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Finding the fish is half the battle but where do you start? Let The Fisherman help narrow your search with the following hot spot reviews. Each honey hole is covered in detail to reveal the best seasons, times and tides for our most popular species. Maps, tips and insights from our expert fishing staff help pin-point the best of the action in your area so you'll be there with the right lures, bait and gear when the bite is ready to explode.



MANASQUAN INLET REEF

Talk about easy access for the average boating angler. The newest addition to New Jersey’s growing artificial reef program, the Manasquan Inlet Reef, was birthed in the summer of 2017, and its favorable short distance of only 1.7 miles southeast of Manasquan Inlet makes it a perfect spot to bring the family and friends out for a day fishing. Read more »

MOUNTAIN LAKE

Mountain Lake gets its name from Jenny Jump Mountain overlooking its glacial 122 acres. Located in Liberty Township, Warren County, its maximum depth is 38 feet, mean depth 17 feet. Although trout get stocked once in the spring prior to opening day, any holdovers are unlikely because the lake becomes anoxic in the depths during summer, no oxygen present below the thermocline. Read more »

NISSEQUOGUE RIVER

This past February I headed up to Terminal Tackle in Kings Park to pick John Richy’s brain regarding the tidal reaches of the Nissequogue River. Located on the North Shore in Smithtown, it is home to some excellent angling opportunities for saltwater boaters, anglers wading the top end for tidal trout, and the surf crowd. Read more »

NORTH RIP, BLOCK ISLAND, RI

Composed of clay and gravel covered by mussel beds, this spot hosts schools of striped bass and bluefish throughout the season. Read more »

OLD BARE SHOAL

Old Bare Shoal (38 56.843N / 75 13.703W) lies between the Green Can (38 57.004N / 75 15.008W) and Reef Site 5 (38 54.005N / 75 11.008W) on the Delaware side of the bay, rising from 48 feet in the Anchorage to 3 feet at the top before dropping back to 23 feet in the Broadkill Slough (38 54.933N / 75 13.043W). A heading of 105 degrees off the Mispillion Jetty will take you directly across the shoal. Read more »

RATTLESNAKE

Anglers all across the Garden State have been getting snake bit by one northern coast hot spot – the Rattlesnake. It is said the name derived from the odd shape of the rocky mass in that it appears like a rattlesnake coiled and poised for a strike. Make no mistake though, this hot spot definitely doesn’t bite (certainly not based on fluke reports from recent seasons). Read more »

SEASIDE PARK, WATERFORD, CT

An excellent location with a variety of angling opportunities for both shore and boat anglers alike. Read more »

SHEPHERD LAKE

Shepherd Lake is tucked away among the mountains of northern Passaic County, the northern shoreline right on New York’s border in Ringwood State Park. A summer Saturday or Sunday might witness only one or two boats at any given time on the lake’s 74 acres, perhaps rented from the boathouse near the public launch. If sometime from Memorial Day until Labor Day you decide to take a rowboat at $70 for the day, or the same aluminum boat with an electric outboard for $85, don’t forget to look up from the counter to admire the mounted 9-pound pickerel on the wall above you. It was caught in Shepherd Lake, purportedly on topwater plug. Read more »

SMITHTOWN BAY AND REEF

Tucked between the LIPA Stacks and Cranes Neck in Long Island Sound, Smithtown Bay comes to life once the sand eels settle into the bay and head for the shoals for their annual spring spawn. While this phenomenon usually occurs sometime in May, it may come as early as April or as late as June with water temperatures being a crucial factor. Fluke follow the sand eels and stick around for as long as the sand eels do. Read more »

SOUTHWEST LEDGE, BLOCK ISLAND, RI

A hotbed of summer striper action, this spot is more than just bass country. Read more »

TABLETOP

There are always a few spots that fall by the wayside as the years pass on, and one of them is the Tabletop (39 09.201 N / 74 30.722 W). Read more »

THE NARROW RIVER, NARRAGANSETT, RI

A great surf spot to hit in the fall or when a big storm is brewing out front. Read more »