The Passaic River has still not yet recovered from all the darn rain.
When: Sunday, October 9th, from 7am to 9am
Where: The Passaic River
What: Trying to find the pike with Pat
Weather: Clear skies, temps in the 60's, calm wind
Barometric Pressure: 30.42in (high) and steady
Moon: Waxing, a day before full
Water Conditions: River was still very high (gauge height just under 4-feet at Chatham) and partly stained
Pat and I have been trying to do this for awhile now.
Since we're both usually pretty busy, Sunday mornings can be a good time to meet and there are not many places better than the Passaic River. The Passaic is close to both of our homes and in my opionion, offers one of the most exciting angling opportunites in Northern New Jersey.
The only problem with the Passaic is that it is VERY susceptible to flooding. I'm sure that almost anyone who lives within 100 miles of it has heard this or has had the unfortunate experience of having to deal with it. Throw in the record-breaking amount of rain we've had this year and you have a huge problem and a river that is unfishable.
That being said, I have been trying to get back out there for sometime. I've already had success catching pike in the Passaic and fall is the time to catch bigger fish. The gauges for certain areas of the Passaic can be found online, so I've been watching the water levels fall, in particular over the last week when there's finally been a break in the rainfall.
So, we gave it a shot, but it's not quite there.....yet.
The river is still high and the shoreline and trails that I normally use to navigate it are still flooded. Pat and I gave it our best though, but we came up empty.
It was great to finally get together with Pat though and our brief fishing on the Passaic only strengthened our resolve to catch some big fish out of it this fall.