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Echo Lake(RT. 22, Mountainside N.J.)

post #1 of 17
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Anybody have any experience fishing Echo Lake in Mountainside? I was looking for any tips or suggestions for fishing that lake.
post #2 of 17
Echo Lake was my first ever fishing trip over 50 years ago. My uncle took my brother and me there and we loaded up on sunnies - I've been "hooked" ever since. If you enter from the Route 22 entrance, there are two lakes on your right hand side. First is the upper lake and after the bridge, the lower lake, where supposedly most of the action is. Although I haven't been there in a while, I know it is still highly regarded as a decent but overlooked spot for largemouth bass and I presume still for sunfish. "The Fisherman" magazine featured it in a story last year about some of New Jersey's best kept secrets for fishing close to home. I suppose any bait shop in the area could provide better information. Also, about two miles down the road towards Kenilworth, is Nomahegan (sp?) Park with another large lake that has a good reputation for LMB. It is directly across the street from the entrance to Union County College.



By the way, both spots are very kid friendly, with close and safe shoreline fishing. They're still good places to get the next generation addicted to our sport. Some of the more knowledgable freshwater guys on this board will probably supply more accurate information. Let us know how you do.
post #3 of 17
Weekends are very crowded. I'll go there early in the year for trout but never had much luck in the summer bass fishing. Nomehegan is a better spot for that. Near the falls is where most of the action is, no secret there as you'll see how crowded it is. It's worth going below the falls and crossing over to the far side of the lake as most people won't make the trip over there and it's less crowded. The Newark fishing club and I think the Boy Scouts have some nice tournaments there early in the year and they stock it with some big fish on top of what the state puts in. And both spots are very kid friendly. That's where I usually go if my boys wanna fish.
post #4 of 17
I can't stand this lake. I live 5 minutes away and never go there.

They stock a lot of fish in it...Both the state and the club...Some big fish too. And there's a winter stocking.

But it's not worth the aggravation. There are people who get there early and set up 8 poles in a row. There are crowds that make it hard to find a spot and make it even harder to make a cast.

To me, it's just not a fun place to go fishing. I'd much rather go to Surprise Lake or the Rahway River or Green Brook if I had to stay local.

Also, the lake doesn't have a strong bass population. Some bullheads, carp and sunfish, but not many bass. After the trout (and crowds) are gone, there's not much to catch.
post #5 of 17
I work in Cranford and stop there sometimes on my way to or from the office during the stock. Most of what is said is true, however the idiots stick to the wall at the bottom near the dam. Explore a little and you'll find you can catch trout well after the crowds have plucked all the life from the wall. They also stock the lake with breeders a couple times a year so every once in a while you'll encounter something other than the generic 7 to 10" brookies and bows.

When you're finished with the trout, there are the carp...
post #6 of 17
The newark fishing Club Stocks trophy bows and brookies in there on the second week of April so they can have a kids derby. After that you will see the absolute worst show of sportsmanship and fishing ettiquette that NJ has to offer. Guys with 8 poles taking up 200 ft of bank space. They cast these poles at angles so they now take up 400 ft of lake space.

There has to be a law as to how many rods someone can fish! I can see 2-3 tops. Most of these guys don't even see the rods that get bit!

I hate that place! After the Trout die from suffocation due to the poor water quality and lack of dissolved oxygen, there are sunnies, stunted LMB and bullheads. Urban fishing at it's finest!

NJ has to re-think there Put n' Take trout fishery. Most of these mud puddles are just death row for hatchery fish. The state should require that a certain water quality be maintained before they stock trout.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by Kneel View Post
I work in Cranford and stop there sometimes on my way to or from the office during the stock. Most of what is said is true, however the idiots stick to the wall at the bottom near the dam. Explore a little and you'll find you can catch trout well after the crowds have plucked all the life from the wall. They also stock the lake with breeders a couple times a year so every once in a while you'll encounter something other than the generic 7 to 10" brookies and bows.

When you're finished with the trout, there are the carp...


Oh yea? What areas you catch the carp around?
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by Prefessa View Post
The newark fishing Club Stocks trophy bows and brookies in there on the second week of April so they can have a kids derby. After that you will see the absolute worst show of sportsmanship and fishing ettiquette that NJ has to offer. Guys with 8 poles taking up 200 ft of bank space. They cast these poles at angles so they now take up 400 ft of lake space.

There has to be a law as to how many rods someone can fish! I can see 2-3 tops. Most of these guys don't even see the rods that get bit!

I hate that place! After the Trout die from suffocation due to the poor water quality and lack of dissolved oxygen, there are sunnies, stunted LMB and bullheads. Urban fishing at it's finest!

NJ has to re-think there Put n' Take trout fishery. Most of these mud puddles are just death row for hatchery fish. The state should require that a certain water quality be maintained before they stock trout.

there is, it's a 3 rod limit. Specifically enacted to prevent the behaivor you describe.
post #9 of 17
I taught both my boys to fish there many years ago. I haven't been there in almost 15 years now. We used to have family picnics there all the time.
post #10 of 17
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Oh yea? What areas you catch the carp around?


They're everywhere. Throw a handful of corn in the water and watch the wake come from all directions. Many are probably hand tame and cruise the wall looking for handouts...
post #11 of 17
well said prefessa
post #12 of 17
Am I missing something, you guys are responding and questioning posts that are 2 years old. Really expecting many answers from the orriginal posters?
By the way, the 3 pole limit was not in affect in 2006, it was new this year - 2008.
post #13 of 17
Grew up in the area, and I pretty much agree with the comments on the crowds.

If you're after trout, I'd hit the Rahway River or Milton Lake in the spring. Bass - can't go wrong with Nomehegan (spelling?) or Surprise Lake.
post #14 of 17
surpise lake had a fish kill a few years ago and the two times i fished it since then were very poor even under ideal conditions. it has been almsot two years now though sicne I have tried, but not sure how quickly a lake bounces back form something like this.
post #15 of 17
hey bill do u know what the fish kill was from. I fished there over the summer a couple times and at one spot near the shoreline i saw what looked like an oil slick and two dead catfish belly up in the slick.
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