Lake Hopatcong is Rated #2 in Best Spots for Fishing in New Jersey 2021!

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FishingBooker: The watersheds and coastline of the Garden State have never been more explored as in the last couple of years. This only makes sense, seeing that we’ve all been eager to get outside and enjoy outdoor activities as much as possible. A lot of novice anglers have been testing their luck and learning new tricks, and fishing has never been more popular.

We’ve made a list of the top fishing locales in New Jersey and Lake Hopatcong is in the top three!

With over 130 miles of coastline, overlooking the mighty Atlantic, it’s no wonder that some of the top fishing spots in New Jersey are saltwater. However, the “Garden State” has a lot to offer inland as well, with over 1,700 freshwater lakes, and 240 rivers, streams, and creeks. This small state has incredible fishing opportunities, no matter what you’re looking for.

How does Lake Hopatcong stand out?

Lake Hopatcong Monster MuskieKDC Member Dante DiMarco with this 48” Monster Muskie out of Lake Hopatcong. Photo: Knee Deep Club (KDC)As the largest freshwater body of water in the Garden State, Lake Hopatcong is home to a wide variety of fish species. The lake boasts over 45 miles of shoreline, which means that your options are practically endless. 

Bass takes the number one spot on the to-catch lists, but you’ll find Trout, Musky, Pike, Walleye, Catfish, and many more species thriving here as well. The lake offers fun water activities, especially during the summer months, as well as a number of Bass fishing tournaments.

You’ll find a full list of New Jersey’s top fishing spots below:

  1. Merrill Creek Reservoir

  2. Lake Hopatcong

  3. Brigantine

  4. Barnegat Light

  5. Belmar & Lake Como

  6. Sandy Hook

  7. Cape May

  8. Atlantic City

Merrill Creek Reservoir
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New Jersey Fishing Spots: There’s More!

We’ve tried to give you an overview of what you can expect from fishing in the Garden State. For even more information, take a look at our comprehensive guide to fishing in New Jersey. There are plenty more hidden gems to explore in New Jersey, so we encourage you to take the road less traveled, and maybe find a special place just for yourself. We can assure you, whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it somewhere in the state.

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