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New Jersey Trout Fishing

All about fishing for rainbow, brook, brown and lake trout in New Jersey lakes and streams.

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Trout fishing in New Jersey

NJ Trout Fishing Waters

Rockaway River and many of the major lakes including Lake Hopatcong, Merrill Creek Reservoir, Monksville Reservoir, Oak Ridge Reservoir, Round Valley Reservoir, Spruce Run Reservoir, Swartswood Lake and Wanaque Reservoir have one or more species of trout. Many other streams, rivers and some ponds also contain trout. Click here to find a list of New Jersey waters stocked with trout.

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The 5 primary trouts are the rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat and lake trout. Browns are considered the most difficult to catch and brookies are the easiest. Pure cold water is key to survival of the trouts.

New Jersey State Record Trout

The New Jersey state record brook trout was pulled from Rockaway River. Both the NJ state record brown trout and the state record lake trout were taken out of Round Valley Reservoir. The New Jersey state record rainbow trout came from Lake Hopatcong.

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

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

Trout fishing waters and information, by state.


The habits of trout.

Trout are considered some of the most difficult fish to fool. Once you locate New Jersey waters with a population of trout, the challenge becomes identifying trout flies and lures that will trigger strikes. Visit the trout fishing page to learn more about the habitat each of the trouts prefer.

Fishing boats and boat rentals

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