Tilcon Lake

Has anyone fished Tilcon Lake in Allamuchy State Park ?

Mr. Fish
Jun '12


Yes..They are big in there!!!!

Mr.M Mr.M Message Mr.M
Jun '12

Mr. M, exactly where can you access the lake? I grew up in Saxton Falls but so much has changed up there in that area. That lake was just a big hole in the ground.


RM- It is just over the bridge on the left on Kinney road. The state finally purchased that land several years ago once Tilcon left.

I came across this website once while searching for something. It has some very nice photos of the area.

http://www.danbalogh.com/tilcon.html

Greg Greg Message Greg
Jun '12

Thanks Mr.M. what kind of fish are in there?

Mr. Fish
Jun '12

Can someone explain to me where it is located. i just know from what I found it is off of Waterloo Road? Can someone be more specific I do not know where Kinney Road is. Besides them stocking it with landlocked Salmon what other kind of fish are caught there? I don't see it listed on NJ Fish and Game website. Thank you so much.

Colin Donegan Colin Donegan Message Colin Donegan
Feb '14

Colin- Kinney Road is three miles from Route 206 on County Road 604 (Waterloo Road) not far from the Warren/Sussex county line. If traveling from Hackettstown, Kinney road is just after the former Waterloo concert field on the right.

Greg Greg Message Greg
Feb '14

I don't believe there are landlocked salmon stocked there. Have caught bass and pickerel. Supposed to be northern pike in there too.

nyrguy
Feb '14

Pickerel city and some small bass.

Trout became pickerel dinner.

Salmon were talked about but never stocked.

Peyton
Feb '14

Landlocked Salmon are 18-20 inches right now and waiting for the ice out so they can be stocked. Could be a little bit of everything in there becasue the Musconetcong River flooded into there years back.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
Feb '14

Fishmaker- Are those for aeroflex stocking?

nyrguy
Feb '14

I need to buy some poles and tackle... haven't gone fishing for years, but would enjoy going out for a relaxing day once in a while again...

Mark Mc. Mark Mc. Message Mark Mc.
Feb '14

nyrguy

No the 200 bigger salmon are all going in Tilcon this Spring. Lake Aeroflex and Wawayanda received a bunch of 14-15 inchers late fall. Check the website njfishandwildlife.com for actual numbers. Have you tried for these salmon in the past? We don't here alot about them, but these bigger fish should show up better.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
Feb '14

I fish aeroflex. Never see a landlocked being caught. May be stocked too small to survive the pickerel.

nyrguy
Feb '14

Anyone know how much ice on Tilcon Lake?

hector
Feb '14

I fish Tilcon often with my kayak. I have caught huge Largemouth Bass, Pickerel,Perch,Catfish, and Bluegill. Last year I caught 2 Northern Pike. I called Hackettstown hatchery and they said they did not stock them. The hatchery website says they stocked Smallmouth Bass there but I have yet to catch one. I have seen giant grass carp in there as well. I have a fish finder on my kayak and it shows depths to 60 ft. and large areas of 30 to 40 ft.. If you are coming from Rt.206. Kinney Rd. is the next left after you go under Rt.80. Just after you go over the bridge over the Musconetcong river there is a large iron gate on the left. It is locked but you can walk around it. The lake is 100+ yards in from the gate.

tae111 tae111 Message tae111
Mar '14

Fishmaker1 - Have the landlocks been stocked at Tilcon yet?

nyrguy
Apr '14

Tentatively scheduled for thursday waiting for a press release to go out. We wanted to let the opening day of trout pass first.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
Apr '14

I hope to join a hiking group late Spring. Have decided to make it a new hobby. This looks like a great place to explore! If any green hikers are interested please pm me.

Kit Kat Kit Kat Message Kit Kat
Apr '14

Been thinking of doing the same myself Kit Kat. I need to shed a few pounds (or more lol) and would love to do it hiking. Maybe post a thread to see if there is more interest?

justintime justintime Message justintime
Apr '14

Me too Jit I thought it would be a fun way to get fit. I love nature. I will post a thread.

