Get Outside: Fishing in Monmouth County

What could be better for a day of outdoor relaxation than a fishing expedition? Happily, the county offers many promising spots to cast off. Here’s a sampling.
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The Manasquan Reservoir in Howell is a good place to catch largemouth bass as well as bullhead catfish, muskie, sunfish, bluegill and black crappie. Angling for bluefish, striped bass or summer flounder? Head to the Navesink River, which runs about eight miles through Monmouth County. Don’t be surprised to find a largemouth bass on your line at Assunpink Lake, which sits between Allentown and Upper Freehold. Hybrid striped bass, catfish and bluegill are also plentiful here.

Don’t forget that a New Jersey fishing license is required for anyone age 16 or older. For info on obtaining one, visit

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