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Freshwater Fishing

Public Meetings & TIPS Line

Freshwater Fisheries Forum and Trout Meeting

Fisheries Forum —Virtual

February 25, 2023; 10 a.m.

Trout Meeting — Virtual

March 4, 2023; 10 a.m.

Come and share your views and recommendations for the future of freshwater fisheries in New Jersey and learn about current research, management and fish culture activities!

Please look for additional in-person public meetings at a later date.

Presented by NJDEP Fish & Wildlife. Go to for updates.

Sunfish Case Nets $275 in Penalties

In September 2021, Conservation Police Officer Andrew Riviello responded to an Operation Game Thief complaint at Strawbridge Lake in Moorestown, Burlington County.

The tip line caller estimated two men fishing by the dam with at least 75 fish in their cooler. The daily limit on panfish is 25 per person.

Officer Riviello inspected the two anglers’ catch and found they had 129 sunfish in the box, 79 fish over the daily limit. One individual also did not have a fishing license.

Summonses were issued to both fishermen, resulting in penalties of $100 each for the over-limit, and $75 for fishing without a license.

Operation Game Thief

Report Abuse of our Outdoor Heritage!


24 Hours a Day, Seven Days a Week

The person who poaches, pollutes habitat and abuses public land
tarnishes the image of sportsmen and robs us of our fish and wildlife as well as tax and license dollars. You can make a difference.

Call OGT to report:

  • Negligent use of firearms
  • Over the limits for game and fish
  • Commercial exploitation of fish and wildlife
  • Pollution of habitat, dumping on state land
  • Destruction of signs and state property
  • Illegal killing, taking or possession of any wildlife

It's Free. It's Confidential.
You May Be Eligible for
a Reward.

Funded by the New Jersey State Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs.

Designed to encourage sportsmen to report poaching and wildlife crimes.