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NJ Saltwater Fishing Regulations Overview

name Season Bag Limit Size Limit Note
Bluefish OPEN 15 NA No Closed Season
Bonito OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Cod OPEN 10 22.00 No Closed Season
Fluke CLOSED 5 18.00 Season Opens 2017-05-21
Ling OPEN NA NA No Closed Season
Porgy OPEN 50 9.00 No Closed Season
Sea Bass CLOSED 10 12.50 Season Opens 2017-05-23
Striped Bass OPEN 1 28.00 Season Closes 2017-12-31
Tog CLOSED 4 15.00 Season Opens 2017-04-01
Weakfish OPEN 1 13.00 No Closed Season
Winter Flounder OPEN 2 12.00 Season Closes 2017-12-31

NJ 2017 Saltwater Regulations Summary

Comply with the law and measure your fish!

Each Year Regulations remain in effect until changed.

Until officially changed, regulations from previous year remain in effect.

For the most current regulations, go to NJFishandWildlife.com/njregs.htm#marine or call the marine fish “listen-only” information line at (609) 292-2083

New Jersey recreational marine regulations apply to all fish species when they are possessed in state waters or landed in New Jersey regardless of where they are caught. Saltwater anglers must comply with the requirements of the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. Click here to learn more about the New Jersey Saltwater Registry Requirements.

Resource Information

Anyone who takes fisheries resources may be required to provide information on the species, number, weight or other information pertinent to management of resources. Anglers are encouraged to report all fishing activity after each trip. Visit Fish and Wildlife’s Volunteer Angler Survey at NJFishandWildlife.com/marinesurvey.htm.

Methods of Recreational Fishing

 No person shall take, catch, kill or attempt to take, catch or kill any fish within the marine waters of the state by any means except in the manner commonly known as angling with hand line or rod and line unless specifically provided for by statute or regulation.

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