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New Jersey Fishing

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The state of New Jersey offers a wide variety of fishing opportunities. There are almost 400 fresh water lakes and ponds to fish in the state of New Jersey plus many streams and rivers. Here, you can fish for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, white catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, rainbow trout, brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, rock bass, white perch, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, coho salmon, stripers, bowfin, chain pickerel, muskie, northern pike, sturgeon and tiger muskie in local lakes, rivers, ponds and/or streams. We concentrate here on the major fishing lakes and impoundments in New Jersey.

Major New Jersey Lakes

New Jersey major lakes and fish chart

Lake & Fish Chart

This chart shows the major fishing waters in New Jersey, cross referencing these waters with the major types of fishing to be found in each of the lakes. For a more complete list of species in New Jersey, and state records, see the fish list below.

New Jersey Fishing Lake Sizes & Locations

Greenwood Lake is a 1,900-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at West Milford, NJ.

Lake Hopatcong is a 2,700-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Hopatcong, NJ.

Manasquan Reservoir is a 700-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Howell, NJ.

Merrill Creek Reservoir is a 650-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Harmony, NJ.

Monksville Reservoir is a 500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Hewitt, NJ.

Oak Ridge Reservoir is a 480-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Oak Ridge, NJ.

Round Valley Reservoir is a 2,300-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Lebanon, NJ.

Spruce Run Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Clinton, NJ.

Swartswood Lake is a 500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state at Swartswood, NJ.

Union Lake is a 900-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Millville, NJ.

Wanaque Reservoir is a 2,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Wanaque, NJ.

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State of NJ Fishing Information

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Fish Species in New Jersey

Fishing for bass in New Jersey

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

NJ State Record: 10 lbs 14 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

NJ State Record: 7 lbs 2 oz

Fishing for catfish in New Jersey

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

NJ State Record: 33 lbs 3 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

NJ State Record: 14 lbs 4 oz

Fishing for crappie in New Jersey

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

NJ State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

NJ State Record: 3 lbs 11 oz

Fishing for walleye in New Jersey

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

NJ State Record: 13 lbs 9 oz

Fishing for panfish in New Jersey

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

NJ State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

NJ State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

NJ State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

NJ State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

NJ State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz

Fishing for trout in New Jersey

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

NJ State Record: 13 lbs 0 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

NJ State Record: 7 lbs 3 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

NJ State Record: 21 lbs 6 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

NJ State Record: 32 lbs 8 oz

Fishing for salmon in New Jersey

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

NJ State Record: 8 lbs 0 oz

Coho Salmon

Coho salmon

World record: 33 lbs 7 oz

NJ State Record: Unknown

Fishing for striped bass in New Jersey

Striped Bass

Striper

Saltwater world record: 81 lbs 14 oz

NJ State Record: 51 lbs 0 oz

Fishing for other species in New Jersey

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

NJ State Record: 10 lbs 14 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

NJ State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

NJ State Record: 42 lbs 13 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

NJ State Record: 30 lbs 8.5 oz

Sturgeon

Sturgeon

Estimated world record: 1,100 lbs

NJ: Endangered species

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

NJ State Record: 29 lbs 0 oz

By clicking on the images and links above, you will be taken to a page offering more information about the selected species.

Fishing information for each state.

 

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