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NJ Round Valley Reservoir - Fishing


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Lat: 40.625156
Lng: -74.834747


Marker owner: jake



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NJ Round Valley Reservoir
Marker Description: Also known as "RVR" or "The Valley," this 2350-acre water supply reservoir is extremely popular. Boats are launched from Fish and Wildlife's main concrete boat ramp or the adjacent gravel launch.

These launches are free to licensed hunters and anglers (who must display a photocopy of their license in the rear driver's side window). Other users must obtain a Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit, which can be purchased for $15.00 online at www.wildlifelicense.com/nj/ or at any hunting/fishing license agent. Outboard motors are limited to 9.9 horsepower (see Freshwater Fishing Digest for more details). Both ramps are located off of Round Valley Access Road, on Route 629, just north of the Division of Parks and Forestry's Round Valley Recreation Area. A third launch is available to those camping within the recreation area.

Round Valley Reservoir is managed as a Trophy Trout Lake, resulting in more restrictive size and creel limits for trout. The general trout regulations for brook, brown, and rainbow trout of a minimum size of 7 inches, a daily limit of 4 or 6 fish (depending on the season) and a closed pre-season do not apply at Round Valley. Trophy Trout Lake regulations include a minimum size of 15 inches and a daily limit of 2 fish, but there is no closed season for these three species (see Freshwater Fishing Digest).

The lake trout regulations for Round Valley Reservoir also differ from the general regulations: anglers can harvest a daily limit of 1 fish at a minimum size of 20 inches, from January 1 through September 15. There is a catch and release season, to protect spawning lakers, starting September 16 through November 30. The season then reopens on December 1.

Size and Creel Limits
Brown & Rainbow Trout - Open Year Round
-Minimum size 15 inches
-Daily limit 2

Lake Trout - Open Year Round EXCEPT Sept. 16 to Nov. 30 (catch and release only)
-Minimum size 15 to 20 inches (3 daily)
-AND 1 fish greater than or equal to 24 inches

Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass - Open Year Round EXCEPT April 15 to June 15 (catch and release only)
-Minimum size 12 inches
-Daily limit 5

Chain Pickerel - Open Year Round
-Minimum size 15 inches
-Daily limit 5

Visitor Comments


Re: NJ Round Valley Reservoir Posted by Brownie Thu. October 23, 2014 12:08 am
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Re: NJ Round Valley Reservoir Posted by Brownie Sat. July 19, 2014 01:40 am
Rainbows at 35-50 feet shrimp or power cheese or trolling at 1.5 mph with spoon.
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Re: NJ Round Valley Reservoir Posted by dnorris Wed. November 06, 2013 01:06 am
More chatter about shoreline fishing for trout at this time of the year through the winter. Any day that is not sunny, especially if some rain, chatter is that the shore fishing can be great and even reach the level of amazing, not to miss type stuff. This has got me going to the point that I might like to give it a try and walk the edge with a big ole trout magnet rapala. I'll post more specific information if I actually make the trip. Over and out yo!!!!
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Re: NJ Round Valley Reservoir Posted by dnorris Thu. January 12, 2012 04:08 pm
Shoreline fishing in the area of Campsite #60 is excellent in the winter. Reports of large rainbows taken in that area.
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Night fishing history on Round Valley Reservoir Posted by Brownie Fri. June 17, 2011 01:34 am

6/28/05: 10pm till midnight- 3 rainbows, 20 rock bass, 5 bluegill
30 ft. of water, crawlers and cheese
6/30/07: 8:30pm till 11:30pm- 1 rainbow, lotsa rock bass and bluegill
35ft. of water
7/2/05: 8pm till midnight- lost count, over 12 rainbows, many rock bass and bluegill, cheese and crawlers, 35ft. of water
7/10/05: 9pm till midnight- 4 rainbows, many rock bass, 35ft. of water
7/11/05: 8pm till 11pm- 8 rainbows, many rock bass and bluegill, crawlers and cheese, 35ft. of water
7/02/06: 8pm till 11pm- no rainbows, 30 rock bass, 3 bluegill, cheese and crawlers, 37ft. of water
7/15/01: 9pm til midnight- 11 rainbows, 6 rock bass, 3 bluegill, 1 brown, crawlers and cheese, 35ft. of water
7/16/01: 9pm till midnight- 3 rainbows, 30 rock bass, 15 bluegill, crawlers and cheese, 35ft. of water
7/18/08: 9pm till 11pm- 5 rainbows, lotsa rock bass and bluegill, crawlers and cheese, 40ft. of water *note* could have caught trout all nite
7/25/08: 2 rainbows 40ft. of water *note* guy had a 20" rainbow on cooked shrimp
8/1/09: 9pm till midnight-2 rainbows, lotsa rock bass and bluegill, 40 ft. of water
8/10/96: 9pm till midnight- trout blitz, crawlers and cheese, 40ft. of water
8/29/95: 3 rainbows, 35ft. of water
8/20/05: 8pm till midnight- 1 rainbow, crawlers and cheese, 35ft. of water
8/22/07:8pm till 11:30pm- 3 rainbows, lotsa rock bass and bluegill, 36ft. of water
8/30/07: 8pm till 10:30pm- 2 rainbows, crawlers and cheese, 38ft. of water
8/07/10: 9pm till midnight- 5 rainbows, lotsa rock bass and bluegill, 3 bullheads, 48ft. of water
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Re: Round Valley Reservoir Posted by dnorris Sun. March 27, 2011 01:52 pm
Stocked 100 lunker trout in Round Valley, plus a few donated by Vern, the owner of the the Musky Trout Hatchery.

Some fish 28" and bigger and tagged. You can win a prize if you turn in the tag to the RVTA.

The whole process took like 15 minutes as boats where loaded with a few fish the took off for parts unknown.

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Re: Round Valley Reservoir Posted by Brownie Sun. December 12, 2010 04:48 pm
25 lb laker caught last week. Check out pic.
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