Trout were reported reeled from streams, including at Ken Lockwood Gorge and Pequest River, even if the catches were few and far between, said Kevin from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. Sub-surface flies caught. On a warm day, like some of the weather last week, blue-winged olives might connect. But the dry flies would need to be small. The stream levels, running low, probably rose, especially because of rain on Monday. But now the cold snap is here. See the winter trout stocking schedule that will begin next week. Largemouth bass were yanked from lakes, probably not as often as before. Keitech jigs or Yamamoto rubber worms probably hooked them, as far as Kevin knew. Again, sub-surface, because of the cooler time of year. Landlocked salmon were angled from Lake Aeroflex the last couple of weeks. That fishing’s probably going to change, because lakes will turn over, if they didn’t already. Then the salmon will swim deep.
Nick from Meltzer’s Sporting Goods in Garfield jigged a walleye larger than 4 pounds from Greenwood Lake, he said. The fish smacked a ½-ounce Kastmaster in 30 feet of water, and Nick’s buddy on the trip jigged a 2- or 2-1/2-pound largemouth bass. They also tugged in sunnies and crappies, totaling eight to 10 fish from the lake, on the outing. A few customers fished Passaic River, tackling a northern pike here and there, at Twin Bridges, on shiners. Nothing was heard about the river farther downstream, closer to the shop. Participation dropped off somewhat, and even shiner sales became slower. A few pike, not many, were pulled from Pompton River on shiners. Customers plucked a few trout, small, 6 to almost 9 inches, none as large as the 9-inch legal size, from Ramapo River, on orange or yellow Powerbait nuggets. The winter trout stocking will begin next week. Saltwater anglers scored both good and slow days on striped bass. Most were boated, and some were landed from the surf. Surf anglers snagged and then livelined bunker for bait during daytime. Nick wasn’t asked what they fished at night.
Passaic River ran a little higher than before, and northern pike, good catches, were cranked from the water, said Joe from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. The river previously ran low, but not as low as earlier this season, the store reported in previous weeks. Joe read a blog that talked about a gathering of anglers that fished for walleyes on Lake Hopatcong, catching well. Customers boated trout, considerable-sized, on Round Valley Reservoir. All the ice-fishing gear is now in supply at the shop.