Lake Hopatcong near Hopatcong Hills, New Jersey
Did you know that Lake Hopatcong is the biggest lake in all of New Jersey? It also has some of the best fishing in all of New Jersey. That means there are a lot of tips I can give you so here they are.
If you want to fish here I recommend you find a boat to fully appreciate all of the fishing spots and species found here.
In April the fishing really begins to heat up. The trout are season opens and the Fish and Game Department makes sure there are plenty in the lake for you to catch. Fishing with live bait, tiny jigs, or spinners will work well. Try fishing a bunch of different depths to increase your odds of hooking up. If you want to cover more water fast trolling is also an option. Early May is when the predator fish come out to play. The pickerel and muskies can be caught on spinners, big soft plastics, jigs, jerkbaits, and live bait fished near boat docks and weedbeds. If you want walleyes try fishing with crankbaits or jigs tipped with soft plastics or live bait after dark. For bass try fishing docks, rock piles, weeds, and points all year long. The most popular baits for bass include soft plastic jerkbaits, X-Raps, jig and pig, topwaters, and crankbaits. If you want to fish for rockets (hybrid striped bass) try fishing shallow areas like Brady Bridge with live herring and topwaters.
Once the water warms up try fishing with live baits and crankbaits in deeper water for rockets. The same bass techniques will work in the summer. When the water warms up the catfish and bullheads fishing become better and better. Try fishing rocky areas and occasional muddy flats after dark with dead fish, live sunfish, worms, shrimp, and stink bait. For holdover trout, walleyes, and bigger muskies you are going to have to fish deeper water. Any sort of deep water structure like reefs work well but bait fish schools are the best. Deep diving crankbaits, large live bait, jigs, and swimbaits work best. If you want to catch pickerel or smaller muskies try fishing weedlines with spinners, crankbaits, jigs tipped with live bait or soft plastics, and jerkbaits. For panfish just try to fish weeds/weedlines and drop-offs with live bait either attached to a jig or under a bobber.
As the seasons move into fall the fish move back to the areas to fished in the spring.
Have a nice day!
Lake Hopatcong Fishing near Hopatcong Hills, New Jersey
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Access: Public Property
Body of Water Type: Reservoir
Lat/Long: 40.973988 -74.630997
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Description for Lake Hopatcong, Morris County, New Jersey
Lake Hopatcong is a reservoir located just 2.9 miles from Hopatcong Hills, in Morris County, in the state of New Jersey, United States. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including bream/bluegill, carp, redear sunfish, smallmouth bass, brown trout, sunfish, rainbow trout, muskie, pickerel, catfish, striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, rock bass and perch here. Whether you’re spinning, fly fishing or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Lake Hopatcong. Alternate names for this reservoir include Hupatkong Pond.
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