The sun is setting just a tiny bit later in Union County these days.When: Friday, January 6th, from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Where: The Rahway River
Weather: Mostly cloudy, 51 degrees, SW wind at 14mph
Barometric Pressure: 29.75in and steady
Moon: Waxing, almost full
Water Conditions: Fairly clear
Believe it or not, most ponds in the area were still frozen by the time I wrapped-up work on Friday. I was hoping the warm day would take care of any remaining the ice that was around and maybe even get the bullheads biting at Upper Echo Lake, but the lake was still "locked-up" when I drove by.
Time for a Plan B.
A lot of people ask me how I'm going to fish when everything is frozen. Well, here's how.
Even when most lakes are frozen, anywhere with a decent amount of current (i.e. rivers, streams and canals) will only freeze under the most brutal conditions. With the winter being mild so far, the Millstone River, the Raritan River, the Rahway River, the Passaic River, the D & R Canal, etc. should all remain mostly, if not completely, devoid of ice until Spring.
Since I had a commitment on Friday night and little time to waste, I picked the closest river to my house.
I had picked up some crawlers earlier in the day and fished them off the bottom in the hopes that the warm day would have made at least one bass or catfish active. Heck, I would have even taken a sunfish. After just a few minutes of fishing, however, I saw the telltale signs of a carp feeding and ran back to my car to get some corn.
I'm a glutton for punishment.
Of course, I didn't catch any carp, but I did spend the entire time talking about fishing with a nice gentleman who walked by. All in all, a nice night out, but without fish.
At least I put another "X" on the calendar.