March was a long month. It came in like a lion and pretty much went out the same way. There were no catastrophic storms but the weather was cold and the wind was bitter. April began in a much kinder fashion.While TCA's (Trout Conservation Areas) were stocked shortly after the March 17th Closure and Wild Trout Streams remained open, area rivers, streams, ponds and lakes were restocked with approximately 184,000 Rainbow Trout ranging in size from 10-23 inches in length and weighing up to seven pounds. A total of 570,000 Rainbows will be stocked during the Spring Trout Season.
Although the early season is known for its crowds and the success of conventional tackle, fly anglers also scored some impressive tallies both during the closed season in available TCA's and on Opening Day. By the looks of things the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife did a good job raising and stocking their Rainbows. Some impressive fish were talked about today on the South Branch ranging in size from three-five pounds and up to 21" in lenth. Bubba Rainbow also met her end today. She pushed the scales to 10 pounds. The lucky angler, John Hriniak landed the fish on four pound test line. Unfortunately, the 25" fish was bleeding and had to be taken.