Fishing

Special Statement From NJDEP Regarding Disease Affecting Trout at State Hatchery
http://www.nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2014/14_0018.htm

While Union County is one of the most densely populated counties in the Northeast, the County maintains a number of parks that include freshwater fishing. Two parks, Echo Lake and Bloodgood’s Pond, also have areas designed to enable access for those with disabilities.

The state Division of Fish & Wildlife stocks a number of locations in the Union County Parks system. As a result of these stocking efforts, it has made it possible to enable anyone with a rod & reel to fish close to home. While a state fishing license is required for all adults fishing in these waters, as a way of encouraging those who’ve never tried fishing, or have been away from the sport, the Division of Fish & Wildlife schedules two Free Fishing Days in June allow fishing without a license or trout stamp, and a license is never required for saltwater fishing.


2012 Spring Trout Allocations and In-Season Stocking Days

This schedule, provided by the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife, is subject to change. Any deviations will be noted in the Stocking Updates section of the 2012 Trout Stocking Schedule Page and on the 24-hour Trout Stocking Hotline (609-633-6765). Anglers should consult the 2012 NJ Freshwater Digest, pages 18 – 22, for a complete description of all trout fishing regulations, including special regulations and in-season stocking closures that may apply to individual trout-stocked waters.

View In-Season Stocking Period Chart


Fishing Access Locations on Trout Waters in Union County

The waters listed below are stocked with trout by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. Waters are grouped by county; where multiple listings for a stream or river are given they are listed from upstream to downstream. This list is also available with waters listed alphabetically.

Please note that this list is only a partial list of major fishing access sites. Other locations and waterbodies are stocked as well.

For more information on trout fishing in New Jersey see the Trout Information page.  The Division would also like to evaluate angler use of this fishing access list. Please e-mail the Lebanon Fisheries Office at njfwfish@earthlink.net to let them know how helpful or if you find any errors.


Green Brook

Watchung Boro

New Providence Rd.

Rt. 22 to New Providence Rd., many pull-offs along road, parking lot available at Seely’s Pond.

Green Brook

Watchung

New Providence Rd.

Rt. 78 E to Berkley Heights exit 41. Make left at intersection. Cross over highway. At light, turn right on Plainfield Ave. At light cross over Valley Rd. onto Bonnie Burn Rd. At light, make left on New Providence Rd. Pass quarry – 2 pull off areas.

Lower Echo Park Pond

Mountainside

Echo Lake Park – Lower

Rt. 22 (Springfield Ave) in Mountainside. Park entrance on right.

Milton Lake

Rahway

Milton Lake

Rt. 275 for approx. 1 mile, turn right on Maple Ave. Cross Madison onto Midwood Drive.

Rahway River

Springfield

Springfield Park

Rt. 78 W to exit 49A (Springfield Ave), make a left at light onto Morris Ave. Turn left into Springfield Park. – parking lot.

Rahway River

Clark

Nomahegan Park

Rt. 22 to Springfield Ave.(S) [CR. 509 spur], bear right at intersection to stay on Springfield Ave. Make left on Park Dr., just past park entrance, parking on Park Dr.

Rahway River

Cranford

Riverside Dr.

Rt. 22 to Springfield Ave.(S) [CR. 509 spur]. bear right at intersection to stay on Springfield Ave., turn left on Normandie PL., then left on Riverside Dr. – street parking.

Rahway River

Cranford

Droescher’s Mill

Rt. 28 to Centennial Ave., quick right on Lincoln Park East. Access behind mill at end of Lincoln Park East. – street parking.

Rahway River

Cranford

Crane Parkway footbridge

Rt. 28 to Centennial Ave., cross R.R. tracks, make right on Hillside Ave., to Crane Pkwy. – street parking.

Rahway River

Cranford

Oceola Park

Garden State Parkway exit 136 South to Raritan Rd., go west over G.S.P. to Oceola Park – dirt parking lot.

Rahway River

Clark

Rahway River Park

Garden State Parkway exit 136, go south on Stiles St., make right onto Valley Rd., Park entrance approx. 1/4 mile on right & left. Union Co. Pkwy / Parkway Dr. parallels river. – parking lots & street parking.

Rahway River – West Branch

Millburn

Below Campbell’s Pond to the Glen Avenue bridge

From Interstate 78E, merge onto Route 124/Springfield Avenue via the Route 82/Route 124W exit 49A to Springfield/Union. Turn right at Main Street. Turn right on Brookside Drive/Paper Mill Way. The West Branch of the Rahway River will be on your left as you drive north on Brookside Drive.

Seeleys Pond

Scotch Plains

Seeleys Pond

Rt. 78 exit 41. Make left at intersection, cross over highway. At light turn right on Plainfield Ave. At light cross over Valley Rd. onto Bonnie Burn. At light make left on New Providence Rd. Pond located approx. 3/4 mile on right. Dirt pull off at dam.

Warinanco Park Pond

Roselle

Warinanco Park

Rt. 27 (St. Georges Ave.) – park entrance on left between Thompton Ave., and Watson Ave.