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Report from Wednesday, October 29.

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Trout streams ran low, but higher than before, and plenty of the fish swam the waters, said Kevin from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. Salmon eggs probably caught best. Small lures connected, but the water was somewhat low for lure fishing. Lures like tiny Phoebes could be worked in the deeper pools. The current warmer days, with calmer weather, were probably great for lake fishing. Big chain pickerel cruised lakes all around, and Kevin beat a couple of them recently. Fish for the picks later in the day, giving time for the water to warm, with lures like large Husky Jerks or big, white buzz baits or spinner baits. Weather is supposed to become colder later this week. Customers traveled to upstate New York to fish for steelheads, salmon and brown trout on the Salmon River and other Lake Ontario tributaries. The fishing was good, and the store stocks all the rods, reels and tackle for the fishing, including lead split shot. The lead is prohibited to be sold along those rivers, but is permitted to be fished there. In saltwater, striped bass fishing began to kick off. That’s the next hot thing, Kevin said.

Anglers managed to pick away at fish on the lake, between weather, even if not much happened with the fishing, because of weather, Laurie from Dow’s Boat Rentals in Lake Hopatcong wrote in an email. “We are starting to see some nice walleye, along with some hybrid stripers, white and yellow perch, along with some crappie and pickerel,” she said. Bruce Litton and son reeled in two walleyes 4 pounds 9 ounces and 3 pounds 9 ounces and a 5-pound 1-ounce hybrid, “using the small herring,” Laurie said. “The fall jigging is also starting,” she said. Rapala ice-fishing jigs, Got-Cha lures and different blade baits were fished. Dow’s will be open, including for boat rentals and bait, until November sometime. Then the shop will be closed a moment, but opened back up for ice-fishing, including for ice bait and tackle.

One customer and grandkid reported socking smallmouth bass, including a couple of sizable, nearly 2 pounds, good fishing, on Passaic River, near the marina at Elmwood Park, said Nick from Meltzer’s Sporting Goods in Garfield. Northern pike were fought from the river at Wallington, farther downstream, on live bait. On the river even farther downstream, striped bass were eeled in the brackish water at Nutley and Belleville. Nick plans to fish for stripers on Hackensack River next week, and knows the bass started to be picked up there. Stripers also started to come from Hudson River near the Crab House restaurant in Edgewater and the Chart House restaurant in Weehawkin. There the fish bit clams, bunker and Ava A17 jigs. A few, not many, were plugged on top-water lures at night on the Hudson. At Greenwood Lake, Nick’s son’s friend boated walleyes on Rapala ice-fishing jigs and worms on jigheads in 30 to 35 feet of water, fairly deep, off points. A few anglers fished for muskies on Greenwood, not often tackling them, but getting some. Yellow perch and now crappies were plucked from the creek at Greenwood on Lindy jigs. Nick found the perch there some weeks ago, while largemouth bass fishing. A few trout were reported yanked from Ramapo River on Powerbait, and that was all that was heard about trout, since the fall trout stocking earlier this month.

Passaic River’s fishing was pretty strong, said Cheryl from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. That was for northern pike, catfish, smallmouth bass and largemouth bass – all of them. A few yellow perch were eased from the river. The river ran lower than usual, but not as low as a few weeks ago. This was a fairly good week for fishing, because of weather. The temperature reached nearly 70 degrees on Tuesday. But anglers know that colder weather is coming this year. Some anglers might’ve trout fished, since the fall trout stocking earlier this month, but none reported about the fishing in past days. In saltwater, striped bass fishing started to pick up from Atlantic Highlands.