As we've all noticed, rivers which were running high for much of the first part of the year were quite low and clear during the October stocking. This past week, our area received about two inches of rain and the South Branch shot up to 600 cfs. That's a nice shot of rain but it has calmed down quite a bit running at about 45 cfs tonight. It does look like our area is expecting more rain, both tomorrow and Tuesday rain is in the forecast. While neither event looks like a flood event, at least for now, it is much needed. After not having significant rain for a month or more, it will take more than one storm to raise the water table and river levels.
Fishing since the stocking has picked up. It hasn't been easy due to the lower water but these are some quality fish that the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife have raised and stocked for Jersey anglers. Many anglers have reported catching and mostly releasing Rainbows up to and beyond 18", with a few landing fish in the low twenties. Everyone is commenting on how strong these fish are too. Be prepared for a good battle.