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License Information

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Licenses and fishing-related permits are valid from date of purchase to Dec. 31 of each year.

Licenses

Resident Fishing
Ages 16–64 yrs.$22.50

Senior Resident Fishing
Ages 65–69 yrs.$12.50
70 & overFree

Resident Trout Stamp
Ages 16–69 yrs.$10.50

Non-resident Fishing
Age 16 yrs. and older$34

Non-resident Trout Stamp$20

Non-resident 2-Day Vacation Fishing$9

Non-resident 7-Day Vacation Fishing$19.50

All-Around Sportsman (includes resident fishing, firearm hunting and bow/arrow hunting licenses)$72.25

Permits

Available online or through license agents:
Boat Ramp Permit$15

Available through the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries (908) 236-2118:

Water Lowering, Fish Stocking,
Baitfish Collecting, Fish Tagging$2

Scientific Collecting$22

Available through the Trenton Office (609) 984-0530:

Commercial Snapping Turtles and Frog Permits

2015 License Fees and Information

Regulations in red are new this year.

Licenses

  • A valid New Jersey fishing license is required for residents at least 16 years and less than 70 years of age (plus all non-residents 16 years and older) to fish the fresh waters of New Jersey, including privately owned waters.
  • Resident anglers age 70 and over do not require a fishing license. A driver’s license or other acceptable proof of age containing date of birth and physical description will serve as the actual fishing license. Non-residents 70 and over must purchase a license.
  • License must be visibly displayed on outer clothing.
  • License and trout stamp are both valid from date of purchase through Dec. 31.
  • A person must reside in New Jersey for at least six months to obtain a resident fishing license.
  • Farmers and immediate family members who live on the farm do not need a license to fish on their own farm, but must obey all fishing regulations.
  • Anyone convicted of a second fish or wildlife violation in this or another state within a period of five years will have his or her New Jersey sporting licenses revoked for a minimum of two years.

Trout Stamps

A valid fishing license and trout stamp are both required to fish for or possess trout and salmon for all anglers (residents and non-residents) 16 and over, and residents under the age of 70. No trout stamp is required for residents age 70 years and over.

Purchasing a License

Licenses may be purchased by phone at (888) 773-8450, online at www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com or at license agents such as sporting goods stores plus bait and tackle shops. Visit our website at NJFishandWildlife.com for details, or call (609) 292-2965. The Trenton Fish and Wildlife office is no longer open to the public for license or permit sales.

Replacement — Lost License or Stamp

A license, permit or stamp can be replaced at any license agent or online at Fish and Wildlife’s Internet license sales site, www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com also linked through our regular website at NJFishandWildlife.com or by phone at (888) 773-8450.

Special Licenses

Servicemen and Servicewomen

A person who is on active duty in the armed services of the United States is entitled to fish with a resident license.

National Guard Members

Eligible National Guard personnel are entitled to free licenses, permits, and stamps. Further information can be obtained by writing to: NJ Department of Military/Veteran Affairs, 101 Eggerts Crossing Rd., Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Or call (609) 530-6866 for 1st Sgt. Turrian.

Disabled Veterans Licenses, Stamps and Permits

Free hunting and fishing licenses, stamps and permits are available for resident disabled veterans.

For the purposes of this program, legislation defines disabled veterans as “…any resident of New Jersey who has been honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances from active service from any branch of the Armed Forces of the United States and who has been declared by the United States Department of Veteran Affairs, or its successor, to have a service-connected disability of any degree…”

New applicant disabled veterans may obtain their hunting and fishing licenses and stamps at the following Fish and Wildlife field offices:

  • Pequest Trout Hatchery/Natural Resource Ed. Ctr, Oxford, Warren Co., (908) 637-4125
  • Central Region Office, Upper Freehold Twp., Monmouth Co., (609) 259-2132
  • Southern Region Office, Sicklerville, Camden Co., (856) 629-0090

Applications for disabled veteran certification and your first disabled veteran license may be made via the mail by sending the application and all required documentation to NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Disabled Veteran Licensing,.MC 501-03, PO Box 420 Trenton, NJ 08625-0420.

All licenses, stamps and permits for which the veteran is eligible will be free of charge. This does not give preferential treatment in any lottery. For questions call (609) 984-6213.

Disabled Veteran Applicants:

  1. Documentation of current benefits for a service-connected disability and proof of honorable discharge (such as a copy of your DD-214, VA card or monthly check stub) must be presented to obtain a free disabled veteran license.
  2. Applicant must provide a hunter education (archery, shotgun or rifle) course certificate applicable to the license for which he or she is applying or a previously issued resident archery or firearm license or rifle permit. Resident licenses from other states issued to hunters prior to establishing residency in New Jersey will be accepted if the license indicates the sporting arm for which it was valid. Non-resident licenses from other states are not acceptable.
  3. To obtain the free disabled veteran deer/turkey permits one must first have a free disabled veteran hunting license.

For the Blind

Residents afflicted with total blindness may obtain a free license from Fish and Wildlife’s Trenton office. Call (609) 292-9530 for an application.

Water Supply Reservoirs Open To Fishing By Permit Only

Permits must be obtained from the specific reservoir owner listed below.
A valid fishing license is also required.

Waterbody

County

Type of Fishing

Fee

Permit Source

Newark-Pequannock
Watershed Reservoirs

Echo Lake

Passaic

Boat & Shoreline

Yes

Newark Watershed reservoir permits
available in person only at these locations:

City of Newark
223 Echo Lake Road, Newfoundland, NJ 07435
(973) 697-1724

Newark City Hall
920 Broad St., Newark 07102
(973) 733-8008

Clinton Reservoir

Oak Ridge Reservoir

Morris

Canistear Reservoir

Sussex

Oradell Reservoir

Bergen

Shoreline only

Yes

United Water Company
200 Old Hook Road, Harrington Park, NJ 07640
(201) 767-9300 x3208

Woodcliff Lake

Lake Tappan Reservoir
Lake Deforest

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