Natirar smallmouth fishing

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Bob J
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Natirar smallmouth fishing

Post by Bob J » Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:42 pm

Fished this spot on the north branch Sunday looking for some smallies. Got a few little guys and a bigger one further downstream. Expected more action but the water was pretty shallow. Great flows and clarity though. Fish caught on a tan clouser.

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Re: Natirar smallmouth fishing

Post by Rusty Spinner » Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:23 am

Bob J wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:42 pm
Fished this spot on the north branch Sunday looking for some smallies. Got a few little guys and a bigger one further downstream. Expected more action but the water was pretty shallow. Great flows and clarity though. Fish caught on a tan clouser.
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 it never went anywhere due to lack of funding.
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Re: Natirar smallmouth fishing

Post by rollcast » Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:11 pm

Rusty Spinner wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:23 am
Bob J wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:42 pm
Fished this spot on the north branch Sunday looking for some smallies. Got a few little guys and a bigger one further downstream. Expected more action but the water was pretty shallow. Great flows and clarity though. Fish caught on a tan clouser.
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 it never went anywhere due to lack of funding.
NB Raritan is fun warm water stream. Caught lots of smallies, rock bass, pickerel, chubs, cats, whathaveyou, but trout only in the spring after they were stocked. Still a viable fishery, though. It was my learning stream as I transitioned from lures to fly fishing. Since then, I never looked back.

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Re: Natirar smallmouth fishing

Post by Rusty Spinner » Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:54 am

rollcast wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:11 pm
Rusty Spinner wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:23 am
Bob J wrote:
Mon Jul 15, 2019 7:42 pm
Fished this spot on the north branch Sunday looking for some smallies. Got a few little guys and a bigger one further downstream. Expected more action but the water was pretty shallow. Great flows and clarity though. Fish caught on a tan clouser.
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 it never went anywhere due to lack of funding.
NB Raritan is fun warm water stream. Caught lots of smallies, rock bass, pickerel, chubs, cats, whathaveyou, but trout only in the spring after they were stocked. Still a viable fishery, though. It was my learning stream as I transitioned from lures to fly fishing. Since then, I never looked back.
For those that don't know it well, he is talking about the North Branch Raritan below the Ravine Lake Club's dam. Above that lake the river is a wild trout fishery. Below it is just a warmwater fishery because of that dam.
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Re: Natirar smallmouth fishing

Post by Dave B. » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:59 pm

Rusty Spinner wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:54 am
rollcast wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:11 pm
Rusty Spinner wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 9:23 am


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 it never went anywhere due to lack of funding.
NB Raritan is fun warm water stream. Caught lots of smallies, rock bass, pickerel, chubs, cats, whathaveyou, but trout only in the spring after they were stocked. Still a viable fishery, though. It was my learning stream as I transitioned from lures to fly fishing. Since then, I never looked back.
For those that don't know it well, he is talking about the North Branch Raritan below the Ravine Lake Club's dam. Above that lake the river is a wild trout fishery. Below it is just a warmwater fishery because of that dam.
Sounds to me like another dam in desperate need of removal! ;)

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Re: Natirar smallmouth fishing

Post by Rusty Spinner » Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:56 am

Dave B. wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:59 pm
Rusty Spinner wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:54 am
rollcast wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 7:11 pm


NB Raritan is fun warm water stream. Caught lots of smallies, rock bass, pickerel, chubs, cats, whathaveyou, but trout only in the spring after they were stocked. Still a viable fishery, though. It was my learning stream as I transitioned from lures to fly fishing. Since then, I never looked back.
For those that don't know it well, he is talking about the North Branch Raritan below the Ravine Lake Club's dam. Above that lake the river is a wild trout fishery. Below it is just a warmwater fishery because of that dam.
Sounds to me like another dam in desperate need of removal! ;)
Yes, but it will NEVER happen. It is the club lake and the club is made up of millionaires and billionaires. That little gem of a clubhouse they have on the lake complete with nesting bald eagles and a swimming area and large fishing and boating lake is the playground of the rich and famous of the blue blood fame in the area. As massive as their dam is, repairs will never bankrupt them and force removal one day.
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Re: Natirar smallmouth fishing

Post by coaltrout » Tue Aug 27, 2019 2:22 pm

I go there sometimes. Ive seen trout in there just last month, probably not worth the effort to target them with the nice smb population to target instead.

TOo bad the ravine lake dam spillway is private property too. I bet there's some nice fish there.

I like to fish the other parts of the upper north branch too (below ravine lake) like around far hills. I havent noticed any stretch is better than any other.

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