New Jersey lake recommendations
Greenwood and Hoaptcong get slammed all year anyway so it's nice to have alternatives. As mentioned earlier, the Newark Watershed lakes (Clinton, Canistear, Oak Ridge, and Echo Lake) are nice lakes to fish that are electric only. They all have good access with Canistear being the worst of the three. I fish mostly northern NJ so those are the lakes I know the best. Swartswood Lake is a good place for bass, walleye, and maybe a gator or two. Little Swartswood is also in the area and has a nice bass population. Aeroflex is another nice lake with big bass and some nice weedlines to fish...it has a nice ramp too. Cranberry Lake is a good place to fish but parking is limited. Musconetcong is a weedy lake but has a healthy bass, perch, and gator population. Waywayanda state park has a nice lake but I find it a tough lake in the summer. Very weedy, deep, and full of toothy critters...but big bass too. If you want smaller lakes...but still have good access. Green Turtle Pond (West Milford), and Sheperd's Lake (Ringwood) are nice little lakes with good ramps. The road down to Green Turtle is a little bumpy...but the ramp is fine. Monksville Reservoir has a great LM and SM population and two great ramps. You can also nail a big musky or walleye there too. Merrill Creek (Harmony, NJ) is a beautiful lake full of LM and SM bass if you want to travel a little. It's electric only...but loaded with fish. Pompton Lake (PL, NJ) has a small town ramp with no parking but if you get there early you can find a spot on a side road to park. I fished Budd Lake once and didn't do very well there. You can run your big motor on it. If I can think of any more I'll post later.