Get Outside: Fishing in Bergen County

Shopping malls might rule in Bergen, but there are plenty of places to enjoy fresh-air activities and the summer sunshine.
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What could be better for a relaxing day outdoors than a fishing expedition? Happily, the county offers many promising spots. Here are a few of our faves:

You can launch your kayak or canoe at 157-acre Overpeck Lake in Ridgefield Park, where you might find a largemouth bass, catfish or carp tugging at your line. Largemouth bass and catfish also can be found at 120-acre Ramapo Lake in Oakland, but you’re more likely to catch pickerel and yellow perch there. Angling for trout? Head to the Ramapo River, which is accessible at points in Mahwah and Oakland. Every spring the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife stocks the river with rainbow trout.

Don’t forget that a New Jersey fishing license ($22.50, $12.50 for seniors) is required for anyone between the ages of 16 and 70. Pick one up at Dick’s Sporting Goods in Paramus or Ramsey Outdoor in Ramsey.

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