The calendar says it’s fall; the heat and humidity say it’s time to fish. Water temperatures rose in trout streams in recent weeks, slowed the salmon run in Lakes Erie and Ontario, where Garden staters go for chinook and coho salmon.
New Jersey streams are low and clear because of lack of rain, and anglers are hoping for plenty of precipitation in time for fall trout stocking next month. Rainbows are hitting at night at Round Valley Reservoir. Smallmouth fishing was good in the Delaware, Raritan and Passaic rivers and Merrill Creek Reservoir; largemouths, walleyes and catfish are actively biting in the state lakes. Hybrid striped bass fishing was hit and miss, and pickerel and crappies are biting.
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