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Manasquan Reservoir, NJ

Popular Fish Species Manasquan Reservoir, NJ

Manasquan Reservoir Popular Fish - Largemouth Bass

Largemouth Bass

Bass fishing in Manasquan Reservoir primarily targets largemouth bass. Smallmouth bass are also present, and are caught with some regularity. There are multiple areas for fishing from the bank here. Fishing for largemouth bass is good virtually any time they are shallow - in spring, mornings in summer, and during warm Fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap. Around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In deeper water, big worms, jigs and spoons are three good weapons. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure. Smallmouth bass also reside here in good numbers.

Manasquan Reservoir Popular Fish - Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid striped bass, also known as wipers, have been stocked in the lake to enhance fishing. They are a favorite of many locals and fishing guides at Manasquan Reservoir, as they are plentiful and grow to bragging size. Fishing for hybrid stripers is a matter of locating schools of bait, and schools of hybrid striped bass is likely to be in the area. Fish finders improve your odds of locating both bait and wipers. Live bait is very very effective here, and these chubby fish can be caught year round.

Manasquan Reservoir Popular Fish - Black Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie reside in good numbers throughout Manasquan Reservoir, and they are averaging a very good size this year. Crappie fishing is excellent and they are running in sizeable schools. Crappie always like cover and structure, so locate brush and vegetation. Using a fish finder can help locate schools of crappie, which tend to stack vertically around cover. In spring and fall focus on the 8 to 12 foot range. As the crappie move deep in summer and winter, follow points out deep, as well as find ledges near channels in deeper water.When the lake freezes over, ice fishing is often a great way to catch a bunch of crappie.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, black crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, hybrid striped bass, chain pickerel and tiger muskie at Manasquan Reservoir in New Jersey.

Offering a nice variety of fish species, Manasquan Reservoir also provides the chance to land a tropy-size fish. This 700-acre lake in the east-central part of the state, is stocked with bass, catfish, crappie, chain pickerel, perch, bluegill and tiger muskie.

Manasquan Reservoir, located in central New Jersey, is a popular fishing destination known for its excellent fishing opportunities, scenic beauty, and recreational activities. The reservoir offers anglers a chance to catch a variety of fish species while enjoying the serene surroundings.

One of the primary attractions for anglers at Manasquan Reservoir is the largemouth bass fishery. The reservoir is home to a healthy population of largemouth bass, providing anglers with plenty of opportunities to test their skills and land some impressive catches. The bass in Manasquan Reservoir can be found near submerged structures, including fallen trees, weed beds, and rocky areas.

In addition to largemouth bass, the reservoir is also known for its thriving population of hybrid striped bass. These hard-fighting fish offer anglers an exciting challenge and are highly sought after. Hybrid stripers can be found in the deeper sections of the reservoir, particularly around the dam area and submerged structures.

Anglers visiting Manasquan Reservoir should be aware of the fishing regulations and license requirements set by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to ensure compliance with state guidelines.

Overall, Manasquan Reservoir offers a rewarding fishing experience, with opportunities to catch a variety of fish species, including largemouth bass and hybrid striped bass. Whether you're casting from a boat, exploring the reservoir's nooks and crannies, or simply enjoying the tranquility of the surrounding nature, Manasquan Reservoir provides a picturesque setting for anglers to relax and reel in some memorable catches.

The lake encompasses about 8 miles of shoreline, some of which is accessible for shoreline fishing-particularly along the 5-mile perimeter trail. A boat launch ramp is available on the south side of the lake at the Joseph Irwin Recreation Area. Kayaks and canoes can be portaged from several places around the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Manasquan Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Black crappie Bluegill Yellow Perch Hybrid Striped Bass Chain pickerel Tiger muskie

Manasquan Reservoir Amenities

Marina: NO
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: NEARBY
RV Hookups: NEARBY
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: NO
Restaurant: YES

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Boating is a popular activity on Manasquan Reservoir, and anglers have the option to bring their boats or rent them from the onsite boat rental facility. The reservoir allows electric motors only, ensuring a quiet and peaceful fishing experience. Boaters can explore the reservoir's vast expanse, target different fishing spots, and enjoy the scenic views of the surrounding woodlands.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Manasquan Reservoir Kayak Rental
Rentals: Fishing boats, canoes and kayaks
732 919-0996

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Manasquan Reservoir Visitor Center Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, on the south side of the lake, off Windeler Road, this is a two-lane, and a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Manasquan Reservoir

If you offer fishing guide services on this lake, please contact us for a free listing, to be posted here.

Manasquan Reservoir Fishing Video
Fishing License

Click here for a New Jersey Fishing License.

Camping is not permitted directly on the reservoir, but there are several campgrounds and lodging options available nearby, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and fully immerse themselves in the outdoor experience. These campgrounds provide convenient access to the reservoir and offer amenities such as campsites, picnic areas, and hiking trails.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Allaire State Park Campground - 732 938-2371

Manasquan Reservoir NJ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Manasquan Reservoir
Allaire State Park
Atlantic Ave
Howell, NJ 07731
732 938-2371


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