A musky, probably 42 inches, was nailed and released off Storms Island on Greenwood Lake on a trip that Capt. Dave Vollenweider, from Live to Fish Guide Service from Montvale, took with friend Dr. Rich Cabana, Dave wrote in an email. The fish cleared the water during a jump in the fight. The lake was 62 degrees, a good, low temperature to help the musky fare well in the release. Dave held the musky in the water, “and whoosh, it was gone!” he said. Rich also boated a healthy-sized walleye, and he and Dave both took a fillet home. Fishing for the musky, the fish of 10,000 casts, scored no catch at first. Flat-line trolling, trolling with planer boards and trolling in the prop wash drew no bites. Then a trolled, red and white Buck Perry Spoonplug smashed the musky.
Nobody mentioned trout fishing, said Don from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. But fall trout stocking was slated to begin last week. Trout streams had been low, but Don saw Rockaway River, near where he lives, recently, and the Rockaway was a little low, but didn’t seem low enough to make stocking or fishing difficult. Customers bought worms to fish for panfish at Lake Hopatcong with kids. Some geared up for salmon fishing on upstate New York’s Salmon River. No results were heard, and nothing was heard about other fishing, like about fishing for largemouth bass or walleyes on lakes.
Only nine anglers entered the Knee Deep Club’s King of the Lake Tournament during the weekend, Laurie from Dow’s Boat Rentals in Lake Hopatcong wrote in an email. That’s an annual multi-species tournament on the lake, and Jack Dziduch kept his crown, winning for the fourth year in a row, remaining King of the Lake. His catches included a 12-pound 14-ounce channel catfish and a 3-pound 1-ounce walleye. Pete Rathjens won second place, and his catches included a 3-pound 8-ounce largemouth bass, a 2-pound 11-ounce pickerel and some panfish. Mike Truglio won third, and he caught a 1-pound 8-ounce largemouth and some perch and crappies. For some of the club’s contests in the next year, “changes are coming,” Laurie said. Catches not entered in the contest included Dziduch’s 10-pound channel cat, Alex Gofman’s 5-pound channel cat and 3-pound walleye, Wieslaw Skarzynski’s 8-pound 7-ounce walleye and Marcin Dolegiewicz’s 7-pound 3-ounce walleye. The shop will be open, including for boat rentals, until about mid-November.
Anglers crushed walleyes at Lake Hopatcong in 20 to 25 feet, said Nick from Meltzer’s Sporting Goods in Garfield. Nick was unsure what the anglers, his son’s buddies, fished, but thought they trolled. Nick’s buddy jigged walleyes on Greenwood Lake in 30 feet off points. Nick will compete at Lake Hopatcong in his season’s final largemouth bass tournament this weekend, so he’ll be able to report how that fishing was. In a largemouth tournament at Waywayanda Lake last weekend, 10 or 11 pounds won, Nick thought. The anglers said the fishing was pretty slow, but they caught mostly on jigs in weeds in deeper water. On Passaic River, a bunch of smallmouth bass were beaten at Elmwood Park Marina. Anglers cast shiners, fishing them beyond the weeds, there. Northern pike fishing was good in the river below or in the falls on shiners. The shiners were flat-lined, possible because the water was low. Bait was sold for trout fishing, and fall trout stocking began last week. But nobody reported about the angling.
Passaic River ran low, but northern pike were fought from the water on spinner baits, said Cheryl from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. Largemouth bass were tugged from lakes, and one angler yanked in a bunch of yellow perch. Cheryl wasn’t asked where the perch were hung, and customers bought supplies for trout fishing, because fall trout stocking began last week. Not much was heard about the angling, but nobody seemed to catch trout great. Salmon eggs are commonly fished for trout in fall.