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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.

State Size and Possession Limits

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Red text in regulations indicates a change for this year.

Green text denotes proposed regulation changes anticipated to be in effect later in 2012.

Purple text indicates an important note.

 

Species

Open Season

Minimum
Length

Harvest & Possession Limit
(per person unless noted)

American Eel

No Closed Season

6″

50

Black Druma

No Closed Season

16″

3

Black Sea Bassa

May 19Oct. 14

Nov. 1Dec. 31

12.5*

25

Bluefish

No Closed Season

None

15

Cobia

No Closed Season

37″

2

Cod

No Closed Season

21″

No Limit

Haddock

No Closed Season

21″

No Limit

King Mackerel

No Closed Season

23″

3

Pollock

No Closed Season

19″

No Limit

Red Drum

No Closed Season

18″

1 not greater than 27″

River Herring

No Open Season

None

0

Scup (Porgy)

Jan. 1–Feb. 28

July 1–Dec. 31

9″

50

Shad

No Closed Season

None

6

Sharkb,c

Large coastal group

Jan. 1–May 14

July 16–Dec. 31

54″ fork length

One Shark (of any species, except prohibited species) per vessel per trip; plus one Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip (no minimum size); plus one bonnethead shark per person per trip
(no minimum size).

Small coastal group

No closed season

None

Pelagic group

No closed season

54″ fork length

Smooth Dogfish

No Closed Season

None

No Limit

Spanish Mackerel

No Closed Season

14″

10

Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass

Delaware River & tributaries** (Calhoun St. bridge to Salem River & tributaries)

March 1March 31
and
June 1
Dec. 31

28

2

Delaware River & tributaries** (upstream of Calhoun St. bridge)

March 1–Dec. 31

Atlantic Oceand
(0–3 nautical miles from shore­)

No Closed Season

Rivers, bay and estuaries

March 1–Dec. 31

3–200 nautical miles
(federal waters)

Prohibited

­–

0

Summer Flounder

May 5Sept. 28

17.5

5

Tautoga

Jan. 1Feb. 28

15

4

March 1March 30

0

April 1April 30

15

4

May 1July 26

0

July 27Aug. 31

15

1

Sept. 1Oct. 17

0

Oct. 18Nov. 15

15

1

Nov. 16Dec. 31

15

4

Weakfish

No Closed Season

13

1

Winter Flounder

March 23May 21

12

2

Note: No species of fish with a minimum size limit listed above may be filleted or cleaned at sea. Party boats licensed to carry 15 or more passengers may apply for a permit to fillet the above species. See Summer Flounder.

Blue Crab

peeler or shedder

No Closed Seasone

3

1 bushel

soft

No Closed Seasone

3½

hard

No Closed Seasone

4½

Lobstera (carapace length)

No Closed Season

33/8

6

Hard Clam (license required)

No Closed Season

1½

150 clams

­ a Regulation changes possible during 2012.

b Not including dogfish; see description under Sharks.

c See Prohibited Species under Sharks.

d Atlantic Ocean greater than three miles from shore: harvest and possession prohibited.

e Unless using non-collapsible, Chesapeake-style crab pots. See sections on crab pots, pages and .

* Excluding tail filaments. (See Measuring Fish.)
** See Striped Bass Closed Seasons for specifics of springtime non-offset circle hook requirements.

† See Federal Size and Possession Limits.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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