Division of Fish & Wildlife

Fishing Regulations 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

Dave Golden, Director

Paulette Nelson, Assistant Director

Joe Cimino, Administrator, Marine Fisheries

John Heilferty, Chief, Endangered and Nongame Species

Lisa Barno, Chief, Freshwater Fisheries

Al Ivany, Chief, Information and Education

Jason Hearon, Chief, Land Management

J. Sean Cianciulli, Chief, Law Enforcement

Jeff Brust, Chief, Marine Fisheries

Russell Babb, Chief, Shellfisheries

Carole Stanko, Chief, Wildlife Management

Cindy Kuenstner, Editor

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is a professional, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, management and wise use of the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

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New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Councils

Fish and Game Council

Frank Virgilio, Acting Chair

Phillip Brodhecker

Joe DeMartino

Jim DeStephano

Agust Gudmundsson

Dr. Rick Lathrop

Jeffrey A. Link

Robert Pollock

Loren Robinson

Ken Whildin

Waterfowl Stamp
Advisory Committee

Robert VonSuskil, Chair

Scott Barnes

Joseph DeMartino

Mike Kantor

Scott Paterson

Mike Shanahan

Jim A. Shissias

Dr. Lenore Tedesco

Ken Whildin

Endangered and Nongame
Species Advisory Committee

Dr. Rick Lathrop, Chair

Dr. James Applegate

Dr. Barbara Brummer

Dr. Joanna Burger

Dr. Emile DeVito

Howard Geduldig

Dr. Erica Miller

Dr. David Mizrahi

Jane Morton-Galetto

Dr. Howard Reinert

James Shissias

Wildlife Rehabilitators
Advisory Committee

Diane Nickerson, Chair

Phillip Brodhecker

Giselle Chazotte-Smisko

Lisa DeLambert

Carol Dragland

Heather Freeman

Tracy Leaver

Dr. Erica Miller

Dr. Jennifer Norton

Michael O’Malley

Atlantic Coast
Shellfish Council

John J. Maxwell, Chair

Walter L. Johnson, III, Vice Chair

Delaware Bay
Shellfish Council

Warren Hollinger, Chair

Stephen J. Fleetwood, Vice Chair

Richard Malinowski

Marine Fisheries Council

Richard N. Herb, Acting Chair

Dr. Eleanor Ann Bochenek

Warren Hollinger

John J. Maxwell

Sergio Radossi

Joe Rizzo

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

Our Mission

To protect and manage the state’s fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term ­biological, recreational and economic value for all New Jerseyans.

Our Goals

  • 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


Fish and Wildlife 2020 Calendar of Events

  • Fisheries Forums
    north, January 18;
    south, February 22;
  • Trout Meeting
    February 29;
  • Opening Day of Trout Season
    April 11;
  • FREE Fishing Days
    June 6, Oct. 17;
  • Fall trout stocking
    begins Oct. 6
  • Winter Trout Stocking
    November 23 and 24


Law Enforcement Offices

  • 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)