Division of Fish & Wildlife
New Jersey Freshwater Fishing
State of New Jersey
Philip D. Murphy, Governor
Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor
Department of Environmental Protection
Catherine R. McCabe, Commissioner
Office of Natural and Historic Resources
Ray Bukowski, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Fish and Wildlife
Larry Herrighty, Director
Dave Golden, Assistant Director
Paulette Nelson, Assistant Director
Lisa Barno, Chief, Freshwater Fisheries
Al Ivany, Chief, Information and Education
Joe Cimino, Administrator, Marine Fisheries
Vacant, Chief, Marine Fisheries
Jeff Brust, Research Scientist
Russell Babb, Chief, Shellfisheries
J. Sean Cianciulli, Chief, Law Enforcement
Jason Hearon, Chief, Land Management
John Heilferty, Acting Chief, Endangered and Nongame Species
Carole Stanko, Chief, Wildlife Management
Cindy Kuenstner, Editor
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New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Councils
Fish and Game Council
Frank Virgilio, Acting Chair
Dr. Rick Lathrop
Jeffrey A. Link
Robert VonSuskil, Chair
Jim A. Shissias
Dr. Lenore Tedesco
Endangered and Nongame
Species Advisory Committee
Dr. Rick Lathrop, Chair
Dr. James Applegate
Dr. Barbara Brummer
Dr. Joanna Burger
Dr. Emile DeVito
Dr. Erica Miller
Dr. David Mizrahi
Dr. Howard Reinert
Diane Nickerson, Chair
Dr. Nicole Lewis
Dr. Erica Miller
Dr. Jennifer Norton
John J. Maxwell, Chair
Walter L. Johnson, III, Vice Chair
Warren Hollinger, Chair
Stephen J. Fleetwood, Vice Chair
Marine Fisheries Council
Richard N. Herb, Acting Chair
Dr. Eleanor Ann Bochenek
John J. Maxwell
Robert R. Rush, Jr.
Where to Write Us
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife
MC 501-03 • P.O. Box 420 • Trenton, NJ 08625-0420 • NJFishandWildlife.com
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
To protect and manage the state’s fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term biological, recreational and economic value for all New Jerseyans.
• To maintain New Jersey’s rich variety of fish and wildlife species at stable, healthy levels and to protect and enhance the many habitats on which they depend.
• To educate New Jerseyans on the values and needs of our fish and wildlife and to foster a positive human/wildlife co-existence.
• To maximize the recreational and commercial use of New Jersey’s fish and wildlife for both present and future generations.
Attention: New Jersey Saltwater Anglers
Register. You make a difference!
It’s free, easy and required.
Before heading out to catch your favorite marine fish this year, be sure to join the hundreds of thousands of anglers who have already registered with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program (NJSRRP).
For more information on the NJ Saltwater Recreational Registry Program and to register, visit www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov
After registering, become part of the fishery management process!
Submit fishing reports after each saltwater trip to the NJ Volunteer Angler Survey. Your fishing reports can help improve saltwater fishing opportunities in New Jersey.
Submit online reports at www.NJFishandWildlife.com/marinesurvey.htm
Law Enforcement and Regulation Information
- 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
Fish and Wildlife 2019 Calendar of Events
- Fisheries Forums,
north, January 19;
south, February 23
- Trout Meeting,
- Pequest Open House and Flea Market,
To be announced
- Opening Day of Trout Season,
- FREE Fishing Days,
June 8, Oct. 19
- Wild Outdoor Expo,
- Fall trout stocking,
begins the week of Oct. 7
- Winter Trout Stocking
November 25 and 26