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New Jersey

Freshwater Fishing

Division of Fish & Wildlife

State of New Jersey

Philip D. Murphy, Governor

Sheila Y. Oliver, Lieutenant Governor

Department of Environmental Protection

Catherine R. McCabe, Commissioner

Office of Natural and Historic Resources

Ray Bukowski, Assistant Commissioner

Division of Fish and Wildlife

Dave Golden, Director

Ginger Kopkash, Assistant Director

Lisa Barno, Acting Assistant Director

Joe Cimino, Administrator, Marine Fisheries

John Heilferty, Chief, Endangered and Nongame Species

Lisa Barno, Chief, Freshwater Fisheries

Al Ivany, Chief, Information and Education

Jason Hearon, Chief, Land Management

J. Sean Cianciulli, Chief, Law Enforcement

Jeff Brust, Chief, Marine Fisheries

Russell Babb, Chief, Shellfisheries

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.

The Digest is available at license agents and Fish and Wildlife offices. Information may be reprinted with permission. Subscriptions are not available.

This Digest is designed and produced by J.F. Griffin Publishing, LLC; Partial funding for the Digest is provided by the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program.

Cover photo © John Selser. A 49-inch Muskellunge hooked in Greenwood Lake by John Selser.

New Jersey Fish and Game Council

Frank Virgilio, Chair

Phillip Brodhecker

Joe DeMartino

Jim DeStephano

Ed Kertz

Dr. Rick Lathrop

Robert Pollock

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.