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NJ Bear Creek Shades of Death Rd - Fishing

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Lat: -90.000000
Lng: 145.896057

Marker owner: dnorris

Average user rating for this marker: 2.67

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NJ Bear Creek Shades of Death Rd
Marker Description: Wild trout stream with applicable regulations of artificials only. This is a small mud bottom stream with steep embankments, slow flowing. Native brookies are all over and a lot of sunfish and a few large mouth bass (odd but I saw a few nice ones 12 to 14 inches.

This stream makes you feel like you are in upstate NY or in PA. Except for the the hum of Rte 80 it is real wild. It looks like there may be a drop off and a good run all the way to the Pequest River but there is a no trespassing an electric fence on the down river side of Route 80, which puts to Kabash on that run. This is a place to explore but best to go upstream into the area protected by the Nature Conservancy otherwise must try lower access from Alphano Road and the Pequest.

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Re: NJ Bear Creek Shades of Death Rd Posted by dbrown1712 Thu. July 28, 2016 08:26 pm
Hit it here this past Monday hoping the springs are keeping the water cooler here than other waters, which it is. I bushwhacked my way to the Rte 80 overpass and started there working back upstream. Twice sank up to my nuts in mud so thick I actually began to worry about not extracting myself! Gave up and walked back to S.O.D. Rd and up to the little hole where I had got the big brookie a few weeks ago.
Had one follow by a small brook, then caught 3 small, but most beautifully colored largemouths I've ever seen. It has to be the clean spring water there.. I thought for a second one of them was what we called down South a Kentucky bass. No pix... thanks to camera in the water incident.
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Re: NJ Bear Creek Shades of Death Rd Posted by dbrown1712 Fri. July 01, 2016 01:20 pm
Thanks to you Dave! I never would have ever consider fishing here without this site :). That brookie was a solid 12".
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Re: NJ Bear Creek Shades of Death Rd Posted by dnorris Fri. July 01, 2016 03:47 am
DB: That looks to be a real big brookie for that stretch! Nice!!!
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Re: NJ Bear Creek Shades of Death Rd Posted by dbrown1712 Fri. July 01, 2016 02:01 am
Attached photos awaiting approval.
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Re: NJ Bear Creek Shades of Death Rd Posted by dnorris Mon. October 31, 2011 05:33 pm
Fished above Shades of Death Road in the pond area above the bridge. Waded out through the swamp and fished the length of the pond like pool with little success. I had a few strikes on a size 14 pheasant tail flashback. Then I switched to a size 18 Heather and caught three little native brookies. Moved up further into the true stream and had no luck and headed back.
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Fished after heavy rain May 2011 Posted by Brownie Sat. May 21, 2011 06:58 pm
It has been raining heavy for the last few days and many local streams are muddy and overflowing their banks. So, I decided to check out Bear Creek after hearing so many great stories of brookies in every hole. So, when I got to the stream the water was really moving and high but really rather clear. Good sign I thought. Took a few casts off the bridge at the marker placement and had a nice trout on on the second cast, missed it. Walked around to the meadow above the bridge and caught a small eight inch brookie. The bottom of this stream is mud and I nearly sunk over my waders.

Decided to head downstream so I walked along the east bank through muck and caught a really nice twelve inch brookie but it got tangled in the briars and I was going to get some photos but the fish was so stressed I just let it go immediately. Caught that nice brookie on a yellow trout magnet. Headed down under Route 80 and was eaten alive by bugs slogging through the swamp and when I got to the other side of Route 80 I ran into an electric fence and no tresspassing signs from the Alabama Electric Company. Fishing wasn't that great so I decided not to trespass. I had hoped that I would drop out of the swamp on the way down to the Pequest and get some rock drops adn hardwoods on the way down. No doubt there are a lot of trout in the Bear Creek but this section is just briars, swamp, bugs and annoyance. Not a fan.

Probably the best way to go is to walk up into the Nature Conservation Area to fish because the stream is far from the road - but regardless you have to deal with the mud bottom bug infested annoyance - maybe late June is the time - worth checking again but it won't be me - hope someone else gives a report:)
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Re: Bear Creek Shades of Death Posted by dnorris Sat. September 25, 2010 03:01 am
Fished today and had real trouble with the briars and overgrown banks. There is no path and the stream is mucky with just sneaks. Need waders and a good rain. But beautiful brookies. See me pics yo!
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