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Fishing in Cumberland County

Fisherman's Paradise: A Guide to Marinas, Seafood Markets, and Fishing Hot Spots

Cumberland County, New Jersey is an anglers paradise. Just a short drive from Philadelphia, Wilmington, and the New York City area, Cumberland County offers a wide range of fishing opportunities.

The Delaware Bay

Fishing on the Delaware Bay is a great way to spend a day or even a weekend. Whether it is with your own boat or with one of the many charter boat captains, there are places in Cumberland County that provide these opportunities. Fortescue, New Jersey, commonly known as the "Weakfish Capital of the World" and the Port Norris area are two of the more popular spots on the Delaware Bay shore that anglers use to launch their boats. Cumberland County hosts the annual weakfish tournament that draws thousands of participants from around the region. The village of Fortescue is home to a State Marina and its fishing fleet offers the chance for a chartered fishing adventure on the Bay with one of many expert boat captains.

Fishing Spot Details

  • For Cohansey River use Bridgeton Boat Launch
  • For Maurice River use Fowser Road Boat Launch
  • Union Lake - Wildlife Management Area
  • Sunset (and Mary Elmer) Lakes


The Rivers

Cumberland County also boasts two of the finest rivers in the region. The Maurice River is part of the national Wild & Scenic Rivers system. This magnificent waterway is home to vast expanses of wetlands, an outstanding array of waterfowl, and some great fishing opportunities. There is a public boat ramp on Fowser Road in Millville, just off of Route 47 south of the center of town. There are also a number of marinas along the river where you can keep your boat, find supplies, or launch larger craft. The Cohansey River in the western part of the County also provides great fishing experiences and an equally scenic day on the water. The public boat launch in Bridgeton provides access to the Cohansey along Route 49 in the center of town. Marinas dot the waterway in Fairton and Greenwich, small villages south of Bridgeton. These estuarine rivers provide excellent opportunities for fishing, recreating, or just enjoying the sites and sounds of nature at its best.


For fresh water fishing, Cumberland County offers several of the best lakes and state wildlife management areas in New Jersey. Union Lake is the largest man-made lake in the region. The Union Lake Wildlife Management Area provides a large parking lot and public boat launch just off of county Road 608 on the western side of the lake. Menantico Ponds Wildlife Management Area, just south of Route 49, also offers excellent fishing and a public boat launch. This secluded series of small lakes and ponds boasts the State record, large mouth bass -- a catch recorded in 1980. Sunset and Mary Elmer Lakes in Bridgeton are other excellent fishing spots. Public access to Sunset Lake is provided from the Bridgeton City Park, just off of County Road 607. Access to Mary Elmer Lake is also found off of County Road 607, just west of the City Park.