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NJ Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Learn about general New Jersey freshwater fishing regulations that apply to methods, season, size, and creel limits for freshwater species in all waterways of the state, including tidal waters.

Freshwater New Jersey Fishing Regulations

Get your New Jersey fishing license and check for updates to the freshwater regulations before planning your NJ fishing trip. New Jersey freshwater fishing size regulations and other freshwater regulations are subject to change based on fish population assessments obtained the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife. This is why it is important to check with the state agency on a regular basis for recent fishing regulation changes and updates.

Here are a few examples of regulations that you should be aware of when freshwater fishing in New Jersey (refer to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife for current regulations and updates).

  • Fish may be taken only in the manner known as angling with handline or with rod and line, or as otherwise allowed by state law.
  • Only one daily creel of any fish species may be in your possession. Additional fish may be caught once the creel is reached if they are immediately returned to the water unharmed. Be sure to check the New Jersey freshwater fishing limits for each species.
  • Separate stringers or buckets must be used for each angler’s catch. Boats may contain only the combined daily creel limit for each legal angler on board.
  • A fishing license does not authorize trespass on private property. Permission must first be obtained from the landowner.
  • When freshwater fishing in New Jersey, be aware that there may be certain waters closed to fishing for a short period of time due to trout stocking efforts.
  • Special regulations often apply to waterways such as the Delaware River and Greenwood Lake. Check with the state agency for locations and exemptions.

New Jersey freshwater fishing regulations may apply to species such as largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, tiger musky, muskellunge, chain pickerel, walleye, striped bass, channel catfish, crappie, and sunfish.

Buy Your New Jersey Fishing License

Once you know about the New Jersey freshwater fishing limits, you can take the next step toward making new memories on the water by buying your NJ fishing license online. Be sure to review all of the license options since are different types of freshwater fishing licenses for New Jersey residents, non-residents, and active military.