Warm water generated from a power plant aids the fishing in this New Jersey hot spot.
It doesn’t really matter how cold it is in New Jersey’s Oyster Creek, the fishing is going to be hot.
Just how hot, you ask? Hot enough that the nation’s longest lasting nuclear power plant, the Oyster Creek Generating Station, warms the water so much it turns late winter and early spring into the hottest days on the fishing calendar.
The Forked River is where the action happens, as it has 1.4 billion gallons of water sucked out of it a day, used to cool the generating station’s reactor. Then the heated up water gets shoved back into the river, providing a toasty habitat for fish looking to keep biting all season long.
You can expect to catch white bass, flounder, and bluefish in the area of the power plant, and luckily routine tests show no signs of radioactivity in any of the fish.
So who wants to go fishing at a nuclear power plant? Anyone who wants to catch something, apparently.