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NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue - Fishing

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Lat: 40.755806
Lng: -74.361404

Marker owner: dnorris

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NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue
Marker Description: Pike fishing stocking spot.

From NJDF&G Site about NJ's Passaic River pike fishery: The Passaic receives 2,200 six-inch fingerling pike each year. It also receives additional surplus pike, ranging from two to four inches, due to its miles of winding river. They are now well-established over much of the river's course as evidenced by angler reports.

The Passaic River borders or runs through seven different counties, flowing through relatively remote wilderness flood plains as well as densely populated urban areas. It offers both challenging and easy pike fishing opportunities for anglers of every level. Much of the river from Chatham to Fairfield is accessible only by canoe or kayak. However, many city riverside parks are havens for shore-bound anglers.

Popular fishing methods are casting large spinners and jigs, and also floating shiners under bobbers. Anglers may keep two northerns per day provided they measure at least 24 inches in length.

It has taken years of searching roads, bridge crossings and parks to find good access to the river's banks for stocking. Pike are now stocked at more than 25 locations from the Lower Chatham Bridge at the Morris-Essex County line to Pennington Park in Paterson. Locations from Hawthorne to Garfield, above the Dundee Dam on the Bergen County side of the river, are also stocked.

To explore the uppermost Passaic River pike-stocked area, small watercraft can be launched at the McCormick Bridge off South Orange Avenue, Livingston, and at the Swinefield Bridge near the intersection of Eagle Rock Avenue and River Road in Morris County. The Great Piece Meadow Natural Area stretch from Horseneck Bridge Road downriver to Two Bridges Road has consistently produced large pike for anglers fishing from kayaks.

Anglers have reported catching pike weighing up to 20 pounds and measuring into the low 40-inch range.

Motorboats can be launched at John Suchorsky Park in Little Falls Township. This location has limited parking and shoreline access to the river. Pennington Park in Paterson (park will be closed in 2013 for renovation) offers an expansive shoreline from which to fish. There is a boat ramp at Memorial Park in Fairlawn, and riverside fishing and boat launching is possible off River Road in Elmwood Park near the town's high school. NOTE: The Passaic River is prone to flooding so watercraft fishing trips should be limited to times of normal flow.

Although not stocked upriver of the Lower Chatham Bridge or below the Dundee Dam, which spans the Passaic between Clifton and Garfield, northern pike have been reported caught at numerous locations outside of that range. Recent reports have been received from anglers who have caught pike upriver at Berkley Heights and downriver at Belleville.

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Re: NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue Posted by audisnapr Tue. October 18, 2016 10:50 pm
Curiosity was killing me so I went back after work to walk around a bit, but this time with my polarizing sunglasses to better see into the water. Low and behold I see a school of big fat carp just chill'n by the shore. I walked in a bit and found even more resting near some fallen debris. I think the mystery of the jumping fish is likely solved.

FYI: I took the photos through my sunglasses
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue Posted by dnorris Tue. October 18, 2016 03:21 pm

Yeah I can't check my email on here anymore, call or text me at 908-235-8714.

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Re: NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue Posted by audisnapr Tue. October 18, 2016 02:25 pm
Hit this spot again this morning before work, but this time I came prepared with 10lb braided line and a bit heavier gear. Brought some bigger spinners and a Booyah Blade. Not a single hit.

At first I wasn't hearing or seeing as many big splashes, but they were there. Once 8am rolled around, I heard some sizeable flops and then finally caught a glimpse of a body/tail out of the water. Still not certain what they are. I need to set up a camera and let it record while I work the shore and see if I can catch one of these guys breaking the surface.

Maybe it's time to add some Northern Pike flies to the mix.

Here's a photo of some god-rays poking through the trees around 8:15am.
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue Posted by audisnapr Mon. October 17, 2016 01:30 pm
David - yes, I imagined with might be a Northern Pike, but the glimpses I did get of the fish looked like a big fat bass. I plan to go back with some bigger spinners and braided line this week. I'll focus on spinners this time and see what I can do.

BTW, your site email doesn't seem to be working. Is there another way to reach out to you?
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue Posted by dnorris Mon. October 17, 2016 12:02 am
Audio: Wonder if the monsters are northern pike, try a big spinner bait or rapala, good luck, lot of info on njfishing.com on huge northerners in the Passaic.
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue Posted by audisnapr Fri. October 14, 2016 01:31 pm
Set out on another pre-work, 1.5 hour mission this morning, 10/14/2016. Decent location. Side of the road parking on the south-west side of the bridge. Very slow moving, wider area by the bridge/overpass on the west side. Trails on either side of the river made access fairly easy.

But more than anything was the monster fish (not sure what it was) breaching the water around 715-8am, slapping its tail mid-air and making a big splash on re-entry - doing this every 5-10 minutes or so. As if to say, "here I am, here I am, come get me... if you can". Needless to say, I wasn't able to. There was one of these monsters about 100ft from the bridge and then another one further west another 100ft or so. I started out with my fly gear and an olive wooly bugger with not a single hit. The area is pretty heavily vegetated so fly fishing from shore (didn't want to chance getting wet walking the very soft bottomed Passaic before work) was a real challenge, especially on a tight schedule. With absolutely no luck on the fly rod, I switched over to my spinning gear and had a few, obvious small hits and eventually a little yellow perch. By then it was 830am and time to head off to work.

I think it goes without saying, I'll be back hoping the monsters will taunt me again.
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Passaic Avenue Posted by dnorris Thu. February 28, 2013 03:42 am
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