Tag: Lake Hopatcong

Lake Wallenpaupack Replaces Lake Hopatcong

When we found out we would not be granted a permit for Lake Hopatcong, we looked at other locations nearby, most of which unfortunately turned out to be reservoirs used for drinking water. After much research, our next best option seemed to be Candlewood Lake in Connecticut. We even alluded to this on our Facebook group page.

Another choice was the Delaware River, and others suggested the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania, but neither was the right choice. The former being tidal and having a reputation as a mediocre fishery; the latter being too far out of the region in which we want to host these events (for the time being).

We had all but committed to Candlewood when someone suggested a large reservoir in northeastern Pennsylvania. Lake Wallenpaupack.

After some research, we decided this was a better option, as it would allow us to keep an event down in that part of the region rather than holding it on Candlewood over two hours to the north.

Danny Fontaine and Brian Thomas of Central Jersey Kayak Bass Fishing Club went to work securing a permit, which was just approved, so it’s official: our July 17 event will be held on Lake Wallenpaupack in northeastern Pennsylvania!

Check out the event page for more details.

Lake Hopatcong Permit Denied

When we put this trail together, we had a feeling one event may cause us some issues. Originally scheduled for April 10, we moved the Lake Hopatcong event to July 17 to avoid travel and public gathering restrictions, which we anticipated would be an obstacle that early in the year.

Unfortunately, despite Brian’s and Danny’s best efforts, we were unable to secure a permit for Lake Hopatcong.

We know a lot of you were looking forward to fishing that lake, especially since the KBF Trail Event scheduled to take place there last year had to be moved at the last minute. That was one of the main reasons we wanted to host an event there.

Looks like we’ll have to wait until 2022.

Anyway, we will be moving the July 17 event to another location. We won’t announce the lake until we have a permit in hand, but it is a great fishery.

This lake is farther north than Hopatcong by about two hours. Not what we wanted to do, but every lake in that area of New Jersey is either too small or it’s public drinking water and off limits to fishing, so we had no choice.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but hope you understand. This was simply beyond our control.

We don’t anticipate any issues with any of the other locations.

Reach out if you have any questions.