note* NONE OF THESE FISH ARE STOCKED IN ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR
The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has announced that the start of fall stocking of trout has been postponed from Oct. 5 to the following Tuesday, October 12.
This change is necessary due to high stream temperatures which are currently still 14 to 18 degrees warmer than the 52 degree hatchery water. Biologists have decided it would be too risky to proceed with next week’s stocking even factoring in the rain and cooler weather predicted for the coming days.
The first ever NJ WILD Outdoor Expo will be held this weekend, September 25 and 26, at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in Upper Freehold, Monmouth County, NJ just off Rt. I-195. Parking and entrance to the event are free.
The Expo will highlight a host of outdoors adventures such as fishing, hiking, kayaking, camping and hunting that are available in New Jersey’s forests, parks and wildlife management areas. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities geared to avid outdoorsmen and women, as well as to novices, throughout the weekend. An outdoors-supplies flea market and food vendors will also be on site.
Camping demonstrations will be held for families looking to get outdoors together. An “Orienteering Treasure Hunt” will test participants’ compass skills. Archery and shooting ranges will be operating. And there’s fun for the kids too, including an opportunity to meet and take photos with the wolves appearing in the new movie “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
The Expo will be held each day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. Some activities will be offered at a modest fee, and some events require pre-registration. For a listing of programs and directions to the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area, visit http://www.wildoutdoorexpo.com/
The Expo is sponsored by the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife and Division of Parks and Forestry, as well as the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. It is partly financed by a $10,000 grant from the Weatherby Foundation International.
You’ve probably heard me mention the best all purpose round valley fishing rig a few times already. Here are some pics and detailed information to give you a better understanding of the fishing rig I use trolling, anchored or drifting on Round Valley Reservoir to target rainbow trout, lake trout and smallmouth bass.
Start with the following tackle:
You can use circle hooks or regular hooks, whatever you desire. Although not pictured above, I try and use the Gamakatsu Octopus Circle Hooks to lessen the chance of gut hooking a fish. I like these particular hooks because they are light-weight or thin compared to other hooks I’ve seen. This allows my bait to be presented more naturally. Use a size 6 or 8 hook when targeting trout. A 4 or 6 when targeting Bass.
The barrel swivel serves as a connection for my main line to my fluorocarbon leader AND as a stop for my barrel or egg sinker (pictured below).
I use about 3 feet of 6lb test fluorocarbon leader which is attached to my hook. Fluorocarbon is much less visible than mono-filament and it does not stretch like mono.
Here is how the sinker / barrel swivel setup looks:
I use an improved clinch knot for all connections. I have used this fishing rig to drift the bottom for Lake Trout, troll for Rainbow Trout, drift for Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass, fish anchored for Rainbows and fish from the sandy shores for Spring stocked trout. On the hook you can use live Herring or Shiners hooked under the chin and out a nostril OR night crawlers OR mealworms with small marshmallows.
If you want to live-line a herring or shiner, simply remove the barrel sinker and barrel swivel and tie the leader right to your main line using a Seaguar knot or Double Uni-Knot.
According to sources the water level is down to 90% from full capacity at Round Valley Reservoir. I was there last week and sure enough it looks like the water line is down 10 to 15 feet depending on how good you are at judging those types of things! The picture above is the East shore of Ranger Cove area heading back out to the main lake.
How does low water effect the fishing? Not sure really. I caught a rainbow, laker, and smallmouth on this day. What I did notice is that some of my honey holes were VERY shallow, no surprise there.