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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
To view the new guide, please download the pdf. Check back in the coming days as we work to put up the new 2014 website.

Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Fish Identification

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n Coastal Bays & Atlantic Oceann Nontidaln Chesapeake Bay


Brown Troutn

No minimum size*, creel 2* in aggregate
Angler Award Size 21


Brook Troutn

No minimum size*, creel 2* in aggregate
Angler Award Size 12


Black Crappie n

No minimum size, creel 15
open year round
Angler Award Size 15


Black Sea Bassnn

Check website for updates
Angler Award Size 20


Black Drum nn

16 minimum, creel 1
Angler Award Size 48


American Eel nnn

6 Minimum creel 25



36 minimum, creel 1
Angler Award Size 40


Channel Catfish nn

No size limits,
nontidal creel limit – 5; no tidal creel limit
Angler Award Size 30


Chain Pickerelnn

14 minimum, creel 5 (nontidal); 10 (tidal)
Angler Award Size 24


Rainbow Troutn

No minimum size*; creel 2* in aggregate
Angler Award Size 20


Largemouth Bass nn

12 minimum*, creel 5**
except 15 3/1–6/15
Angler Award Size 21


Northern Piken

30 minimum, creel 2
Angler Award Size 38


Smallmouth Bassnn

12 minimum, creel 5**
except 15
Angler Award
Tidal & Nontidal Size 20


Striped Bass (rockfish)nnn

See striped bass section for size,
creel and season regulations
Angler Award Nontidal Award Size 36
Angler Award Chesapeake & Coast Size 40


Yellow Perch nn

9 minimum, creel 10 (tidal); no minimum size or creel in nontidal lakes except creel of 10 in Deep Ck. Lake.
Angler Award Size 14



8 minimum, creel 10
Angler Award Size 34


Walleye nn

15 minimum, (20 max from Jan. 1–April 15), creel 5
Angler Award Size 26


White Perchnnn

No minimum size or limit if caught hook & line; 8 minimum if caught with any other gear
Angler Award Size 13


Red Drumnn
(channel bass,puppy drum)

18 minimum & 27 max slot limit, creel 1
Angler Award Size 36, Catch & Release Only


Croaker (hardhead)nn

9 minimum, creel limit 25
Angler Award Size 18


Summer Flounder (fluke)nn

Check website for updates
Angler Award Size 24


Scup (porgy) n

8 minimum, creel 50


Spotted Seatroutnn

14 minimum, creel 10
Angler Award Size 24


Tautog n

Check website for updates.
Angler Award Size 24


Spanish Mackerelnn


14 minimum, creel 15
Angler Award Size 22



13 minimum, creel 1
Angler Award Size 24

* except where otherwise indicated in nontidal limits

** smallmouth & largemouth bass in aggregate

Fish artwork by Duane Raver/USFWS

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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