Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bound Brook II

Earlier this season I visited Bound Brook's Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail.
My first visit was to the trail on the west side of the park.  This time I fished the east side.
I saw at least six deer during my visit.  I estimate that this side is about 5 kilometers long.

The park trail runs parallel to the Raritan River all the way down to New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Prior to my trip today I visited the park in New Brunswick.  It is tidal river in that area and one can
literally walk across the Raritan River at low tide.

There is a lot of duck weed in the canal.  Usually one side of the canal had up to two meters
 of duck weed on one side or the other.  The next time I come here I will bring one of my Fenwick
fiberglass fly rods.  This is not the place to bring your standard nine foot fly rod.  There is almost no room for backcasting in this park.  I recommend single hand rod Spey casting or Roll casting to get your flies out.

Wading is possible but I wanted to survey the area first.

I caught a small perch using a soft bait. 

The Delaware & Raritan Canal
The Delaware and Raritan Canal—along with bordering lands—became a state park in 1974 and offers a wide array of sportfishing opportunities. This includes a spring trout fishery along the Mercer County stretch plus stocked muskie and channel cats from Griggstown to its terminus at the Raritan near the Route 18 bridge. This fishery spills into the Raritan River, enhancing that angling experience well.
The downside of this connection between the state’s two largest rivers is that it also serves as a fast lane for the spread of invasive species from one watershed to the next. Such was the case with the discovery of a 14-inch flathead catfish—the first in New Jersey documented outside of the Delaware River Watershed—electrofished during a 2013 survey in the lower Millstone River just upstream from the Island Farm Weir.

Fishing is permitted the entire length of the canal. Anglers can find bass, sunfish, catfish, perch and pickerel within the canal as well as trout, which the Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks the canal with each spring. Fishing is also permitted in the Delaware River. All canal and river fishing is subject to the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

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