NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to Euthanize 90,000 More Brook Trout

Despite the efforts by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife to control Furunculosis at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, the last remaining raceway of brook trout reared for stocking this spring tested positive for the bacterium which causes the disease. These 90,000 brook trout were scheduled to be distributed throughout the state over the two remaining weeks of the modified 2014 Spring Trout Season. Despite their recent treatment with antibiotics, the fish must now be euthanized as per the state’s fish health policy.

Of the three species of trout affected by the disease, brook trout proved to be the most difficult to treat. The loss of these brook trout will result in the cancellation of the remaining scheduled stockings on 64 warmwater lakes and ponds.

It is important for anglers to note that additional trout were stocked earlier in the season (during the pre-season and in-season week 1) and all but six of these waters have received more trout in 2014 compared to 2013. Plenty of trout are still available for anglers to target in these waters.

The Division will still be stocking 44,000 rainbow trout over this week and next. Anglers are strongly urged to visit the Division’s website at http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo_spring14.htm for the most up to date stocking information.


April RVTA Tournament Results

  • 56 participants
  • 108 fish were weighed in
  • Round Valley Reservoir - April 2014

    Rainbow Trout / Brown Trout Division

    • 1st Ron Degraff 26″ 7.2lb Rainbow
    • 2nd Roger Drew 25″ 6.48lb Rainbow
    • 3rd John Yenshaw 23.5″ 5.26lb. Rainbow

    Lake Trout Division

    • 1st Rocco Catania 21.75″ 3.82lb
    • 2nd Mike Kalinchock 21.75″ 3.66lb
    • 3rd Ron Degraff 21.5″ 3.24lb

    Junior Division
    1st Joe zjawiony jr. with a 20 7/8in. 2.74lb laker.

    Winners will be awarded at the RVTA meeting on Thursday 17 April 2014. Visit the RVTA website for more info.


    RVTA Trout Fishing Tournament This Sunday

    2013 Fishing Tournament Photo
    Round Valley Reservoir
    Hunterdon County, NJ
    Sunday 13 April 2014
    6:00am – 3:00pm

    You may register the morning of this and all RVTA fishing contests at the top of the concrete boat ramp. A table will be set up and manned by RVTA members. This is also where you go to weigh and measure your entries. Give yourself enough time to get your fish weighed and measured, don’t be that guy running like a maniac at 2:59pm.

    Entry fee for adult members is $20.00 per tournament for members and $25.00 for non-members. You can sign up to become a member at the same time though, so really there’s little reason to NOT become a member ;)

    This trout fishing tournament is run by Round Valley Trout Association.
    Please visit their page if you have any specific questions about tournament rules and regulations. You can also see this tournament info on our Facebook events page.


    Pink Fishing-Boat Raises Breast Cancer Awareness

    BlackFly Lodge introduces a new pink skiff to raise awareness for CfR’s national fly fishing retreats for women with breast cancer

    Casting For Recovery

    Casting For Recovery provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by Breast Cancer to gather in a natural setting and learn the sport of fly fishing.

    Manchester, VT – 31 March 2014, Casting for Recovery, a non-profit organization offering support and educational retreats for women with breast cancer is excited to be honored by BlackFly Lodge, a Bahamas based fly fishing operation that commissioned a pink skiff to raise awareness of breast cancer and Casting for Recovery (CfR). This new boat will be used for guided fly fishing trips in the Bahamas and will feature the Casting for Recovery logo. This is the fifth boat that has a theme at BlackFly Lodge and it will be used for general guided trips as well as special trips hosted by fly fishing professionals.

    Clint Kemp, managing partner of BlackFly Lodge, called on East Cape Skiffs to build the custom boat as a tribute to his aunt, Rochelle McCabe, who has just completed her breast cancer treatments in Orlando. The boat will serve as a constant reminder of the struggle endured by many and a source of hope that one day a cure for breast cancer will be discovered. BlackFly Lodge also donated a fishing trip that will be auctioned at CfR’s annual Cast One for Hope national fundraiser in Montana in October.

    “There are so many great organizations doing amazing work with breast cancer and it is our privilege to partner with Casting for Recovery,” says Clint Kemp managing partner of BlackFlyLodge. “We hope that the pink skiff will bring greater awareness to the work and mission of CfR and every name that is signed under her hatches will be a testimony to love and hope.”

