Monksville Reservoir

Details

Location:
Ringwood, NJ
United States United States
Coordinates:
41.1273, -74.3079
Depth (average):
43 Feet
Depth (max):
85 Feet
Distance:
505 Acres
Description:

Located in Long Pond Ironworks State Park.

Directions:

From Route 287 take exit 57. Follow Skyline Drive to Route 511 (Greenwood Lake Turnpike). Turn right and travel approx. five miles. From Route 23 take Union Valley Road (Route 513) approx. six miles and bear right onto Marshall Hill Road, which becomes Greenwood Lake Turnpike (Route 511). Parking is available at the north boat ramp, Beech Road and historic district parking lots.

Known for its trophy size muskellunge, walleye, bass and trout, Monksville Reservoir is heavily used by anglers, sporting clubs and the US Sailing Association. Easily accessible from either the north or the south boat ramp, the area is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The reservoir's maximum depth of 85 feet can be deceiving in that it has a good amount of water in the 20- to 40-foot range as well, along with a fair amount of surface and subsurface vegetation. Standing and fallen timber was left in the reservoir when it was built, and 22 acres of water are made up of shallow coves with submerged stumps.

The reservoir has an excellent boat launch and has a 10-horsepower limit rule. One drawback to Monksville Reservoir is that it is a water-supply reservoir and has been closed on occasion whenever the terror alert is heightened.

Aquatic vegetation:

Fair amount of surface and subsurface vegetation.

Cover/Structure:

Standing and fallen timber, stumps, shallow coves, weedbeds.

Tips/Tactics:

The reservoir offers bass anglers many options. Good deep-water structure in the treetops and along the sunken vegetation makes for some fantastic jig, live bait and plastic bait fishing during early spring. During the summer months, surface fishing is good early and late in the day around treetops and weedbeds that break the surface. Locating these submerged weedbeds is a must if you want to catch big bucketmouths that reside in Monksville. So be prepared to give your sonar set a good workout.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier, Disabled access, Shore fishing access, Electric motors only, Restrooms, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating
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Map

Map for 41.1273, -74.3079
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Fishing Reports

There are no reports for this fishing spot.

Fish

Largemouth-240-fw

Bass, Largemouth (Micropterus salmoides)

Freshwater
Smallmouth-240-fw

Bass, Smallmouth (Micropterus dolomieu)

Freshwater
Blackcrappie-240-fwsw

Crappie, Black (Pomoxis nigromaculatus)

Muskellungespotted-240-fw

Muskellunge (Esox masquinongy)

Freshwater
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Northernpike-240-fwsw

Northern Pike (Esox lucius)

Freshwater
Yellowperch-240-fw

Perch, Yellow (Perca flavescens)

Freshwater
Chainpickerel-240-fw

Pickerel, Chain (Esox niger)

Freshwater
Redearsunfish-240-fw

Sunfish, Redear (Lepomis microlophus)

Freshwater
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Trout, Steelhead (Rainbow) (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

Walleye-240-fw

Walleye (Stizostedion vitreum)

Freshwater

Guides

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Lodges

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Tournaments

There are no tournaments associated with this fishing spot.