"As far back as I can remember I’ve
always loved to fish"
When i was 5 years old I would be content to fish
for hours as long as dad put a worm on the hook once in a while. Many years have past since my childhood but time
did not diminish my zeal for fishing.
One day I found myself fishing
Lake Ontario tributaries for spawning salmonoids. This was a new experience for me and I found the challenge of
trying to land 20-30 lb. king salmon alot of fun. The more I fished up north the more I heard about steelhead (sea
run or lake run rainbow trout that grow to large sizes). I learned that many experienced steelhead anglers consider a successful
day just catching a steelhead and many fishermen have spent years without catching a steelhead.
I soon became determined to catch a steelhead and set dates to head north when the fish were in the river. I learned first
hand just how difficult these fish were to catch. Two trips of fishing from dawn to dusk produced not even hooking one of
I planned a 3 day trip in late October, the first two days produced
nothing, but at the end of the second day, I found a pool that was holding steelhead, so I planned to be there first thing
in the morning. It was still dark when I arrived at the river. After 20 minutes, another fisherman approached and asked if
I minded if he fished the pool also. Not minding, I said, "sure", and he started fishing about 10 feet downstream.
I was surprised that he quickly hooked a steelhead and played the fish down river. He came back and hooked another fish. I
soon lost count of how many fish he hooked. I hooked on the same type of fly as he had on but nothing worked. I simply couldn't
hook up with a fish.
Seeing my frustration, he came over and gave me some
pointers. He told me a large run of steelhead were in the river and that I needed to use a longer, lighter leader and change
my drift. Doing what he suggested, it didn't take long before a large steelhead took the fly and raced down stream. After
a twenty five minute battle I landed a 13 1/2 pound steelhead - a real trophy.
THAT WASN'T MY CATCH OF A LIFETIME...
I was working as a mail handler
moving sacks of mail from tractor trailers. One night I was taken back when a driver named Tom asked me if I felt I was going
to heaven. I thought for a minute, being a regular church attender and what most people would think of as a nice guy, and
We got together a short time later and Tom shared
from the Bible that no one deserves heaven by being what they feel is a good person. The Bible says that there is no one good,
no, not one (Romans 3:10) and that all have sinned and fallen short (Romans 3:23).
LIKE FISHING FOR STEELHEAD, I THOUGHT MY METHOD WAS RIGHT, BUT I WAS WRONG.
Jesus said "The only way to the Father is through Me" (John 14:6). Most people know Jesus died on the cross for
sin, but they fail to realize that He died for their sin. The Bible says that the wages of sin is death (hell) but the free
gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23). Even if people think we're good we still need Christ,
without Him we are doomed to hell, which the Bible describes as the lake of fire and eternal torment (Revelation 20:10).
It doesn't matter how bad or how good you think you've been, Christ loves
you and His death on the cross is sufficient to cover your sins. All you need to do is let Him into your life. Christ says,
"Behold, I stand before the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in" (Revelation
3:20). That door is your heart.
Don't be like I was and feel that you
are good enough to get into heaven or let pride get in the way. Life is short, the Bible says that it is like a vapor that
soon passes away (James 4:14). Everything we possess on earth, we will leave behind when we die. Jesus said, "What good
is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul" (Mark 8:36).
IF YOU FEEL THERE IS SOMETHING MISSING IN YOUR LIFE...
Christ can change your life. All you need to do is give Him the opportunity.
You can ask Him to come into your life right where you are now. All it takes is a simple prayer like, "Jesus, I know
I don't deserve to go to heaven and that I'm a sinner. I accept what You did on the cross for payment of my sins.
Please come into my life." But don't stop there. Jesus said, "Take up your cross and follow Me" (Matthew
HERE ARE THREE THINGS THAT CAN HELP YOU FOLLOW HIM:
1. Get a Bible and
start to read it.
2. Find a church where the Bible is taught as the infallible
Word of God and attend regularly.
