Fishing in New Jersey


Skillful Angler Leader Board
Striped Bass Circle Hook Requirement Update
Tips For Fishing Like a Pro
NJ Outdoors Program

Although one of the smallest and most densely populated state in the nation, New Jersey offers endless fishing opportunities. From spring migrations of striped bass and American shad in the Delaware River to bayshores and the Atlantic coastline, there's something for all anglers. And progressive management and fish culture and stocking programs means a greater of variety of fish are available than ever before.

Waters in Wildlife Management Areas, in state parks and forests, in federal lands and county and municipal parks make fishing nearby for everyone. Many sites have been improved for access by wheelchair, and public boat ramps abound. For those who've never tried fishing, or have been away from the sport, two Free Fishing Days in June allow fishing without a license or trout stamp, and a license is never required for saltwater fishing.

Whether it's surf fishing from the beach, miles of native trout streams, lunker bass lakes or through the ice, New Jersey anglers have some of the widest varieties of fishing opportunities available anywhere. Get out and see why the fishing in New Jersey has never been better!

arrow Saltwater Registry
arrow Freshwater Fishing
arrow Saltwater Fishing, Crabbing and Clamming
arrow The Fishing's Never Been Better in New Jersey - Learn Why!

Excited girl with fish on
Father and daughter with striped bass
Take a kid fishing and catch the excitement!

Fishing Information

arrow Fishing License Information
arrow Fishing Regulations
arrow Free Fishing Days
arrow Freshwater, Marine and Shellfish E-mail Lists - receive latest information
arrow Places to Fish - Ponds, Lakes and Reservoirs
arrow Places to Fish - Streams and Rivers
arrow Delaware River Boat Access Sites
arrow Accessible Sites for People with Disabilities
arrow Clean Vessel Act Information
arrow Fishing Education
arrow "Hooked on Fishing - Not on Drugs" Program
arrow NJDEP Watershed Education & Urban Fishing Program
arrow Freshwater Fish of New Jersey
arrow Saltwater Fish of New Jersey
arrow List of New Jersey Guides
arrow Record Fish Program
arrow Skillful Angler Program
arrow Fish Health in NJ
arrow Consumption Advisories for Fish and Crabs Caught in NJ Waters
arrow“Fish Smart Eat Smart” Guide Podcast
arrow Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Advisories - Division of Water Monitoring and Standards


arrow NJ Boater's Resource Guide (pdf, 402kb)
arrow NJ Boat Ramp Guide (pdf, 1.2mb)
arrow Aquatic Invasive Species
arrow NJ Freshwater Mussel Field Guide - Conserve Wildlife Foundation
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
arrow Emergency Contact Form (pdf, 36kb)
arrow Forms
arrow Feature Articles


arrow Motor Boat License, Title and Registration Information - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
arrow National Fishing and Boating Week
arrow Sportfish Restoration Program - US FWS site
arrow Nutrient Pollution - US EPA Site
arrow How's My Waterway? - US EPA Site
Celebrating 75 Years: The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program - USFWS Site, 2013