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Pike in Farrington lake,how they been?

post #1 of 12
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I used to fish for these bad boys alot a couple of years ago and scored some big,fat ones.I haven't done it in a couple of years.I was thinking about getting back into it and making a few trips just for em.Anyone up that way caught any lately or heard any reports?Just wondering since it was some awesome fun fishing that I'd like to get back into.
post #2 of 12
Man, I saw this post and had to respond. I basically learned to fish on Farrington Lake about 25 years ago- used to get my parents to drop me off there at the bridge and I'd wander the paths looking for a place to fish. Unfortunately I have not fished there in over 20 years, so sorry, don't have a [recent] report- always came back with more ticks than fish, though. Good luck.
post #3 of 12
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Same here Speedo,learned all about bluegills there many years ago.They started stocking the Northerns somewhere around 83/84,I'm not sure if they're still stocking em or not.They're awesome fish to catch and have an incredibly bad attitude .Anyway,we'd do them early in the morning and then head to Virgo's right up the road for lunch.
post #4 of 12
I'm curious to see some responses as well. I live a mile away and used to fish it almost everyday when I rented a house on the lake. The salt water took over and I haven't fished it in about 6 years. Prior to that we would get some nice Pike, I'd estimate some of them were 10 to 14lbs.
post #5 of 12
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There are some BIG pike in there.If ya go by Ireland brook in the summer and stand on the bridge sometimes you can see em swim up there for the cooler water.They also love the stocked trout early in the spring I know for a fact there are fish over 15 pounds in there,ny buddy got 3 a couple of years back that weighed just over 20 on his boga,all are still swimming
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by Speedo
Man, I saw this post and had to respond. I basically learned to fish on Farrington Lake about 25 years ago- used to get my parents to drop me off there at the bridge and I'd wander the paths looking for a place to fish. Unfortunately I have not fished there in over 20 years, so sorry, don't have a [recent] report- always came back with more ticks than fish, though. Good luck.


Speedo, I could copy your post word for word and it would be completely accurate for me too.
post #7 of 12
I believe the state still stocks pike in Farrington.

I've only been there once, and it was 10 years ago. Is there a public launch ramp on the lake? Can anyone tell me where it is?
post #8 of 12
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Super...check your Pms
post #9 of 12
check NJ fish and wildlife for info. I know they stock there and use fish out of there for the hatchery. I used to go there years ago but never had much sucess from land. I think you would do better by boat. Here's the fish and game website:

http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw


24,520 northern pike fingerlings for stocking in:
Cranberry Lake (Sussex County), Pompton Lake (Passaic County), Spruce Run Reservoir (Hunterdon County), Pompton River, Budd Lake (Morris County), Farrington Lake (Middlesex County), Deal Lake (Monmouth County) Millstone River and the Passaic River.

2,864 tiger muskies for stocking in:
Furnace Lake (Warren County), Greenwood Lake (Passaic County), Lake Hopatcong (Morris County), Delaware & Raritan Canal and Little Swartswood Lake (Sussex County).

6,965 muskellunge for stocking in:
Greenwood Lake (Passaic County), Lake Hopatcong (Morris County), Manasquan Reservoir (Monmouth County), Carnegie Lake (Mercer County), Mercer Lake (Mercer County), Echo Lake Reservoir (Passaic County), Mountain Lake (Warren County), Monksville Reservoir (Passaic County), Shenandoah Lake (Ocean County), and Cooper River Lake (Camden County).

244,420 walleyes for stocking in:
Lake Hopatcong (Morris County), Swartswood Lake (Sussex County), Greenwood Lake (Passaic County), Canistear Reservoir (Sussex County), and Monksville Reservoir (Passaic County)


Below are summary tables of fish collected in Spring, 2005.

NORTHERN PIKE
WATER BODY

# DAYS NETS WERE SET
# FISH CAUGHT
AVERAGE LENGTH (INCHES)
LARGEST FISH (INCHES)
AVERAGE WEIGHT (POUNDS)
LARGEST FISH (POUNDS)
FARRINGTON LAKE
6
8
23.3
37.5
4.13
14.4


post #10 of 12
How would I get to Farrington Lake????

I'm from the Manville, NJ area and looking to take my boat out trolling for some pike... I have an electric motor-powered 14ft-er... Just wondering if I could get directions?!?

Thanks!

Matty Kling
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by Speedo
Man, I saw this post and had to respond. I basically learned to fish on Farrington Lake about 25 years ago- used to get my parents to drop me off there at the bridge and I'd wander the paths looking for a place to fish. Unfortunately I have not fished there in over 20 years, so sorry, don't have a [recent] report- always came back with more ticks than fish, though. Good luck.


Same for me...although twas 30 years ago. Now I live 15 minutes away, and never look at the place. Got my 1st LM there...and had a session with bedding bluegills in a rental rowboat (from the old Romans Tavern) there with dad in the 60's I'll never forget.
post #12 of 12
I learned to fish on Farrington. I have gotten a few pike out of there. None of them very big. Maybee 5 pounds. I lost one that was at least 13lbs of the church lane brigde in 1997. I just couldnt land her. Good luck. That lake is very tricky and very heavily fished!
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