Love to fish? If you’re searching for a new home in New Jersey, make sure you’re close to New Jersey’s top fishing spots. You don’t want to drive for hours to indulge in your favorite hobby. Here are our top picks to help you find a community with prime fishing nearby.

Family Fishing

If you’ve ever taken your kids fishing, you know it doesn’t take long for them to get distracted. Since Holmdel Park Pond in Holmdel, New Jersey is connected to a park, it’s ideal for children. Head over to the playground whenever they get fidgety! There are also picnic areas and public restrooms.

Trout, sunfish, and bass are common in Holmdel Park Pond. There are no boats allowed, so you’ll always be casting your line from the shore. You can access the lake from just about anywhere, and you’ll find benches all around the lake to take a break.

Freshwater Fishing

Trying to name the best freshwater lake for bass anglers is a contentious topic. Anglers will defend their favorite lake to the point of no return. Here’s our opinion:

Greenwood Lake in Passaic County has all the stump fields and clumps of vegetation you could ever want. Just fish with care around the stump fields or you might lose quite a few hooks.

You can also catch plenty of smallmouth and largemouth bass at the 2,600-acre Lake Hopatcong in Morris and Sussex counties as well. Since Lake Hopatcong is a prime fishing location, you can also find trout, hybrid stripers, walleyes, perch, and catfish. Union Lake in Cumberland County is one of the most popular fishing areas in the state. Since it’s stocked by New Jersey’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, you have a good chance of catching something.

Saltwater Fishing

When you want to change things up with an ocean view, there are plenty of beaches in New Jersey offering gorgeous scenery as well as great fishing. The list of saltwater fish you can catch is massive.

We recommend Bayshore Waterfront Park in Port Monmouth. This location allows you to enjoy the maritime shrublands, tidal creeks, salt marshes, dunes, miles of beach, and views across the water. The park also offers a fishing pier and access to Raritan Bay. Just remember — any anglers 16 and up must register with the NJ Saltwater Angler Registry. It’s free. You can also stop in to see the Seabrook-Wilson House, which is one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. The building has been fully restored and now hosts a number of nature and history programs.

Hopefully, this list has helped you narrow down your options. BHHS Fox & Roach knows finding the perfect home is about more than the house itself. You need to know the community has what you and your family need to be happy. Contact us to get started on your home search!