Guide To Popular Fishing Lakes In New Jersey
All about fishing in the Garden State
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, some of which allow ice fishing in winter.
Major New Jersey Lakes & Species
Lake & Fish Chart
Major fishing waters, cross referenced with fishing found in each lake. For a detailed list of primary fish species in NJ, plus state fish records, see the list below.
Fishing lake sizes and locations in the state.
Assunpink Lake is a 225-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Roosevelt.
Clinton Reservoir is a 424-acre lake in the northern part of the state, 2 miles north of Newfoundland.
Farrington Lake is a 290-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Miltown.
Greenwood Lake is a 1,900-acre lake on the northern border of the state, at West Milford.
Lake Carnegie is a 237-acre lake in the central part of the state, at Princeton.
Lake Hopatcong is a 2,700-acre lake in the north-central part of the state, at Hopatcong.
Manasquan Reservoir is a 700-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, at Howell.
Mercer Lake is a 276-acre lake in central NJ, 5 miles northeast of Trenton.
Merrill Creek Reservoir is a 650-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Harmony.
Monksville Reservoir is a 500-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Hewitt.
Lake Musconetcong is a 329-acre lake in the northern part of the state, at Netcong.
Oak Ridge Reservoir is a 480-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Oak Ridge.
Round Valley Reservoir is a 2,300-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Lebanon.
Spruce Run Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the northwest part of the state, at Clinton.
Swartswood Lake is a 500-acre lake in the north-central part of the state at Swartswood.
Union Lake is a 900-acre lake in the south-central part of the state, at Millville.
Wanaque Reservoir is a 2,300-acre lake in the northeast part of the state, at Wanaque.
Fish Species & State Records in New Jersey
World record: 22 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 10 lbs 14 oz
World record: 11 lbs 15 oz
State Record: 7 lbs 2 oz
World record: 58 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 33 lbs 3 oz
World record: 22 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 14 lbs 4 oz
World record: 6 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz
World record: 5 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 11 oz
World record: 25 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 13 lbs 9 oz
World record: 4 lbs 12 oz
State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz
World record: 2 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz
World record: 3.0 lbs
State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz
World record: 4.6 lbs
State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz
World record: 4 lbs 3 oz
State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz
World record: 42 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 13 lbs 0 oz
World record: 14 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 7 lbs 3 oz
World record: 40 lbs 4 oz
State Record: 21 lbs 6 oz
World record: 72 lbs 0 oz
State Record: 32 lbs 8 oz
World record: 79 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 8 lbs 5 oz
Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 51 lbs 0 oz
World record: 27 lbs 5 oz
State Record: 16 lbs 4 oz
World record: 21 lbs 8 oz
State Record: 11 lbs 8.5 oz
World record: 9 lbs 6 oz
State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz
World record: 69 lbs 9 oz
State Record: 42 lbs 13 oz
World record: 55 lbs 1 oz
State Record: 30 lbs 8.5 oz
World record: 51 lbs 2 oz
State Record: 29 lbs 0 oz
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State of NJ Fishing Information
New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife regulations and information about fishing in New Jersey.
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