Fish of Round Valley

The Following Fish are Common in Round Valley

American Eel

  • 6lbs. 13ozs. NJ State Record June 2005.
  • Eels are generally nocturnal, spending most of the day hidden among rocks and other structures or buried in mud bottoms. At night, eels will venture from their hiding places to feed on small fish, insects, snails, clams and worms, among other prey.
  • You can see an American Eel in Round Valley at the end of this scuba diving video.

Brown Trout

Brown Bullhead Catfish

  • Bottom feeder.
  • Not commonly eaten.
  • Notice the flat to slightly rounded tail.

Chain Pickerel

  • Caught in the shallows and weeds alongside Bass.
  • Razor sharp teeth.
  • Lots of tiny bones in the flesh.  Not the easiest fish to eat.
  • Caught on either side of the lake.

Channel Catfish

  • Notice the forked tail.
  • Generally bigger than Brown Bullheads.
  • One of the biggest fish I’ve seen in Round Valley (north shore near campsites)

Common Carp

  • Not as abundant, but 25 pounders (caught in a gill net by the NJDEP) like the one above are here.
  • I’ve never caught one of these in The Valley, but I’m guessing Velveeta or dead Herring fished on the bottom will work.

Golden Trout

  • A sub-species of the Rainbow Trout
  • Stocked by Round Valley Trout Association

Lake Trout

  • Prefer deep-water in spring and summer, and move to shallow water in fall and winter, cruising the bottom of the lake in search for food.
  • Prefer cold (48-52 degrees Fahrenheit).
  • There is a breeding population in the lake!
  • Have a high mortality rate when handled.
  • Notice the Forked Tail.  Even if you know nothing about coloration the forked tail is a dead giveaway that the fish you are holding is a Lake Trout.  Brown and Rainbow Trout have flat tails.
  • 32lbs. 8ozs. NJ State Record 2002. – caught in relatively shallow water by the ranger cove boat ramp!
  • 32lbs. 11oz. female Lake Trout caught and released in November 2009 by Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries biologists during their annual gill-netting surveys.

Largemouth Bass

  • Caught on both sides of the lake (swimming and fishing).
  • Prefer weeds and shore areas.
  • Will most actively feed early and late in the day, during reduced light conditions.
  • If the upper jaw plate extends past the eye, you have a lg mouth.
  • Outnumber Smallmouth roughly 2 to 1.

Rainbow Trout

  • These fish tend to stay off the bottom in the deeper parts of the lake.
  • Rainbows prefer water from 55 to 60 Fahrenheit though will do fine in water less than 70 F.
  • Have a high mortality rate when handled.
  • Rainbows are flashy fighters when hooked, jumping out of the water more than other trout.

Smallmouth Bass


  • 27 species of fish comprise this Family.
  • most common besides bass are Bluegill, Red Breast Sunfish, and Rock Bass in that order.
  • Also available but not as abundant are pumpkinseeds, black crappie, yellow perch and white perch.

Tiger Trout

  • A sterile, intergeneric hybrid of the brown trout and the brook trout.
  • Really cool looking patterning.

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