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The Fishing

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Spring (day and night trips offered)

  • As soon as the ice is gone, arguably the hottest bite of the year immediately kicks off. March is the month of the Yellow Perch on Lake Hopatcong and this bite is an absolute blast. 200+ fish days are possible. In addition to Yellow Perch, the Crappie fishing can be phenomenal as well. While typically not large, Perch and Crappie are a ton of fun and can offer some of the most exciting and memorable trips of the year. The walleye fishing typically heats up in early April and continues through late fall. Largemouth and Smallmouth bass catch fire once the water warms up in April/May and the spring bass fishing can be phenomenal. Musky in excess of 50” inhabit Lake Hopatcong and these fish become active around the same time as the bass. April and May are also a great time to target stocked Trout. Hybrid Striped bass fishing kicks off around the beginning of May.

Summer (day and night trips offered)

  • Daytime: All of Lake Hopatcong’s gamefish are active during the summer. Day trips during the week are a great way to avoid the high amount of boat traffic that the lake experiences on weekends during the summer, though big fish can still be caught during the roughest of weekend days. An early start is recommended, as the early morning bite can often be the best time of day to fish during the summer.
  • Nighttime: For anglers looking to experience some of the best fishing that Lake Hopatcong has to offer, night time is the right time! This is the best way to catch big Walleye and Hybrid stripers during the summer. These fish spend most of the day in deep water and can be tough to catch. However, they move up shallow at night to feed and the fishing can be outstanding. One night trip and you’ll be hooked!

Fall (night trips offered thru the end of September)

  • Fall is a great time to be on the water here. Boat traffic is almost non-existent, the fall colors are beautiful, and all of Hopatcong’s gamefish are on a feeding binge in preparation for winter. You can’t go wrong booking a trip anytime from September through ice-up, as the fall can be some of the best fishing of the year.