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Go Fishing in NJ!

New Jersey offers more than 400 publicly accessible lakes, ponds, and reservoirs where families can fish.


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The trout are biting! There are more than 400 public lakes, ponds and reservoirs in New Jersey where families can cast a line and see what comes back. You’ll need a fishing rod, and bait, of course, but if you’re under 16 you don’t need a fishing license, though older anglers have to have one (a seasonal license is $22.50 and you can buy it at sporting stores or local bait shops). Visit the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website for a full list of waterways and up-to-date info. 


Dahnert’s Lake, Garfield 

Wild Duck Pond, Saddle River County Park, Ridgewood

Saddle River County Park, Ridgewood


Grover Cleveland Park Pond, Caldwell

Verona Park Lake, Verona


Lake Mercer, Mercer County Park, West Windsor 

Rosedale Lake, Rosedale Park, Hopewell Township


Manalapan Lake, Thompson Park, Monroe Township

Roosevelt Park Pond, Edison Township 


Sunrise Lake, Lewis Morris County Park, Morristown 

Saffin Pond, Mahlon Dickerson Reservation, Jefferson Township (Note: restrooms not nearby) 


Barbour Pond, Garret Mountain Reservation, Paterson/Woodland Park area 


Mettlers Pond, Powder Mill Pond, and Spooky Brook Pond, Colonial Park, East Millstone 


Echo Lake (Upper and Lower), Mountainside 

Warinanco Park Pond, Roselle 

Visit the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website for a full list of waterways 
and up-to-date fishing info. 

Where's your favorite spot to fish in NJ? Please share below!

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