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A fishing license is required to fish the fresh waters of the state. Locations listed below mark the change from salt water
(license not required) to fresh water. A fishing license is required at, and upstream of, these locations.


Absecon Creek—Dam at Lower Atlantic City Reservoir

Great Egg Harbor River—Power lines at confluence of Gravelly Run

Middle River—None–all saline water

Mullica River—Line between Seventh Ave., Sweetwater, and ramp at Crowleys Landing

Nacote Creek—Port Republic dam

Patcong Creek—Bargaintown Lake dam

South River—Power lines immediately below Rt. 50

Tuckahoe River—First northerly tributary downstream of Rt. 49 bridge (McNeals Branch)


Hackensack River—Cedar Lane Bridge between Hackensack and Teaneck

Hudson River—None–all saline water

Passaic River—Required whole length


Assiscunk Creek—Required whole length

Bass River State—Fir Bridge on Stage Rd. in Bass River State Forest

Batsto River—Required whole length

Blacks Creek—Required whole length

Crosswicks Creek—Required whole length

Delaware River—Required whole length

Mullica River—Line between Seventh Ave., Sweetwater, and ramp at Crowleys Landing

Pennsauken Creek—Required whole length

Pompeston Creek—Required whole length

Rancocas Creek—Required whole length

Swedes Run—Required whole length

Wading River—Charcoal Landing, Chips Folly Campground


License required on Delaware River and all other waters


Bidwells Creek—None–all saline water

Cedar Swamp Creek—None–all saline water

Dennis Creek—None–all saline water

East Creek—100 ft. below East Creek Lake dam, Eldora

Tuckahoe River—First northerly tributary downstream of lower Rt. 49 bridge (McNeals Br.)

West Creek—100 feet below West Creek Lake dam (Pickle Factory Pond)


Andrews Creek—None–all saline water

Back Creek—None–all saline water

Cedar Creek—100 ft. downstream of Cedar Lake dam

Cohansey River—Rt. 49 bridge at Bridgeton

Dividing Creek—Rt. 555 bridge

Fishing Creek—None–all saline water

Fortescue Cr./Branch of Oranoken Cr.—None–all saline water

Manumuskin Creek—Required whole length

Maurice River—Mouth of Manumuskin Creek near Port Elizabeth

Menantico Creek—Required whole length

Mill Creek—Tributary of Cohansey–Rt. 553 bridge, Fairton

Muskee Creek—S. side of bridge on Weathersby Rd.

Nantuxent Creek (Pages Run)—Rt. 553 north of
Frames Corner

Oranoken Creek—Whitecar Mill, North of Beaver dam

Oyster Creek—None–all saline water

Riggins Ditch—Rt. 47 bridge

Sow and Pigs Branch Nantuxent—None–all saline water

Stow Creek—Buckhorn Rd. bridge, Jericho

Straight Creek—None–all saline water

West Creek—100 ft. below West Creek Lake dam (Pickle Factory Pond)


Passaic River—Erie Railroad bridge between Newark (at Verona Ave.) and Kearny

Peddie Ditch—None–all saline water


Big Timber Creek—Required whole length

Delaware River—Commodore Barry bridge at Bridgeport

Mantua Creek—Required whole length

Oldmans Creek—Rt. 295 bridge

Raccoon Creek—Required whole length

Woodbury Creek—Required whole length


Hackensack River—None–all saline water

Hudson River—None–all saline water

Passaic River—Railroad bridge between Newark
(at Verona Ave.) and Kearny


License required on Delaware River and all other waters


License required on Delaware River and all other waters


Cheesequake Creek—Dam at Cheesequake Lake, Cheesequake State Park

Lawrence Brook—N.J. Turnpike bridge, East Brunswick

Raritan River—Landing Lane bridge, New Brunswick

South River—Rt. 527 bridge (New Brunswick
Old Bridge Tpk.)

Woodbridge River—N.J. Turnpike bridge


Black Creek—Spillway at Ocean Rd.

Branchport Creek—Mouth of Turtle Mill Brook

Deal Lake—Top of dam

Hockhockson (Pine) Brook—Garden State Parkway northbound bridge

Little Silver Creek—Little Silver Creek Brook

Manasquan River—Bennetts bridge, Manasquan Wildlife Management Area

Matawan Creek—Lefferts Lake dam

Oceanport Creek—Mouth of Husky Brook

Parkers Creek—Mouth of Parkers Creek Brook

Shark River—Remsen Mills Rd.

Swimming River—Swimming River Rd. bridge

Wreck Pond Creek—Rt. 71 bridge


License required on all waters


Beaver Dam Creek—Rt. 88 bridge

Cedar Creek—Rt. 9 bridge

Cedar Run—Rt. 9 bridge

Dinner Point Creek—None–all saline water

Double Creek—None–all saline water

Forked River—All branches Rt. 9

Gunning River—None–all saline water

Jakes Branch—Above Atlantic City Blvd.

Jeffreys Creek—Ocean Gate Rd. to Ocean Gate

Kettle Creek—Rt. 549 bridge

Lake of the Lilies—Entire lake

Long Swamp Creek—Washington St. bridge, Toms River

Manahawkin Creek—Dams for Manahawkin WMA impoundments bayside

Metedeconk River—Rt. 70 bridge, Laurelton

Mill Creek—Mouth of Creek at lagoons in Beach Haven West

Mill Creek—Pine Beach–Ocean Gate Road

Oyster Creek—Rt. 9 bridge

Parkers Run—None–all saline water

Potters Creek—None–all saline water

Stouts Creek—None–all saline water

Stouts Creek S. Br.—Bayside East Parkway

Toms River—Garden State Parkway, northbound bridge

Tuckerton Creek—Dam at Rt. 9 bridge

Waretown Creek—Rt. 9 bridge

West Creek—Rt. 9 bridge


License required on all waters


Alloway Creek—Rt. 540 bridge at Alloway

Black Ditch—None–all saline water

Delaware River—None–all saline water

Fishing Creek—None–all saline water

Hope Creek—None–all saline water

Mad Horse Creek—None–all saline water

Mill Creek—None–all saline water

Oldmans Creek—Rt. 295 southbound bridge

Salem River—Dupont dam near Cedar Crest Manor

Salem Canal—Dam at Deepwater

Stow Creek—Buckhorn Rd. bridge, Jericho

Straight Ditch—None–all saline water


License required on all waters


License required on Delaware River and all other waters


Elizabeth River—West Grand St., Elizabeth

Great Ditch—None–all saline water

Morses Creek—Old Morses Mill Rd.

Oyster Creek—None–all saline water

Peddie Ditch—None–all saline water

Piles Creek—None–all saline water

Rahway River—Lawrence St. (Rt. 514), Rahway


License required on Delaware River and all other waters


  1. Absence of a river, creek, brook or other waterway from this list does not make it exempt from requiring a license to fish the fresh waters.
  2. Names of waters conform to those given on the United States Geological Survey 7.5 Minute Topographic Series Maps.

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Purple text indicates an important note.

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