View Full Version : Where are you going opening day?
03-26-2005, 06:06 PM
Ok, 2 weeks left for trout, where ya going? HERE (http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/trt_allocation05_dates.htm) is the NJ stocking schedule.
OVER THE RAIL
03-26-2005, 07:15 PM
The Little Darby in Villanova. Sunday morning. It's funny. I always run into same groups of guys I've known since childhood. Everybody's bringing their kids now. We talk for a few minutes. Then, I don't see them again until next year. State doesn't put many fish in there, but clubs do a nice job. It's more of a nature walk for me, anymore.
03-26-2005, 09:03 PM
anyone have a pa stocking schedule? and is opening day the 16th in april? ohh and i will be in the wissahikon
03-26-2005, 09:54 PM
spring lake,they are putting on a trout derby and i'm taking my kids
Royal Trout #1
03-26-2005, 10:16 PM
Lastchance V----- Opening day in Pa. is April 16, 8:00 AM. Stocking info is available at www.fish.state.pa.us (http://www.fish.state.pa.us)
We are heading north, up to Wayne Co. hitting the West branch of the Wallenpaupack first. There are some large browns from the lake that travel up the West branch to spawn when the water is high then the water goes down and they stick around. Then after lunch, south into Monroe Co. where we can have a lazy afternoon on Barneys pond where it is Federally stocked (some 5lb. rainbows). You will need a special lic. to fish it but they are avail on base. Barneys is right in the middle of Tobyhanna Military Base, so if you go in remember No Guns, they will search you at the gate. And parking is about a mile from the pond. So drop the kids & gear off at the pond then go park.
Royal Trout #1
03-26-2005, 10:23 PM
South Branch of The Raritan. Same place I've gone for 25 years. Some years we catch, some years it's slow. About ten of us build a fire and cook breakfast, lunch and dinner while working "the hole".
03-27-2005, 01:40 PM
Darby creek, not sure which stretch of stream yet. got some scouting to do a few days before opening day. Always catch a bunch of trout, but after the first 2 hours or so, it dies off, because all the trout have been caught. Its very heavily pressured.
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03-27-2005, 02:03 PM
Striper fishing on the Big "D" BABY!!!!
03-29-2005, 08:14 PM
Swedesboro Lake, I will probably be in a kayak. Guys I fish with cook in their yard all day & night its always a good day.
03-30-2005, 10:51 AM
pennypack park, sometime after opening day
03-30-2005, 01:50 PM
Valley Creek, then maybe over to the FFO stretch of Ridley Creek.
Fly Ty R
03-30-2005, 04:58 PM
Anybody know the reason why opening day isn't the same for every state? What ever happened to the traditional April 1 being opening day, like NY has?
03-30-2005, 06:39 PM
I go to the East Branch of the Octarero in southern Lancaster county in the morning then to Valley Creek in the afternoon. Been doing the same routine for about 15 years now. Can't wait for the 16th.
03-30-2005, 08:01 PM
I think i am going to the Neshaminy Creek.
04-01-2005, 12:51 AM
Whats the best, closest place to Cherry Hill? Thanks...
04-01-2005, 12:52 AM
Whats the best, closest place to Cherry Hill? Thanks...
04-01-2005, 09:44 PM
haddon lake,stay by the dam.
04-04-2005, 12:20 AM
Muddy Creek forks for this guy. I always do pretty good there. Only problem, 1 million anglers. A lot of stren 25 lb orange line on zebco push buttons!! Usually, I don't go out the first day.
When all the corn dunkers are done, I usually do pretty good with my 3 wt.
04-06-2005, 04:56 AM
Pennypack every yr opening day, can't miss it
just something about being there with mostly the same guys every yr
OK so you get the group of 10-15 young punks who start grief, until wardens kick them out, aahhhh
nothing like having a 15 yr old kid next to ya offering you a can of beer.LOL
04-06-2005, 11:51 AM
I'll be at a small pond in westville. My kid's has opening day baseball(parade) all that good stuff. I'll only have about 40 mins so this lake is ideal and I can practically cast across it.
04-06-2005, 08:39 PM
njv bass,that's my back up lake,i've done real well there in previous years and it's 5 minutes from home.good luck!
04-07-2005, 08:34 PM
spring lake is off,westville or haddon now.
