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State Size and Possession Limits

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2011 New Jersey Recreational Fishing Seasons,
Minimum Size and Possession Limits (Regulations in red are new this year.)

Species

Open Season

Minimum
Length

Harvest &
Possession Limit
(per person unless noted)

American Eel

No Closed Season

6″

50

Black Druma

No Closed Season

16″

3

Black Sea Bassa

June 4th-Oct 11th
Nov 2-Dec 31

12.5″*

25

Bluefish

No Closed Season

None

15

Cobia

No Closed Season

37″

2

Cod

No Closed Season

21″

No Limit

Haddock

No Closed Season

21″

No Limit

King Mackerel

No Closed Season

23″

3

Pollock

No Closed Season

19″

No Limit

Red Drum

No Closed Season

18″

1 not greater than 27″

River Herring

No Closed Season

None

35

Scup (Porgy)

Jan. 1–Feb. 28

July 1–Dec. 31

9″

50

Shad

No Closed Season

None

6

Shark (b,c)

Large coastal group†

Jan. 1–May 14

July 16–Dec. 31

54″ fork length

>One Shark (of any species, except prohibited species) per vessel per trip; plus one Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip (no minimum size); plus one bonnethead shark per person per trip (no minimum size).

Small coastal group†

No closed season

None

Pelagic group†

No closed season

54″ fork length

Smooth Dogfish

No Closed Season

None

No Limit

Spanish Mackerel

No Closed Season

14″

10

Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass

Delaware River & tributaries** (Calhoun St. bridge to Salem River & tributaries)

March 1–March 31
and
June 1–Dec. 31

28″

2

Delaware River & tributaries** (upstream of Calhoun St. bridge)

March 1–Dec. 31

Atlantic Oceand
(0–3 nautical miles from shore)

No Closed Season

Rivers, bay and estuaries

March 1–Dec. 31

3–200 nautical miles
(federal waters)

Prohibited

0

Summer Flounder

May 7–Sept. 25

18″

8

Tautog

Jan. 1–April 30

14″

4

May 1–July 15

0

July 16–Nov. 15

14″

1

Nov. 16–Dec. 31

14″

6

>Weakfish

No Closed Season

13″

1

Winter Flounder

March 23–May 21

12″

2

Note: No species of fish with a minimum size limit listed above may be filleted or cleaned at sea (except striped bass if fillet is at least 28″ long). Party boats licensed to carry 15 or more passengers may apply for a permit to fillet the above species, except striped bass, at sea. See Summer Flounder, page 12.

Blue Crab

peeler or shedder

No Closed Seasone

3″

1 bushel

soft

No Closed Seasone

3½”

hard

No Closed Seasone

4½”

Lobster (carapace length)

No Closed Season

33/8″

6

Hard Clam (license required)

No Closed Season

1½”

150 clams

a Regulation changes possible during 2011.

b Not including dogfish; see description under Sharks.

c See list of Prohibited Species.

d Atlantic Ocean greater than three miles from shore: harvest and possession prohibited.

e Unless using non-collapsible, Chesapeake-style crab pots. See sections on crab pots.

*Excluding tail filaments. (See illustration** See Closed Seasons for specifics of springtime non-offset circle hook requirements.

† See Federal Recreational Regulations.

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