All You Need to Know About Fishing In New Jersey
Black Drum: 16″ minimum size, 3/angler, no closed season.
Black Sea Bass: 13” minimum open 5/17-6/19 (10 fish); 13” minimum open 7/1-8/31 (2 fish); 13” minimum open 10/7-10/26 (10 fish); 13″ minimum open 11/1-12/31 (15 fish). Approved at April 7, 2022 meeting of the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council.
Blue Crab: 3″ minimum size for peeler/shedder 3-1/2″ for for soft shell 4-1/2″ hard shell Limit one bushel.
Bluefish: No minimum size, 3/angler private, 5/angler aboard for-hire trips. No closed season.
Cobia: 37″ minimum size, 1/angler, 1/per vessel. No closed season.
Cod & Haddock: 21″ minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season.
NOTE: Anglers aboard federally permitted party or charter vessels may possess any number of Atlantic cod, consistent with federal rules.
King Mackerel: 23″ minimum size, 3/angler, no closed season.
Pollock: 19″ minimum size, no creel limit, no closed season.
Porgy: 10″minimum size, 50/angler, no closed season. Approved at April 7, 2022 meeting of the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council.
Red Drum: 18″-27″ slot size, 1/angler, no closed season.
Spanish Mackerel: 14″ minimum size, 10/angler, no closed season.
Striped Bass: One fish from 28 inches to less than 38 inches. No closed season 0-3 miles from shore; Delaware River from Trenton to Salem River open 3/1-3/31 and from 6/1-12/31; all other marine waters open 3/1-12/31. Circle hook required when fishing natural bait. For Striped Bass Bonus Program go to www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bonusbas.htm.
Summer Flounder: open May 2 – Sept 27, three fish bag with two fish from 17″ to 17.99″ and one at 18″ (17” minimum size, 3/angler west of COLREGS on Delaware Bay; 16” minimum size, 2/angler at IBSP). Approved at April 7, 2022 meeting of the New Jersey Marine Fisheries Council.
Tautog: 15″ minimum size, January 1 – February 28 (4 fish), April 1 – April 30 (4 fish), Aug 1 – Nov. 15 (1 fish) and November 16- December 31 (5 fish).
Weakfish: 13″ minimum size, 1/angler, no closed season.
Winter Flounder: 12″ minimum size, 2/angler, Mar. 1- Dec 31.