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Report from Wednesday, November 14.

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Trout streams ran high because of rain, so nothing was heard about trout fishing in a week, said Don from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. He was at Rockaway River in Denville near St. Clare’s Hospital, and the river was over the banks. He lives nearby, and a stream behind his house was over the banks. Winter trout stocking is slated for Monday and Tuesday. Each year, that stocking is at lakes and ponds, and the fall stocking in October is at streams. A few panfish were boated at Lake Hopatcong that were heard about. The lake was low because it was drained for dock repairs, and that probably prevented boats from being launched at boat ramps. The anglers who nabbed panfish from the lake must’ve had access to boats moored at private docks. Don saw a photo or photos of couple of big smallmouth bass to 3 or 4 pounds that a customer nailed at Wanaque Reservoir. They were hooked on soft-plastic worms, and he was surprised, because jerk baits would usually be fished for them this time of year. From saltwater, Don knew about 30-inch striped bass that anglers boated from Raritan Bay near Keyport not far from shore on a trip. Those might’ve been resident stripers from rivers, not stripers migrating south, Don thought. The anglers said party boats fished a mile farther from shore during the trip.

Nothing was doing because of weather, said John from Hi-Way Sports Shop in Washington. High water from rain raised trout streams too high to fish. Delaware River was likely high. John saw anglers on several boats fishing at Phillipsburg on the river before the last storm. They must’ve been fishing for walleyes or smallmouth bass. Wind and sometimes storms kept anglers from fishing on lakes recently. Won’t be long, and anglers will be ice-fishing, John said. Anglers hope so, anyway.

Boats couldn’t be launched and anglers couldn’t fish from shore at the lake, said John from Dow’s Boat Rentals. That’s because the lake was lowered 5 feet for dock repairs. The water was too shallow to fish from shore. That’s the situation until ice-fishing begins on the lake. But the store is open, because the crew has to be there for dock and rental-boat-motor work.

A couple of anglers were hooking northern pike from Passaic River near the store, though the water was high, said Cheryl from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. They clocked the pike on Keitechs and Yamamoto worms while actually trying for smallmouth bass. Someone showed a photo of a big musky cranked from Lake Mosconetcong. Cheryl also saw photos of sizable trout that were reeled in on spinners. One was from Ramapo River, and the other was from Verona Park, she thought. Seemed that when anglers fished, they caught, even if fewer fished in recent weather. In saltwater, boaters who fished for striped bass seemed either to deal with heavy boat traffic or rough weather that prevented boating.

Not a lot of anglers fished in chilly weather, but decent-sized crappies and sunfish and small largemouth bass were eased from Ocean County College Pond, said Abby from Hook House Bait & Tackle in Toms River. Nightcrawlers and small killies caught. Little was heard about Lake Riviera except that a few small pickerel and some yellow perch were picked up there. Some anglers fished the ponds around Whiting, mostly for pickerel. Lots of pickerel could be found there. Trout, not huge but sizable, from the fall stocking in October were still angled from the Toms River at Riverwood Park. That was the most popular place on the river, and anglers mostly fished Trout Magnets for the trout. The winter trout stocking is supposed to happen on Monday and Tuesday, including at Spring Lake and Lake Shenandoah on Monday. Hook House, located on Route 37, also owns Go Fish Bait & Tackle on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.

Lakes were muddy and high because of rain day in, day out, said Steve from Blackwater Sports Center in Vineland. That was brutal, he said, but a few customers fished for largemouth bass between rain drops. They caught a few at usual spots like Rainbow and Parvin lakes. Customers mostly bought suspending jerk baits and a few Rat-L-Traps for largemouth fishing. Anglers could take a bucket of minnows and tie into chain pickerel and crappies at lakes pretty consistently, when the water was clear enough. Both of those fish are cooperative in cooler water. From saltwater, big, migrating striped bass in the ocean was all the talk. The run arrived off South Jersey in past days, and fishing for the bass was sporadic. But when it was on, it was on. Then the fish were boated on the troll, and a few were taken on livelined bunker.