License, Permits & Fees

Fishing Regulations New Jersey Freshwater Fishing

Licenses and fishing-related permits are valid from date of purchase to Dec. 31 of each year.


Resident Fishing

Ages 16–64 yrs.$22.50

(Buddy License* $11.75)

Senior Resident Fishing

Ages 65–69 yrs. $12.50

70 & over Free

Resident Trout Stamp

Ages 16–69 yrs.$10.50

Non-resident Fishing

Age 16 yrs. and older $34

(Buddy License* $17.50)

Non-resident Trout Stamp $20

Non-resident 2-Day Vacation Fishing $9

Non-resident 7-Day Vacation Fishing $19.50

All-Around Sportsman

(includes resident fishing, firearm hunting and bow/arrow hunting licenses)$72.25

(Buddy License* $62.50)


Boat Ramp Permit $15

Available online or through license agents

Water Lowering, Fish Stocking,
Baitfish Collecting, Fish Tagging Permits $2

Scientific Collecting Permits $22

Available through the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries
(908) 236-2118

Commercial Snapping Turtles and Frog Permits

Available through the Trenton Office
(609) 984-0530