Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

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Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by Rusty Spinner » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:08 pm

And they are..........starting 4/1 (Wednesday), trout stocked waters will be open on a C&R basis only until 4/11 which is to be the normal opener. Also, the Division will suspend in-season stocking day closures. Rivers will still be stocked, but randomly and not, for example, only on Fridays for the Musky (Tuesday for the SBR, etc.). This will help keep truck chasers and the 5pm crew on stocking days from crowding the rivers and parking lots.

Shannon's remains open on a limited basis, just call to set up a purchase if you need anything. I'm headed there shortly for some much needed supplies myself in a few. But the shop is practicing proper CDC and NJ recommendations and is not open as it normally would be. Now more than ever is the time to support your local fly shops! They can ship or you can pickup curbside.
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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by cappy » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:23 pm

Thank you for the update - Stay well.

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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by BillSmith » Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:37 pm

Wow, thanks for the info.
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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by Fishybig » Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:25 pm

BillSmith wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:37 pm
Wow, thanks for the info.
Isn't covid green? That looks like the h1n1 pattern :mrgreen:

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Post by Rusty Spinner » Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:11 am

Fishybig wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 5:25 pm
BillSmith wrote:
Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:37 pm
Wow, thanks for the info.
Isn't covid green? That looks like the h1n1 pattern :mrgreen:
No, it is red. What you have been seeing is an Iphone emoji that looks like a virus and that is green. Everyone is using that emoji suddenly.
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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by Pete » Tue Mar 31, 2020 11:39 am

Are they going to announce it?
It's not going to do much good if the general apathetic public, still thinks there's going to be a traditional opener on 4/11.

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Post by Jaybird » Tue Mar 31, 2020 2:22 pm

Official

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Post by Johnw » Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:06 pm

Don’t see anything on the F+W website yet.

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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by Pete » Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:20 pm

Johnw wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 3:06 pm
Don’t see anything on the F+W website yet.
That's why I asked.
Their Facebook page is still talking about bats.

BTW: It's occurred to me that they may be waiting to announce until after the 1st, so they don't inadvertently create a new "opening day".

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Post by Twism86 » Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:39 pm

Hopefully they make it official soon, I want to try the Passaic near me (if they stocked it already).
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Post by Johnw » Tue Mar 31, 2020 7:50 pm

I plan to go out tomorrow and don’t want to explain to the law why I’m fishing where I am. April Fools Day also crossed my mind.

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Post by coaltrout » Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:59 pm

Twism86 wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:39 pm
Hopefully they make it official soon, I want to try the Passaic near me (if they stocked it already).
The best way to get trout in the passaic is to cast a large copper spinnerbait, the next step is to take the pike you catch and have them barf up the trout :o :mrgreen:

Jk lol, Ive never fished for stocked trout in the passaic river, but i hear they really do stack up around the bridges.

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Post by Twism86 » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:36 am

coaltrout wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:59 pm
Twism86 wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:39 pm
Hopefully they make it official soon, I want to try the Passaic near me (if they stocked it already).
The best way to get trout in the passaic is to cast a large copper spinnerbait, the next step is to take the pike you catch and have them barf up the trout :o :mrgreen:

Jk lol, Ive never fished for stocked trout in the passaic river, but i hear they really do stack up around the bridges.
I have only fished the Passaic in its headwaters, never the stocked sections either. I live 2 mins from a few stocking points so why not give it a shot. I dont think the Pike are up this way, unfortunately....
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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by Rusty Spinner » Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:40 am

The Governor announced this change yesterday for those that don't believe it or are awaiting formal word. I was posting the Shannon's private waters along Vernoy Road yesterday when the CO pulled up to make sure I knew about the changes and that he was driving the length of the river to let anglers know (this was yesterday) that today is open waters on all stocked streams, C&R only until 4/11, and then regular spring season after that.
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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by cappy » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:13 am

Rusty Spinner wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:40 am
The Governor announced this change yesterday for those that don't believe it or are awaiting formal word. I was posting the Shannon's private waters along Vernoy Road yesterday when the CO pulled up to make sure I knew about the changes and that he was driving the length of the river to let anglers know (this was yesterday) that today is open waters on all stocked streams, C&R only until 4/11, and then regular spring season after that.
Thank you, appreciate the update.

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Post by coaltrout » Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:55 am

Twism86 wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:36 am
coaltrout wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:59 pm
Twism86 wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 5:39 pm
Hopefully they make it official soon, I want to try the Passaic near me (if they stocked it already).
The best way to get trout in the passaic is to cast a large copper spinnerbait, the next step is to take the pike you catch and have them barf up the trout :o :mrgreen:

Jk lol, Ive never fished for stocked trout in the passaic river, but i hear they really do stack up around the bridges.
I have only fished the Passaic in its headwaters, never the stocked sections either. I live 2 mins from a few stocking points so why not give it a shot. I dont think the Pike are up this way, unfortunately....
dont be surprised with how far up they go up :shock:

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Post by BiggerThomas » Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:04 am

coaltrout wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 9:55 am
Twism86 wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:36 am
coaltrout wrote:
Tue Mar 31, 2020 9:59 pm


The best way to get trout in the passaic is to cast a large copper spinnerbait, the next step is to take the pike you catch and have them barf up the trout :o :mrgreen:

Jk lol, Ive never fished for stocked trout in the passaic river, but i hear they really do stack up around the bridges.
I have only fished the Passaic in its headwaters, never the stocked sections either. I live 2 mins from a few stocking points so why not give it a shot. I dont think the Pike are up this way, unfortunately....
dont be surprised with how far up they go up :shock:
And in that case, don't forget your chainmail mesh waders!
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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by garden hackle » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:41 pm

BiggerThomas wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:04 am
And in that case, don't forget your chainmail mesh waders!
Fishing with chain mail mesh waders is like cheating

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Post by coaltrout » Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:51 pm

garden hackle wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 3:41 pm
BiggerThomas wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 10:04 am
And in that case, don't forget your chainmail mesh waders!
Fishing with chain mail mesh waders is like cheating
b'WHAHAH im LMAO both of you :mrgreen: :lol:

to add a serious point tho; wading passaic can get really dangerous with the mud bottom. But i know of two nice stretches to wade fish (which are hella short but it works)

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Re: Changes to NJ trout season about to be announced

Post by Fishybig » Thu Apr 02, 2020 7:48 am

Rusty Spinner wrote:
Wed Apr 01, 2020 8:40 am
The Governor announced this change yesterday for those that don't believe it or are awaiting formal word. I was posting the Shannon's private waters along Vernoy Road yesterday when the CO pulled up to make sure I knew about the changes and that he was driving the length of the river to let anglers know (this was yesterday) that today is open waters on all stocked streams, C&R only until 4/11, and then regular spring season after that.
Saw a decent amount of guys out yesterday on my after work trip....caught four cookies while bass fishing...sadly no bass, but I'll be back!!

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