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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.

Boundary Waters

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Delaware River

  • New Jersey and Pennsylvania fishing licenses are both recognized when fishing the Delaware River from a boat or either shoreline. This applies to the main stem of the river only.
  • Anglers may launch a boat from either shore and on return, may have in possession any fish which may be legally taken according to the regulations of the state where the landing is made.
  • No more than two rods, each with one line, or two hand lines—or one of each—may be used. No more than three single hooks or three treble hooks per line.
  • To protect spawning striped bass, from the Calhoun Street bridge near Trenton downstream to the Commodore Barry Bridge at Bridgeport, non-offset circle hooks must be used when using bait with a #2 sized hook or larger, from April 1 to May 30.
  • Spears (not mechanically propelled) and bow and arrows may be used to take shad, eel, carp, sucker, herring and bullhead except within 825 feet of an eel weir. A valid fishing license is required.
  • Baitfish may be taken and possessed for personal use and are not to be bartered or sold.
  • A Delaware fishing license is now required for anglers aged 16 and over fishing the Delaware Bay and Delaware River between the upstream tip of Artificial Island and the Delaware-Pennsylvania state line. In that section of the river, the Delaware state boundary extends to the New Jersey shoreline. However, when fishing from shore in New Jersey along that section of the river, a Delaware fishing license is not required. Delaware fishing license information can be found at http://www.fw.delaware.gov/Fisheries/Pages/NewFishingLicense.aspx.

Species

Open Seasons

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Bass, Largemouth & Smallmouth

Jan. 1–April 15

12 inches

5 combined

June 18–Dec. 31

April 16–June 17

Catch and release only

Catch and release only

Eel, American*

Open year round

Pennsylvania: 8 inches
(but 6–8 inches for baitfish)

New Jersey: 6 inches

50

Herring, Alewife and Blueback

Open year round

No minimum

10 combined

Muskellunge & Hybrids

Open year round

40 inches

1

Pickerel, Chain

Open year round

12 inches

5

Pike, Northern

Open year round

24 inches

2

Shad, American

Open year round

No minimum

3

Shad, Hickory

Closed

Striped Bass & Hybrids
(upstream of Calhoun St. Bridge)

March 1–Dec. 31

28 inches

2

Striped Bass & Hybrids**
(downstream of Calhoun St. Bridge)

March 1–30

28 inches

2

June 1–Dec. 31

Sturgeon, Atlantic and Shortnose

Closed

Trout

April 16–Oct. 15

No minimum

5

Walleye

Open year round

18 inches

3

All Other Freshwater Species

Open year round

No minimum

No limit

Baitfish*

Open year round

No minimum

50

* Pennsylvania also enforces an 8-inch minimum on American Eel. Eel used as bait must be at least 6 inches and no greater than 8 inches in length. Daily limit of 50.

** Pennsylvania allows anglers to harvest a daily limit of two striped bass measuring 20 to 26 inches for a two month period from April 1, 2011 through May 31, 2011, from the Calhoun St. Bridge in Trenton downstream to the Pennsylvania state line. New Jersey still has a closed season. Anglers fishing the Delaware River from the New Jersey shoreline, or returning to New Jersey by boat and/or car in April and May must abide by New Jersey’s striped bass regulations. Possession of striped bass in New Jersey is illegal during this time period.

  • A listing of fishing access locations along the Delaware River is available at Fish and Wildlife’s Web site, NJFishandWildlife.com, under Freshwater Fishing.
  • Delaware River Basin Commission recreation maps are available for $25. An order form is available online at www.state.nj.us/drbc/recreation.htm.
  • Information for the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is available online at www.nps.gov/dewa.

This is not the full law. Consult the Division of Fish and Wildlife for further details.
All persons are reminded that the statutes, code and regulations are the legal authorities.

Regulations in red are new this year. Purple text indicates an important note.

Greenwood Lake

  • New York and New Jersey fishing licenses are both recognized
    anywhere on the lake or along the shoreline.
  • Fishing is permitted 24 hours a day.
  • In compliance with New York regulations, only certified virus-free baitfish may be transported to, or used on, the portion of Greenwood Lake owned by the State of New York. Anglers are urged to use only certified virus-free baitfish when fishing any portion of Greenwood Lake.
  • Bow and arrow fishing for all carp, sucker, herring, catfish and eel is permitted. A valid fishing license is required.
  • No more than five tip-ups and two hand-held devices may be used when ice fishing. All devices that are not hand held must be plainly marked with the name and address of the angler.

Species

Open Seasons

Minimum Length

Daily Limit

Bass, Largemouth & Smallmouth

Jan. 1–June 15

Catch and release only

June 16–Dec. 1

12 inches

5 combined

Dec. 1–Dec. 31

Catch and release only

Catfish, Channel

Open year round

12 inches

5

Crappie, Black & White

Open year round

8 inches

10 combined

Muskellunge & Hybrids

Open year round

36 inches

1

Perch, Yellow

Open year round

No minimum

50

Pickerel, Chain

Open year round

15 inches

5

Sunfish

Open year round

No minimum

50 combined

Walleye

Jan. 1–Feb. 28

18 inches

3

March 1–April 30

Catch and release only

May 1–Dec. 31

18 inches

3

All Other Species

Open year round

No minimum

No limit

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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