Kit Kat Kit Kat Message Kit Kat
Apr '14

Thanks fishmaker1.

Do you also stock the pike in cranberry lake? Don't hear alot about those being caught either.

nyrguy
Apr '14

We do stock pike in Cranberry and don't here much about them. I talk to a bunch of bass guys and they don't catch many. We may be rethinking that soon. Don't like to waste fish.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
Apr '14

Guessing the stocked pike are too small to survive all the pickerel in Cranberry Lake.

nyrguy
Apr '14

Fishmaker1 - what does it take to have a lake considered for a new stocking?

nyrguy
Apr '14

It has to be recomended by regional biologists at the lebanon fisheries lab. They would have to do some studying/sampling probably. What are you thinking, I can try and run it past them.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
Apr '14

Fishmaker do you think there will be reduced stocking again next year? I'm liking the Little Flat Brook not getting stocked this year. No fishermen to leave garbage in my yard.

M & K M & K Message M & K
Apr '14

Thinking there are some 50 acre lakes in the area that have lots of smaller fish. Ex: Jefferson lake, allamuchy pond. Having a small stocking of pike might add a predator to the system and by reducing some numbers of fish and improve the overall fishery.

nyrguy
Apr '14

They are going to do everything possible to make sure the hatchery is disease free, so I would guess things are going to be back to normal for 2015. Sorry to here your property gets littered by anglers. Most true sportsmen would never litter and many would pick up after others. There are always a few bad apples.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
Apr '14

The hatchery is stocking landlocked salmon in Tilcon Lake today Thursday the 17th around noon if anyone is interested in checking it out. Should be some photos on the Division Website next week. www.njfishandwildlife.com.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
Apr '14

Fishmaker1 - Did they do any type of fish survey or electroschock to know what is in Tilcon Lake prior to the stocking? I' ve seen that data for other lakes. How do they gather it?

nyrguy
Apr '14

I've fished at Tilcon a few times over the past couple days. No luck yet, but I fish from the shore.

Strange to think about how I used to ride dirtbikes at what is now the bottom of this lake...

Mark Mc. Mark Mc. Message Mark Mc.
Apr '14

Where is Tilcon lake?

JRT JRT Message JRT
Apr '14

If you have Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.406348456095706.98914.401080353289183&type=1

"Just 600 feet off of Waterloo Road is the entrance to lake Tilcon."

emaxxman emaxxman Message emaxxman
Apr '14

Went today fly fishing. Beautiful. Quiet. Perfect.

Crazy Jane
Apr '14

Oh thanks, I was there a long time ago. Just didn't realize that was the name of it.

JRT JRT Message JRT
Apr '14

I caught a nice Landlocked salmon there a few weeks ago. Maybe 12-13 inches long. thats the only thing I ever caught in that lake though.

Rookster
May '14

"I caught a nice Landlocked salmon there a few weeks ago. Maybe 12-13 inches long. thats the only thing I ever caught in that lake though."

Were you fishing from shore or a kayak? How deep were you dropping the bait?

Mark Mc. Mark Mc. Message Mark Mc.
May '14

I recently renewed my freshwater license , after many years of fishing only the salt.

I've had no luck flipping small Kastmasters at Cranberry or Hopatcong twice in the last
few weeks. Today around noon,( 5/12 ) I stumbled upon Tilcon Quarry but had no light freshwater equipment with me.
By my count it was 300 paces, maybe 250+ yards from the gate to the lake.
.
Looks like it could be a productive site. When I have more time I plan to walk around the lake at sunrise casting from shore.

