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NJ Passaic River, Rte 78 Exit 30 - Fishing


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Lat: 40.732052
Lng: -74.537880


Marker owner: Xray



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NJ Passaic River, Rte 78 Exit 30
Marker Description: Passaic River - known as a cess pool to some, the upper reaches are full of life. This stream is full of minnows and sunfish, you can't keep the sunnies off your line, there are also smallies, pickeral and yes - trout - beautiful reproducing rainbows - coppery with nice black dots and wide fins & buttery browns. Downstream from 287 it is very hard to access the Passaic for a few miles - the fishing gets better. Upstream is where it is at though.

Directions: take exit 30B off 287 and loop around, a very good pool downstream of the north bound lane.

Parking: See the large parking lot just west of the marker placement, the lot is for a large restaurant complex. Go to the very back of the lot through an open gate in the fence where the lot is no longer paved. Park all the way over by the stream past the dumpster. It is a maintenance lot and no one will bother your car.

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Re: NJ Passaic River, Rte 78 Exit 30 Posted by kennypowers Tue. June 25, 2013 04:48 am
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Rte 78 Exit 30 Posted by dnorris Tue. June 25, 2013 04:38 am
Pulled in behind the posh Inn and found that they got rid of the old back lot and replaced it with an organic garden. They also cleared a lot of brush from the bank and mulched and planted ever greens. I had no luck in the one honey hole next to the bridge but managed a nice brown with big fins on a rapala. I have a huge new net so the fish looks small but it was easily 14 and gave a great fight. The trout turned to go belly up and I spent a good amount of time reviving him. No reason as the fight was strong but short with no long time in the net. Surprising but he swam off okay. Didn't put on waders so didn't hit much. The water was up and the Passaic looked great.
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Rte 78 Exit 30 Posted by pcduane Sun. April 14, 2013 05:40 pm
There are no brook trout, holdovers, or native trout in the upper passaic. Brook trout are the only native trout in NJ, and you won't find them here. You may find some stocked brookies below Osborn pond, but here you will only find wild browns and rainbows, neither is native to NJ. No stocked trout here, so no holdovers. A holdover is a stocked fish that has avoided being creeled. Just thought I would clear that up.

Re: NJ Passaic River, Rte 78 Exit 30 Posted by kennypowers Sun. June 10, 2012 01:28 pm
Parked at the marker location behind the Grain Restaurant and tossed a few trout magnets which were devoured by all different sizes and types of sunfish and minnows. I saw a good sized trout writhing about like an eel looking for cover. I obviously wasn't stealth enough but the water was low and clear and not much could be done. The trout was over sixteen - big for this size of water. I went back to my car and rigged up my fly rod with a size fourteen pheasant tail with a tiny bead dropper. I walked up past the dam and up another 100 yards before heading back. It looks that the new dam reconstruction has actually raised the dam level and backed the water and slowed it farther upstream than before. Good holes are silted up and the stretch has been generally ****ified. No trout were caught but I did see another nice sized trout in the slow water above the dam. I know the trout are there but just a bad showing in the low clear water. Wrong day to fish this stretch. Skunked except for sunnies and fall guys, yo. Stevie stayed home to take care of his vagina.
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Rte 78 Exit 30 Posted by dnorris Sat. April 14, 2012 03:08 pm
Parked behind the restaurant at the marker placement and started with a pink trout magnet. Caught a number of chubs a two little large mouth bass the size of the chubs - 3 inches. The storms knocked down the big tree that hung over the stream at the back of the lot so the big hole is now exposed. Saw a nice 14 inch trout swimming in jerked motion every which way when it spotted me. Fished upstream to the bridge and had a nice trout about the same size jerk at my magnet and circle it. Should have brought the fly rod because the trout surfaced for a fly with anger and broke the surface hard. Just fished for 20 minutes on my way home without waders. doesn't look like they stocked at the bridge this year because there were no signs and dam construction upstream. Stream was very low, but still had decent flow.
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Re: NJ Passaic River, Rte 78 Exit 30 Posted by dnorris Tue. September 27, 2011 09:04 pm
Hurricane Irene did some major stream reconstruction. Some holes appear to have gotten deeper but a lot of the log jams are gone. Saw a few nice brookies right off the parking area but couldn't get any to strike - was bombarded by sunfish again. Only fished a few minutes and didn't get a chance to head upstream - should be interesting to see the rest of the reconstruction:)
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Re: Passaic River - Rte 78 Exit 30B Posted by dnorris Sat. June 25, 2011 11:51 pm
Fished this afternoon and the Passaic was low and clear, I walked up to the pond from the dirt road and saw that the homeowner has diverted the river and is digging out the pond, so things are a bit disrupted, didn't have a chance to fish properly because my dog was straying too far from me but I did catch many minnows and two nice holdover rainbows both about 10 inches.
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Re: Passaic River - Rte 78 Exit 30B Posted by dnorris Tue. April 19, 2011 08:49 pm
Stopped and parked at the marker placement on my way to Morristown and fished five minutes with No. 1 Mepps and trout magnet - had multiple follows from a big native/holdover brook trout - at least 18 inches. Fins like wings. No strike. Water looks great, high and clear.
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Re: Passaic River - Basking Ridge Posted by rannorris Sun. March 13, 2011 08:08 pm
Fished this afternoon and it was a little windy and cold, the river was up and a little murky - the water level and clarity was perfect but the fish were just not active because of the water temperature - you couldn't see fish either - I caught a nice fat 14 inch orange brown under the dam on a No. 2 Silver Mepps and had another nice strike under the dam. My son caught a ten inch brown upstream on a pink trout magnet. First trout of the spring season!!!
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Re: Passaic River - Basking Ridge Posted by Xray Thu. September 09, 2010 03:47 am
Stopped by the Passaic today on my way from Morristown at a little past midday. I caught six or so small bass, 2 red finned pickeral, one trout and thirty or so sunfish. I saw a number of large brown trout two over 17 inches and one 16 inch rainbow.

I didn't catch any lunker trout but it was great to see them. A lot of healthy nice finned trout swirling about.

Check out the red stripe on the one rainbow I caught.
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Re: Passaic River - Basking Ridge Posted by Xray Sun. June 13, 2010 03:04 pm
Fished yesterday with my best friend Rick for our joint birthday. Unfortunately, we did not really get into the trout because we started fishing when the sun was high in the sky. Rick caught a nice 12 inch native brown that jumped five times and charged him. Classic. He also caught a nice bass at the dam. I was fly fishing with nymphs and caught about 10 sun fish. Rick was spinning and he caught a bunch of sunnies as well. We only made it up to the dam and headed for some beers at Barton's Pub 5 miles away. USA tied England in the world cup. GO USA!
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Re: Passaic River - Basking Ridge Posted by Brownie Sun. May 30, 2010 12:59 am
This is a post to add more pics from dnorris' big day on the Passaic. See additional photos.
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