Every year the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife conducts a gill netting survey of Lake Trout at Round Valley Reservoir to monitor their health, population, reproduction rate and more. The 2011 survey was conducted last week and the gill nets “caught some [lake trout] in the 20-inch range, killed one of about 10 pounds” according to this article in the Daily Record.
This is a pretty poor showing compared to last year’s catch. Watch this video of the 2010 Round Valley Lake Trout gillnet survey to learn about the survey and see a 32lb laker caught and released in that year’s survey.
If you are looking to do some shoreline trout fishing at Round Valley from now till the ice moves in, you cannot beat the following technique. Now this may not be the most exciting or glamorous method of trout fishing, but it does catch Rainbows and Brown Trout.
marshmallows, mealworms and live shiners (in the bucket)
Use the tried and true All Purpose Round Valley Fishing Rig.
Live Shiner, Powerbait, Mealworms, Garden Worms, and Mini Marshmallows.
Fish any combination of baits above (except the shiners) on the bottom. Cast out, set your pole down and wait. Do not reel your line in just for the heck of it, chances are you’ll get snagged on something. leave it out there for a good 20-30minutes before reeling in and checking your bait. Some people like to use a strike indicator like a bell during the day or little glowstick at night. I hope you brought a chair and thermos of soup.
Rod resting in holder, awaiting some action.
The trout are cruising the shallows looking for a river to spawn so they tend to be in very shallow water. I like to fish a live shiner hooked through the dorsal fin under a bobber. It does not have to be a slip bobber for this time of year because the fish are shallow. I set my hook about 3 feet below the bobber and cast out so i’m in 10 to 15 feet of water and that’s just fine. Wait for the bobber to go completely under, reel in your slack line and while counting 3 or 5 seconds. Is the bobber still under? If yes, set the hook. If it came up, just wait.It’s not uncommon for the trout to come back around and take it again.
That’s it. Have fun out there. Stay warm!