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NJ Manasquan River, Brice Park - Fishing

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Lat: 40.136761
Lng: -74.108665

Marker owner: dnorris

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Marker Description: Brice Park (Municipal Access Area) through Manasquan Wildlife Management Area – There have been reported catches throughout this area. Brice Park is a place where anglers can fish from brush free banks. Downstream into the Wildlife Management Area, the river widens into “The Allenwood Lagoon” and sea runs have been reportedly caught from kayaks downstream through “The Narrows” to Lightning Jack’s Marina. Anglers have caught sea runs at the WMA access off of Ramshorn Road where each October 30,000 eight inch long sea runs are stocked. The largest reportedly caught, on an olive zuddler fly, was estimated to be 13 lbs. The fish was released.

Anglers seeking spring or fall stocked trout in close vicinity of these regular season stocking points have been surprised with the catch of a large sea run. Examples : An angler fishing, with his sons, for fall stocked rainbow trout on 11/01/03 caught a 17” 2 lb. sea run brown (the fish was releasing eggs) on a salmon egg near the Allaire State Park Village. The trout was released. Another angler fishing in the spring of ’03 for recently stocked trout below Hospital Road caught a 19” 5 lb. sea run brown on a nightcrawler at dawn. The trout was released.

1. Fish the Manasquan River one to two days after a rain as it is becoming less muddy but not too clear. Evening through the night is the best time.

2. Mid-October to January 1: Bait is the most productive – pink, white and chartreuse spawn sacs, night crawlers, worms, killies. The sea runs move into freshwater and are actively feeding.

3. January 1 to February 1: The sea runs are spawning and not actively feeding but will strike at 2" long lures such as Rapalas, C.P. Swings, and Rooster Tails. The most productive lure colors are silver, chartreuse and hot pink. Use a slow retrieve.

4. February through May: Use bait as described in 2. above.

5. The Manasquan River is very difficult to fish - it has brushy, overgrown banks. Anglers should use caution -the mud is very slippery, there are many deep holes and many underwater snags.

6. You have to put in a lot of time. If you get a bite that's a good day, if you hook one that's a great day, if you land one that's an unbelievable day.

For more information on sea run trout see www.njfishandwildlife.com

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