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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

General Law & Limit Information

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General Law

General Law applies to all water bodies unless
there are other more specific regulations listed.
The General Law Provisions are stated below.

General Law Seasons

For Southern and Eastern Counties, see here and here.

For Northern and Western Counties, see here and here.

The daily bag, possession and minimum length limits on this page apply to waters open to fishing that DO NOT have special rules stating otherwise. Special Rules (S-Codes) can be found on S Codes & Season Date Codes.

LANDLOCKED SALMON, TROUT, TOGUE (LAKE TROUT)
Daily Bag & Possession Limits

The term “trout” when used alone includes brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, splake and Arctic char (Sunapee trout and blueback trout)

The term “brook trout” also includes splake and Arctic char (Sunapee Trout and Blueback Trout).

DAILY BAG & POSSESSION

LIMITS

MINIMUM LENGTH Limit

Lakes & Ponds

Rivers, Brooks & Streams

5 Brook Trout A,B (includes Splake and Arctic char)

6 inches

6 inches

2 Landlocked SalmonA

14 inchesC

14 inchesC

2 Togue (Lake Trout)A

18 inches

18 inches

2 Brown TroutA

14 inchesC

6 inchesC

2 Rainbow TroutA

12 inches

6 inches

A. Important…From August 16 – September 30, fishing on rivers, brooks, and streams statewide is restricted to the use of artificial lures only and a total daily bag limit of landlocked salmon, trout and togue: 1 fish.

B. Important…On lakes and ponds in Androscoggin, Cumberland, Franklin, Hancock, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Oxford, Penobscot, Sagadahoc, Waldo, Washington and York counties the daily bag limit on brook trout is 2 fish.

C. In Hancock and Washington counties the maximum length limit on landlocked salmon and brown trout is 25 inches. Several lakes in each county are exempt from this rule. Please refer to Southern & Eastern Counties for Hancock County information and Southern & Eastern Counties for Washington County information.

Bass (Largemouth and Smallmouth)

Date

Daily Bag & Possession Limits

Minimum Length Limit

April 1 – June 30

1 fish

10 inches

July 1 – September 30

3 fish

10 inches, only 1 exceeding 14 inches

October 1 – March 31

1 fish

10 inches

Other Species

Species

Daily Bag & Possession Limits

Minimum Length Limit

Pickerel

10 fish

None

Whitefish

3 fish

None

Smelts

2 quarts

None
(see Fishing Laws & Definitions)

Northern Pike

Unlimited

None

Muskellunge

Unlimited

None

American eel

50 fish

6 inches

Shad

2 fish

None

Striped Bass

1 fish

Between 20 and 26 inches
in total length, or 40 inches or greater in total length.

Atlantic Salmon

Federally Endangered Species – No Fishing Permitted, please refer to Salmon Information for more information

Alewife

25 fish (see above)

None

Species not listed above

Unlimited

None

General Law Terminal Gear

The use of all legal forms of bait, artificial lures, and artificial flies is permitted.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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