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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.

State Size & Possession Limits

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Contact a New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife Law Enforcement office that serves the county where you hunt or fish.

  • Northern Region — (908) 735- 8240
    (
    Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren counties)
  • Central Region — (609) 259-2120
    (Burlington, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean counties)
  • Southern Region — (856) 629-0555
    (Atlantic, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester and Salem counties)
  • Marine Region — (609) 748-2050
    (coastal and bay areas)
  • To report violations anonymously call Operation Game Thief (855) OGT-TIPS
 

2013 New Jersey Recreational Fishing Seasons, Minimum Size and Possession Limits

Regulations remain in effect until changed.

For the most current regulations, go to NJFishandWildlife.com or call the marine fish “listen-only” line at (609) 292-2083. Regulations in red are new this year.  See Finfish: Marine Regulations for how to measure fish.

Species

Open Season

Minimum
Length

Harvest & Possession Limit
(per person unless noted)

American Eel

No Closed Season

6″

50

Black Drum

No Closed Season

16″

3

Black Sea Bass (a)

Jan.1Feb. 28

12.5″*

15

May 19–TBD

TBD

TBD

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. 1Feb. 28

July 1Dec. 31

9″

50

Shad

Delaware River & tributaries

No Closed Season

None

6 (maximum of 3 American shad)

All Other Marine Waters

No Closed Season

None

6 (no American shad may be harvested or possessed)

Shark (b,c)

Large coastal group

Jan. 1May 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
1Dec. 31

28

2

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

March 1Dec. 31

Atlantic Oceand
(0–3 nautical miles from shore­)

No Closed Season

Rivers, bay and estuaries

March 1Dec. 31

3–200 nautical miles (federal waters)

Prohibited

­–

0

Summer Flounder (a)

May 18–Sept.16

17.5

5

Tautog

Jan. 1Feb. 28

15

4

April1April 30

15

4

July 17–Nov. 15

15

1

Nov. 16–Dec. 31

15

6

Weakfish

No Closed Season

13

1

Winter Flounder

March 23–May 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, Finfish: Marine Regulations.

Blue Crab

peeler or shedder

No Closed Seasone

3

1 bushel

soft

No Closed Seasone

3½

hard

No Closed Seasone

4½

Lobster(carapace length)

Jan. 1Jan. 31;
April
1Dec 31

33/8

6

Hard Clam (license required)

No Closed Season

1½

150 clams

­ a Regulation changes possible during 2013.

b Not including dogfish; see description on Finfish: Marine Regulations under Sharks.

c See Finfish: Marine Regulations for a list of Prohibited Species.

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, Federal Limit and Shellfish & Crab Information.

*Excluding tail filaments. (See illustration, Finfish: Marine Regulations.)
** See Closed Seasons (Finfish: Marine Regulations) for specifics of springtime non-offset circle hook requirements.

† See Federal Limits for Federal Recreational Regulations.

 

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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