OldtimerTom OldtimerTom Message OldtimerTom
May '14

I got an email this wekend from a fisherman at Tilcon and he was fishing from a kayak over the weekend and caught two of the 200+ salmon that were recently stocked there. They were 18.5 and 20.5 inches, they looked great. Glad to see people taking advantage of the resource. We just got a fresh 2000 salmon from Massachusetts last week that will be stocked this fall in Tilcon, Aeroflex and Wawayanda.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
May '14

I was fishing from the shore. It was the day they got stocked and they were still near the surface. I saw one hit thw surface and casted there as soon as i started reeling in he bit! I was using a silver spinner. Now all the salmon are near the bottom in the middle. You need to go out on a boat and drop the line all the way down. I heard salmon like shiners or fatheads.

Rookster
May '14

Re: Tilcon Lake

We found Tilcon lake this morning. Very nice spot, caught a few little ones off the shore

Darwin Darwin Message Darwin
May '14

Re: Tilcon Lake

Ah, that's nothing. Look at the monster I caught!

Prior to this, I did get a small bass (~9" or so), but things slowed down so I just caught a few bluegill for fun. Even the little ones are pretty feisty (they tugged more than the bass did).

Mark Mc. Mark Mc. Message Mark Mc.
May '14

Re: Tilcon Lake

Last week at tilcon...has anyone ever caught a pickerel there? I heard they are in there

Booster90 Booster90 Message Booster90
May '14

I think I saw a pickerel stalking my lure, but didn't bite it. Looked longer and skinnier than a bass.

Mark Mc. Mark Mc. Message Mark Mc.
May '14

Just a question fishmaker, how do you affirm that introduced species will not have a negative/invasive impact on local ecosystems, or introduce an unknown disease and weaken native populations of fish or other aquatic life? Thabks for your information

kepa
May '14

Yes ive caught lots of small pickerel there and small bass that's about it

Thomas j
May '14

Mark Mc-you caught bait fish. Lol! (been there, done that) ;)

botheredbyuu2 botheredbyuu2 Message botheredbyuu2
May '14

Re: Tilcon Lake

I got one today!!!

Booster90 Booster90 Message Booster90
May '14

Nice Booster!!

auntiel auntiel Message auntiel
May '14

Going to Round Valley for the upcoming Memorial day weekend. Three days of fishing can't wait. Night fishing the best!!

auntiel auntiel Message auntiel
May '14

kepa

Our regional fisheries biologists have done quite a bit of work on Tilcon and many of NJ's waters. They check out many factors one important one is food source and if any new introductions will impact that forage base or any other species. The recent salmon introduction was studied for a couple of years. Salmon need cold, clean water with good oxygen. Many of NJ's lakes lose their oxygen below 15 ft in the summer and water temps in the top 15 feet get to high for trout species. We will not accept any fish from out of State without a disease certificate. All fish raised at the hatcheries undergo extensive testing annually.

fishmaker1 fishmaker1 Message fishmaker1
May '14

I was out with my kayak on Tilcon last week. I caught and released 27 Largemouth Bass. Largest was 3.7 lbs. Also a few Pickerel. I didn't catch any Salmon though. I have yet to catch a Smallmouth Bass there . I am really hoping the Smallmouth stocking works out as they are one of my favorite species to fish for. I would also love to see them stocked in Aeroflex as well. I don't target Pickerel but Tilcon has some giants. I have a picture on my wall of a 4.4 lb. one I caught there last year.

tae111 tae111 Message tae111
May '14

Why doesn't the lake show up on maps? I am dying to go, but am not sure how to get there (from hackettstown). Very frustrating!


Roy, head out of Hackettstown past the Hospital on Willow Grove street. That turns into Waterloo Rd. If you know where the concert fields are you'll know where to turn right onto Kennedy Rd. Just up on the left you will see a large metal gate with room for parking in front. Walk around the gate and follow the trail to the lake.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Hackettstown,+NJ/40.9079503,-74.7711472/@40.8810679,-74.8345076,10362m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m9!4m8!1m5!1m1!1s0x89c3830a6cbf6f6b:0x6cfe40eae1601732!2m2!1d-74.8290555!2d40.8539879!1m0!3e0

justintime justintime Message justintime
June 14th

Re: Tilcon Lake

I take willow grove from Hess gas station and follow it till you get we're they have the concerts... They just had the Italian festival there..turn right on that rd(Kinney rd?) . Lake will be on your left.. Big gate blocking entrance you have to walk in... I usually park past the gate were they fly the remote control airplanes.

