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New Jersey Catfish Fishing

All about fishing for white and channel catfish in New Jersey.

Catfish fishing 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, 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.

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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

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Additional resources for catfishing information.

Catfish Conservation Group

U.S. Catfish Anglers Tournaments

Planet Catfish

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 fishing information for states with catfish.


Learn the lifestyle of catfish

The more you know about the seasonal migration of catfish, the easier it will be to catch catfish in New Jersey lakes and rivers. Catfish feed on a wide variety of food sources. They can be caught on prepared baits as well as live and dead baitfish.

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