Upper Wanaque

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Upper Wanaque

Post by Cornbread » Sun Jun 10, 2018 3:55 pm

Hi all - I'm new here, to NJ and relatively new to fly fishing. I went out to the upper Wanaque river Thursday last week and ended up with only some chub fish for the evening. Didn't see anything or anyone else but it definitely looked very trouty (in my noob opinion). Anyone know if that section is stocked? There were stocking signs posted but they looked a few years old. Seems like it would hold wild trout too but didn't see it on the WTS list. Anyways like a really nice stream that doesn't get a lot of pressure and was wondering if anyone had anymore information on it.

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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by Razorbacker » Mon Jun 11, 2018 6:33 pm

Welcome to NJ! The Upper Wanaque is on the stocking allocation list for 2018.

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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by Rusty Spinner » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:22 am

Although I grew up nearby in West Milford, I never fished that river. But I seem to recall many threads over the years here and on the old NJTrout about poaching being an issue on that river and low fish counts as a result after stocking season ended each year. Perhaps others with more experience can weigh in.
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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by Castaline » Wed Jun 13, 2018 9:10 am

I have fished it less and less over the years. It get super warm with top flow from Greenwood Lake. Never really seems to hold fish much into the season. Looks better than it is unfortunately.

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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by martalus » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:01 am

I remember seeing an article from one of the magazines put out by NJ Fish and wildlife from about 10-15 years ago-there was a picture of a wild 19-22 inch wild brown trout.

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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by Jerzguy21 » Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:00 pm

That brown was not from the upper Wanaque. If it's the picture I'm thinking of, it came from the section we fished on the NJTrout "Bou" day outing.

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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by troutfishing4life » Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:36 am

martalus wrote:
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:01 am
I remember seeing an article from one of the magazines put out by NJ Fish and wildlife from about 10-15 years ago-there was a picture of a wild 19-22 inch wild brown trout.
I remember that they did say it was from the Wanaque river

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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by gman » Thu May 07, 2020 2:35 pm

largest wild brown I ever caught came from upper wanaque, 18 inch hefty brown.

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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by Troutman » Thu May 07, 2020 2:56 pm

Upper wanaque has some nice stretches' But your gonna have to work it to get to it. full of boulders, vegetation and down a steep hill. get your hiking gear on :lol:
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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by BiggerThomas » Sat May 09, 2020 5:37 pm

Troutman wrote:
Thu May 07, 2020 2:56 pm
Upper wanaque has some nice stretches' But your gonna have to work it to get to it. full of boulders, vegetation and down a steep hill. get your hiking gear on :lol:
Got that right. "Wanaque" is a Lenape word meaning "place full of sassafras."
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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by Troutman » Sat May 09, 2020 9:05 pm

BiggerThomas wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 5:37 pm
Got that right. "Wanaque" is a Lenape word meaning "place full of sassafras."
:lol: :lol:
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Re: Upper Wanaque

Post by BiggerThomas » Sun May 10, 2020 9:13 am

Troutman wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 9:05 pm
BiggerThomas wrote:
Sat May 09, 2020 5:37 pm
Got that right. "Wanaque" is a Lenape word meaning "place full of sassafras."
:lol: :lol:
Funny but true! Plus, if you crush their bark or leaves in your hands, it smells like Fruit Loops cereal. Not sure how well it goes with milk tho... :?
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