Zach Merchant Fished Merrill Creek for a change of pace yesterday morning and had a pretty good day catching some nice lake trout trolling spoons!
The Round Valley Trout Association will be hosting it’s 4th Annual Steve Welgoss Memorial Trout Tournament at Round Valley on Saturday, May 16th from 5:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Entry for the tournament is $50 and can be paid in cash the morning of the tournament at the top of the cement boat ramp; and also includes food and drinks throughout the day. Along with the tournament this year there is also a donation basket raffle with an amazing prize pack for the winner, and best of all; all of the proceeds will be donated to The V Foundation For Cancer Research! Tickets can be purchased (1 for $2, 6 for $10, or 13 for $20) at Behre Bait & Tackle anytime between now and the drawing, or at the tournament booth the day of the tournament. The flyer for the raffle can be seen below for more information, as well as the list of what the lucky winner will walk away with!
Early Spring pike fishing at Spruce Run Reservoir is off to a great start…at least for Zach! This Northern Pike was caught fishing a shiner on bottom in five to ten feet of water. More info about Spruce Run fishing at their Facebook Page.
The southern NJ Freshwater Fisheries Forum will be this Saturday, February 21, at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County NJ at 10:00 a.m.
Topics will cover both warmwater and coldwater fisheries management. Presentations will highlight field sampling efforts including Lake Hopatcong Fisheries Inventory and Coolwater Species assessment (Muskellunge, Northern Pike, and Walleye) as well as a summary of ongoing management efforts.
For more information, including directions, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2015/fshforumsouth15.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.
Fished the Round Valley swimming area yesterday with Nick Honachefsky. We started our day off with a bang, getting our first flag within 15 minutes of getting set up, and I landed what ended up being my new personal best Pickerel! I will be writing up a short fishing report from my last few ice fishing trips either later tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned! – Zach Merchant