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Merrill Creek Reservoir, NJ

Popular Fish Species Merrill Creek Reservoir, NJ

Merrill Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Brown Trout

Brown Trout Fishing

Currently, fishing for brown trout in Merrill Creek Reservoir is delivering some extremely nice catches. These hearty fighters migrate around the lake in search of baitfish and comfortable water temperatures, preferably in the 50 to 62 degree range. In spring brown trout, along with the baitfish, move to the shallows which warms first. As the days get warmer in summer they move deeper, again following schools of bait. As Fall and Winter arrive, browns tend to stay in deeper water. When these trout move deep, it is typically in the 20- to 45-foot range. Nightcrawlers are always a good bait for brown trout. In-line spinners, bait-colored crankbaits and small spoons are other options. Experiment with depth and retrieve speed.

Merrill Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout Fishing

Again this year, fishing for rainbow trout in Merrill Creek Reservoir is exciting anglers. Fish for rainbow trout here with worms, salmon eggs, prepared baits, small spinners, spoons, jerkbaits and small crankbaits in vibrant colors to mimic their preferred prey. Additionally, floating or sinking flies, such as nymphs, streamers, or dry flies, are popular choices for fly anglers targeting rainbow trout. Trolling with lures or flies behind a boat, casting near shoreline structures, or still fishing with bait can all yield success. Adjusting lure size, color, and retrieve speed can enhance chances of enticing these colorful and spirited fish.

Merrill Creek Reservoir Popular Fish - Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass Fishing

Smallmouth bass are a favorite of many locals at Merrill Creek Reservoir, as they are tough fighters and exciting to catch. Fishing for smallmouth bass is good anytime they are shallow - in spring, during high water, mornings in summer and during warmer fall afternoons. Use shallow crankbaits around rip rap, and around grass use worms, jigs, topwater and spinnerbaits. In winter, spend your time on deeper structure with small worms, jigs and spoons. Largemouth bass also reside here in good numbers and are often caught when in pursuit of smallies.

Fish species to fish for...

Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, black crappie, white crappie, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, bluegill, white bass, white perch, yellow perch and chain pickerel at Merrill Creek Reservoir in New Jersey.

Merrill Creek Reservoir Fishing Video

Blessed with healthy populations of several fish species, Merrill Creek Reservoir offers variety and the chance for catching a monster lake trout. The lake covers 650 acres and has about 7 miles of shoreline, some of which is available to anglers for fishing from the bank.

Merrill Creek Reservoir, located in western New Jersey, is a popular destination for fishing enthusiasts seeking a serene and productive fishing experience. The reservoir offers a variety of fish species and ample recreational opportunities, making it a favorite among anglers.

One of the more popular fish species in Merrill Creek Reservoir is the largemouth bass. The reservoir's structure, including submerged trees, rocky areas, and weed beds, provides ideal habitat for bass, attracting anglers looking for exciting bass fishing action. The largemouth bass population in the reservoir is known for both quantity and quality, offering anglers a chance to catch trophy-sized fish.

In addition to largemouth bass, Merrill Creek Reservoir is home to other popular sportfish such as hybrid striped bass, walleye, northern pike, and various panfish species including crappie, perch, and sunfish. The diverse fishery ensures that anglers have plenty of opportunities to target different species and enjoy a varied fishing experience.

Check fishing regulations and license requirements by contacting the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to ensure compliance with state guidelines.

Situated in the northwest part of the state, at Harmony, it is easy access off I-78. In addition to lakers these waters have abundant populations of bass, crappie, rainbows, brownies, white bass, pike, perch and sunfish. Boat ramps are open to the public and canoes and kayaks can be portages from various locations around the lake.

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Primary fish species residing in Merrill Creek Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Black crappie White crappie Rainbow trout Brown trout Lake trout Bluegill White Bass White Perch Yellow Perch Chain pickerel

Merrill Creek Reservoir Amenities

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

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Boating is allowed on Merrill Creek Reservoir, offering anglers the chance to explore the lake and access prime fishing locations. The reservoir does not allow gas-powered boat motors on the lake.

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Merrill Creek Reservoir Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Merrill Creek Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Fishing Guides On Merrill Creek Reservoir

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

Fishing License

Click here for a New Jersey Fishing License.

While camping is not permitted directly on Merrill Creek Reservoir, there are nearby campgrounds and lodging options available, allowing anglers to extend their fishing trips and enjoy the natural surroundings. These facilities provide convenient access to the reservoir and offer amenities such as campsites, picnic areas, and hiking trails.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Jugtown Mountain Campsites - 908 735-5995

Merrill Creek Reservoir NJ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Merrill Creek Reservoir
Merrill Creek Reservoir Visitor Center
34 Merrill Creek Rd
Washington, NJ 07882
908 454-1213


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