Sunday, December 11, 2011

Day 212: A Winter Walk In Watchung

A selection of small soft-plastics for coldwater fishing.
When: Saturday, December 10th, from 12pm to 1:30pm
Where: The Watchung Reservation and Lake Surprise
What: Taking a short hike with Linds and fishing
Weather: Partly cloudy, 39 degrees, North wind a 9mph and gusting to 20
Barometric Pressure: 30.20in and rising
Moon: Full
Water Condtions: Muddy

Even without a fish, this turned out to be a nice adventure. Originally, Martalus and I were supposed to check-out Chimney Rock Lake on Saturday, but a late-week illness had him thinking that rest would be the wiser choice.

Since Lindsay and I had been looking forward to getting a hike in at some point, we rifled through our options for a place to take a winter walk and do my fishing. I knew that Watchung Reservation contained some trails and also Lake Surprise, which is probably the closest body of water to my home that has a population of pickerel.

So off we went.

We parked in a dirt lot close to the lake and proceeded to a trail that ran along side of it. The trail was pretty muddy and forced us to "ford" small streams in several locations, but we made our way around to the far end of the lake without too many problems.
At the far end of the lake, we came upon a small dam that dumped into a stream below. There was no obvious way to ford this stream but we were determined to complete a loop and not to retrace our steps.

A little teamwork and careful placement of some small boulders later, and we were headed back towards the car on the other side of the lake.

When we reached the car, I got out the fishing rods and spent an uneventful half-hour of fishing.

Oh well, at least the hike was exciting.

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