Booster90 Booster90 Message Booster90
June 14th

The map says Kennedy rd but the sign on the rd say kinny

Booster90 Booster90 Message Booster90
June 14th

Has anyone ever swam here? Someone told me the water was really clean.

Shurefree
June 14th

I believe swimming is prohibited in the lake. You are allowed to use small boats (canoes, kayaks, etc.) without motors if you can carry/roll them. There really isn't a boat "launch" area for anything bigger.

The problem with swimming is there is no gradual shore line. Someone above said the max depth is ~60 feet, but I'd guess it probably drops off at a 45 degree angle so you can't even wade out very far.

Mark Mc. Mark Mc. Message Mark Mc.
June 14th

Was just at Tilcon for birding. Please please whoever it is that is leaving garbage, cans , plastic bottles, teenth bags. Please stop ! I ask you to take your garbage home with you.

A good day
July 20th

Unfortunately it is probably no one here that frequents this site who is leaving this garbage. I drove by there last weekend and there were a bunch of "non-locals". It is sad that people will come enjoy the area and crap all over it. I guess that is common where they live to not take care of things.

justsaying justsaying Message justsaying
July 20th

Yeah! Today there was a family camping in a tent next to the lake. Looked like fun. Hope they take their garbage with them . Maybe I will do a cleanup there again

A good day
July 20th

"Today there was a family camping in a tent next to the lake."

Funny, since camping is not allowed there. As far as I know access is sunrise to sunset, not overnight.

Mark Mc. Mark Mc. Message Mark Mc.
July 20th

Maybe they have moved there. Lakeside home, nice! They did have a big bar of soap and were washing up in the lake. And a huge pot of something cooking on the fire. I would have asked how they were liking the lake but all I can speak in their language is Hola. Still, a nice spot for a weekend camping trip.

A good day
July 21st

In the last couple of weeks the lake has become very popular with some folks who are swimming, burning campfires, and camping. The amount of trash over the last few weeks is disgusting. Unfortunate that with increased popularity a great area is being ruined.

Unfortunate
July 21st

"I would have asked how they were liking the lake but all I can speak in their language is Hola."

Maybe that's the problem... the hours/rules are only posted in English.

Mark Mc. Mark Mc. Message Mark Mc.
July 21st

took my boys there a few weeks ago and we picked up a full bag of trash. we cleaned the area where we were fishing but i couldn't bring myself to pick up the boxer shorts someone left there. i didn't have my hazmat suit on. unbelievable!

darwin darwin Message darwin
July 21st

Thanks for cleaning . boxer shorts! must be skinny dipping. I think I may head over at some point with a few giant bags and fill them.

A good day
July 21st

Re: Tilcon Lake

Saw our Spanish friends Sunday with the tent and fire. A ranger came by and gave them the boot. I hope it doesn't become the next hopatcong state park.

P.s. Caught a 2.5 lbs. large mouth down the bike trail on the back end.

Dtap99 Dtap99 Message Dtap99
4 weeks ago

Nice catch! I hope it dont turn into dumping ground like I have seen other places. I saw Park Police come out of there today. I hope they keep up with it. Someone spray painted the gate with grafitti. Sad.


Everybody tAke a plastic bag (even small shop rite bag) and fill it up with garbage when you visit the lake. Unfortunately we have to do this because some slobs just won't stop and will never have respect for the planet or places they seem to enjoy. That is my rant for the day.

A good day
4 weeks ago

Just started fishing the lake in my canoe and it is sad. Maybe ill bring a few trash bags this week and do some cleanup myself. Havent hooked anything there yet but look forward to catching a salmon.


what the best time of day to get catch a Salmon and can you get them from the shore or do you need a boat Also can you recommened bait or lure

poppop poppop Message poppop
2 weeks ago

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