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Robert Ivan is the editor and publisher of He has been fishing Round Valley reservoir for over 15 years and has yet to catch anything bigger than 4lbs! He started this website to help him learn to be a better fisherman and he hopes you'll come along for the ride!

Round Valley Reservoir News – May 2014

Lake trout fishing in the Garden State
Republican & Herald
For those unfamiliar with lake trout fishing in the Garden State, the Division of Fish and Wildlife first stocked lake trout in Round Valley Reservoir, …

Naked man found beside Round Valley Reservoir is taken to hospital
Hunterdon County Democrat
CLINTON TWP. — A naked man was taken into custody near the Round Valley Reservoir dam on Saturday evening. He had allegedly taken LSD two …

Acorn Montessori School students seeking information on Round Valley history
Hunterdon County Democrat
Students are researching the history of Round Valley Reservoir because one of the school buildings, an old farm house, was moved to make way for …

Clinton cop injured by drunk driver at Round Valley
A police officer invloved in a water rescue at Round Valley Reservoir in Clinton Township was reportedly injured by a drunk driver at the boat launch.

Driver who allegedly backed boat trailer into policeman charged with DWI
Hunterdon County Democrat
CLINTON TWP. — A man who was trying to back his boat trailer up in the parking lot of the Round Valley Reservoir boat launch reportedly hit a police …

One person rescued from overturned sailboat at Round Valley Reservoir
Hunterdon County Democrat
CLINTON TWP. — One person was rescued by Whitehouse Rescue Squad after a sailboat overturned on Round Valley Reservoir on Sunday, May 11.

2nd Annual Steve Welgoss Memorial Trout Tournament is this Saturday

Last week’s tournament at Round Valley produced some nice sized RVTA Rainbow Trout. If you’re looking to take another crack at winning some money or just bragging rights, the 2nd Annual Steve Welgoss Memorial Trout Tournament will be held this Saturday, May 18th. Visit the RVTA website for more details about the tournament and the RVTA.

Tournament starts at 5:30 AM and ends at 3:00 PM
Entry $50 per person

Reminder: Round Valley Trout Association Tournament Tomorrow Morning

This will be contest 2 of 8. Results from the first Round Valley Trout Association tournament of 2013 in April are here.

From the RVTA Website:
RVTA runs 8 contests per year. All (including non-members) may participate. Members will accrue Fisher Person of the Year (FPOY) points for each of the contests. You may register the morning of each contest at the top of the concrete ramp. A table will be set up and manned by RVTA members. C’mon out and try it!

RVTA April 2013 Tournament Winner
April 2013 RVTA Tournament Winner John Y. with a 22 3/4″ and 6.44lbs. Rainbow Trout.

2013 Contest Dates

April 14- RVTA Fishing Contest, Sunday, 6am
May 11- RVTA Fishing Contest, Saturday, 5:30am
May 18- Steve Welgoss Memorial Tournament (Tentative)
June 2- RVTA Fishing Contest, Sunday, 5:30am
June 15/16- Annual Open Contest, NJ Free Fishing Weekend
July 6- RVTA Fishing Contest, Saturday, 5:30am
August 11- RVTA Fishing Contest, Sunday, 5:30am
September 7- RVTA Fishing Contest, Saturday, 5:30am

Round Valley Shore Fishing Report April 15th

Thank you to Alex for sharing the below shore fishing information with me. It brings great satisfaction knowing this fishing blog helps out, even in some little way. Tight lines everyone!

Hello Robert,

Steve with an April brown trout caught on live shiner under a slip bobber.
I moved to New Jersey about two years ago, and being an avid fisherman, I found Round Valley reservoir, and then your website very quickly. I am new to lake trout fishing, so I tried all of the techniques you mentioned while fishing from a boat, but I got skunked every trip (about 8 boat rides), so I becoming a little frustrated! But the other day I found an article on your website on how to fish from the shore using a slip bobber rig. So my friend Steve and I played hooky for work last Monday 4/15/13 and headed for rainbow point. We set the slip bobber at about 7 feet with a medium shiner and immediately got into action! We landed a beautiful 18″ brownie, and lost a bigger one near the shore. So I just wanted to say that I find your website very helpful and to keep up the good work! Even though one rig might not work one day, there are plenty others that could.

Thanks again,

Farrington Lake Fishing Tournament Saturday April 13th

WHEN: Saturday April 13th 6am to 10am check in at Church Lane Bridge Parking Lot. Mapquest Link

WHERE: Farrington Lake and the connected bodies of water; Ireland Brook, Lawrence Brook, Mill Pond. The lake straddles East Brunswick/North Brunswick

$25per person. 1 &2 person teams. Fish from boat or shore.

Bass, Pike, Pickerel, Trout, Panfish

-Grand Prize, 1st & 2nd Prize – 3 largest fish by weight combined
-Largest Trout Prize

Tournament ends at 7pm!