3. Pray daily. Find a time that you can
spend in prayer every day.
Committing to these 3 things will help you grow
as a Christian.
I can now
catch steelhead on a regular basis, but this has taken committment to practice different techniques and alot of reading on
these fish to learn about them.
The more you read the Bible and pray, the
more you will learn about God.
Please consider this - if you forget me and
this tract you've lost nothing, but if you forget Christ, you've lost everything.
|20 lb salmon river steelie
|Delaware river walleye
|Delaware river winter walleye
|Delaware stringer winter eyes
Weekly Update 5/19/2017 Last Saturdays rain from the reports put a damper on the Shad fishing.
The Delaware ran high and off color, but the run is not over and if there isnt to much rain this week that fishing
still will be productive. Zane Grey usually fishes well late in May for Shad. Another option is where the tribs enter
the river, with all this rain the fish will stage there being on an active feed. These areas can be very productive especially
near dark, Walleyes, Catfish, Bass, Trout, you never know. Casting lures or shinners can put you into some of the largest
fish the Delaware has to offer. Fished Sandy Hook on Wednesday and it was red hot. Have not seen the fishing that good since
Sandy. Stripers to 35 inches and Blues were caught. This week the surf fishing was better than the boats, the fish are close
to the beach. The local lakes are still fishing well but with the heat fishing a couple hours prior to dark will be the
most productive time. These next two weeks will be the most productive time to this Fall, get it while you can. 5/12/2017
Still good reports of Shad being caught and a lot of them from the Trenton area all the way to Narrowsburg. There
are also reports of Walleye and Catfish being caught, trib mouths near dark best areas and time. Checked the weather
this morning and rain is in the forecast for the weekend but the bulk of it schould push more out to sea. Hopefully this will
not effect the fishing. I fished the Sandy Hook area on Tuesday and had a slow but steady pick on Bluefish from 2 to
10 pounds and a couple of Stripers. Bait did best but had hook ups on shads as well. If the weekend weather dosent hurt the
fishery it will just get better this week. Local lakes and Trout streams all had reports of good fishing. This schould be
a prime week to get out and fish, cool weather and active fish, take it before the heat slows it down. 5/5/2017
The beginning of the week the Delaware started to rise and get off color. My son fished late Tuesday and they caught a couple
of nice Shad and a 8 pound Channel cat that thought a shad dart was tasty. He said then the higher off color water hurt
the fishing. The river yesterday looked to dirty to be productive and with the rain today it will not get better. The
middle of next week it schould be worth fishing again if the water clears, there are lots of Shad and Catfish and Walleye
reports also prior to the higer water. The local lakes may offer the best oppurtunity this week end, there are lots of
good reports of fish being caught near the shore lines. Lures, Jigs and bait all taking fish. Yesterdays salt water reports
were the Blue fish and Stripers were on. But they have wind and runoff today kicking up grass and mud. But it may
be worth the trip early in next week. Hooking a large Blue or Bass will put a smile on your face, boats and surf may
both be productive. 4/27/2017 The big action on the Delaware are the Shad, the best run in decades. Reports of
good fishing from Lambertville up river to Narrowsburg. Both bank and boat fishermen are doing well mainly using Shad
darts. The top of runs have been the hot spots. Catfish and Walleye are being caught at dark with a couple of Striper reports. Area
lakes are also turning on, we fished yesterday and found the Crappies schooled up and hungry near the shore line. Fatheads
worked best but they were also caught on Jigs, lots of Bass were also near the shoreline and hungry, Bass
is closed so quickly release them. The salt water was more miss then hit but the water cooled down again. There were
more and better reports then last week, Blues and Stripers. A warm up this week schould bring these fish on a heavy feed
and worth a trip.
Salt water Reports
Lackawaxen Water Flow
East Branch Water flow
West branch water flow
NPS site Delaware river info and map upper river
Pennsylvania Sportsmen Portal
salmon river reports
Do you want to know more about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?