After an incredibly stormy February seeing our first real thaw is a welcome sight or better a feeling. The snow cover plays a key role in groundwater discharge and we'll want to bank some of that for later this spring. Groundwater flows later in the season help offset some of the impacts that warm, sunny days in late spring can have on the temperature of a trout stream. Still, I'm glad to see it melt.
As usual the trout did very well over the winter and for those hardy souls brave enough to endure the cold, the fishing was often excellent. Thanks to its proximity to the state hatchery, the Pequest is always a hot spot during the winter while on the South Branch, anglers were busy chasing the two large, tagged
Bubba trout. On the Musky at the Point Mountain TCA Trout Unlimited teamed up with Shannon's to stock an additional 350 Rainbow Trout to augment the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's Fall Stocking.