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Fish Identification

Fishing Regulations New Jersey Freshwater Fishing

Proper Handling & Releasing Techniques to Reduce Fish Mortality

  • Land fish as quickly as possible, except when retrieving from depths of 20-feet or more. Fighting a fish to exhaustion increases mortality as does rapidly bringing up a fish through the changing water pressure and temperature gradients.
  • Keep fish intended for release in the water as much as possible. Plan ahead with tools and camera.
  • To bring a fish out of the water momentarily, use a rubber net or one of knotless nylon. Handle the fish carefully using wet hands to minimize loss of the fish’s protective slime layer.
  • Minimize physical injury. Do not touch gills or allow fish to flop around on deck.
  • Carefully remove hooks using a dehooker or needle-nose pliers.
  • Use plain hooks, not stainless, to rust away quickly if one must be left in a gut-hooked fish. Cut this line close to the hook’s eyelet.
  • To revive lethargic fish hold in a normal, upright position. Move the fish forward in an “S” or figure-8 pattern so that water flows over the gills only from front to back.
  • Use circle hooks or barbless hooks for easier removal.

Fish Identification

Brook Trout

Rainbow Trout

Lake Trout

Northern Pike

Chain Pickerel


Striped Bass

White Sucker

White Perch

Brown Trout

Landlocked Atlantic Salmon


Redfin Pickerel

Yellow Perch

Hybrid Striped Bass

Common Carp

Largemouth Bass

Redbreast Sunfish

White Crappie

Channel Catfish

Black Crappie

Pumpkinseed Sunfish

Smallmouth Bass

Bluegill Sunfish

Brown Bullhead

White Catfish