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Newbie here, we live in Somerset County so fairly central NJ. I've been taking my son (4yo) fishing at the D&R Canal and Round Valley, but I want to make sure we're changing things up a bit to keep him engaged...any tips or places would be great!

 

Also, I feel a little sad that NJ doesn't seem to get much love...the D&R Canal is fantastic, and I've had a ton of luck catching sunnies (and one very scary looking chain pickerel that ran off with my lure), though my son is absolutely dying for me to catch a bass! 

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hillsborough NJ- Annvan middles worth park

Hunterdon county exit 12 rt78- Hoffman Park

Franklin twsp- colonial park

 

Raritain boro-The canal meets the river by the basilone statue fish the canal by bridge and along the trail

 

Feel free to PM me and i can take you to my good spots at Hoffman park

 

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Awesome! We've been to Ann Van Middlesworth park, I forgot about that!

 

Googling Hoffman park now...

 

Do you know anything about Baldwin Wildlife Management area in Pennington?

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16 hours ago, scatterbrains said:

I don't actually, but I'll have to check that out lol.

I might have the chance to check it out next week, if I do I will let you know how it goes!

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Don't waste your time with Baldwin, went there today it's a landlocked wma.

No public Access that we could find short of walking through someone's backyard.

 

But we did check out Rosedale park up the road, great place  I plan to drop the yak in there and try it.

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On 6/24/2017 at 3:41 PM, scatterbrains said:

Don't waste your time with Baldwin, went there today it's a landlocked wma.

No public Access that we could find short of walking through someone's backyard.

 

But we did check out Rosedale park up the road, great place  I plan to drop the yak in there and try it.

 

Glad we didn't head there. We tried Rosedale on Monday, very pretty but we got skunked (and the the anglers near us did too, only one guy in the area caught a small bluegill-not sure if it was a bad day or just too muddy). I did talk to one guy who told me that normally there's tons of fish in Rosedale and that he's caught some good size bass and trout, and my guess is you'll have more luck heading out on the water away from the bank.

 

Also fished Stony Brook Watershed (Research Pond)-caught a decent sized bluegill. Again, was really muddy and weedy but would probably do better on a clearer day. IIRC that place is catch and release only.

 

I also went out on my own one night and fished Sylvan Lake at Skillman Park. It could be that it was just dark but I had a hard time getting down to the water, had to bushwack a bit. Caught 4 bluegills in about 45 minutes, and wish I could have gone back when it was lighter out to try for more fish. 

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well good research anyhow lol,  if you want we can meet up one day ill take you guys to my cant fail pond. Always catch fish there bass sunnies and huge bluegills.

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