What surprises me is that you said you saw bass in the Albertson branch. Is the area that you saw them a large (lake like) area of the branch? A study was done a few years back by Rutgers regarding pollution and fish in the pine barrens, in the study they didn't find any bass in the true pine barren streams. This part of Albertson branch...has someone been stocking it maybe?
The part of Albertson that I am talking about is between "White Bridge" where Fleming Pike (a dirt road) crosses the Branch and upstream to Miller's bogs.
Millers is on Pump Branch. Blue Anchor Brook dumps into Albertson a little upstream of White Bridge and downstream of Millers.
Both Pump Branch and Blue Anchor Brook have private lakes (Elmtown, Haluwasa, Lake of the Four Fountains etc.) along their courses and I am sure many of the bass are escapees.The water doesn't seem to bother them.
There are also catfish in that stretch.