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Fishing Regulations

Fishing Regulations New Jersey Freshwater Fishing

Size, Season And Creel Limits

Certain waters are closed to fishing for all species from March 20 to April 8, 2017 at 8 a.m. because of trout stocking. 

LOCATION

SEASON

MINIMUM SIZE

DAILY LIMIT

Largemouth & Smallmouth Bass

Statewide
(exceptions below)

Jan. 1–April 14

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

June 16–Dec. 31

12 inches

5 combined

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

15 inches

3 combined

Largemouth Bass

Smallmouth Bass

Conservation Regulations:
Ryker Lake

15 inches

2 combined

Lake Audrey

Year-round

Catch & Release Only

0

Northern Pike, Tiger Musky, Muskellunge

Statewide

Open year round

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

Northern Pike:
24 inches

2

Statewide
(exceptions below)

Tiger Musky & Muskellunge:
36 inches

1 combined

Northern Pike

Trophy Musky Waters:
Mountain & Echo Lake reservoirs

Tiger Musky & Muskellunge:
40 inches

Muskellunge

Chain Pickerel and Redfin Pickerel

Chain Pickerel

Statewide

Open year round

15 inches

5 combined

Walleye

walleyet

Walleye

Statewide

Jan. 1–Feb. 28

March 1–April 30
Catch & Release only

May 1–Dec. 31

18 inches

3

Striped Bass (freshwater only)


Striped Bass

Statewide

March 1–Dec. 31

One @ 28″ to < 43″ AND one ≥ 43″

1 AND 1

Hybrid Striped Bass (freshwater only)


Hybrid Striped Bass

Statewide
(exceptions below)

Open year round

16 inches

2

Raritan River
(downstream of
Duke Island Park dam)

March 1–Dec. 31

One @ 28″ to < 43″ AND one ≥ 43″

1 AND 1

LOCATION

SEASON

MINIMUM SIZE

DAILY LIMIT

American Shad

American Shad

Delaware River only;
regulations on page 28)

Closed

(except for the Delaware River;

Channel Catfish

Channel Catfish

Statewide

Open year round

12 inches

5

Crappie (Black and White)

Crappie

Statewide

Open year round

8 inches

10 combined

Sunfish and All Other Species with No Specified Creel Limits

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.

Statewide
(exceptions below)

Open year round

No minimum size

25 combined

Conservation Regulation
Ryker Lake

Open year round

Sunfish: 7 inches

10 combined

Yellow Perch:
No minimum size

10

Conservation Regulation
Rainbow Lake (Salem Co.)

Open year round

Sunfish: 7 inches

10 combined

Banded, Blackbanded, BlueSpotted and Mud Sunfish

Statewide

Closed

Protected

0

Bluespotted Sunfish*

Mud Sunfish

Freshwater Baitfish

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 Baitfish Regulations.

Statewide

Open year round

Exceptions In trout stocked waters baitfish may only be taken with hook and line: from April 8 to June 15, or in waters open to fishing during the pre-season closure, from March 20 to June 15.

No minimum

Exception
American Eel:
6 inches

35 combined