FISHING FROM SHORE
Many people have good luck fishing from the shore (dock). The best way to improve your chances is with live bait. Minnows work well for perch and smallmouth bass. Worms work well for bass and may work for perch. Leeches may also work well for bass.
A basic split shot rig with a small hook and bobber is fine. A small split shot 9-12 inches above the hook will keep your bait in the strike zone. Popular lures, such as spinner baits, stick baits, tubes, crank baits, and swim grubs often work well from shore, but not as well as live bait. Be prepared to have your baits taken by small bottom feeding nuisance fish called “gobies.” If gobies are a big problem, raise your baits off the bottom about 18 inches. Kids love to catch gobies because they are ugly. Please do not leave gobies or any other fish on the walkways.
FISHING FROM A BOAT
Fishing from a boat opens many doors. The shores around the marina, for a mile or more in both directions, are excellent fish habitat.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT TO CATCH?
Perch tend to stay in protected areas with ample marine growth.
Smallmouth Bass may be anywhere, but tend to favor rocky structure and sharp depth breaks. An underwater cliff or hump, especially if the wind is blowing towards it, is ideal. (Like our breakwall!)
In the early spring, smallmouth are near the shore and shallows, seeking warmth. In summer, they often seek offshore deeper structure surrounded by cooler water. In the fall, smallmouths can be found both in the shallows and out in deeper water. If in doubt, start fishing in one to 10 feet of water and then move deeper into 10 to 15 foot depths. Some fishermen go as deep as 25 feet or more. Try natural colors first ( green and brown) and go brighter if it is sunny.
Move around and try different depths and structure until you have some success. Search with spinner baits and other fast retrieve lures like plastic swim tails. Once you catch a smallie or two, refine your lure, structure and depth selection. Stick baits are good in the spring, fished with long pauses. Tube baits are excellent, especially when dragged very slowly over a rocky bottom. Live baits can be very good once a productive location is found.
Walleye fishing, Salmon fishing, and Trout fishing can be terrific in the waters adjacent to and near Egg Harbor. Ask a staff supervisor for suggestions.