Fishing in New Jersey

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Many of New Jersey's streams, rivers, and lakes flow within easy reach of several of the largest cities on the East Coast, giving anglers the chance to conveniently step away from urban life, catch some fish, and enjoy the outdoors. And with great access to the Atlantic and its abundant game fish, there?s always somewhere to wet a line and put a bend in your rod in New Jersey.

Several of New Jersey?s best trout streams flow into the mighty Delaware river which makes up the state?s western border. These Delaware River tributaries such as the Big Flat Brook, Paulinskill, and Musconetcong rivers give anglers access to excellent fly fishing for both stocked and wild rainbows, browns, and brook trout. In the northeast corner of the state, trout streams such as the Ramapo, Rockaway, and Saddle rivers lay within close proximity to New Jersey?s major metropolitan centers as well as New York City, giving city dwellers a quick close-to-home trout fix. New Jersey also has some top-notch small streams like the Black River, Lockatong Creek, and Stony Brook, that are well-stocked each year with rainbow, brown, and brook trout, though some support populations of naturally reproducing fish. Lake Hopatcong, Union lake, and Delaware Lake hold largemouth bass, perch, bluegill, and you may even find a musky that?s willing to take a fly.

Saltwater fly anglers head to New Jersey?s coast where striped bass, bluefish, and weakfish (speckled trout) are the primary quarry, and in the fall, schools of migratory false albacore come into casting range. In and around Sandy Hook Bay is where most of the saltwater fly action can be found, as the area gives anglers access to the oceanfront, back bays, and the river mouths that empty into the ocean.


NJ Department of Fish & Wildlife
501 E. State St.
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
P: 609-292-2965

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