Rahway River Fishing

Learn about fishing New Jersey's Rahway River to fish for smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, channel catfish, and trout. Best fishing spots along the river, when to go, and which freshwater baits or lures to use.

Rahway River Fishing Trip Planning

The Rahway River runs for 24 miles through Essex, Middlesex and Union counties. There are plenty of public access points for bank fishing at places such as Nomahegan Park, Rahway River Park, and Springfield Park.

Rahway River Fish Species

You will want to learn about some of the different freshwater fish species that inhabit the river. Once you know more about the Rahway River fish species you might catch, you can make good decisions on the type of tackle and baits or lures to bring along on your trip.

  • Brown, brook and rainbow trout are stocked during the spring months. Try fishing the Essex County portion of the Rahway River during the months of April and May, while the water is still relatively cool. In-line spinners and gold or silver spoons are among the best producing lures for trout fishing in New Jersey.
  • Largemouth bass can be targeted on the East or South Branch of the river during the spring through fall months. Try using plastic worms, jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, and topwater lures to entice them into biting.
  • Common carp are often caught on the South Branch of the river during the spring and summer. Use corn or dough balls for bait.

Now that you know more about one of the closest New Jersey fishing spots to downtown Newark, buy your fishing license online and check the state regulations for freshwater fishing in New Jersey.