Fishing in New Jersey
There are many species of catfish and even more ways to catch
them. Adults range in size from less than a pound to hundreds of
pounds. They can be found in all types of water including ponds,
streams, lakes and rivers. There are even species which spend a
limited amount of time on dry land. Big giant catfish put up a very
noble fight once hooked.
Catfish Fishing Lakes In New Jersey
Channel catfish and white catfish are found in many New Jersey
waters. Major lakes with catfish include Greenwood Lake, Lake Hopatcong,
Manasquan Reservoir, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Round Valley Reservoir,
Spruce Run Reservoir, Swartswood Lake, Union Lake and Wanaque Reservoir.
Rivers, small lakes and ponds are likely to contain catfish as
The New Jersey state record channel catfish was pulled from Lake
Hopatcong and the NJ state record white catfish came from Dallenbach
Most catfish are considered bottom feeders to one extent or another.
They will generally eat anything that can get in their mouth. Their
strongest sense is smell which they use to locate potential food
sources. Capitalizing on this sense is the primary weapon in your
search for these creatures. Aggressive catfish have been caught
on most types of fast moving bass lures so don't under estimate
their ability to catch live bait.
Catfish Organizations & Resources
U.S. Catfish Anglers
Learning to Fish for Catfish In New Jersey
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