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NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's - Fishing


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Lat: 40.677700
Lng: -75.167984


Marker owner: dnorris



Average user rating for this marker: 4.2

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NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's
Marker Description: Good stretch of Lopatcong Creek behind Pursel's Grain and Feed. There are some nice pools, which were hand crafted when the dam was removed. Also trees have been planted to prevent erosion. Where the small white barn with grey caving slate roof is located a spring shoots ice cold crystal clear water into a pond, creating a small stream that flows parallel to the Lopat behind a burm. Trout hang where the spring feed stream and Lopatcong Creek meet below the remnants of the removed dam. Lots of watercress in the stream created by the spring. You can also bottle the spring water at the steps next to the barn - it has been tested and is awesome. So bottle some spring water, harvest some watercress and catch a trout (not a native) and have an all natural dinner (except for the stocky).

Parking: Where the Marker is placed in front of the old Pursel's Grain and Feed.

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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by dnorris Fri. September 13, 2013 09:54 pm
Fished from the good pool along the cent wall all the way down under the bridge for South Main. Hooked three caught one all on a rainbow trout pattern rapala. Water discolor had already subsided so I didn't have as much luck as I thought I would have if I'd of had more cover. No real size but nice color on the one I caught.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by dnorris Sun. June 09, 2013 02:20 am
Pulled in and there were two cars. One guy was at his car and he said he had no luck. I'm sure that was bull****. I walked down through the old dam with a bunch of follows and then down behind the houses where the cement sluece starts. First cast with a Rapala type lure and BAM! 16 inch brownie gave 4 leaps before jumping out of the stream onto the bank and getting off my line. Ha. Walked down fishing and missed another big fish after a big swirl. Then caught two cutter stockers that gave great fights, one bow, one brown with mangled fins. Kept heading down under the bridge. It is four feet deep under the bridge and WHAM! huge leap - big fish at least 18 could have been a big brownie or maybe a small mouth (but I've never caught a smallie out the Pat) because it jumped four feet straight up out of the water - shake and gone. Gotta love the cloud water on the Lopat after a storm. SICKKK!!!
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by Xray Mon. May 21, 2012 10:17 am
There are so many trout swimming in the open water near the rock ledge pool and down through the long slow pool to the first riffle. These trout don't want spinners or bait of any kind. I've tried ants, nymphs, midges and rs2s. Rs2s have yielded a few strikes. Odd thing is some of these trout are stockies. The stockies have gotten wise to the normal spin fishermen's bag of tricks. Weird, kinda cool though.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by dnorris Sat. April 21, 2012 07:52 pm
Fished with my friend Steve and his son. Easy access place to fish with young kids. There were a good number of trout swimming about below the rock wall, down by the overhanging tree and all the way down to the next patch of fast water. Fish didn't want dry flies, midges, trout magnets or spinners or eggs; except for one rainbow caught on a pink a trout magnet. Looked to be a good amount of large stockers and natives throughout.

At least good to see trout swimming about in the open.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by Brownie Thu. April 05, 2012 11:01 pm
Stopped in and looked off the ledge (two days before opening day) and saw a bunch of stockies in the main pool along the ledge. It will be a great place to take a little kid for opening day. Must have been thirty or so nice stockers swimming about and freaking out the natives. Most will be gone by noon or earlier.

Check out the pic.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by LopatNympher Thu. February 02, 2012 09:14 pm
I saw the beaver the other day while walking along the towpath. The entire length of the creek has changed, I think for the good. I found a lot of pocket water that wasn't there before.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by Xray Sun. January 08, 2012 09:45 pm
The beaver I saw a while back has been hard at work. See my photo! Oh, I spooked a few nice trout and caught nothing.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by LopatNympher Fri. November 25, 2011 09:26 pm
The next time you fish those deep pockets behind the park try using a short-line euro-nymphing set-up. I've caught a lot of fish employing this technique. There is a ton of info on the ins and outs of it at http://www.troutpredator.com/ . Its a great site for all things fly fishing, especially in our area.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by dnorris Fri. November 25, 2011 04:17 am
Lopatnympher:

I would definitely like to help out with the cleanup in March. That's a great idea. Would like to meet you and will email you to coordinate. Not sure if the "dam" will make much difference with the temps because that spring water is so cold. Tried to check out the Bushkill area you posted about but had no real luck - lack o' skill. Ha. Talk to you soon.

Dave
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by LopatNympher Thu. November 24, 2011 04:10 am
d, saw your comment about the dam. I wasn't happy when I saw it, it is actually against the law to build any kind of dam without a permit. I left it alone though, saw no harm. It actually raised the pond level quite a bit. I wonder how the extra foot or so of water will affect the water temp in the pond this summer?
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by LopatNympher Thu. November 24, 2011 04:02 am
dmorris, I usually do a creek cclean up in March during the closed season. Although health problems prevented me from doing it last year I plan on doubling my efforts this coming year. I am extending an invitation for you and anyone else who wants to help to join me. Mayor Wyant has the town sanitation department pick up the bags of trash when finished. Tentative date is Saturday March 31. I've found that this is the best time of the year to do this because the banks aren't overgrown yet. Post up and let me know. Thanks
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Pursel's Posted by LopatNympher Thu. November 24, 2011 03:52 am
I haven't been fishing the little creek for a while due to some health problems. Last time that I was there I noticed that the dike between the spring and the creek is starting to collapse. It would be bad if this is allowed to happen. I reported to NJ fish and game but they said it was a landowner problem. Do the Purcells still own this property? I know it was up for sale but I'm not sure of the status.
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