jimmy poyner large mouth bass 2015PHOTO: Jimmy Poyner, 15, displays a large mouth bass that he recently caught at a pond near his home.

HOWELL, NJ - There are plenty of keepers in Monmouth County lakes just waiting to be caught. Many local fishing holes are seeing action according to angler, Jimmy Poyner. 

Poyner, of Howell, said several lakes and ponds in Monmouth County have been stocked by the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. 

"I started at age seven," Poyner said. "The first time, I went snapper fishing with my dad and my brother. I now fish with my friend Devon, and my brother Johnny."

Jimmy and Johnny are twin brothers, 15, from Howell.  They enjoy fishing the nearby fishing holes, but on occasion will travel to other spots in the county.

"I like to visit Echo Lake and the Manasquan Reservoir, as the bass (there) are giants.  Also, Allaire State Park. There is another I recently found using Google Maps. It's by Hospital Road. It is stocked with trout. The first time I went I caught a rainbow trout," said Jimmy. 

Mom, Kathy Poyner, often drives the boys to their many favorite spots, when they can't get there by bicycle.

"I use Gary Yamamoto Senko Soft Plastic Worms for Largemouth Bass. I normally visit a pond called Deerwood Pond. I ride my bike there and it is my favorite due to the variety of fish.  The biggest one I hope to catch is a 10-pound Large Mouth Bass that was transferred from a place in Lakewood to Deerwood Park," said Jimmy Poyner.

deer park pond howell

PHOTO: A pond at Deer Park in Howell.  Photo credit: John Poyner.

"The pond is stocked with Catfish, Bass, Sunny, Snapping Turtles, and Herring. On occasion I see snakes, but they are harmless," Jimmy Poyner said.

"There is not a lot of competition (for biggest fish)," John Poyner said. "Its all for fun."  John's best fish so far this season was a one pound large mouth bass.

The boys enjoy fishing a lot, but prefer to "catch and release" rather than fillet and fry their fish.

According to the Department's website, New Jersey offers more than 400 publicly accessible lakes, ponds and reservoirs. These waters offer a great diversity of fishing opportunities, from abundant populations of panfish to trophy-sized game fish. There are also miles of public streams and rivers.

A fishing license is required to fish in inland waters in New Jersey if you are 16 years or older. 

The list of waters below includes those where a good population of desirable species are present. A number of them also provide access for people with a disabling condition. Clicking on the name will open a new window or tab with the Bing Maps location of the water.

There are separate pages of access points on trout waters listed by county and alphabetically. Depth maps of many lakes are available on the Lake Survey Maps page.

Anglers should be aware of the Boat Ramp Maintenance Permit requirement, satisfied by a fishing license, on some WMA waters and the Round Valley Angler Access.

A brochure on fishing in Central New Jersey pdf

Places to go fishing in Monmouth County

Angler facilities:
Y - Yes
N - No
L - Limited to 10 h.p. maximum for motors
E - Electric outboards only
Water Nearest Town Acres Car Top Launch Boat Ramp Outboard
Allentown Pond (Conines Mill Pond) Allentown 35 Y N E
Assunpink Lake Roosevelt 225 Y Y E
Deal Lake Asbury Park 158 Y Y Y
Echo Lake Southard 6 Y N E
Englishtown Mill Pond (Lake Weamaconk) Englishtown 6 Y N N
Garveys Pond Navesink 2 N N N
Hamilton Fire Co. Pond Neptune 2 N N N
Holmdel Park Pond Holmdel 5 N N N
Kesslers Pond Allenwood 3 Y N E
Lake Como Spring Lake 30 N N N
Lefferts Lake Matawan 69 Y N N
Macs Pond Manasquan 2 N N N
Manasquan Reservoir ** Howell Twp. 720 Y Y E
Millhurst Mills Lake (Millhurst Pond) Millhurst 22 N N N
Mohawk Pond Red Bank 2 N N N
Poricy Pond Middletown Twp. 16 N N N
Rising Sun Lake Roosevelt 38 Y Y E
Shadow Lake Middletown Twp. 88 N N N
Shark River Park Pond Glendola 3 N N N
Silver Lake Belmar 15 N N N
Spring Lake Spring Lake 16 Y N N
Stone Tavern Lake Roosevelt 52 Y Y E
Takanassee Lake Long Branch 14 N N N
Thompson Park Lake (Marlu Lake) Lincroft 22 Y Y E
  Freehold 21 Y N N
Turkey Swamp Park Pond Freehold 20 N N N


fish keeper jimmy poynerNot a keeper.  Photo credit: Jimmy Poyner