Navesink River


Rumson, NJ
United States United States
40.3722, -73.9854
8 Miles

The Navesink River is an estuary, approximately 8 mi (12 km) long in Monmouth County, New Jersey in the United States. Known officially as the North Shrewsbury River and upstream of Red Bank as the Swimming River, it is formed southwest of Red Bank by the confluence of the Swimming River with several smaller streams. It extends ENE along the north side of Red Bank, connecting to the Shrewsbury River estuary at Rumson, approximately 1 mi (1.6 km) south of the entrance of the Shrewsbury River into Sandy Hook Bay near Highlands. Originally populated by the Lenni Lenape Indians, the area along the Navesink banks is one of the most affluent in New Jersey. It has long been an area of Old Money.The Navesink River is bounded by the communities of Middletown, Red Bank, Fair Haven and Rumson.The estuary is navigable (up to about 6 feet draft) up to Red Bank, where it provides marina facilities.Today the river is a major recreational resource for powerboating, crabbing, fishing, sailing, ice sailing & ice skating when the river freezes in the colder winters, canoeing, kayaking, bird watching, swimming and rowing.As a tidal estuary flowing to the Shrewbury River at Sea Bright, continuing into Sandy Hook Bay and ultimately the Atlantic Ocean, the Navesink provides excellent fishing for species such as bluefish (snappers), striped bass and fluke. Crabbing is particularly popular in the upstream Swimming river section.The Navesink River has been home to a pod of up to 15 Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins since June of this year. They are thought to have followed a school of baitfish from the Sandy Hook Bay.


Piers, bridges, docks, pilings, weedlines, ledges, holes.

Spot Access:
Boat Ramp, Parking (car/truck), Parking (boat/trailer), Picnic Area, Power Boats Allowed, Swimming Area, Pier, Disabled access, Shore fishing access, Playground, Restrooms, Fly Fishing, Wading, Floating, Bait shop on site, Marina
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Navesink River Fishing Report 03.26.12

Looking forward to some springtime backwater Striper Fishing? Time to check your schedule and free up a day to come out and fish with Reel Therapy, Striper specialist with decades of experience and local knowledge. This years warmer weather has the bigger bunkers and herring already in our rivers and the bass are starting to show up and eat. If you've never fished the Navesink before, you are missing out on some great fishing in calmer backwaters in addition to some wonderful sc...
Captain Paul Eidman
over 5 years ago (12/15/2011)

Navesink River Fishing Report 12.15.11

most of the bass today were 6-11 pounds, but all were feisty and FAT with sandeel swollen bellies. The Depthfinder screen at times was black with marks, tons of gulls swirling overhead swooping down on swirling bass slurping sandeels. If you can break away I am available to take you fishing.Awesome light tackle angling! We will be fishing as long as the weather and fish cooperate! FAT Spring Striper caught and released by Capt.Charlie Fornabio...

Navesink River Fishing Report 10.13.11

The "Just One More" will do just about any charter requested.     Sunday we had out the Victor Kolvites crew and we landed some very large bluefish that you can see in the attachment below. But...... afterwards for the afternoon charter we had aboard Flounder Bob and his family for an afternoon of crabbing! Yep, you heard it right, crabbing. We were up in the Navasink river and we started just outside the channel due to the very low water. Nothing but one small crab b...



Bass, Striped (Morone saxatilis)


Bluefish (Pomatomus saltatrix)


Flounder, Winter (Pseudopleuronectes americanus)




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