The Best Places to Go Fishing in North Jersey

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Fishing is not only a great way to enjoy the outdoors in a safe way, but it’s a fun sport that teaches technique and patience, and it’s a unique way to prepare for your next dinner! Whether you’re fishing for catfish, rainbow trout, or bluegill, read on for a round-up of prime fishing holes to check out in North Jersey.

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Disclaimer: Check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the location is currently open to the public, and respect all signs indicating private property or restricting access.

Anderson Creek {Secaucus}

This creek runs through 52 acres of the Anderson Marsh, home to a variety of wildlife. Prime fishing times at Anderson Creek are the early morning hours from 1:00AM-4:00AM and early afternoon from 1:00PM-4:00PM

Newark Bay {Newark}

Newark Bay is a tidal bay connected to the Passaic and Hackensack Rivers. The most popular species caught here are Striped bass, Bluefish, and Summer flounder.

River Barge Park + Marina {Carlstadt}

Located close to Meadowlands Sports Complex, this fishing site features a convenient launch ramp for day-use boating. The dock provides easy fishing access and public restrooms and picnic tables are available in the surrounding area so planning a day trip out of this marina should be a breeze.

Fish Creek {Secaucus}

Whether guests are interested in fishing or picnicking, Secaucus has several hidden gems. Enjoy waterfront fishing access at Fish Creek and try your luck at catching trout, pickerel, and sunfish.

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Garretts Reach {Secaucus}

Distance from Hoboken: 5.8 miles

Surprisingly close to Secaucus High School, Garretts Reach lets out into the Hackensack River and generally has really good fishing conditions. Prime fishing times are before 6:00AM and in the afternoon around 4:00PM. 

Mary Ann Creek {Lyndhurst}

Enjoy miles of trails inhabited by marsh and upland creatures after fishing in the early hours. The area around Mary Ann Creek has excellent birdwatching, as well. While DeKorte Park close by is open for recreation, the water surrounding the park is close to fishing.

Passaic River {Livingston}

An ideal location for catch-and-release fishing, the Passaic River is a great option for pike and pickerel. Seasoned fishermen of the Passaic suggest using a 6-foot medium-heavy freshwater rod and a baitcasting reel.

Paunpeck Creek {North Bergen}

Rainbow Trout is the most commonly caught fish in this calm northern New Jersey stream. Enjoy a peaceful few hours searching for this special fish while the sun rises {or sets} over the water.

Weehawken Cove {Weehawken}

Most Hoboken residents are familiar with the small inlet of water just north of Hoboken, also commonly referred to as “the boat graveyard” since the water is spotted so frequently with sunken boats, but it’s also a great locale to cast a line. Fishing off the waterfront walkway is easy enough and the benches dotting the perimeter make for a relaxing activity.

Hackensack Reservoir Number Two {Weehawken}

Not far at all from Hoboken lies the Hackensack Reservoir Number Two. Fishing doesn’t get easier than this, thanks to the easy access from every point on the reservoir path. The most common fish in the reservoir include albacore, striped bass, and bluefish.

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Jersey Justin Fishing Charters {Jersey City}

Interested parties can charter a fishing expedition {or just a quick morning adventure} from Jersey Justin located at 80 Audrey Zapp Drive in Jersey City. The most commonly caught fish are the Northern pike, Atlantic sturgeon, channel catfish, and striped bass.

Paulus Hook Pier {Jersey City}

Paulus Hook Pier provides a space for fishing along with amazing views of the city skyline and access to ferries and local shops. This is the ideal spot for city perks mixed with tranquil fishing.

Green Turtle Lake {West Milford}

This 40-acre body of water has a maximum depth of 25 feet for quality fishing. In addition to largemouth bass and trout, it has the usual northern NJ assortment of sunfish, pickerel, catfish, and yellow perch. Shore fishing is allowed and there is a boat ramp.

Hackensack River {Hackensack}

Whether you’re baitcasting, fly fishing, or spinning, your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Hackensack River, also known as Demarest Kill. People in the area use pieces of hot dog as bait because of a 60-year-old legend that a hot dog vendor with an umbrella truck feeds the fish when they are put in the river.

Sawmill Creek {North Arlington}

Following a peaceful morning of fishing for largemouth bass, enjoy the perks of the surrounding natural area. Sawmill Creek is surrounded by walking trails and is a neighbor to the Meadowlands Environment Center. The Richard W. DeKorte Park is nearby but the water directly connected to the park is off-limits for fishing. 


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With two little ones at home, this North Carolina native has worked remotely for the past five years as a freelance writer. Ainsley moved to New Jersey in 2016 and fell in love with the Garden State. She is always on the lookout for what’s going on in the greater New York area, from new restaurants and businesses opening to can’t-miss events highlighting local culture. Outside of writing and being a mother, Ainsley loves to dive into a good book, practice speaking French, and dream up new ways to decorate her apartment.