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Report from Wednesday, November 15.

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Weather kept some anglers from fishing, said Kevin from Ramsey Outdoor in Succasunna. Weather was windy and cold. But trout were angled from streams. The winter trout stocking will take place Monday and Tuesday. That stocking is at lakes, and the fall trout stocking is mostly in rivers or streams and takes place in October. Nobody was heard about who fished for largemouth bass at lakes. Boaters had been jigging rainbow trout and lake trout on Round Valley Reservoir with lures like Rapala ice-fishing jigs and Binsky Blade Baits. One customer reported landing five or six every morning. Fishing for landlocked salmon should be happening now at Lake Aeroflex and Tilcon, and should last until ice. A buddy was gearing up for the landlockeds. The lakes are stocked with them, and big spoons like Cleos or Phoebes are chucked to the fish. Kevin would think Delaware River’s smallmouth bass fishing is on fire, but nobody reported the angling, and one never knows. Most customers surf-fished for striped bass in saltwater. The fish were beached here and there, and boaters began to really Mohawk the bass. If weather holds like currently, this next week will probably be the big to-do for the angling.

Trout were still angled from the fall trout stocking in October, including big breeders, said Irene from Hi-Way Sports Shop in Washington. Customers fish for them at places including Pequest and Musconetong rivers and Pohatcong Creek. Not much largemouth bass fishing happened at lakes. But anglers got after muskies they caught at places including Furnace Lake. They fished large plugs like from LiveTarget and a bunch of Calcutta soft baits the store stocks.

A handful of anglers still fished the lake, said Laurie from Dow’s Boat Rentals in Lake Hopatcong. The fishing was slow yesterday, but the anglers have been catching plenty. Lots of hybrid striped bass to 7 ½ pounds swiped chicken livers, live bait or jigs. Walleyes 3 to 6 pounds and good-sized chain pickerel attacked Mepps spinners. Crappies pounced on small herring. Marcin Supinski limited out on crappies to a 1-pound 12-ouncer and a 1-pound 6-ouncer. Jim Welsh weighed-in a 2-pounder. Yellow perch were nabbed on jigs, live bait or worms. The shop will be open until the end of the month, depending on weather. The store is always closed then for a moment, until reopening for ice-fishing. A small number of herring are stocked. Telephone to confirm: 973-663-3826.

Passaic River ran high and fast, said Larry from Fairfield Fishing Tackle in Pine Brook. If the water calms, anglers will probably be able to fight northern pike from the river. The river is one of a few places where the state stocks pike. One angler mentioned reeling yellow perch from the lower Passaic. That was about all the news from freshwater, and windy weather kept anglers from doing the fishing. Saltwater anglers were all about striped bass. Fishing for the stripers went well. Also in salt, the blackfish bag limit will be increased beginning tomorrow. That will draw interest. Blackfishing so far, before the limit was increased, seemed good.

A couple of customers were fishing Manasquan Reservoir but weren’t seen at the shop in two weeks, said Dennis from Murphy’s Hook House in Toms River. Not much was reported about freshwater fishing. The anglers at the reservoir back then were picking up largemouth bass on killies under bobbers drifted around the trees. A couple of customers fished for trout last week at streams. People seemed to fish for trout the first few days once the fall stocking took place in October at waters including the Toms River. Few seemed to fish for them since, but the trout are there. Winter trout stocking is slated for Monday and Tuesday, including at Lake Shenandoah and Spring Lake on Monday. Murphy’s, located on Route 37, also owns Go Fish Bait & Tackle on Fischer Boulevard in Toms River.

Largemouth bass fishing was heating up pretty well at lakes, said Steve from Blackwater Sports Center in Vineland. Lots of good reports rolled in. The fishing was productive at Rainbow Lake during the weekend, he knew. Elmer Lake turned out pretty good reports. When wind failed to howl, Union Lake put out a mix of largemouths, smallmouth bass and crappies. Jerk baits and Rat-L-Traps were often fished for largemouths. Drop-shots still caught them. Trout fishing seemed to fizzle a little, after the fall trout stocking in October got anglers fishing for them. Winter trout stocking will take place Monday and Tuesday, including at South Vineland Park Pond and Shaw’s Mill Pond on Tuesday. In saltwater, back bays fished fairly strong for striped bass. The southern migration of larger stripers seemed to linger in the northern state still.