Fishing 2020

Fishing Info

Two of Roxbury's fishing spots, Horseshoe Lake and Ledgewood Pond, are stocked with trout for fishing. Other possible catches are bass, sunfish, perch and catfish.

The Roxbury Recreation Center is currently taking pictures for fishing badges. Fees are as follows:

Resident Adult - $25
Resident Child (3-17 yrs) - $15
Resident over age 60 - Free

Non-Resident Adult - $45
Non-Resident Child (3-17 yrs) - $25
Non-Resident over age 60 - $45

Fisherman's Lane Fishing Derby

The 26th  annual derby in memory of Marc Brandon and Kevin Gilmer will be held on Saturday, June 6, 2020 at Horseshoe Lake, 8am-10am. No fee or badge required. Bring your own bait and pole. The lake will be freshly stocked the night before! Prizes will be awarded in each group for the first fish caught, plus 1st, 2nd and 3rd place according to weight in these age groups: 3-5, 6-9, 10-12, and 13-18. Co-sponsored by the Roxbury Recreation Department.

Fishing Badge & License

  • Every resident must wear a valid photo (ID) fishing badge. The township park patrol will be checking badges at both Ledgewood Pond & Horseshoe Lake.
  • NEW JERSEY FISHING LICENSE & A TROUT STAMP are required by law for residents 16 years of age and older. They can be obtained at most sporting goods stores.
  • Badges & Licenses must be displayed on outer clothing or cap.
  • Resident senior citizens age 70 & over do not need fishing license. A driver’s license or other acceptable proof of age containing date of birth and physical description will function as fishing license. NO application fee is required for trout stamp and/or anglers age 70 and over.
  • All persons fishing without displaying the required badge will be guilty of trespassing for the purpose of fishing. The penalty is $10 per fish over the limit and/or undersized and loss of fishing privileges.
  • Two rods per person; a badge is required of all persons holding a rod regardless of age. Purchase of badge indicates knowledge of and compliance with the rules and regulations governing fishing.


  • Fishing is permitted from the opening day of trout season, Saturday, April 8th at 8am until the last day of the current year.
  • NO FISHING: is allowed between 9:00pm and 5:00am.
  • NO FISHING: is allowed on Friday, April 7th.
  • NO FISHING: is allowed if the water is 3' feet or more below normal levels.
  • NO FISHING: at HSL or Ledgewood Basin until after 5:00pm on the following Fridays: April 14th, April 21st.
  • NO FISHING: before 8am on Saturday, April 22nd at Ledgewood Park Pond for Ledgewood Park Fishing Derby
  • NO FISHING: before 8am on Saturday, June 3rd at Horseshoe Lake for 23rd Annual Fisherman's Lane Fishing Contest


  • Horseshoe Lake: NO FISHING permitted in beach area or on docks. Parking is permitted in designated area only. Vehicles are prohibited on the peninsula. No boat fishing.
  • Ledgewood Pond: Fishing allowed from shoreline only; no boat fishing.
  • Midland Park & Mooney Mountain Park open waters.
  • No ice fishing allowed in Roxbury.

Catch/Kill Limit

  • Trout: Four per day. Trout can only be released if the fisherman is using the single hook or artificial flies. No more than for trout can be retained each day.
  • Large Mouth/Small Mouth Bass: limit two per day. The minimum size of large/small mouth bass is 16 inches. 4/15 TO 6/15 the possession of all bass is prohibited and bass caught shall be immediately returned to the water unharmed.
  • Pickerel: Daily State limit is 15” size.
  • Perch/Eel/Catfish/Bluegills: There is a 25 fish limit per day for these pan fish. Any fish caught that are not for consumption must be put back in the water!
  • All containers of caught fish must be opened for inspection by those authorized persons patrolling the area.

Prohibited Bait

  • Corn, peas and other vegetables are prohibited; fish cannot readily digest this type of bait. Use of vegetables could result in a pollution problem.