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Fabulous Fishing in New Jersey

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Father and son with bassCatch a memory – and some fabulous fish. New Jersey offers plenty of opportunities to do both. Fishing has never been better in the Garden State, and you owe it to yourself to make time to enjoy it.

Time on the water by yourself or with family and friends is the perfect antidote to our hectic 21st century lifestyle. Fishing is affordable, too, and one of the best gateways for getting kids interested in outdoor activities. As a bonus, there are tons of great fish just waiting to be caught in our plentiful streams, rivers, lakes and ponds.

New Jersey fishing has something for every level of angler, too. It can be as relaxing or as challenging as you want to make it. From a family outing for panfish on the banks of a public pond, to wading cold, clear streams for trout, or chasing world-class game fish such as muskellunge and walleye – New Jersey has it all.

Two state-of-the-art fish hatcheries and year-round stocking programs provide millions of fish each year, making New Jersey a premier fishing destination in the Northeast. The Pequest Trout Hatchery supplies top-notch trout to fuel a year-round coldwater trout fishing program. The Hackettstown Fish Hatchery raises 15 different fish species and stocks millions of fish each year to perpetuate a truly spectacular diversity of coolwater and warmwater fisheries.

If you’ve drifted away from fishing in New Jersey, it's time to get out there and see how much things have changed. If you’ve never fished here, there's no better time than now to experience New Jersey’s first-class freshwater angling. The information on this page will help you get started and provide a road map for navigating all the angling possibilities within a short drive from anywhere.

Don’t miss out. Explore the following links to find out where all the fabulous fish are and learn how to get them on the end of your line.

Largemouth Bass
Largemouth bass
Northern Pike
Northern Pike
Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth bass
Tiger Muskie
Tiger Muskie
Channel Catfish
Channel catfish
Striped Bass Hybrid
Hybrid striped bass
Black Crappie
Black crappie
Landlocked Salmon
Stocking salmon
Fishing Articles:
Prime Time for Smallies
Early Season Pike Fishing
Round Valley Rainbows Get Anglers Off To An Early Start
The American Shad Spawning Run
Enjoy Summer's Sunshine Bass
New Jersey's Most Wanted Fish
Wall to Wall Walleyes in Swartswood Lake!!!
Summertime Largemouth Fishing is Heating Up!
Warmwater Fishing Has Never Been Better!
Ice is Out and Fishing Heats Up!
After the Ice Is Gone - Perch Fishing in New Jersey

Getting Started:
What Do I Need to Go Fishing in New Jersey?
Fishing in New Jersey
Where to buy a fishing license and get local information - license agents!
Places to Fish - Ponds, Lakes and Reservoirs
Places to Fish - Rivers and Streams
Accessible Sites for People with Disabilities
Commercial (Pay for) Fishing Preserves
New Jersey's Free Fishing Days
Freshwater Fishing DIGEST - Rules and management information

Related Pages:
arrow Warmwater Fishing Has Never Been Better!
arrow The Fishing's Never Been Better in New Jersey
arrow NJ Boater's Resource Guide (pdf, 402kb)
arrow NJ Boat Ramp Guide (pdf, 1.2mb)
arrow Checklist of NJ Freshwater Fish
arrow Delaware River Reports
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
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