Greenwood Lake is located in both New Jersey and New York. There are
several launching ramps throughout the lake located in both states. The
ramps are well maintained, and can accommodate both large and small
boats. In the southern end of the lake, at South Shore Marina, there
are a couple ramps, and there are others, all the way to the upper end
at Olde Point Marina in New York. Many of the marinas are full service,
with restroom facilities, gas, picnic areas, and lodging. When you get
about half way up the lake, at Happy Landing Marina, that is where the
New York portion starts, in the Sterling Forest area. This is one of
New Jersey's larger lakes at 1,920 acres, and it has a maximum depth of
57 feet at full pool.
Greenwood Lake is a natural lake, located mostly in the state of New York. Belcher Creek is the main tributary.
the winter, drawdowns lower the water in Greenwood about 2 to 5 feet.
The water is Eutropic, with frequent algae blooms in the summer.
Visibility is from about 3-6 feet, but sometimes it becomes cloudy
after it rains, especially near the shore. In the summer there is a
thermocline at about 20 feet. Most of the original lake bed, and the
South flat, have muck and silt, but the rest of the lake has a hard
bottom, that is mostly boulders and rocks, and the rest is sand and
gravel. There are a lot of submerged points and humps throughout the
lake. The lake has steep hills, and small wetlands are in the South and
north ends. Most of the shoreline is privately owned, and has a lot of
houses and marinas.
The main species are largemouth bass,
Muskies, and smallmouth bass. There are other species also, such as
Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Bluegills, and Walleye. There are also
good populations of catfish. There is a lot of pressure at Greenwood,
but catch and release fishing allows Greenwood to maintain a good
population of Largemouth bass. It is rated among New Jersey's top 3
Largemouth bass waters.
Most of the bass average around 15
inches, but we have caught seven pounders on occasion. Smallmouth
fishing is getting better, but the largemouth bass still outnumber
them. Sometimes smallmouths in the 4 to 5 pound range are caught, and
some nice Chain Pickerel are caught also. We generally use suspending
jerk-baits, such as a Rapala, or a Rogue, in shad patterns, for the
largemouth and Chain Pickerel early in the year. Muskies have been
stocked also, and in early 1991, the state started stocking Tiger
Muskies also. I don't generally fish for them myself, but friends and
other anglers tell me that they are doing well. Greenwood is loaded
with panfish, especially white perch, and they catch a lot in the 1-2
pound range. The main forage base is alewife, and panfish, along with
Golden Shiners, and various minnows.
Best Times and Locations
The best times for Largemouth bass is in the spring, starting in April,
or when the water reaches about 50 degrees. As soon as the water
reaches about 53-55 degrees, the bass move to the shallows. The bays
and coves are loaded with stumps and weeds, and they turn on first. We
have had good luck in the past fishing the two channels at Greenwood
Lake Village, and west of Fox Island. We start working the cover in
these areas with lipless crankbaits, usually in shad patterns. The bass
usually start spawning in early May, and it lasts until the middle of
June. Floating Rapalas, soft Jerk-baits, and Senkos work the best.
Although we have taken them on lizards and tubes also.
bass in Greenwood like weed beds, but avoid the ones that have been
treated, as they don't produce well. We stay on the outside edges in
about 10-12 feet of water, and the areas around Storms Island and north
of Fox Island, are the best. Another good location is the shallow beds
west of Fox Island, and north of Chapel Island. We use a lot of
topwater baits here in the summer, and have had the best results with
Zara Spooks, Nip-A-Dee-Dees, and Terminator buzzbaits, at dawn and
dusk. During the day, we like to use Senkos, or 4" worms, and cast them
to the edges of the grass, and in pockets. Docks and piers hold bass
all day long. Try skipping a Senko or worm as far back under the docks
into the shaded areas as possible. The farther back the better.
you are after smallmouth bass, concentrate on the deeper, rockier, New
York portions of the lake. Smallmouth bass seem to like the
combinations of weeds and rocks, especially on points. The 10-12 foot
depths, on the drop-offs, where there is a gravel bottom work the best.
We have caught some nice smallmouths at night also, by casting small
topwater baits, such as Pop-R's. Early in the mornings, you will do
well with a 1/2 ounce Rat-L-Trap in about 2-6 feet of water, where
there is a gravel bottom.
You can get a lot of good
information about Greenwood from the local tackle stores, and some have
maps with GPS locations. Remember to practice Catch, Photo, and
Release, and there will be great fishing in Greenwood for many years to
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