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The 2014 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing Guide is now available!
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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

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  • Statewide: The minimum length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass is 14 inches in public waters; all bass less than 14 inches must be released immediately. Exceptions are listed in the Special Area Regulations section starting at Northwest Region.
  • Murray, American Horse and all waters in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge: No length limit on largemouth and smallmouth bass.
  • Carl Blackwell and Ponca City lakes: Closed to noodling.
  • Statewide: Nonresidents may now buy a 1-day fishing license. See License Costs.
  • Shad Transport: Transporting shad from waters infested with bighead or silver carp to any other body of water is illegal. See a list of infested waters on Aquatic Nuisance Species.
  • Common Snapping Turtles: Protected. It is illegal to buy, collect or sell common snapping turtles.
  • Trout: All trout in possession must be kept on a stringer marked with that angler’s name and license number. All anglers must have their own stringer.
  • Scenic Rivers: The use or possession of a cast net is illegal on the portions of the Illinois River, Flint Creek, Barren Fork Creek, Upper Mountain Fork River, Lee Creek and Little Lee Creek that are designated as scenic river areas.
  • Asian Carp (Bighead and Silver Carp):Please notify Wildlife officials if Asian carp are caught. It is legal to possess dead Asian carp only when reporting to ODWC. It is illegal to possess live Asian carp.
  • Rivers and Streams: It is illegal to take or possess more than 25 nongame bait fish, except for shad, of which 200 may be taken or possessed.
  • Paddlefish: The annual limit on paddlefish harvest is two fish, and each harvested paddlefish must be reported to the Wildlife Department. See Paddlefish Regulations.
  • Snagging: Only one pole or rod per angler while snagging.
  • Noodling: Species, possession limits and legal hours have changed. See Method of Take.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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