The only thing biting at Spring Lake was garbage.When: Thursday, October 13th, from 5:30pm to 6pm
Where: Spring Lake in South Plainfied
Weather: Fog/Mist, calm wind, 63 degrees
Barometric Pressure: 29.69in and steady
Moon: Waxing, a couple days after full
Water Conditions: Dark and nasty
One of the benefits of fishing everyday is getting a real sense of the changes that lakes and ponds undergo in the fall. Back in the day, I usually packed away the fishing gear by the time September rolled around. Now, I realize that was a big mistake. Although I have done a TON of fishing in the fall over the last several years, I'm just now beginning to better understand the often drastic changes that occur in New Jersey freshwater once its temperature starts dropping closer to 60 degrees.
Spring Lake in Plainfield was an absolute mess. I think that part of this may have to do with the fact that its perimeter was covered in goose droppings that probably wound up in the lake when it flooded. The other part, is that here in NJ, weeds are dying and leaves are dropping into the drink, daily. The decomposition of both the foilage and aquatic fauna can make for some pretty dirty water.
I'm not 100-percent sure this is why Spring Lake had black water, and this was the first time I had actually been to the lake, but a friendly regular named Don told me it's usually much cleaner. Don subscribes to the "goose dropping theory" and I can't disagree, but I think there's more than that going on in this lake right now.
So the water conditions were a mess, the shore was covered in land mines, I didn't catch any fish and work stunk again today. Notice a pattern forming in that latter part.
Something's got to give.