New Jersey Catfish Fishing
All about fishing for white and channel catfish in New Jersey.
Catfish Waters In NJ
Channel catfish and white catfish are found in many New Jersey waters. Major lakes with catfish include Greenwood Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Manasquan Reservoir, Monksville 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 well.
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. Catfish are found in all types of water including ponds, streams, lakes and rivers throughout New Jersey. 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.
The New Jersey state record channel catfish was pulled from Lake Hopatcong and the NJ state record white catfish came from Dallenbach Pond.
Camp out and catch some catfish!
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
NJ State Record: 33 lbs 3 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
NJ State Record: 14 lbs 4 oz
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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.