Weekly fishing reports for NJ, DE Bay at http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=directory.category&PDIR=74

It’s the final full weekend of January, so theoretically we’re headed down the home stretch! Of course, it’s still just the middle of winter, and the Saturday into Sunday forecast leaves a lot to be desired. The National Weather Center forecast puts SE winds at 20-25 knots Saturday afternoon gusting to 35 knots, with seas at 4-7 feet and a good chance of rain. Though Sunday looks a bit better, the system expected to move through the region Friday may impact your access to the tautog, porgy, ling and cod along the midrange grounds.

White perch bite continues to lead the way in the New Jersey and Delaware creeks and rivers, with bloodworms and live grass shrimp in hot demand for those still giving it a go. It’s a good time of year to update the freshwater fishing license with local streams still giving up a few rainbow trout and the walleye filling in the blanks along the Delaware River. On top of the “marbleye” give thought to some of the other freshwater “bucket list” species in the area, including trophy class fish like salmon and muskellunge.