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NJ Merrill Creek Reservoir - Fishing

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Lat: 40.733978
Lng: -75.103569

Marker owner: kellyhorak

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NJ Merrill Creek Reservoir
Marker Description: 34 Merrill Creek Road, Washington, NJ 07882


Rainbow Trout & Brown Trout; NO CLOSED SEASON 15" 2 combined
Lake Trout; 1/1 - 9/15 * 12/1 - 9/15 15" Limit of 2
Smallmouth & Largemouth Bass; 1/1 - 4/14 * 6/16 - 4/14; 12"; 5 combined
Chain Pickerel; NO CLOSED SEASON NO MINIMUM; Limit of 5
White Crappie, Rock Bass, White Bass, White Perch, Yellow Perch, Catfish, Sunfish; NO CLOSED SEASON; 8"; 10 combined
Suckers NO CLOSED SEASON NO MINIMUM ; 25 combined

Fishing - from boats and shoreline, except from the shoreline of the Environmental Preserve and other restricted areas;

Boating - fishing boats, sail boats, row boats and canoes must be at least 12 feet in length;

Kayaks - must be at least 9 feet in length;

All boats must be launched from the Boat Ramp, electric motors only.

Visitor Comments

Re: NJ Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by dbrown1712 Fri. June 02, 2017 12:42 pm
That's a good day on Merrill Creek! Any size to them? I never had much success there the 2 or 3 times Ive gone. When I had a boat I would fish RV fairly successfully for lakers.

Re: NJ Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by dnorris Thu. June 01, 2017 06:21 pm
Caught seven lakers from my boat on shiners 25 feet down today.
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Re: NJ Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by dnorris Thu. October 23, 2014 01:20 am
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Re: NJ Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by dnorris Thu. April 10, 2014 12:09 am

Link to killer day on Merrill on a stocking day in 2012
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Re: NJ Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by Xray Tue. July 24, 2012 03:15 pm
Always some nice fish by the ramp guys empty out their bait live wells. Saw a guy hand feed a large mouth at the end of day with live herring.

Re: Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by Xray Mon. June 20, 2011 09:52 pm
Hit Merrill Creek Saturday morning. It was hot, sunny but the boat traffic was only average. Water clarity was also normal. We had decent fishing for the first 2 hours then it slowy died. We had 27 bass and panfish. Bass were mostly largemouth with some smallmouth and the panfish were rock bass, yellow perch and sunfish. Biggest bass was about 2lbs. Shad raps worked for the bass and inline spinners for the panfish. Did see some fish swirling on herring for about 5 minutes max. Tied on a popper but it was too late. I actually had a number of misses, a smallmouth on which I lost, and a few rock bass on that popper though. Why I don't really know, but we decided to
go to Round Valley.

Re: Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by Brownie Tue. June 07, 2011 12:38 am
Got to the bait store as they opened, I called last night and they said they had plenty of herring....NOT ! The guy in front of me took 2 dozen and I wiped her out taking the last 6 dozen, then I got 2 dozen shiners on top of that.
Got set up on anchor in 60ft. of water around 6am and had my 1st run off around 7:30am, laker, and hour later another laker. Wind started kicking so I crossed the lake and anchored in about 40ft. of water. At this spot I got 3 stockie browns, a yellow perch, a 22" slime dart and an 18" smallmouth.
Schools of herring would go by me and thats when my lines started to get hit, it seems the fish shadow the schools of herring. Saw tons of herring, but nothing busting on them. Water was ALOT cleaner this go round, I could see down about 15ft. on my anchor rope. 4 boats on the lake today. I saw more schools of herring as I was headed into the boat launch. No big browns today. The place is gonna funky in a few weeks (summer funk) for me tough fishing. All fish caught on live lined herring on a #6- 3906 Mustad hook, 4 and 6lb. Trilene XL line. Off the lake by noon.

Re: Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by dnorris Wed. May 19, 2010 12:43 am
Fished Merrill Creek Reservoir today again from Tower point. This time with a No. 3 silver Mepps. The shoreline has no underwater vegetation and it very clear but appears lifeless lakes. I had no luck. I'm rather salty about it. I have heard that the handycap dock and the point are both excellent places to fish. A number of people have told me that they have caught large twenty plus trout in this area. Well, nothing doing for me.

I think this Reservoir is a difficult place to fish. If anyone has some tips please let me know.
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Re: Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by Xray Sun. March 21, 2010 01:29 pm
No luck today - I fished from shore off the tower point, just below the raised tower area parking lot. I met a guy who told me he caught a huge brown off the point last year. No one has said the fish are very active right now.

Re: Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by Brownie Sun. March 21, 2010 12:56 am
Fished today from shore from the point near the tower with live minnows. Nothing. I also went over to the boat launch and fished in my kayak. Again nothing. Fished with spinners and buzzbaits and worms. The reservoir was very cold and choppy. It might just be too early for action. Nobody else I spoke to had any luck either.

Re: Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by dnorris Mon. March 15, 2010 09:49 pm
State Stocks Broodstock for the First Time

On April 28 approximately 4,500 brown and rainbow trout from the state’s Pequest Trout Hatchery will be stocked in Merrill Creek Reservoir. Most of these trout are 10 – 12 inches when stocked, but this year 90 –100 of these trout will be large brown trout broodstock, measuring a whooping 19 – 25 inches. These big trout have been tagged with a metal jaw tag to evaluate angler success. Anglers who are lucky or skillful enough to catch one of these tagged trout should report their catch by calling the phone number imprinted on the tag. Anglers need to provide the tag number, the date the fish was caught, and the length of the trout in order to be eligible for a certificate and prize awarded by the Merrill Creek Reservoir.
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Re: Merrill Creek Reservoir Posted by dnorris Sun. February 07, 2010 08:15 pm
I used to fish the lake a lot. It has a very good population of smallmouth and lakers. It used to have problems; not enough baitfish. The State was forced to lower the size limit on the lake trout because there wasn't enough forage.

The state keeps a tight lock on the lake. I don't think you can just walk the shoreline and fish. There are a lot of restricted areas. If you are launching a boat it must be over 12' and have all the proper number of life-vests etc. They check everything before they let you launch.

If you fish it you MUST have a fish finder. Not to find fish, but for structure. The lake drops off quickly. You can be 20 yards from shore and be in 100 feet plus of water.
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