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Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey

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Lake Hopatcong

Location (City State)

Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey

Description / Background

Largest Freshwater Lake in New Jersey. The name originated from the Indian word “Huppakong” meaning Honey Waters of Many Coves. There are several bass tournaments held here each year.

Type (River, Pond, Lake….)

Lake, maximum depth-50 feet

How did you find out about this place?

Word of mouth

Types of Fish

Muskellunge, Walleye, Small & Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, Chain Pickerel, White Perch, Hybrid Stripped Bass, Rock Bass

Type of Day (Temp/ Rain/cloudy/Time)

85 Degrees, Overcast, then the sun came out followed by drenching rain shower

Bait/ Lures Recommended

Herring, night crawlers, spinning lures such as Phobe or Rebel

Type of license required

New Jersey Fresh water License.

How did you fish?

Rented 16 foot aluminum boat with outboard motor


How will day be remembered

It was Father’s Day, so good reason to justify going fishing (if you needed one) Left home there was heavy fog and then when we hot route 80, the sun came out.

The staff at Dow’s Boat Rental was very helpful. Learned that New Jersey has a program that provides a discount on the annual fishing license through the buddy system.


Being a large lake, there was a decent amount of recreational boat traffic.  So we focused on fishing the points and the coves.

Got some bites, caught some bluegills and perch.  Guy in a boat about 25 feet from us, caught a nice smallmouth bass. It is a lake that needs to be fished regularly to identity good locations. Given the variety of fish, I plan on returning again.


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