Morris County, New Jersey, is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you like to fish. The county is home to many lakes and ponds that are well suited for wetting your lines during the winter months. With that said, here’s a brief rundown on a handful of them:
Budd Lake is located within the confines of the Budd Lake Wildlife Management Area. It is located in Mt. Olive Township. The lake covers 376-acres and features seasonal boat launch areas. It also connects to the southern branch of the Raritan River. Species of fish that anglers are apt to encounter at the lake include crappie, tiger musky, pike, perch and bass. Populations of channel catfish and sunfish are also present. For ice anglers looking to make a weekend of it, there are a handful of hotels located in the area that offer winter accommodations.
Sunrise Lake is a 3-acre body of water. It is located in Morris Township. The lake is accessible from Lewis Morris Park and Route 124. Species of fish that anglers may find at the lake are bass and pickerel. Restrooms, picnic areas and seasonal boat docks are located onsite. Anglers should plan on bringing all of their own fishing supplies and sundries to the lake.
Lake Ames is a 16-acre body of water. It is accessible from Lake Ames Park in Rockaway Township. Picnic areas are located onsite. Species of fish that call Lake Ames home include largemouth bass, pickerel and perch. Fishing supplies are available for purchase in Dover and Succasunna. Stores on offer include Ramsey Outdoor and the Dover Sport Center.
Speedwell Lake is a 23-acre body of water. It is home to bass, trout and catfish. The lake is accessible from Speedwell Park. It is located at the intersection of Speedwell Avenue and Cory Road. Anglers in need of supplies may want to consider stopping by Tight Lines Fly Fishing. It is located in Parsippany and tends to open daily. Hours of operation vary.
Hopatcong State Park
Hopatcong State Park is partially located in Morris County. The park opens daily, year round, and offers access to three bodies of water. They are the Morris Canal, Lake Hopatcong and Lake Musconetcong. Lake Musconetcong spans 329-acres and Lake Hopatcong spans 2,685-acres. Both offer superlative ice fishing opportunities. Species of fish found within the park’s waters include trout, pickerel, perch, bass and sunfish. During the winter, admission is gratis.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys winter sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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