Raritan river 3/15-16/20

All about trout fishing in the great Garden State!
Post Reply
BillSmith
Posts: 113
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:32 pm

Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by BillSmith » Tue Mar 17, 2020 8:14 pm

The bug hatch was insane at Duke Island Park on the Raritan river. Heard they were stocking already, maybe that's what these are, fun nonetheless.
Attachments
IMG_2001.JPG
IMG_2001.JPG (140.58 KiB) Viewed 855 times
IMG_1998.JPG
IMG_1998.JPG (185.09 KiB) Viewed 855 times
IMG_2003.JPG
IMG_2003.JPG (173.12 KiB) Viewed 855 times

User avatar
cappy
Posts: 124
Joined: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:22 pm
Location: On the River

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by cappy » Wed Mar 18, 2020 7:08 am

Nice Trout, looks like a holdover from the Fall. What was hatching, Caddis?

BillSmith
Posts: 113
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:32 pm

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by BillSmith » Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:29 pm

Tiny bugs, like gnats, lots and lots of them.

Fishybig
Posts: 48
Joined: Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:43 am

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by Fishybig » Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:40 am

BillSmith wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:29 pm
Tiny bugs, like gnats, lots and lots of them.
I would assume various midges and other no seeums...they dont bite

User avatar
BiggerThomas
Posts: 168
Joined: Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:44 pm
Location: Wherever somebody's struggling to be free...look in their eyes--you'll see me.

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by BiggerThomas » Thu Mar 19, 2020 8:15 am

Decent girth on that jack. Nice job.
God have Mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of.

User avatar
coaltrout
Posts: 147
Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:47 pm

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by coaltrout » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:06 am

Fishybig wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:40 am
BillSmith wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:29 pm
Tiny bugs, like gnats, lots and lots of them.
I would assume various midges and other no seeums...they dont bite
i was covered in them Tuesday night, can agree looked like midges.

User avatar
cappy
Posts: 124
Joined: Sun Apr 29, 2018 12:22 pm
Location: On the River

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by cappy » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:19 am

coaltrout wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:06 am
Fishybig wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:40 am
BillSmith wrote:
Wed Mar 18, 2020 8:29 pm
Tiny bugs, like gnats, lots and lots of them.
I would assume various midges and other no seeums...they dont bite
i was covered in them Tuesday night, can agree looked like midges.
Nothing rising to them?

User avatar
coaltrout
Posts: 147
Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:47 pm

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by coaltrout » Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:44 am

cappy wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:19 am
coaltrout wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 9:06 am
Fishybig wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 6:40 am


I would assume various midges and other no seeums...they dont bite
i was covered in them Tuesday night, can agree looked like midges.
Nothing rising to them?
I hadnt noticed

User avatar
Twism86
Posts: 219
Joined: Tue Apr 17, 2018 5:31 pm
Location: Basking Ridge, NJ
Contact:

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by Twism86 » Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:40 am

Chunker!! I still ignore this stretch of river even though you always post good results....
"Stupidity is scary but genius can be frightening.
Genius built the atom bomb. Genius topples nations."

User avatar
coaltrout
Posts: 147
Joined: Fri Oct 12, 2018 2:47 pm

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by coaltrout » Thu Mar 19, 2020 1:24 pm

Twism86 wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 10:40 am
Chunker!! I still ignore this stretch of river even though you always post good results....
it will definitely pick up come spring. You will run into holdovers and also the spring stockies, but then also some smallmouth and any chance at the huge selection of species on the raritan.

but rn is also good too. SMB are already up and you could get to the holdovers before other anglers start to fish it.

Johnw
Posts: 63
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:52 am
Location: Red Bank NJ

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by Johnw » Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:17 pm

Anyone know why Spring stocking started about a week earlier than schedule? Just curious.

Fishybig
Posts: 48
Joined: Fri Dec 13, 2019 6:43 am

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by Fishybig » Thu Mar 19, 2020 7:36 pm

Johnw wrote:
Thu Mar 19, 2020 5:17 pm
Anyone know why Spring stocking started about a week earlier than schedule? Just curious.
It originally sounded pro active in case they get shut down, but it sounds like a head start since they are not allowed to have volunteer or outside help with said stockings...

Johnw
Posts: 63
Joined: Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:52 am
Location: Red Bank NJ

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by Johnw » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:41 am

I plan to help with stocking or had planned, we’ll see what happens.

BillSmith
Posts: 113
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:32 pm

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by BillSmith » Fri Mar 20, 2020 7:10 pm

Few more photos.
Attachments
IMG_2035.JPG
IMG_2035.JPG (125.33 KiB) Viewed 504 times
IMG_2009.JPG
IMG_2009.JPG (130.35 KiB) Viewed 504 times
IMG_2032.JPG
IMG_2032.JPG (174.79 KiB) Viewed 504 times

User avatar
BiggerThomas
Posts: 168
Joined: Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:44 pm
Location: Wherever somebody's struggling to be free...look in their eyes--you'll see me.

Re: Raritan river 3/15-16/20

Post by BiggerThomas » Sat Mar 21, 2020 11:05 am

Bill, I used to live at the southern end of Milltown Road in Bridgewater. I fished Jaycee Grove in Duke Island Park often as it was a stone's throw away. Those cliffs are a beautiful sight--thanks for the walk down memory lane.
God have Mercy on the man who doubts what he's sure of.

Post Reply