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    musky fishing in nj

    Has anyone tried going for musky on the fly in NJ? Ive heard mountain lake and a few others have them in good numbers. Was wondering if this is a legitimate shot to go for them, or just a myth.

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    Re: musky fishing in nj

    There is always a chance but they are know as the fish of ten thousand casts. Still no matter good amount of lakes and rivers in NJ are stocked with them. So give it a shot you may be pleasantly surprised on how good the fishing in certain lakes can be.

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    Re: musky fishing in nj

    It would take a lot of work, but it is doable. Mercer Lake has the highest success rate, but I am more familiar with the Delaware. The strategy there is spend a lot of time casting all over and locate muskies. When you know where a number are, fish every day just hitting the hot spots and sooner or later you will hook up. For example, a muskie always cruises the Copper Mine beach when shad fishermen are there and it usually doesn't hit. One of my buddies hooked it on a fly once though and it jumped just like a calendar photo. Unfortunately, he neglected to put on a bite tippet and it didn't hold on long.

    Another friend of mine spent a year trying to get a walleye on a fly in the Delaware. He caught a number of muskies, but could never manage a walleye.

    BTW, NJ has a chapter of Muskies Inc - they would be the people to ask. http://www.mi22.com/


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    Re: musky fishing in nj

    Furnace lake is stocked with tiger musky and not very large...bring a kayak or a canoe and sinking line.

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    Re: musky fishing in nj

    Echo Lake in the Newark Watershed I believe is one that is stocked with muskies. I used to mountain bike around it, and I know I've jumped some (the same one over and over?) in one shallow section near shoreline if I stopped to take a look.

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    Re: musky fishing in nj

    a tiger musky is a musky in the same way that a rock-bass is a bass.

    i'd recommend wisconsin but it's full of fat hicks and packer fans.

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    Re: musky fishing in nj

    Quote Originally Posted by moosekid View Post
    a tiger musky is a musky in the same way that a rock-bass is a bass.

    i'd recommend wisconsin but it's full of fat hicks and packer fans.
    and an in-law......It's New Jersey....a Tiger Musky is a big deal here, like having a brain is a big deal in Wisconsin...you musta' been famous out thar..

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    Re: musky fishing in nj

    Actually, Furnace Lake is stocked with pure bred muskies, not tiger muskies. NJ has had poor results with tigers and only a few lakes are stocked with them. Hackettstown is fortunately a VHS free hatchery so they can export fish to other states. Most tiger muskies raised at Hackettstown are raised for trade. For example, we trade tiger muskies and northern pike to Massachusetts for landlocked salmon.

    FYI, here is the latest Hackettstown stocking report for 2015: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf...tockings15.pdf


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    Re: musky fishing in nj

    Quote Originally Posted by JeffK View Post
    Actually, Furnace Lake is stocked with pure bred muskies, not tiger muskies. NJ has had poor results with tigers and only a few lakes are stocked with them. Hackettstown is fortunately a VHS free hatchery so they can export fish to other states. Most tiger muskies raised at Hackettstown are raised for trade. For example, we trade tiger muskies and northern pike to Massachusetts for landlocked salmon.

    FYI, here is the latest Hackettstown stocking report for 2015: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf...tockings15.pdf
    Thanks for clearing that up, maybe I should move to Wisconsin...

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