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Size, Season & Creel Limits

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Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

Certain waters are closed to fishing for all species from March 18 to April 6, 2013 at 8 a.m. because of trout stocking.

Refer to General Trout Information for complete lists and exceptions. For Delaware River and Greenwood Lake, see Delaware River Regulations and Greenwood Lake Regulations.

 

SEASON

LOCATION

MINIMUM SIZE

DAILY LIMIT

Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass

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Jan.1April 14

April 15–June 15
Catch & Release only
(all waters)

June 16–Dec.31

Statewide
(exceptions below)

12 inches

5 combined

Lunker Bass Lakes:
Alloway, Assunpink, Parvin, Delaware lakes, Splitrock Reservoir

15 inches

3 combined

Largemouth Bass

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Smallmouth Bass

Conservation Regulations:
Ryker Lake

15 inches

2 combined

Year-Round

Lake Audrey

Catch & Release only

0

Northern Pike, Tiger Musky, Muskellunge

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Open year round

March 20–May 20 are
Catch & Release only for
Echo Lake Reservoir, Mercer Lake,
Mountain Lake,
Monksville Reservoir

Statewide

Northern Pike:
24 inches

2

Statewide
(exceptions below)

Tiger Musky & Muskellunge:
36 inches

1 combined

Northern Pike

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Trophy Musky Waters:
Mountain & Echo Lake reservoirs

Tiger Musky & Muskellunge:
40 inches

Muskellunge

Chain Pickerel and Redfin Pickerel

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Chain Pickerel

Open year round

Statewide

15 inches

5 combined

Walleye

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Walleye

Jan.1Feb. 28

March 1April 30
Catch & Release only

May 1Dec.31

Statewide

18 inches

3

Striped Bass (freshwater only)
Striped bass regulations are subject to change. Consult our website NJFishandWildlife.com and the news media for updates.

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Striped Bass

March 1Dec.31

Statewide

28 inches

2

Hybrid Striped Bass(freshwater only)
Striped bass regulations are subject to change. Consult our website NJFishandWildlife.com and the news media for updates.

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Hybrid Striped Bass

Open year round

Statewide (exceptions below)

16 inches

2

March 1Dec.31

Raritan River
(downstream of
Duke Island Park dam)

28 inches

2

 

       

American Shad

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American Shad

Open year round**

Statewide

No minimum size

3

Channel Catfish

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Channel Catfish

Open year round

Statewide

12 inches

5

Crappie (Black and White)

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Crappie

Open year round

Statewide

8 inches

10 combined

Sunfish and All Other Species with No Specified Creel Limits

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Rock Bass, White Perch,
Yellow Perch, Sunfish (see below for sunfish exceptions), Bullheads, White Catfish,
Suckers, Carp, Bowfin, Pumpkinseed and all other species with no specified creel limit.

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Open year round

Statewide (exceptions below)

No minimum size

25 combined

Conservation Regulation
Ryker Lake

Sunfish: 7 inches

10 combined

Yellow Perch:
No minimum size

10

Conservation Regulation
Rainbow Lake (Salem Co.)

Sunfish: 7 inches

10 combined

Banded, Blackbanded, BlueSpotted and Mud Sunfish

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Banded Sunfish*

 

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Blackbanded Sunfish*

 

Closed

Statewide

Protected

0

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Bluespotted Sunfish*

 

 

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Mud Sunfish

* Illustrations by Ted Walke, PA Fish and Boat Commission

 

 

 

 

Freshwater Baitfish (See Baitfish Regulations for complete description of gear types and restrictions)

Golden Shiner, Banded Killifish, Mummichog, Spotfin Killifish, Rainwater Killifish, American Brook Lamprey, Fathead Minnow, Bluntnose Minnow, Tadpole Madtom, Margined Madtom, All Shiners, Daces, Minnows, Gizzard Shad and American Eel. For Herring, Alewife and Blueback—see River Herring Closureand
Baitfish Regulations.

Open year round

Exceptions
Baitfish may not be taken in trout stocked waters from
March 18 to June 15

Statewide

No minimum

Exception
American Eel:
6 inches

35 combined

 

** Due to serious declines in American Shad numbers, the taking of American Shad, except for the Delaware River, is anticipated to be prohibited beginning January 1,2013. Be sure to check for updates on Fish and Wildlife’s website, NJFishandWildlife.com.

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