Also, for those who are big fans of Bass fishing: there's at least one NJ Bass Tournament at the Cooper River every year. The event is actually held by Top Rod Bassmasters - a sanctioned, affiliated club with Bassmasters. As a matter of fact, this is exactly the same fishing club that Mike "Ike" Iaconelli founded with 5 other friends (John McGraw, Brian Stockl, Dave Brodzed, Chris Dalfonso, and Steve Pellegrino), back in the days. Therefore, that's to show that there's at least some Largemouth Bass in the Cooper River watershed.
There are a couple deep pockets of water at location #1, reaching as far as 10 feet deep. The Cooper River Lake area is a very good spot for Black Crappies, Largemouth Bass, Common Carp (including some beautiful Mirrors), and Channel Catfish. As a matter of fact, I've caught a rare fully-scaled Mirror Carp at position #1 (photo of it is way below in this post).
Similarly, I've never seen someone land a solid Largemouth Bass at the Upper Cooper River (#2)! But then, I've seen many people there with blade spinners and soft plastics; thus, I'm sure that there are a couple around.
Sunfish: As always, Bluegills are the predominant Sunfish Species in this watershed! Sometimes a Pumpkinseed will show up, and very rarely a Green Sunfish. As far as I know, there are no Redbreast Sunfish in location #1 or #2. Note that the Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanellus) is an invasive Species in New Jersey. Thus, it must be killed if caught! The same applies for the Warmouth (Lepomis gulosus).
At location #1, Sunnies are easier to be caught during Spring and Summer. They are usually gathered around shallow areas or near structure. At #2, they can be caught all year round on live bait, especially in deep pools (during the colder months).
Note that the Black Crappie population has been in decline due to over-harvesting! Some locals have been taking the fish home way too frequently, and sometimes even illegally. That's one of the reasons why we should ALWAYS keep an eye for illegal activities! For everyone's information, here's the information for size and creel limits for Black Crappie in New Jersey.
I've seen a lot of Common Carp swimming and splashing around, both in locations #1 and #2. As opposed to #2, location #1 may be more exciting for Carp anglers because of the presence of Mirror Carp! They are rare, but they are there. =)
I would recommend using a rig with 2-3 small hooks, preferably above size #8. Nightcrawlers will work great!