June Fishing Sessions: 06/28 - Multi-Species Fishing in Different Bodies of Water (Haddonfield, NJ)

Hello, Blog Readers!

Today I'm bringing you my fishing session for June 28th:

--- June 28th, 2015 ---

Location: Wallworth Lake/Hopkins Pond/Driscoll Pond/Upper Cooper River (Haddonfield, NJ); Lake Alverthope (Abington, PA)
Time: 1:30-5:30 p.m./ 7:00-9:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

-- 5 Green Sunfish X Bluegill Hybrid (Lepomis cyanellus X Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 2 Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus)
-- 8 Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus)
-- 1 Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)
-- 3 Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides)
-- 1 Spotted Bass (Micropterus punctulatus)
-- 2 Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus)
-- 1 White Catfish (Ameiurus catus)
-- 3 Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus)


Below are the highlights for this fishing session:

This video is divided mainly in seven parts: (1) Introduction (0:00-3:20); (2) Setup (3:25-5:20); (3) Fishing the Wallworth Lake below the dam (5:21-11:28); (4) Fishing the Wallworth Lake above the dam (11:30-12:00); (5) Fishing the Hopkins Pond (12:01-13:17); (6) Fishing the Driscoll Pond (13:18-16:35); and (7) Fishing the Upper Cooper River (16;36-32:20). Don't forget to watch it in HD quality (1080p50)! If you enjoy watching my videos, please support my YouTube Channel by liking and subscribing. 


The goal for the day was to catch as many different Species of fish as possible in Haddonfield, NJ. 


My setup for this fishing session consisted of a Daiwa Spinmatic Ultralight Rod with a Shimano Sedona 500FD and 4lbs Berkley Vanish Fluorocarbon line. Throughout the course of the day, I used the following types of rigs/baits/lures: (1) a Thomas Lures E.P. Series In-line Spinner, 1/8 oz., nickel/gold color; (2) a 1/64 oz. Trout Magnet jighead with a 1" Gulp! Alive Minnow; (3) a piece of nightcrawler on a size #6 Eagle Claw hook; and (4) a piece of cut Bluegill on a size #4 Eagle Claw hook, rigged under a couple split-shots.


If you folks read my fishing Blog a lot, you should know that Haddonfield is one of my favorite places to go to when it comes to Multi-Species fishing! Anyways...

I started my day fishing the Wallworth Lake under the dam. I ran an in-line spinner against the current without much success. Therefore, I quickly switched my setup to a "Gulp! Alive Minnow" on a 1/64 oz. jighead. I caught a couple Species of fish and moved on! I followed the path after the dam and walked all the way up to the dam below Evans Pond, where my friend Peter S. joined me. I gave a couple casts here and there, switched to some nightcrawlers, and caught a decent sized Bluegill that I decided to save as bait! 

Peter and I then moved to Hopkins Pond, where I caught a small Brown Bullhead. Hopkins is known for having winter kills due to lack of oxygen; thus, only Common Carp, Brown Bullhead, and a couple of other Species of fish inhabit that body of water. 

After spending fifteen minutes there or so, we moved down to Driscoll Pond. I caught a small Black Crappie and Peter caught his first Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) in a long while. We fished there for a little bit more, ending up with a few extra Bluegill and Largemouth Bass.

Finally, we ended up fishing the Upper Cooper River below Driscoll Pond. Peter ended his day with two nice Common Carp whereas I ended up with a really nice White Catfish! 

Even after all those catches, Peter's thirst for fishing was still up in the air. Thus, we decided to hit Lake Alverthorpe in Abington for some night-time Catfishing! We got there around 7:00 p.m., initially targeting Largemouth Bass and Sunfish. I eventually caught a couple neat Species, including a beautiful Brown Bullhead! Unfortunately, we ended the night with no monster Channel Catfish.

Overall, it was a very productive day in terms of Multi-Species fishing.


Below are the photos for this fishing session:

A chubby Bluegill from the Wallworth Lake (below the dam).

Peter's first Yellow Perch in a long long time! It was wonderful to see that Driscoll Lake still had one of them in there.

A Bluegill X Green Sunfish hybrid from the Wallworth Lake. A couple folks have been confusing these hybrids with Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus) -- recall, folks: the soft-dorsal and anal fin on Warmouth are red colored and not yellowish.

An authentic Green Sunfish from the Wallworth Lake.

A Largemouth Bass with Hyperpigmented Melanosis. Up to date, ichthyologists are still not sure how the Bass obtain Hyperpigmented Melanosis; however, so far, there have been no signs of malignancy when it comes to it. In other words, our understanding up to date is that it does not hurt the fish.

A nice view of the Hopkins Pond. :)

My little Brown Bullhead from Hopkins Pond. :)

A beautiful Black Crappie from Driscoll Pond.

A small Spotted Bass from the Upper Cooper River. Anglers usually don't bother to differentiate Largemouth Bass and Spotted Bass; however, they are different Species (despite their similarities). Spotted Bass tend to have (1) tooth patches on their tongues; (2) a mouth that does not extend past the eye when the jaw is closed; (3) broken lateral stripes; (4) clear ventrolateral stripes; and (5) scales on its soft-dorsal fin. 

Same fish, another angle -- this little fella had "toothy patches" on its tongue.

A Largemouth Bass from the Upper Cooper River.

Catfishing at the Upper Cooper River using an ultralight rod. :)

My White Catfish! Very nice sample for NJ.

Peter with his Common Carp from the Upper Cooper River.

A beautiful Pumpkinseed from the Alverthorpe Lake in Abington.

A Brown Bullhead from Lake Alverthorpe.
Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights,


Leo S.


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