When: Sunday, March 29th , from 5pm to 6:15pm
Where: Reservoir #3, Jersey City Heights
What: My specialty: Largemouth Bass on Soft-Plastics
Weather: Almost 60 degrees, 10 mph NE wind. It had rained all morning and a storm was on its way.
Having a place to fish within five minutes of my pillow is something that I will never take for granted.
I never really gave much thought to what was behind the big stone walls on Central Avenue. When someone told me that it was a small reservoir filled with bass, needless to say I was a little surprised. With that being said, it would be wrong of me to not mention that you are not supposed to fish in there. I can tell you that the city opens its gates from time to time and that I have heard that the police are not too concerned about the people coming and going. I can also tell you that the easiest way to get in is a short wall on the northwest corner, up by the Pershing Field pool.
Whatever way you want to look at it, it's trespassing. My take on it, is that if a police officer wants to arrest me for fishing, that's on his conscience, not mine. Furthermore, I think that the JCPD has more to worry about than me and my fishing rod. Two officers watched me crawl through a hole in the fence (which is no longer there) last year and didn't say a word. Armed with that information, you are free to make your own decisions.
After learning that my hole in the fence had been patched up, I parked at Pershing Field and found my new access. If I had to guess, I would say that it was about 15 minutes after I left my door on 8th Street that I caught my first bass....priceless. I fished for only a little more than an hour, but that was enough time to land about 10 bass. There were a few more that got off the hook.
I have fished this little hole about a half-dozen times since I was turned onto it a year ago. It has definitley come in handy. The weatherman scared me away from the Western part of the State on Sunday. It turned out he was wrong. You can't always depend on the weatherman, but you can always depend on your backyard.