A Failed Day at the Delaware Canal! (01/24/18, Yardley, PA)

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As always, this Winter has been quite busy! However, I finally have some time to work on the Blog. Since I am still in January (and a few fishing sessions behind), let's work hard on these posts! Heh. And on a positive note, the Florida fishing trip reports will be coming up soon. ;) 

Here is my fishing report for January 24th, 2018. The 2018 Statistical Fishing Chart was updated as well.

Location: Delaware Canal
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Fishes caught:

- None


There is no video for this fishing session. :)

Summary & Photos: 

The Delaware Canal is a great Winter fishing spot, since it is one of the only bodies of water in southeast Pennsylvania with the Chain Pickerel (Esox niger) in it. And as it is known, the different species of fish in the Esox genus are very tolerant to low water temperatures -- making it a great target during the colder months of the year.  

A Chain Pickerel from the Delaware Canal. Winter of 2016.

Taking all of that in consideration, I woke up early, prepared my fishing gear, and headed out in hopes of catching some chunky Pickerel down at the Canal. My main plan for the day was to cast a 3/8 oz. Z-Man white/chartreuse Chatterbait all around structure.

Sadly, as soon as I saw the "current situation" of the Canal, my plans immediately got crushed. Not only the water levels were extremely low in comparison to the other Winters that I had fished there, but the canal was also still frozen due to the cold air (26 - 35F/-3 - 2ºC).

The Delaware Canal. January 24th, 2018.
To not waste the day, I decided to walk and cast where I could -- in-between the chunks of ice. But my efforts produced no results! After fishing for a total of 4 hours or so, I finally gave up and went home. Not a single bite; not a single fish. Heh. This is exactly when that old wise fishing cliche comes into play: "There is a reason it is called fishing, and not catching." And getting skunked is definitely a part of the sport! 

Well...in the end, the experience still counts, doesn't it? :) 

Best of luck to all of us,

Long Days and Pleasant Nights!


Leo S. a.k.a. Extreme Philly Fishing


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