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Best New Jersey Fishing Lakes

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Top places to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and more in NJ.

Lake Hopatcong, Manasquan Reservoir, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir and Round Valley Reservoir are the most popular places for fishing in New Jersey, offering anglers the chance to pursue a variety of fish species.

  • Lake Hopatcong
  • Manasquan Reservoir
  • Merrill Creek Reservoir
  • Monksville Reservoir
  • Round Valley Reservoir
Best Bass Lakes

Manasquan Reservoir, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir and Union Lake are considered the best options for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. More...

Popular Catfish Lakes

Assunpink Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir and Round Valley Reservoir are favorite options for channel, blue, white and flathead catfish. More...

Top Crappie Lakes

Assunpink Lake, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir and Union Lake are some of the most popular lakes for black and white crappie. More...

Favorite Sunfish-Panfish Lakes

Greenwood Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Manasquan Reservoir, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir and Round Valley Reservoir are popular lakes to fish for bluegill, bream, perch and other sunfish. More...

Best Walleye Lakes

The Delaware River, Greenwood Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir are considered the top lakes for walleye fishing. More...

Popular Trout Lakes

Lake Hopatcong, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Rockaway River and Round Valley Reservoir are the favorite options for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout. More...

Top Striper Lakes

The Delaware River, Lake Hopatcong and Manasquan Reservoir are the best options for striped bass and hybrid striped bass. More...

Favorite Salmon Lakes

Lake Aeroflex, Tilcon Lake and Wawayanda Lake are the primary lakes for landlocked sockeye salmon fishing. More...

Visit the New Jersey fishing page for links to information covering a wide variety of fish species and local fishing choices in the state. Visit the New Jersey map to identify your best route to these top fishing locations. Look to our sister site for additional information about boating in NJ at many of the most popular lakes in the state.

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