Ice report guys? Good luck this year!
Didn't fish much but set up my sister and nephew with leeches off the pier and they pitched out slip bobber rigs. A bunch of small smallies and one perch gave them a good time 'till the bait ran out.
16° - 20° F
Sunday 02/16/20 By Egg Harbor off Frank E. Murphy Park launch. Utv driving out to a mile. Solid ice with few frozen solid snow on top. Once through the ice there is alot of slush underneath it which seems like shoves but aren't. We walked out few hundred yards to about 27FOW (about past the left furthest point from the launch). If you can find rock piles with lots of zebra mussels the whitefish will come by in schools often, which is what we found and fished at. Even at 27fow you can see bottom and pretty much site fish. We used a camera to fish and water clarity was great. There was a guide taking people out to the permanent shacks a mile out and they were all limiting out.
Any reports out of here? Ice thickness in the middle of egg harbor?
Should add water temp was 50.5 degrees.
I just kinda searched around til I found them. There were two other boats out nearby and they had same results as me, verified at boat launch upon return. They are there. A slow retrieve near bottom seemed to work best. I may give it one more shot before I retire the boat.... if the winds ever lays down.
Well that’s good news. What water temps were you seeing? Did you have to graph the fish first before catching it was it more just searching around until you got bit. I’m hoping they are stacking up now.
Fished with a buddy Sunday for a few hours out of Egg Harbor. Caught about 5 smallies apiece in 20’ of water on swimbaits. They are there, was hard to get numbers.
Might want to try putting your Kayak's in at the boat launch by Peninsula State Park. Horseshoe Island is only a half mile from the launch. I have always been able to get a few bass around there.
My girlfriend and I are heading up to Egg Harbor for camping this weekend. We are bringing our fishing kayaks and was hoping to target smallmouth in the Egg Harbor Bay. Looking at google maps, the whole shoreline seems to be rock. I do not want to just shore fish the harbor so any ideas or information would be helpful. Is it all rock, are there smallmouth in the bay?