Best Spots for Fishing in NJ

The following are my 5 favorite locations in New Jersey to fish. They consist of freshwater and saltwater. I fish these locations either on a boat, kayak or from the coastline. They are not noted in any specific order.

Best Spots for Fishing in New Jersey

#1. Marlu Lake

Best Spots for Fishing

Found in Thompson Park in Lincroft, NJ, Marlu Lake is a freshwater lake. The lake is 22 acres and features a lot of underwater in addition to above water structure. The depth averages about 5 to 10 feet with one area that goes to 20+’. There is an area to introduce cartop boats/kayaks and trailered boats (it is not a traditional boat ramp. It is more of just a flat area that gradually drops off). Boats are restricted to electrical motors just. Although the lake can be fished from the coastline, it is easier to fish by boat, kayak or canoe. Thick brush, trees and high banks make coast fishing hard and in some cases hazardous.

There are largemouth bass, crappies, carp and sunfish. There are likewise a great deal of turtles also. In truth, there are 2 islands and the first one is called Turtle Island. The bass I capture here average in between 2 and 3 pounds. But there are bass that are far much heavier that swim around. In truth I have actually caught a number of over 4 pounds. My biggest bass I captured at this lake was 5 pounds 2 ounces. I think about Marlu Lake to be my home lake. I kayak fish here as much as I can.

#2. Holmdel Park Pond

Best Spots for Fishing

Holmdel Park Pond lies in Holmdel Park in Holmdel NJ. This is a small pond at just 5 acres but does quit some great fish in New Jersey. It has largemouth bass, sunfish, carp and it is also stocked with trout. Trout fishing is not too good during early April. I find it gets better late April and early May. My greatest trout caught here was a brown trout. I didn’t have a scale however I estimate it’s weight had to do with 4 lbs approximately. After a quick image, I released him back into the water.

There are no boats, canoes or kayaks allowed on the lake so all fishing has to be done at the coastline. Practically the whole lake is assessable to fish. There are a number of benches along the shoreline so you can cast a line and sit and unwind. This used to be my home lake until I got my kayak. This is an excellent location to take the family fishing. Specifically if you have younger children. There is a playground, grassy fields to play ball, have a picnic or just relax. There is also a main structure which houses tidy washrooms, indoor picnic tables and vending machines. At certain times there is a sandwich shop as well.

#3.  Port Monmouth, Raritan Bay

Port Monmouth, Raritan Bay

Other good spot for fishing in NJ is Raritan Bay. Raritan Bay is located at the southern part of Lower New york city Bay between New york city and New Jersey and becomes part of the New York Bight. There countless places to fish and a lot of types of fish to get into so I will concentrate on the 2 I fish for the majority of; striped bass and fluke (AKA summer flounder).

Port Monmouth is the location I introduce my kayak most. Although it is difficult to bring the kayak back to the truck due to the huge sand hill you need to pull the kayak up, this is a fantastic place to launch. There are a couple of channels within a brief paddle to target fluke. There is also a main shipping channel that is more of a paddle but does yield some decent sized fish. Bucktails tipped with squid and spearing with a teaser hook is the best way to fish for fluke. They usually lay on the edges of channels and near drop offs.

Whenever fishing in or near a channel you need to beware of boats and ships that use the channel. Constantly be ready to paddle quickly at all times. I constantly leave my paddle throughout my lap and never ever use the paddle keeper. By doing this I can quickly paddle out of the method if I need to.

Best Spots for Fishing

Raritan Bay likewise has an excellent striped bass fishery. Although much better by kayak or boat, you can browse fish for stripers also. A great deal of my friends cast or giant plugs although I prefer to use clams. I prefer to float around drifting clams on a fish finder rig instead of constantly casting lures … although from time to time I do it. There are big stripers to be captured in early spring and late fall however you can capture schoolie stripers nearly all year long.

#4. Navesink River

Best Spots for Fishing

The Navesink River lies in northern Monmouth County NJ. I fish the area of the Oceanic Bridge which links Middletown and Rumson. During the week there is not excessive boat traffic however on the weekends there could be quite a few boats fishing in addition to coming in and heading out. So you need to take care fishing the channel much like in the bay.

I have no idea much about the striper fishing here (or if there even are any stripers) however the fluking can be pretty good. I use the same set up as the bay, bucktail tipped with squid and spearing. Depending upon the tide I drift under the bridge the paddle back up/down stream and drift again. There are some hole in the area as well so it is best to use a fishfinder to find them.


There are a few marinas that rent boats and kayaks. After an excellent day of fishing there are a couple of locations to get a bite to eat. My preferred restaurant is located right on the river in Rumson; Barnacle Expenses. If you ever get the chance to fish the Navesink River drop in for a cold beer and a good meal.

#5. Monksville Reservoir

The last place on my list is another freshwater fishery. Monksville Tank is a 505 acre reservoir situated in northern New Jersey in the town of West Milford. Monksville Reservoir can be a difficult place to fish. It appears like it is either feast or starvation here. It is also understood amongst anglers as ‘Skunksville’ due to the various times anglers have actually gone an entire day of fishing without capturing anything. Including myself.

There are plenty of fish swimming in the tank. Anglers can try their luck either from the coast or on the water. There are two boat ramps, one at the southern end and one at the northern end. Horsepower is restricted to 9.9. And you can canoe, kayak and paddleboard.

There are big and smallmouth bass, walleye, musky, crappie, perch and sunfish. In the winter season there is also ice fishing. The New Jersey state record musky was caught here. It weighed 42 pounds 13 ounces and was captured through the ice! There are lots of place in New Jersey to fish. These are just 5 of the places I want to fish. If you reside in New Jersey or visit here, give one of these place a shot and you won’t be sorry.