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by Dave B.
Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Stream Assessments
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Stream Assessments

Somewhat off topic - The Division just hired a great new fisheries biologist, Garret Kratina. He was a seasonal employee here in NJ this summer for TU. They have added a few new biologists the last few years as retirements have cropped up. That's great news! We certainly need some new blood and mor...
by Dave B.
Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Stream Assessments
Replies: 13
Views: 681

Re: Stream Assessments

The biologists covering the trout streams spent large portions of 2015, '16, and '17 surveying all of the listed and other known WTS's. That work is what prompted the changes to the list in the 2018 regs. As Brian mentioned the Freshwater Fisheries Bureau is currently revising the entire Freshwater ...
by Dave B.
Sat Aug 03, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Who remembers Cam? Funny story
Replies: 10
Views: 1049

Re: Who remembers Cam? Funny story

Derek always was and still is a very good guy! He definitely connected well with many of the old regulars on NJTrout, myself included. Denis F. gave him his first ever 'boo rod. I still tell stories of the time I took Derek for his first time ever fishing the lake O tribs with me for spring steelies...
by Dave B.
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Other Fishing
Topic: Natirar smallmouth fishing
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: Natirar smallmouth fishing

Bob, sounds about right for that water. We electro shocked it one summer and found no trout and mostly smaller sized smallies and various chubs, dace, sunfish, etc. It lacks decent holding water and there was some talk at one time about river restoration and enhancement project with the county, but...
by Dave B.
Tue May 14, 2019 10:37 pm
Forum: Conservation Issues, Groups and Projects
Topic: TU's Lopatcong Creek restoration project
Replies: 12
Views: 2145

Re: TU's Lopatcong Creek restoration project

Rusty Spinner wrote:
Tue May 14, 2019 1:00 pm
Permit applications go in later this week.....
Good to hear! It's a shame the wheels of progress turn so agonizingly slow at times! Hopefully there'll be no glitches in permitting and the project can continue to move forward at a decent pace.
by Dave B.
Fri May 10, 2019 12:10 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: NJ Stockies
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Re: NJ Stockies

When I happen to be in the mood to swing streamers I like to toss black or grey weighted zonkers in sizes 6 and 4. Some guys think these are far too big for Jersey trout. I generally find I don't encounter much under 14 inches or so with these sizes and the strikes tend to be generally pretty vicio...
by Dave B.
Wed May 08, 2019 7:41 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: NJ Stockies
Replies: 13
Views: 1888

Re: NJ Stockies

Fish an articulated streamer like a Sex Dungeon or Drunk & Disorderly which have stinger hooks on the back and your short strike issue nearly disappears for good. I find a lot of NJ anglers fish nothing larger than a size 10 woolly bugger, but don't be afraid to toss a much larger streamer here loc...
by Dave B.
Sun May 05, 2019 3:14 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Columbia Dam removal
Replies: 42
Views: 7238

Re: Columbia Dam removal

I thought the area including the parking lot was still closed? If anyone knows please confirm, I usually park there to fish the D for smallies but i'd prefer not to make the haul out there if I can't park. The whole area from Warrington Rd to Rt. 94 is still closed. Shame too, I've been dying to fi...
by Dave B.
Wed May 01, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Out of State Trout Fishing
Topic: Anyone Been Up to the Catskills?
Replies: 11
Views: 1384

Re: Anyone Been Up to the Catskills?

troutfishing4life wrote:
Wed May 01, 2019 3:22 pm
Rusty spinner and I floated the west branch last friday and did well but the water is HIGH!
We've had so much precip that both res's have been spilling for quite awhile now! Haven't checked the past couple of days, hopefully they've finally dropped below the dam crests.
by Dave B.
Wed May 01, 2019 9:30 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Columbia Dam removal
Replies: 42
Views: 7238

Re: Columbia Dam removal

Hows the new water fishing? Any one checking it out I thought the area including the parking lot was still closed? If anyone knows please confirm, I usually park there to fish the D for smallies but i'd prefer not to make the haul out there if I can't park. The whole area from Warrington Rd to Rt. ...
by Dave B.
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Brookies
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Brookies

During the very few times I've been out since the new year I have to agree with you Pat. It seems the return of good water for some time now has definitely had its expected positive impact on the wild pops. BTW, I didn't know you had moved down my way. How far south have you come? I am down in Barn...
by Dave B.
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:57 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: leaders - buy or diy
Replies: 7
Views: 911

Re: leaders - buy or diy

Personally I'm a big fan of the fine braided tapered leaders. For me they just simply turn over much more nicely.
by Dave B.
Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:55 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Brookies
Replies: 5
Views: 1090

Re: Brookies

During the very few times I've been out since the new year I have to agree with you Pat. It seems the return of good water for some time now has definitely had its expected positive impact on the wild pops.
BTW, I didn't know you had moved down my way. How far south have you come?
by Dave B.
Tue Apr 09, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Who Wears A Vest?
Replies: 33
Views: 2682

Re: Who Wears A Vest?

I wear a vest when fly fishing but carry a creel when spin fishing. Old habits die hard. OMG... a creel... you are OLD AS DIRT Dave :mrgreen: A wicker creel brings back my oldest memories of fishing as my dad used one and would come home after opening day with his trout LOL! Yeah, I am getting up t...
by Dave B.
Mon Apr 08, 2019 7:54 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Who Wears A Vest?
Replies: 33
Views: 2682

Re: Who Wears A Vest?

I wear a vest when fly fishing but carry a creel when spin fishing. Old habits die hard.
by Dave B.
Tue Apr 02, 2019 12:21 am
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Anyone Hit A No Kill Stretch This Weekend?
Replies: 20
Views: 2275

Re: Anyone Hit A No Kill Stretch This Weekend?

Flatbrook C&R was stocked last Thu, some mighty nice fish in the mix too.
by Dave B.
Sat Mar 23, 2019 1:05 am
Forum: Conservation Issues, Groups and Projects
Topic: TU's Lopatcong Creek restoration project
Replies: 12
Views: 2145

Re: TU's Lopatcong Creek restoration project

Definitely looking forward to seeing the finished product! One of the finest wild brown pops in NJ is about to get better!
by Dave B.
Sun Mar 10, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Spruce Run Creek stocking:
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Re: Spruce Run Creek stocking:

Spruce Run Creek has always been cyclical regarding the wild browns there. You are quite right that the upper areas have pretty much always held decent numbers of brookies, however until somewhat recently (within the past 10 years or so I believe) the majority of the water up there was strictly priv...
by Dave B.
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: New Jersey Trout Fishing
Topic: Spruce Run Creek stocking:
Replies: 11
Views: 1663

Re: Spruce Run Creek stocking:

Spruce Run Creek should not be stocked at all, it produces wild trout. Not in sufficient numbers to support a fishery. If it did or could it would have been removed from the stocking program long ago and added to the WTS list. Mulhockaway used to support a far greater wild brown population than Spr...
by Dave B.
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Conservation Issues, Groups and Projects
Topic: Fisheries Forum @ Batsto
Replies: 6
Views: 962

Re: Fisheries Forum @ Batsto

Unfortunately I won't be able to make the S. J. Forum this year. I did however make it to the North Jersey Forum back in Jan. so I was able to get caught up on things. The presentations will be as always quite interesting and informative. It was good to see you as always. You had to have that day's...