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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, channel catfish, bluegill, hybrid striped bass and northern pike at Spruce Run Reservoir in New Jersey.

Spruce Run Reservoir, NJ

Featuring great fishing for hybrid striped bass, northern pike and big bass, Spruce Run Reservoir is a 1,300-acre lake in the northwest part of the state. Spruce Run Boat Ramp allows launching of all types of boats.

Spruce Run Reservoir, located in northwestern New Jersey, is a popular destination for anglers seeking a productive and enjoyable fishing experience. The reservoir offers a diverse fishery, picturesque scenery, and a range of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.

One of the most sought-after fish species at Spruce Run Reservoir is the hybrid striped bass. Known for their aggressive strikes and powerful fights, hybrid stripers provide anglers with an exhilarating fishing experience. The reservoir is regularly stocked with hybrid stripers, ensuring ample opportunities for anglers to hook into these hard-fighting fish.

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In addition to hybrid stripers, Spruce Run Reservoir is home to other popular sportfish such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, walleye, and muskellunge. Anglers targeting bass can find success near submerged structures, weed beds, and rocky areas, while those pursuing walleye and muskellunge can focus their efforts near deeper sections of the reservoir.

Anglers visiting Spruce Run Reservoir should familiarize themselves with the fishing regulations and license requirements set by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to ensure compliance with state guidelines.

Overall, Spruce Run Reservoir offers a rewarding fishing experience with its diverse fishery and scenic landscape. Whether you're targeting hybrid stripers, exploring the reservoir by boat, or enjoying the camping facilities, Spruce Run Reservoir provides anglers with a memorable and enjoyable fishing adventure in the heart of New Jersey.

The lake has a boat-motor limit of 9.9 horsepower, so canoes, kayaks, row boats and electric-motor watercraft are ideal here. Bass, bluegill and pike anglers can cruise the 15 miles of shoreline in search of their favorite fish species. Hybrid stripers tend to school in the deeper parts of the lake, often following schools of baitfish. Visitors can rent rowboats, canoes, sailboats and motor boats for a day at the Spruce Run Boat Rental. Kayak Launch State Park allows portage of non-powered boats.

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Primary fish species residing in Spruce Run Reservoir

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Largemouth bass Smallmouth bass Channel catfish Bluegill Hybrid Stripers Northern Pike

Spruce Run Reservoir Amenities

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

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Boating is allowed on Spruce Run Reservoir, providing anglers with the opportunity to explore the expansive waterbody and access prime fishing locations. Anglers can bring their own boats or rent them from the onsite boat rental facility. The reservoir permits both motorized and non-motorized boats, allowing anglers to choose their preferred mode of transportation.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Flatwater Paddle at Spruce Run Boathouse
Rentals: Fishing boats, kayaks and pontoon boats
908 455-9101

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Spruce Run Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, north side, off Van Syckles Road, this is a four-lane, concrete ramp with docks and paved parking.

Click here for a New Jersey Fishing License.

Camping facilities are available at Spruce Run Recreation Area, offering campsites, picnic areas, and hiking trails. This allows anglers to extend their fishing trips and immerse themselves in the outdoor experience while enjoying the beauty of the reservoir and its surroundings.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Spruce Run Recreation Area Campground - 908 638-8572

Camp Dill Campground - 908 638-6104

Jugtown Mountain Campsites - 908 735-5995

Spruce Run Reservoir NJ Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Spruce Run Reservoir
Spruce Run Recreation Area
68 Van Syckles Rd
Clinton, NJ 08809
908 638-8572


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