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New Jersey

Freshwater Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

Division of Fish & Wildlife

State of New Jersey

Philip D. Murphy, Governor

Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor

Department of Environmental Protection

Shawn M. LaTourette, Commissioner

Office of Natural and Historic Resources

Craig Dorsett, Acting Assistant Commissioner

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Dave Golden, Director

Ginger Kopkash, Assistant Director

Lisa Barno, Assistant Director

Joe Cimino, Administrator, Marine Fisheries

Shawn Crouse, Chief, Freshwater Fisheries

Russ Babb, Chief, Shellfisheries

Jeff Brust, Chief, Marine Fisheries

Jason Hearon, Chief, Lands Management

John Heilferty, Chief, Endangered and Nongame Species

Al Ivany, Chief, Information and Education

Frank Panico, Chief, Law Enforcement

Kim Springer, Chief, Business Administration

Carole Stanko, Chief, Wildlife Management

Cindy Kuenstner, Editor

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is a professional, environmental organization dedicated to the protection, management and wise use of the state’s fish and wildlife resources.

New Jersey Fish and Game Council

Frank Virgilio, Chair

Phillip Brodhecker

Joe DeMartino

Jim DeStephano

Ed Kertz

Dr. Rick Lathrop

Robert Pollock

Robert Puskas

Loren Robinson

Ken Whildin

Where to Write Us

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Fish and Wildlife
MC 501-03 • P.O. Box 420 • Trenton, NJ 08625-0420 •

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife

Our Mission

To protect and manage the state’s fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term ­biological, recreational and economic value for all New Jerseyans.

Our Goals

• To maintain New Jersey’s rich variety of fish and wildlife species at stable, healthy levels and to protect and enhance the many habitats on which they depend.

• To educate New Jerseyans on the values and needs of our fish and wildlife and to foster a positive human/wildlife co-existence.

• To maximize the recreational and commercial use of New Jersey’s fish and wildlife for both present and future generations.

Fish and Wildlife 2022 Calendar of Events

  • Fisheries Forum
    February 26; see Public Meetings for more details.
  • Trout Meeting
    March 12; see Public Meetings for more details.
  • Opening Day of Trout Season
    April 9; see General Trout Information for more details.
  • FREE Fishing Days
    June 4, Oct. 22; see Free Fishing Days for more details.
  • Fall Trout Stocking
    begins Oct. 11
  • Winter Trout Stocking
    November 21 and 22

Depending on the pandemic status, online virtual meetings may replace in-person events. For updates, visit our website as meeting dates approach.

Get on The List!

The Freshwater Fisheries e-mail lists, that is. This free service provides the latest information about Fish and Wildlife events, public hearings and other matters related to our freshwater fishing resources. And we have several other lists so you can maximize your enjoyment of New Jersey’s fish and wildlife resources.

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