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anyone fished it recently that can help me out there....going for first tume ever this Sunday...
Thanks in advance..
 

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I like Cranberry Lake

We have a club tournament there every season. I have never fished it last in the year like this but it has a nice bass population and you may find some big Northern Pike. I've been told there are smallmouth in there but I have yet to catch one. It's not real deep and there are rocks and probably still some weeds that haven't died off yet. After you launch try cranking the dam by the ramp area. You can flip the docks and the bridge pilings by the beach. The rock island in the middle of the lake should hold some fish too. Good luck and let us know how you make out..Mark
 

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Bass, Boaters, and "babes" Beware.....

two[yes count em, two] Wild Bill's will be on the prowl in them there hills and waters of NJ Sunday AM....LOL
Yup, another "Wild Bill" [from NJ] and I will be joining forces and brains to try and outsmart them wily, finned critters.
I have heard LMs, SMs, and some toothed critters abound there, and will surely report my findings, as this is my first time to this water, despite having lived close to it for years in the 1980s.
Other waters' "sirens" used to lure me to their shores and somehow I misssed this NJ fishing spot back then, but not for long. Report to follow upon my return from it.
It is just north of RT 80, taking Rt 206 north from there, just a very few miles.
 

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Watch for the hot Mom's!!

One of the fringe benefits I have found when fishing Cranberry Lake is the incredible amount of hot...I mean...good looking...I mean....forget the fishing...looking women who live around that lake. Unfortunately for you it's November and the lake will be bikini free. But during the warm weather months bring a camera. To take pictures of the big fish you catch....yeah...ah...right. Later..Mark!!!
 

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The Report

I met Wild Bill{BillM] at 8Am and we put in at the state launch in a light sleet. Needless to say, the weathermen had been wrong, as they had beencalling for a cloudy day only. It was cold, too.
Coming from the GW Bridge, I took Rt 206 North just a few miles to just past "Porky's", a great ribs place on the left side. There is a turnoff to the left, which the ramp is just down that road, with one sharp right turn to get into the new state ramp, Not a ton of parking in all, but plenty for this cold day, when we saw only two other trailers. No charge for the ramp.
My host-boater had fished this water the weekend before and had lit them up then, and well, hmmm, er....conditions were different this time, and the LM bite he had the week prior was well, finito/gone/vamoose. We were getting Mr Tooth to make appearances, and be caught on Weightless Senkos on the outside weed-edges, with many swirls and missed attacks showing them. As we could not get a bass to show or bite, we switched tactics, trying me, a Husy Jerk[Gold/orange belly], him a tandem spinnerbait , near some boulders submerged and some bluff rock walls, from which I pulled about a 24 inch toothed critter on the jerkbait, twitched hard with pauses. Some mojo-rigs and drop-shot rigs for me proved of no success in some of the deeper waters. I went back to the HuskyJerk in another bluffed area, and again, Mr Tooth said hello. We then worked the rip-rap dam wall, and NADA there too.
Four toothed critters total...three for me, the biggest about 24", which did give a good pull a few times before it was onboard.
Two on Senkos, two on the HuskyJerk was what they got caught on. It was fun, and way better than sitting home.
This lake looks like it has tremedous potential , especially in the warmer months, as there are many weedbeds and lilypads, along with rocky areas too. I will be back !
 

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Bill, we were plagued by rain most of the morning also.....I think you did well...water temps are plunging.....
 

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Bill,

I think I just read the other Bill's report over at Catcherman.com, is Bill M from Edison, NJ???

How far north on Rt 206 from Rt 80 is the lake, I may have to check the place out next week when I travel through that way.

Have you ever tried Swartswood?
 

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Hey Bill,
Nice report on this lake. I dont remember if I have been there or on Musconetcong. All I do remember is that it was VERY weedy and we also had quite a few toothys, (quite a few LMB's too). It was in July that I fished there (about 3 years ago). What exit off of Rte 80 did you get off at?
 

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Yes, Bill M is from Edison, or about that area.

Sorry, my prior directions were lousy///From GW Bridge, take Rt 80 west, past the "Hackettestown" exit, to the exit for 206 NORTH, getting off there, going north on 206 just a few miles[maybe two or three tops] and you will first see a CLOSED tackle shop on the right side, then "Porky's"[restauarant/bar/comedy club] on the left side.
There is an angled small road about 100 feet, or so, north of Porky's on the left side, going up that road a very short distance till you see the launch entrance on the right side, a tight angled turn.
Hope this helps...
This lake USED to be PRIVATE, but NO MORE.....NJ put a bunch of money into repairs and stocking this lake, and now it is open to all.
 

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If you pass "Porky's" and then the turn-off for the launch ramp, you will then see the lake on your left for a short distance as you continue driving north on 206.
 

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Take that turn wide

The first time I went to Cranberry I had to go past the reamp road, turn around, and then come in. One time I hit that tree there and cracked my truck light. Take it real wide and you should ok when you are coming in off 206. I may try Cranberry or aeroflex next weekend if it isn't snowing...later...Mark
 

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Yes, the turn into the ramp parking and launch area is indeed a real tight, almost right-handed u-turn, with a tree right in the middle of the right side of it....making it tighter....
 

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This trip was the first time Wild Bill was on my boat, I fished Cranberry in memory of a good fishing bud who passed on from cancer the year before, WB asked me if he could come along, as we all know how WB feels about cancer. This was the last lake I fished with my buddy Steve, guess Musconetcong will be fished next year in honor of WB.
 
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