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Types of Fish in New Jersey

American Eel
American Shad
Atlantic Bonito
Black Bullhead
Black Drum
Black Sea Bass
Bluefish
Bluegill
Brook Trout
Brown Trout
Channel Catfish
Crappie
Gar
Green Sunfish
Lake Trout
Largemouth Bass
Muskie
Northern Pike
Rainbow Trout
Red Drum
Redbreast Sunfish
Redfin Pickerel
Rock Bass
Smallmouth Bass
Striped Bass
Walleye
Warmouth
Weakfish
White Perch

New Jersey may surprise some as a fishing vacation destination, but never forget its abundant coastline, and inland trout! The garden state has over a hundred miles of coastline and many more miles of bay. Trout are important sports fish in the state, but they are also home to striped bass, walleye and muskellunge.

Over the past three quarters of a century New Jersey has been participating in a conservation effort that has re-established many species within its waters. The state stocks fish regularly – in some waterways five times a year!

The trout is arguably the state’s most popular inland species. They are heavily stocked with new waterways added to the roster every year. New Jersey engages in a program called Hook-a-Winner, which tags some trout and offers recognition to those who catch one.

New Jersey is considered by many to be one of the east coast’s great trout fishing options. The state boasts two trophy lakes – The Merrill Creek Reservoir and Round Valley Reservoir. Massive sized rainbow, lake, and brown trout, along with hybrids, roam this waters.

Wild streams are less plentiful, but can also be found within state in addition to those stocked with game. They are gems if you can find them; Try the Raritan River and any waterways it flows into.

Beautifully colored walleye can be found in New Jersey, too. Cast into Greenwood Lake, Monksville Reservoir, or the Delaware River (location of the state record for walleye). These locations are also excellent for shad and muskellunge fishing. If salmon are your preference stocked, landlocked Atlantic salmon can be found in Lake Aeroflex and Lake Wawayanda during the summer and fall months.

Bass are popular all over the east coast and New Jersey is hardly an exception. The state boasts several types, such as striped bass, small and largemouth. Round Valley Reservoir is the site of the state’s record smallmouth.

Interestingly, you can also find a hybrid of striped and white bass within New Jersey. Productive hybrid locations include Lake Hopatcong and the Spruce Run Reservoir. These fish are true fighters! Manasquan Reservoir also has the hybrid striped bass along with a plethora of different types of fish. You can catch an extra striped bass with a bonus permit, which is part of the state’s bass management.

For saltwater fishermen, New Jersey’s fluke fishing is not to be missed! The Sandy Hook bay is a notable location to find this type of flounder. Off the coast they can be found along Asbury Park and Long Beach Island. Or drop your boat near Raritan Bay for some primer fluke fishing. Also Atlantic cod, tuna, sheepshead, marlin, swordfish, and weakfish are teaming within the ocean’s waters off Jersey’s coast!

State fishing regulations apply to all species, except trout which have more distinct regulations. Many environments only allow for artificial lures. All regulations should be noted by location and time of year before setting out to fish. A trout stamp is a necessary addendum to a fishing license for trout anglers.

Anyone sixteen or older requires a fishing license, unless on their own land. New Jersey also allows for bow and arrow fishing. To apply for a residential license you must live within state for six months before applying. Annual licenses are available, although non-residential vacationers can buy a two day or seven day recreational fishing license. Two non-licensed fishing days occur every year in early June, so let your line out then!
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Adams Lake


17 miles from Bordentown, New Jersey anglers will find Adams Lake and will not be disappointed. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Lake include Burlington, Hammonton and Beverly. If Adams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Cooper Branch, Mount Misery Brook, McDonalds Branch, Shinns Branch, Pole Bridge Branch, Gum Spring, Cranberry Branch, Baffin Brook, South Branch Mount Misery Brook and Bucks Cove Run.
Closest Cities : Bordentown 17miles, Burlington 18miles, Hammonton 21miles, Beverly 21miles, Trenton 23miles


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Adams Lake


Adams Lake, just 5 miles from Paterson, New Jersey, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Adams Lake include Clifton, Boonton and Passaic. If Adams Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Packanack Brook, Preakness Brook, Pompton River, Naachpunkt Brook, Deepavaal Brook, Singac Brook, Reservoir Brook, Peckman River, Pequannock River and Ramapo River.
Closest Cities : Paterson 5miles, Clifton 7miles, Boonton 7miles, Passaic 8miles, Garfield 8miles


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Agros Lake


Agros Lake, just 7 miles from Belvidere, New Jersey, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Agros Lake include Hackettstown, Newton and Phillipsburg. If Agros Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Brookaloo Swamp, Trout Brook, Muddy Brook, Honey Run, Yards Creek, Jacksonburg Creek, Blair Creek, Paulins Kill, Delawanna Creek and Jenny Jump Brook.
Closest Cities : Belvidere 7miles, Hackettstown 10miles, Newton 15miles, Phillipsburg 19miles, Easton 20miles


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Arapaho Lake


Arapaho Lake, just 8 miles from Newton, New Jersey, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Arapaho Lake include Dover, Boonton and Hackettstown. If Arapaho Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Weldon Brook, Russia Brook, Beaver Brook, Jayness Brook, Mountain Brook, Franklin Pond Creek, Burnt Meadow Brook, Wildcat Branch, Dunker Brook and Punkhorn Creek.
Closest Cities : Newton 8miles, Dover 10miles, Boonton 13miles, Hackettstown 16miles, Morristown 17miles


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Arrowhead Lake


Arrowhead Lake, just 3 miles from Boonton, New Jersey, is a great place for anglers to land that monster fish. Other near by cities where anglers can stop to get some food or get some bait near Arrowhead Lake include Dover, Morristown and Summit. If Arrowhead Lake doesn't satisfy, there are also multiple rivers, creeks, and streams near by. Some of these are Beaver Brook, White Meadow Brook, Den Brook, Hibernia Brook, Foxs Brook, Stony Brook, Mill Brook, Eastmans Brook, West Brook and Malapardis Brook.
Closest Cities : Boonton 3miles, Dover 4miles, Morristown 6miles, Summit 13miles, Township of Orange 14miles


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