5 Aug 2003 - Action in Union Lake increasing!
 Category:  New Jersey
 Author Name:  Steve vonBrandt/S&K Guide Service
 Author E-mail:  Swvbbass@aol.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The action on smallmouth bass has gotten better in Union Lake over the past 2 years. The state's stocking of the brood stock of some 2 and 3 pounder's has worked well. The smallmouth were hitting small crawfish and shad colored crankbaits around the rip-rap areas of the dam, and on the state launching ramp side, about 500 yards down from the ramp, near the higher banks. The areas above the first island in the pads, and the extreme upper ends in the reeds and man made structures, were producing largemouth to 5 pounds, and occassional Chain Pickerel in the 3-4 pound class. Rat-L-Traps in blue/Chrome,1/2 ounce, were best for the pickerel, and suspending jerkbaits, tournament frogs, and buzzbaits were taking the majority of largemouth Bass. The water temperatures are rising into the high 70's, and low 80's in spots, but a thermocline will soon form at about 10 feet in the deeper areas in the lower half of the lake.