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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
To view the new guide, please download the pdf. Check back in the coming days as we work to put up the new 2014 website.

Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Skillful Angler Recognition Program

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The Skillful Angler Recognition Program is designed both to supplement the New Jersey Record Fish Program and to acknowledge that many anglers catch freshwater and marine fish that are not record size, but are still worthy of recognition because the size and weight of the fish sufficiently tested the angler’s skill. Open to resident and non-resident anglers. All fish must be caught in New Jersey waters using a hook and line during legally open seasons. It is comprised of three categories: Adult (for anglers age 16 and older), Junior (under age 16) and Catch and Release (based on length). A clear, side-view photo that allows accurate species identification must be included with each application.

Take time to compose a good quality (and high resolution) photo to submit with your application. The best photo may be selected for publication in this Digest next year! Include your e-mail address on back of the photo so we may contact you for a digital copy of your print.

Anglers qualifying for a Skillful Angler award receive a certificate as a testament to their achievement. Anglers may submit applications for larger fish caught even after receiving a certificate.

At the end of the year, special recognition is given to anglers who catch the largest fish in each species category. The winner of each category is sent a special certificate recognizing his/her accomplishment as the best of New Jersey’s Skillful Anglers.

Fish must be measured from the tip of the nose (with mouth closed) to the tip of the tail. For catch and release categories, the fish must be measured alongside a ruler. For Adult/Junior categories, fish must be weighed and measured by fishing license agents, tackle shops or authorized Fish and Wildlife fisheries biologists. A new Skillful Angler Program is being planned; watch for changes next year.

Apply online at: NJFishandWildlife.com/pdf/sklflang-appform.pdf

Minimum Requirements for Each Freshwater Species

Species

Adult Weight

(lbs., oz.)

Junior Weight

(lbs., oz.)

Catch & Release

(inches)

Largemouth Bass

6

4

21

Smallmouth Bass

4

3

19

Striped Bass Hybrid

8

6

24

Striped Bass

30

25

40

Bullhead

2

1 lb., 8 oz.

14

Carp

25

20

35

Channel Catfish

10

8

29

Crappie

2

1 lb., 8 oz.

14

Muskellunge

20

15

40

Yellow Perch

1 lb., 8 oz.

1

13

Chain Pickerel

4

3

24

Northern Pike

10

8

34

American Shad

7

5

24

Brook Trout

3

2

19

Brown Trout

8

5

25

Lake Trout

12

8

31

Rainbow Trout

5

3 lbs., 8 oz.

23

Salmon, Atlantic Landlocked

4

3

20

Sunfish

1

12 oz.

9

Walleye

6

4 lbs., 8 oz.

24

The New Jersey State Record Fish Program requires a separate application and is based on weight alone. Scale certification ­documentation and a weighmaster’s signature are necessary. Other rules apply. Visit Fish and Wildlife’s website at NJFishandWildlife.com for a complete list of current state records.

 

New Jersey’s Coldwater Conservation School

June 26–29, 2014

p45-Conservation-School-CCCamp-2010-0915.tifKids between the ages of 11–14 years can participate in this fun, hands-on program. The program is four days and three nights in the heart of trout country. Activities for participants include fly tying, fly casting, pond seining, river studies and more.

For more information and applications
(available in January) visit NJFishandWildlife.com.

We Need Your Cooperation!

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife has stocked brown trout in the lower Manasquan River, Monmouth County. Anglers are asked to report all catches of brown trout that exhibit characteristics of a sea run. These fish tend to develop a more silvery coloration, masking most of the body spots after an extended time in salt water.

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The future of this program depends on these fish being reported.

68732.jpgCall Pequest State Fish Hatchery (908) 637-4173 or Lebanon Field Office (908) 236-2118.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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