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NJ Black River State Park Rd - Fishing

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Lat: 40.769623
Lng: -74.723854

Marker owner: audisnapr

Average user rating for this marker: 3.75

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(4 ratings)

NJ Black River State Park Rd
Marker Description: Marker Description: Marker Description: After my first successful trip a bit further down stream (see my other report) I wanted to try the Black River again, but further upstream and away from the hiking/picnicking crowd. I had the same schedule as before, 7am to 2pm and although I didn't start at this location (I started down at the damn that was reported by another angler) I did spend the majority of my day there.

The terrain at this portion of the Black River has much fewer large boulders and is a bit flatter, but there were still several good pockets (even deeper than its downstream counterpart) and I did still enjoy the surroundings. Unfortunately, I didn't get a bite all day! I'm a "balls of fire salmon egg and #14 gold hook" guy when it comes to trout stream fishing - they 'almost' never fail for me. It wasn't until I was desperate and willing to try anything that I walked up to the damn that separates the marsh from the river. I tied on a yellow roostertail and threw in by the weeds. It wasn't long before I had a few bites and then finally hooked one - nice 14" Rainbow (most likely a stocker). By this time I had to pack up and go, but at least I didn't go home empty handed.

From what I could tell, as long as I stayed on the east side of the river, I could walk up and downstream further than my time permitted, so that was a plus for me. I'm not 100 percent sure, but one might be able to walk all the way down to the public picnicking area and beyond. BTW, even though this was not the public picnic area, I did regularly see hikers walking the trail that likely goes a mile or two up and downstream.

I gave this a 3 star rating only because it had fewer big boulders/pockets and I didn't catch anything in the stream, otherwise I do plan to go back and try my luck again - maybe even further north next time.

Visitor Comments

Re: NJ Black River State Park Rd Posted by dbrown1712 Mon. May 09, 2016 03:59 am
One of my favorite spots. I've caught native brookies, big wild browns, and 3 solid holdover 'bows this year so far.

Re: NJ Black River State Park Rd Posted by audisnapr Fri. October 25, 2013 08:10 pm
it's either 4 or most likely 6lb.
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Re: NJ Black River State Park Rd Posted by dnorris Tue. October 22, 2013 01:32 am
Nice looking bass and pickeral. Also the break offs you had are always interesting - you using 4lb test? What fun is it if you use braid or crazy heavy line, then you can real in a tree branch from the bottom. Anyway, you're posts are informative and tell a good story.
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Re: NJ Black River State Park Rd Posted by audisnapr Mon. October 21, 2013 07:20 pm
For the second time, this portion of the river has yielded nothing for me. The water level was a bit low, but still had a nice flow which produced some nice runs and a few pools here and there. Up top by the pond, a buddy and I caught a handful of 3" trout on salmon eggs and spinners. The further we went downstream, the less action we saw until we saw nothing at all. The best pools and rifles were down stream, yet not even a bite. I don't think I'll go back to this section.

We didn't, however, leave empty handed. I did have some decent action up at the pond with roostertail spinners. First on the line was a 8" lake trout, followed by two bites that took my lures clean off. A few casts later a 10" Northern Pike. I'm assuming the teeth of the Pike are what ripped off the first two lures - maybe there are some monsters here? Later after the horrible day on the river I came back and landed another Pike, this time a 12".
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Re: NJ Black River State Park Rd Posted by kennypowers Sat. April 21, 2012 09:19 pm
Really only fished 2 pools, low water. caddis, crane flys and midges coming off. First pool looked great but not a bump.

Just above a - beautiful riffle. Nailed a beautiful bow on the second drift. Next drift.....missed a good hit. Then the beautiful, very feisty native brookie. Next drift hooked a 11 inch wild brown......fought like a champ.

Powers does it again clowns, respect the cock.

Re: NJ Black River State Park Rd Posted by dnorris Mon. December 05, 2011 04:19 pm
See photo of nice rainbow caught by audisnapr.
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