Fishing was a little on the slower side with cooler temps but picked up for the contest participants when the sun peeked out early afternoon on Sunday for the fishing contests.
Lake Hopatcong Guide Service Updates
LAKE RECORD HYBRID STRIPER!! Caught, officially weighed, and released by LHGS guide, Kevin Cool!! The fish weighed 12 lbs 4 oz - 28 1/4” in length with a 21” girth! The fish was caught just after 2:00 am on April 27th and weighed in by Joe at Dow’s Bait Shop at 3:45 am.
Water temps have been all over the place recently thanks to inconsistent weather, but it hasn’t stopped our LHGS customers and guides from boating a bunch of nice fish this week! As of today, water temps are around 53 degrees in the shallows and 46 degrees out on the main lake.
The crappie bite during the day remains phenomenal. They are being caught on a variety of lures most days and fathead minnows have produced great results when conditions are tougher. Lots of trout, pickerel, bass, and yellow perch were boated as well. Pretty much all of the fish in the lake are active at this point.
The night bite for walleye and hybrid stripers has really picked up and lots of quality fish were caught this week. Casting and trolling have both been productive. Most of our damage has been done in less than 10’ of water.
The KNC pickerel contest results were as follows:
First place went to Hunter Good of Jefferson with a 2 lb 11 oz fish, winning $410.
Second place went to Jack Dziduch. He won $246 with a 2 lb 7 oz pickerel
Third place went to Dylan Cole of Newton with a 1 lb 13 oz pickerel, winning $131.
Fourth thru Fifth place was awarded $20 gift certificates. They were awarded to Steve Schilling with a 1 lb 13 oz, Lou Marcucci with a 1 lb 10 oz fish, and a 1lb 8 oz pickerel caught by Greg White.
Junior member Austin Robillard won a rod & reel combo with his 1 lb 6 oz pickerel.
KNC Trout winners included:
First place went to Kenny Jastrzebski of Hackettstown with his 2 lb 2 oz Brown, winning himself $328.
Second place went to Rob Gaydos from Landing with a 1 lb 15 oz pickerel, winning $197
Third place was Jack Dziduch with a 1 lb 14 oz, winning himself $164.
Fourth thru Sixth places also won gift certificates with a 1lb 13 oz caught by Dave Smith. Tara Harriet with a 1 lb 11 oz brown, and John Moran with his trout weighing 15 oz.
Also weighed in this past week was a 2 lb 1 oz crappie caught by Jim Macaluso. While trolling or casting small floating rapalas, husky jerks, or bombers, reports of Hybrid Striped Bass & walleyes have also been being caught.
Walleye is catch & release only until May 1st.
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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