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NJ Lopatcong Creek, Phillipsburg - Fishing


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Lat: 40.678143
Lng: -75.172867


Marker owner: Xray



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NJ Lopatcong Creek, Phillipsburg
Marker Description: Native browns and stockies, great for fly fishing as well as spin. Clear water, also clears relatively quickly after storms, considerable debris and trash in some spots but still beautiful. Great area behind Norton Cork and Bottle Liquor Store, really amazing that native trout are right in the Town of P-Burg.


The final stretch spilling into the Delaware is quite good as well, particularly the super deep pool under the pedestrian bridge, but sometimes you'll get the stench from P-Burg's sewer treatment plant, what can you do - fishing in the Dirty Jerz.

Parking: Next to Norton Cork & Bottle in lot with the clothes give-away containers.

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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Phillipsburg Posted by dnorris Sun. June 09, 2013 02:15 am
The pools are open on the road side b/c the Town took down a bunch of trees. Lots of follows from good size fish but no fish caught.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Phillipsburg Posted by kennypowers Sat. September 08, 2012 12:48 am
Stopped over again to see if I could repeat and the water levels were back down and clear, trout were skiddering all over. No fish caught.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Phillipsburg Posted by kennypowers Wed. September 05, 2012 12:11 pm
Checked the USGS gage and saw that the creek had risen to over double the normal flow rate overnight and then dropping near to normal in the morning. Got out relatively early and fished the lower Lopat near the sewer treatment facility b/c a friend of mine told me that some kids or someone built a rock dam just above the foot bridge and the trout were stacked up. The info was spot on. I caught six trout a mix of chunky stockie bows, holdover coppery bows with well formed fins and brilliant native browns. Check my photos. Caught on PTs and green woolly buggers. The pools are pretty well formed down in the very lower part of the Creek.
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Re: NJ Lopatcong Creek, Phillipsburg Posted by Brownie Thu. September 15, 2011 11:56 pm
Irene has washed out many good pools, the deep hole below the sewer release is pushed to the side and has little flow to it, behind Nortons still has some nice holes but very different, it is like a new stream and will be fine, caught a small native brown on a green bead head and three 10 to 12 inch smallmouths that looked beautiful gold and very healthy all caught below the sewer pipe. First time catching smalls probably seeking cover from regular coffee to Delaware:) Shout out to my Uncle Glenn - coffee phrase is his.
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Re: Lower Lopatcong Creek Posted by Denis Wed. May 25, 2011 02:03 am
I have always heard that there are many native browns here. I only live a 1/2 mile away and I never fish the Lopat. It was the only stream fishable tonight, so I decided I would hit it. I walked into the stream just below Norton's at 5:00. By 5:45, I had 10 native Browns and 3 stocked rainbows. What a nice little stretch! I need to spend an entire day here and make my way all the way to the Delaware. I was shocked at the stream and the number of natives! I'll be back!
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Re: Lower Lopatcong Creek Posted by dnorris Tue. May 17, 2011 01:50 am
The lower stretch has changed significantly after the rains this year. The huge log jam at the big bend above the treatment out pipe has washed out. I got skunked and didn't get any strikes, rises nothing. Fished with dries and with my spinning rod behind Norton's very surprising - was early morning but sun was fully up.
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Re: Lower Lopatcong Creek Posted by Brownie Sun. June 27, 2010 02:20 am
Walked up from the sewer treatment to Norton's Cork and Barrel and fished with a foam ant, grasshopper and small green beadhead. Saw a number of trout spooked about but I only caught one on my grasshopper. Check out my pics.

Also talked to a guy who said there are big trout in the Delaware just below where the Lopatcong flows into the river. Also there are big stripers there as well. I'll have to check it out.
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Re: Lower Lopatcong Creek Posted by brookietrout Sun. May 23, 2010 05:05 pm
I fished this morning, not as early as I would have liked. After last night's rain, it was overcast and the water clarity was clear but two to three feet of water would create a tanish hue. Really a perfect day for fishing the Lopatcong Creek.

I parked at Norton's Cork and Bottle and fished down to the Delaware River. I fished with a No. 1 Mepps and No. 4 Panther Martin with a red feather tail and caught four native brown trout ranging from 6" to 10".

Great fights from the fish with some sweet leaps. I've took photos of the brownies but the pics don't really do their colors justice. I've described where the photo's of the pools were taken.

The pools have changed a bit and there is no good water leading directly into the Delaware River. There used to be a deep cut on the upriver side but it is completely washed out and there is just a shallow run into the River.
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Re: Lower Lopatcong Creek Posted by dnorris Wed. May 19, 2010 12:35 am
Fished today behind Pursel's. The Lopatcong was a little high and rather muddy. I fished with a Cleo and assorted spinners. I caught two rainbows on the Cleo along the cliff edge pool right behind the spring house next to the road. Funny enough, it turns out that I caught the same fish twice, once on the Cleo and once on a Panther Martin. The small rainbow had a white mark on its back. That guy won't last long.

Today was a stocking day but no one was out. Could be good once the water clears a little.

2010 DLN 77 trout
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Re: Lower Lopatcong Creek Posted by dnorris Tue. May 04, 2010 11:40 pm
I fished today and the conditions were perfect. We had a downpour last night and some rain the day before. So yesterday the river was chocolate milk but today it was slightly discolored but high. The fish were in the open water protected by the haze and volume of water with overcast sky.

I caught 5 trout; 2 stocked rainbows and 3 beautiful native browns. One brown was a fourteen inch with wide fins, dark ridge and popping red dots. Many uncaught little natives were following my No. 6 Panther Martin silver spinner. I thought about getting my fly rod out of the car but I couldn't fish long and was having too much fun with the spin tackle.

It really is amazing that an area that is heavily fished with bait and pretty near fished out of stockies by the end of the season still holds so many natives. This year, I've been fishing this stretch and catching stockies and haven't hooked any natives except for today. It goes to show that fishing is a lot about timing. This was the day that you could walk the Lopat from P-burg to Harkers Hollow golf course and catch fifty trout. Crazy good.

And no photos! I dropped my iphone in the Muscie this weekend and didn't want to risk it again. Just to let you know that it's best to let the phone dry out completely before putting it in the sun because the phone turned itself back on and was working half well until I put it in the sun and then it started to fog up and went dead - fried. So I missed some good pics today but the fish are all untouched by my hand and in good shape so you can catch then yourself and have a first hand look.

Also, I walked up behind Agway - Pursel's and fished that main ledge right there by the road - I caught one of the natives in that hole and had a big trout on. I'm telling myself it was just a stockie but it hit like mad. Funny that there just might be a lunker native that watches Powerbait drift by its nose all spring.

(2010 DLN 57 trout)
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Re: Lower Lopatcong Creek Posted by Brownie Wed. December 23, 2009 07:56 am
A little evening into night fishing. Caught one nice rainbow - 12 inches.
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Re: Lower Lopatcong Creek Posted by dnorris Thu. September 03, 2009 11:04 pm
Casted a few flies about, no luck, water low but cold. Parked right next to the liquor store in the large lot. In and out didn't stay long, saw no fish.
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