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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

New Jersey major lakes and fish chart

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.

Lakes, 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

Bass

Largemouth Bass

Largemouth bass

World record: 22 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 10 lbs 14 oz

Smallmouth Bass

Smallmouth bass

World record: 11 lbs 15 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 2 oz

Catfish

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish

World record: 58 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 33 lbs 3 oz

White Catfish

White catfish

World record: 22 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 14 lbs 4 oz

Crappie

Black Crappie

Black crappie

World record: 6 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 4 lbs 8 oz

White Crappie

White crappie

World record: 5 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 11 oz

Walleye

Walleye

Walleye

World record: 25 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 9 oz

Panfish

Bluegill

Bluegill

World record: 4 lbs 12 oz

State Record: 3 lbs 0 oz

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Pumpkinseed sunfish

World record: 2 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 1 lbs 8 oz

Rock Bass

Rock bass

World record: 3.0 lbs

State Record: 1 lbs 5 oz

White Perch

White perch

World record: 4.6 lbs

State Record: 3 lbs 1 oz

Yellow Perch

Yellow perch

World record: 4 lbs 3 oz

State Record: 2 lbs 6 oz

Trout

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow trout

World record: 42 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 13 lbs 0 oz

Brook Trout

Brook trout

World record: 14 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 7 lbs 3 oz

Brown Trout

Brown trout

World record: 40 lbs 4 oz

State Record: 21 lbs 6 oz

Lake Trout

Lake trout

World record: 72 lbs 0 oz

State Record: 32 lbs 8 oz

Salmon

Atlantic Salmon

Atlantic salmon

World record: 79 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 8 lbs 5 oz

Striped bass

Striped Bass

Stripers

Inland world record: 64 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 51 lbs 0 oz

Hybrid Striped Bass

Hybrid Striper

World record: 27 lbs 5 oz

State Record: 16 lbs 4 oz

Other species

Bowfin

Bowfin

World record: 21 lbs 8 oz

State Record: 11 lbs 8.5 oz

Chain Pickerel

Chain pickerel

World record: 9 lbs 6 oz

State Record: 9 lbs 3 oz

Muskie

Muskie (Muskellunge)

World record: 69 lbs 9 oz

State Record: 42 lbs 13 oz

Northern Pike

Northern pike

World record: 55 lbs 1 oz

State Record: 30 lbs 8.5 oz

Tiger Muskie

Tiger muskie

World record: 51 lbs 2 oz

State Record: 29 lbs 0 oz

Click the images and links above for species details.

One of Many New Jersey Fishing Ponds

Visit AA-Boats-Boating.com to find information about fishing boats in New Jersey and other boating information.

Acquire a New Jersey fishing license.

State of NJ Fishing Information

New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife regulations and information about fishing in New Jersey.

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