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FISHING LOGS: New Jersey & Delaware Bay
Freshwater

FRESH STOCKED TROUT

Posted By J. B. Kasper, October 23, 2017
 Sweetwater fishing has been a mix of hot and cold fishing. Some lakes and ponds have started to turn over and are taking on a more fall mode. Water temps in the rivers and streams have dropped down into the low 60s which is putting the smallmouth on the feed as we wrap up the month of October. Simply put livelining or jigging minnows is out producing artificials by a big margin in most waters. Largemouth bass action remains hit or miss with some lakes and ponds serving up good fishing while others have yet to see the bass go on the fall feed, especially in the lower range of our reporting area. Likewise crappie fishing is very good in some waters but slow in most waters with the better fishing being around dark. Pickerel once again is on the upswing in the Pine Barrens thanks to cooler October water temps and trout fishing is at the top of the list for many anglers with the lakes and ponds being recently stocked and some good conditions in the streams. As per usual trout catches have been sporadic, but look for some better fishing once the trout acclimate themselves to the water. Smallmouth fishing on the Delaware has been decent, especially on live bait, and panfish and catfishing remains very good through out our reporting area. Rounding out some good bets this week are northerns, walleye and carp in the waters where they are present.
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