Delaware River Fishing Reports - 2010
The information below is primarily from Gary Conner, the voice of the Shad Hotline. Additional information is compiled by Mark Boriek, Principal Fisheries Biologist at the division's Lebanon Field Office. Reports from past years are also available. Please call the Shad Hotline 610-954-0577 or 610-954-0578 for the latest shad updates for the Delaware River.
American shad reports for the Delaware River can also be found at www.woofish.com/FISHREPORTS.html. Reports on smallmouth bass in the Delaware River can be found at www.backwoodsangler.com/Fishing%20Reports.htm. Also visit www.ardentangler.org/reports.html for additional Delaware River fishing reports.
See Mark's 2006 "Big D" article (pdf, 165kb) which gives an overview of the river and its fisheries.
Delaware River Report, 4/12/10
In Delaware Bay, biologist Russ Allen of our Bureau of Marine Fisheries is netting, tagging & releasing a few A. shad but there are far more striped bass that he's catching, tagging & releasing. In Lambertville, NJ, the Lewis Fishery has netted only 2 buck shad so far. Likewise, Delaware Bay commercial gill netter George Kumor has caught only 2 A. shad, one on 3/25 & one on 4/3. He claims they are late, & hopes to have good catches next week. Mostly bunker & striped bass in the bay at this time.