04-08-2005, 09:19 AM
Lambertville canal has been my opening day spot for the past 25 years - cause of the flooding tho I think I will have to break with tradition and fish one of the stocked lakes.
04-09-2005, 01:08 AM
yo kev316 can you still fish in haddon lake or is it unfishable cause of flooding? thx
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04-09-2005, 05:14 PM
you can fish it,i did this morning but was just picking them off.we didn't hammer them like usual.we got 7 and left at 11.they're biting,though.
04-09-2005, 06:29 PM
was today opening day in jersey?
If that was the case, did anybody do any good?
04-09-2005, 07:00 PM
I went down to haddon lake today with my girlfriend, walked around the park right before 8am stayed till 8:45 didn't see to many fish being caught. I usually don't get a NJ trout stamp was tempted seeing you guys fish. Have to wait until next saturday to get my first trout in PA. Do they stock that lake heavy? I saw they put in 450 preseason.
04-09-2005, 07:29 PM
I went to a small pond that was stocked. Was there for 30 minutes before leaving and going bass fishing. The few fish I saw were mostly throwbacks. I thought the average size was supposed to be 11"? These were 6 at best. Maybe the big ones were smart and got spooked by all the bobbers. :D I had to cast my spinner between 400 boober lines.
04-09-2005, 10:11 PM
Hey BatRat I agree I didn't see but on person throwing spinners at Haddon lake, and he was maybe 12. Gave him one of my blue fox before leaving.
04-09-2005, 10:45 PM
we got a few on spinners but did better on powerbait.average size varies greatly.the one breeder i saw was 16 inches but fat.other years they were over 20.the kid you saw throwing spinners might have been mine.we were by the baseball field.sometimes you kill them,sometimes not.
fished lake hopatcong opening day. trolled up four small trout on silver pheobes.all were knee deep club browns in shallows.not one state stocked fish.also one 13 inch crappie.ekim
04-10-2005, 06:50 PM
did anyone try any flies or no?
04-11-2005, 04:10 PM
no,but i will today.
04-11-2005, 09:39 PM
yo kev howd you do?
04-12-2005, 11:38 PM
11 trout,some on flies,some not.i had my 8 yr old and couldn't mess around much.black wooly bugger,size 8,slow strips.my boy got a few trout and 2 bass,one about 2lbs,the other about 4lbs.good fish for a little guy.all the trout were small,though.
i did spruce run opening day...only 2 11 inch brookies, i used a spinner. noone was having luck on worms. only guy actually catching something had 3 bows, one nice one, on powerbait....i hate when people say powerbait though considering theres alot of different power bait, is it salmon eggs?
04-13-2005, 08:34 PM
ok thanks for the reports guys..ill probobally be out within at least a week and does the color of pwerbait matter and if so what color? and should i use a certain type? thanks!!!!
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04-13-2005, 09:30 PM
color matters,trout preference changes.rainbow,yellow and spring green are usually good,but sometimes they like off the wall colors like lime twist or pink lemonade.i always use the paste type,just my preference.
eric, when they say powerbait it's probably paste or nuggets.
striperhyper,where are you from?where are you going?
04-14-2005, 12:14 PM
No Where. I'll be waiting for all the googans to filter out before I go anywhere near a trout stream.
04-14-2005, 12:17 PM
Fished Hadon Lake this week only 1 rainbow about 8" and a 16" L.M. Bass. Will be going up to the Little lehigh for Pa. Can get some big ones in the delay harvest area on flies only. I Use my special meal worm pattern works every time.
04-14-2005, 05:04 PM
Kev....I live near cherry hill...town calld berlin....Probobally will be going to haddon lake...
04-14-2005, 11:23 PM
let me know when you're going,i live about 2 minutes from there in mt. ephraim.maybe i'll meet up with you.if not stay by the dam.that's probably the most consistent spot.
04-14-2005, 11:27 PM
ps,went to haddon from 6 to 8pm.caught 3 trout,3 lmb,2 yellow perch,1 white perch,and some crappies.walked the lake with a roostertail.
04-15-2005, 11:24 PM
yo kev lol....how old are you? im j/w cause im only 13...and know of any places to fish for anything in the Pine Barrens? thx
04-16-2005, 08:37 PM
can someone please help me with some places to fish in the Pine Barrens....Going tommorrow! thx
04-16-2005, 08:48 PM
i'm 33.you could try where atsion lake drains under 206.lotta pickerel.
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