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New Jersey State Record
Freshwater Sport Fish

Below are the current NJ Record Freshwater Fish. In May, 2007, the program was revised to include Retired Categories (Saltwater) of fish no longer included in the program, as well as Retired Historical Records. Currently there are 31 species of freshwater fish eligible for entry in the Record Fish Program.

Anglers are reminded that the objective of the Record Fish Program is to increase the awareness of fishing opportunities for species that are regularly sought after and routinely found in or off the coast of New Jersey.

For more information see the Record Fish Program page.

Species Lbs. Oz. Year Angler Where Caught
Bass, largemouth 10 14 1980 Robert Eisele Menantico Sand Wash Pond
Bass, rock 1 5 1982 Eric Avogardo Saddle River
Bass, smallmouth 7 2 1990 Carol Marciniak Round Valley Reservoir
Bluegill 3 0 1990 Dom Santarelli Farm Pond in Pennington
Bowfin 10 14 2011 Chris Hoffman Delaware River
Bullhead, brown 4 8 1997 Gary Schmidt Lake of the Woods (Fort Dix)
Carp 47 0 1995 Billy Friedman South Branch of Raritan River
Carp (archery) 45 6 2014 Adam Faatz Greenwood Lake
Carp, grass 55 8 2011 James Dempsey, Jr. Curlis Lake
Carp, grass (archery) 65 0 2008 Mark Kronyak Delaware River
Catfish, channel 33 3 1978 Howard Hudson Lake Hopatcong
Catfish, white 14 4 2004 Timothy Jasko Dallenbach Pond
Crappie, black 4 8 1996 Andy Tintle Pompton Lake
Crappie, white 3 11 2009 William Lewis Mercer Lake
Eel, American 6 13 2005 David J. Payne Round Valley Reservoir
Muskellunge 42 13 1997 Bob Neals Monksville Reservoir
Muskie, tiger 29 0 1990 Larry Migliarese Delaware River
Perch, white 3 1 1989 Edward Tango Forest Hill Park Lake
Perch, yellow 2 6 1989 Gene Engels Holiday Lake
Pickerel, chain 9 3 1957 Frank McGovern Lower Aetna Lake
Pickerel, redfin 1 13 1982 Gerald Humphrey Lake Assunpink
Pike, Northern 30 8.5 2009 John Viglione Pompton Lake
Salmon (landlocked) 8 0 1951 John Mount Lake Aeroflex (formerly New Wawayanda Lake)
Shad, American 11 1 1984 Charles Mower Delaware River
Striped Bass 51 0 2002 John Christian Great Egg Harbor River
Striped Bass, hybrid 16 4 1999 Bill Schmidt Culvers Lake
Sunfish, pumpkinseed 1 8 1987 Daryl Donalson Farm Pond in Burlington County
Trout, brook 7 3 1995 Andrew DuJack Rockaway River
Trout, brown 21 6 1995 Lenny Saccente Round Valley Reservoir
Trout, brown sea run Vacant (Minimum Weight 5 Lbs.)
Trout, lake 32 8 2002 Gregory Young Round Valley Reservoir
Trout, rainbow 13 0 1988 Gene Rutkoski Lake Hopatcong
Walleye 13 9 1993 George Fundell Delaware River

* Denotes fish has been certified by the IGFA as a world record

 

*** Retired Historical Record ***

Species Lbs. Oz. Year Angler Where Caught
*Perch, yellow 4 4 1865 Charles Abbott Crosswicks Creek

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