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NJ Raritan River, Duke Island - Fishing

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Lat: 40.547890
Lng: -74.674622

Marker owner: Lardalmighty

Average user rating for this marker: 3.5

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NJ Raritan River, Duke Island
Marker Description: The rapids begin about 1/4 mile below the dam, and extend for about 500 yards. There are several deep pools within the rapids where fish can cluster. Very pretty place to fish; gravel banks and lush vegetation on the park side, and shale cliffs on the opposite side. The dam above and the slack water below the rapids are stocked with trout by the state, and many trout make their way to the rapids and hold there. In warmer months the stretch can be good for smallmouths as well. Current can be strong and the rocky bottom can get slippery, so a wading staff and/or felt soles are recommended. The park usually closes at 1/2 hour after sunset, so you must be off the water by then. There is plenty of parking near the river.

Visitor Comments

Re: NJ Raritan River, Duke Island Posted by dnorris Mon. November 09, 2015 01:00 am

Re: Raritan River - Duke Island Park Rapids Posted by brownie1 Fri. June 24, 2011 01:27 am
I taught lard everything he knows

Re: Raritan River - Duke Island Park Rapids Posted by Xray Fri. May 07, 2010 06:29 pm
Hey Lardalmighty, nice skills, you and your father really had a killer day. Maybe I'll try to get out to the rapids in the next few days.

Re: Raritan River - Duke Island Park Rapids Posted by Lardalmighty Fri. May 07, 2010 02:14 am
Location: Raritan River, Duke Island Park, Bridgewater, NJ
Date: Thursday, May 6, 2010
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Weather: Sunny, 70 F, light wind out of W
Water: Slightly murky, visibility good
Target Species: Trout
Rod: Berkley Cherrywood CWS562L
Reel: Shimano Sidestab 1000RE
Line: Spiderwire mono, 6 lb.
Lures: Mepps Aglia spinner, No. 2 silver

My dad and I hit the rapids in Duke Island Park after he got home from work. Water was a little high and fast, and a little murky, but still very fishable. And how! The first pool we hit we got five trout between the two of us in short order, and that set the tone for the evening. We would hit one hole, clean it out, and move a few dozen yards down to the next one, lather, rinse, repeat. Most were brookies, but there were plenty of rainbows mixed in. In two hours, my dad got 18 trout. I got 28. All trout were caught on spinners, between 9" and 12", and all were released.

The action in this stretch could only be described as sick. There were some pools where we were getting bit on every single cast for ten to fifteen minutes. Without a doubt it was the best day either of us ever had on this stretch. And the real kicker was that not another soul was fishing it. Truly a banner day for both of us.
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