM Bass $168.00 &Rod/Reel
3rd Place Warren Biggs, Oak Ridge 3lb 9oz LM Bass $90.00 & Rod/Reel
4th Place Dave Pavoni 3lb 5oz LM Bass Rod/Reel
5th Place Kyle Parizot 3lb 1oz LM Bass Rod/Reel
6th Place Steve Schilling 1lb 5oz SM Bass Rod/Reel
Kids Prize Wally Peer Jr. 1lb 5oz LM Bass Rod/Reel
There was one Junior entry with a 1lb 8oz largemouth caught by Walley Peer IV. He won a rod & reel combo donated by Knee Deep.
More About Dows Boat Rental & Bait Shop:
Address: 145 Nolans Point Rd, Lake Hopatcong 07849, NJ
Phone: (973) 663 3826
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Dows Boat & Bait Shop is open 7 days with boat rentals, bait, and tackle. Not comfortable with driving your own boat or would like some hands-on experience. Or a single Mom wanting to get her kids out of the house to learn to fish, call Aaron of Lake Hopatcong Guide Service (856) 577-0653 to set something up. Have a great week!
More About Lake Hopatcong Guide Service:
Address: Lake Hopatcong, NJ
Phone: Aaron at (856) 577-0653
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