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NJ Manasquan River, WSA Dam - Fishing

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Lat: 40.147045
Lng: -74.122383

Marker owner: Lardalmighty

Average user rating for this marker: 3

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NJ Manasquan River, WSA Dam
Marker Description: The Water Supply Authority dam is located about a mile from where Hospital Road crosses over the Manasquan River in Farmingdale. There is a fairly large pool below the dam, and some good deep riffles extend for a few hundred feet downstream. Lots of downed trees and branches in the water, so expect to lose a few lures. Water is usually at least a little murky. This area is an alleged staging area for sea-run browns. Small native browns are present beneath the falls, and some holdover stockies make their way here as well. The Water Supply Authority is for authorized access only, so you must park at the Hospital Road bridge and walk to the dam. Use the path on the west side of the river, as it is more well defined and not broken up by small, muddy feeder streams.

Visitor Comments

Re: Manasquan River, Water Supply Authority Dam Posted by Lardalmighty Sat. October 31, 2009 09:38 pm
Location: Manasquan River, Farmingdale, NJ
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2009
Time: 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Weather: Mostly sunny, 65 F, light wind out of NE
Water: Murky, visibility approx. 1 foot
Target Species: Trout
Rod: Berkeley Lightning Rod LRS662ML
Reel: Shimano Sidestab 2500RE
Line: Stren clear blue, 8 lb.
Lures: Mepps Aglia, No. 2 silver; Rat-L-Trap, 1/8 oz. chrome; 1" white grub on 1/32 oz. unpainted leadhead

Parked at the Hospital Road bridge and headed straight up to the dam. Water was a little high and very dingy, but still fishable. Saw a lot of small browns trying to jump over the falls. Got lots of hits on the spinner and the grub, but they were only nosing the bait and I only caught one. Started slinging the Rat-L-Trap down current hoping the rattling would call some fish in, and I managed a 10-inch brookie. That was it for the day. A guy showed up with worms and I saw him catch a few small browns in the pool below the fast water under the dam.
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