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NJ Pequest River, Lower TCA - Fishing

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Lat: 40.828571
Lng: -74.970947

Marker owner: dnorris

Average user rating for this marker: 5

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NJ Pequest River, Lower TCA
Marker Description: This is the downstream start of the Pequest River Trout Conservation area at the Furnace Pequest Road Bridge. The area upstream from the chain indicating the start of the lower section of the TCA begins with classic Pequest riffle water and without any good pools to speak of - look for the pockets. There is good vegetation in the water throughout - this is fishy looking water. However, more fish seem to hold at the upper end of TCA.

There is a good worn path the length of the TCA and also a dirt road running along Rte 46.

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Re: NJ Pequest River, Lower TCA Posted by dnorris Sun. September 14, 2014 10:45 pm
Bunch of big bows hanging in the open. Given there was little stocking, this sighting supports the years past idea that big native bows are heading up for the fall spawn. I caught three, the one in the photo on an rs2, the others on a clown egg pattern, all fish over twenty the largest was 23. I saw maybe seven big uns.
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Re: NJ Pequest River, Lower TCA Posted by Brownie Thu. April 03, 2014 02:30 am
Stopped in at the lot at the lower TCA and met an older guy who walked the whole stretch down from the 1/2 mile mark and he said he caught a few fish over 20. He said he has been fishing since the stocking and has had several days with fish from 18 to 24. He said they have not stocked many fish and they are few and far between but there are a lot of big fish. I may head out tomorrow morning on my way to Mt. Arlington.

Re: NJ Pequest River, Lower TCA Posted by kennypowers Wed. September 11, 2013 02:40 am
This post should be at the Upper TCA/Ouflow location, I couldn't move the photographs but I moved the post (Pic of trout in the outflow chute is pretty cool) - Fished with my Dad in the early am hoping to hit the rainbow run early. Three nice bows were in the cement outflow from the hatchery but nothing doing in the fishable water. The river is so low there would be nowhere for the fish to go anyway. I was fishing an orange mouse on top that looks like and egg sac with a trout magnet for depth and a pink egg dropper. I caught one small rainbow that was very fat - 12 inches. Saw one other big rainbow in the first pool below the outflow hugging the outflow side of the bank. See my pics of the one fish I caught and the fish in the outflow.
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Re: NJ Pequest River, Lower TCA Posted by kennypowers Wed. May 01, 2013 03:24 am
Worked the lower TCA with size 14 PT with minor success, switched to a grey hackle bead size 16 and managed 10 in a row out of a nice run about 350 yards up from the lower bridge, in a riffle that really looked like it should be holding fish. You know it. Killed every one, just kidding, fools.
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Re: NJ Pequest River, Lower TCA Posted by dnorris Thu. September 27, 2012 12:04 am
THE EAGLE HAS LANDED. Caught a 25 inch rainbow that barely fit in my net. Saw the fish in water about 10 inches deep, I couldn't believe it. Threw everything in my box at it: green nymphs, red nymphs, midges, trout magnets, big tan caddis dries, drakes of every size and then finally a red and pink nymph I bought in London this year at the Olympics did the trick and hold on!!!!! Got just this one photo before I dipped my iphone under water and turned it off - put the phone in this stuff you get from Michael's craft store - the white crystals in those dry packets that electronicas are shipped with - anyway phone is fine. Five stars for the lower TCA - Big Time Eagles, mfn BIG TIME!
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Re: Pequest River Trout Conservation Area Posted by dnorris Sat. May 14, 2011 08:53 pm
Fished today got skunked, many fishermen, tried to walk and fish spinners and ran into so many fishermen that I cut and left. Fishermen park on Route 46 and on Pequest Road, so people are walking in from both roads and hitting what seems to be an area that does not get much fishing pressure. It was Saturday so that was part of the reason for the big crowds - but still surprising.
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