Lake Hopatcong Fishing Report – (09-17-2019)

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The following Lake Hopatcong Fishing Report came in from Dow’s Boat Rental on (09/17/2019), showing that Lake Hopatcong is definitely open for business.

Fishing Report

There were some noteworthy catches with Mike Kaszas with several walleye, the largest weighing in at 5 lb. There were also some pickerel brought in weighing in at 3 - 4 pounds along with some nice smallmouth and lots of white perch & catfish.  Several Hybrids were being caught on liver up to 7 pounds.

Knee Deep Club - 2019 Fall Hybrid Stripped Bass Contest

The contest will begin at 5AM Saturday the 22nd and conclude at 12 noon on Sunday the 22rd. The entry fee for club members is $20 and non-members $25 ($20 entry + $5 non-member fee).

A payout of 80% of entry fees will go to the anglers weighing in the three heaviest Hybrid Striped Bass. Gift certificates for 4th, 5th, and 6th heaviest Hybrid Striped Bass. Entry forms are available online at or at the clubs’ official weigh stations located at Dow's Boat Rental, Nolan's Point, Lake Hopatcong and Lake's End Marina, Lakeside Blvd., Landing.

Mail in entries must be received by Friday, September 20, 2019, in person entries can be made until 8AM Saturday, September 21, 2019. Please see the contest entry form for a complete list of contest rules. For additional information call (973) 663 3826.

Take a kid fishing. A contestant may enter a child who is under the age of 16 in this contest for a $5.00 fee. The child with the heaviest Hybrid Striped Bass will win a rod and reel combo.

Dow's Boat Rental will be open at 5 AM for the contest weekend. We will be fully stocked with herring ( although they may be on the smaller side, depending on this week’s haul ), chicken liver, and ice  jigging  rapalas. 

Dow’s Boat Rental will be stocked up with Ice rapalas, gotchas, and blade baits for fall jigging and tell your friends that Lake Hopatcong is OPEN for boating & fishing. We are open 7 days a week for bait & boat rentals. Our fall hours are from 6 AM - 6 PM.

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