    “We are honored to be part of the creation of this boat and the journey it is about to embark on,” says Casting for Recovery executive director Whitney Milhoan. “This stunning boat will be a great reminder that so many people are touched by breast cancer and we are excited to follow it, chronicle its journeys and see how many lives it touches. Here at CfR we strive to create awareness and spread the love of fly fishing and that is exactly what this boat will do in the Bahamas and beyond.”

    For more information on Casting for Recovery or to donate please visit: http://www.CastingforRecovery.org or contact Holly Calloway at Holly.Calloway@castingforrecovery.org

    Casting for Recovery® (CfR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1996 by two women — a breast reconstructive surgeon and a professional fly fisher. CfR’s unique program combines breast cancer education and peer support with the therapeutic sport of fly fishing. The retreats offer opportunities for women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life and experience healing connections with other women and nature. CfR’s retreats are open to breast cancer survivors of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery, and are free to participants.
    CastingforRecovery.org | www.facebook.com/castingforrecovery


    Round Valley Fishing Report – April 1, 2014

    This past Tuesday, April 1, I was finally able to get out and fish from a boat on Round Valley for the first time in a few months, thanks to Mike Kalinchock from the Round Valley Trout Association (Thanks again Mike!).  We were mainly targeting Lake Trout by wire lining with Chartreuse and Perch pattern spoons.  Though we were also trolling two rods with small jointed Rapalas behind one color of lead-core off of planer boards, hoping to get into some of the big trophy Trout the RVTA stocked this past weekend.

    Me with one of the Rainbow Trout I stocked at the RVTA Trophy Trout stocking this past Sunday (March 30).

    Me with one of the Rainbow Trout I stocked at the RVTA Trophy Trout stocking this past Sunday (March 30).  Some true giants were put in this year, a few of which were almost 10-lbs!

    Going into this trip I had never fished with wire line before, but Mike definitely knows what he’s doing and was able to show me the ropes for the day.  I can’t honestly say I was used to letting 100+ yards of line out by hand, but once I got into the rhythm of things it wasn’t bad at all.  We started out trolling on the South side of the reservoir between 70-90 feet of water for some Lakers, and soon enough we were into some fish that were taking our spoons off of the wireline rods.  On our first pass down the South side we picked up I believe two fish and missed a few more.  Then, on our second or third pass though the area, we finally got a solid hit on one of the planer boards which were set up to target some Rainbow and Brown Trout.  Mike quickly grabbed the rod and started reeling, and shortly after said he thought it was a tagged fish.  About half way through the fight, we thought it shook the hook, but luckily we were wrong and ended up landing a 24.5-inch, 5-lb Rainbow Trout.  Not only was Mike right about it being a tagged fish, but it also happened to be RVTA tag #553, last year’s RVTA money fish!

    RVTA Trophy Rainbow

    Mike K. with his 24.5-inch, 5-lb Rainbow Trout (Tag #553) caught trolling a silver jointed Rapala behind one color of lead-core.

    After landing that fish, we made another pass or two down the South side of the reservoir without too many more strikes, so we decided to head up to the North side to see if we could do any better there. We only made one pass on the North side before calling it a day, but the Lakers were stacked pretty thick all over the bottom there in 70-80 feet of water, and we landed another one and missed a few more. Also, not to mention we passed over a ton of bait on the North side, the most I’ve ever seen on a fish finder at Round Valley.

    Round Valley baitfish

    Now that’s a lot of bait!

    Then, right as we were just getting to the North tower, we got another hit on a planer board, and I landed a 16-inch Rainbow that took a small silver jointed Rapala fished behind one color of lead-core, just like Mike’s tagged Rainbow. Definitely was a nice change to get out and fish the Valley from a boat rather than shore fishing for once, and overall I was happy with the results. Between the three of us, we landed two Rainbows up to 5-lbs, four Lake Trout up to 3.2-lbs, and lost probably close to another 10 fish on the way up.

    Round Valley Trout

    Our catch for the day between the three of us. Two Rainbow Trout and four Lake Trout.

    Not to mention Mike taught me a ton about not only wire lining, but trolling Round Valley in general. While I’m by no means an expert on trolling, I’ll be putting together a how-to trolling article in the near future with what I do know about that method of fishing. Until then, I hope everyone’s getting out and enjoying the spring weather now that it’s finally here, and tight lines!