NJ Fishing Regulations

Whale Creek Marina supports following the rules when fishing and boating. Below are links to the current New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations, as well as the Saltwater Recreational Registry.

Please note, as of 2010 fishermen must be registered on both the federal and NJ registries! If you have a saltwater recreational fishing license or registration from any state (except Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or the U.S.V.I.), you are AUTOMATICALLY registered on the federal registry. The New Jersey registry is free and easy to do online.

2018 New Jersey Recreational Fishing Seasons, Minimum Size and Possession Limits

Regulations remain in effect until changed. For the most current regulations, go to NJFishandWildlife.com or call the marine fish “listen-only” information line at (609) 292-2083. Regulations in red are new this year. See Finfish Regulations for how to measure fish.

American Eel

Species
American Eel

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
9″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
25

 

Black Drum

Species
Black Drum

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
16″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
3

 

Black Sea Bass

Species
Black Sea Bass

Open Season
Season closed until 2018 regulations are finalized, anticipated May–June. See Finfish Regulations.

Minimum Length
N/A

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
N/A

Bluefish (Snapper)

Species
Bluefish (Snapper)

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
None

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
15

Cobia

Species
Cobia

Open Season
June 1-Sept. 30

Minimum Length
40″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
1 fish per person; no more than 3 fish per vessel

Cod

Species
Cod

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
21″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
No Limit

Haddock

Species
Haddock

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
18″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
No Limit

 

 

Pollock

Species
Pollock

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
19″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
No Limit

 

 

Red Drum

Species
Red Drum

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
18″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
1, Not Greater than 27"

 

River Herring

Species
River Herring

Open Season
No Open Season

Minimum Length
None

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
0

Scub (Porgy)

Species
Scup (Porgy)

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
9″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
50

 

Shad - Delaware River & Tributaries

Species
Shad - Delaware River & Tributaries 

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
None

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
6 (maximum of 3 American shad)

Shad - All Other Marine Waters

Species
Shad - All Other Marine Waters

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
None

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
6 (no American shad may be harvested or possessed)

Shark - Aggregate Large Coastal Group

Species
Shark - Aggregate Large Coastal Group

Open Season
Jan. 1–May 14 and
July 16–Dec. 31

Minimum Length
54" Fork Length

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
One Shark (of any species, except prohibited species) per vessel per trip; plus one Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip (no minimum size); plus one bonnethead shark per person per trip (no minimum size).

 

Sharkb, c, †
Aggregate large coastal group†
Jan. 1–May 14 and
July 16–Dec. 31

54″ fork length

One Shark (of any species, except prohibited species) per vessel per trip; plus one Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip (no minimum size); plus one bonnethead shark per person per trip (no minimum size).

Hammerhead group†
78″ fork length

Non-blacknose small coastal group†
Blacknose group†
No Closed Season

None

Pelagic group†
No Closed Season

54″ fork length

Shortfin Mako†
No Closed Season

83″ fork length

Shark - Hammerhead Group

Species
Shark - Hammerhead Group

Open Season
Jan. 1–May 14 and
July 16–Dec. 31

Minimum Length
78" Fork Length

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
One Shark (of any species, except prohibited species) per vessel per trip; plus one Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip (no minimum size); plus one bonnethead shark per person per trip (no minimum size).

 

Shark - Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Group and Blacknose Group

Species
Shark - Non-Blacknose Small Coastal Group and Blacknose Group

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
None

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
One Shark (of any species, except prohibited species) per vessel per trip; plus one Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip (no minimum size); plus one bonnethead shark per person per trip (no minimum size).

 

Shark - Pelagic Group

Species
Shark - Pelagic Group

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
54" Fork Length

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
One Shark (of any species, except prohibited species) per vessel per trip; plus one Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip (no minimum size); plus one bonnethead shark per person per trip (no minimum size).

 

 

Shark - Shortfin Mako

Species
Shark - Shortfin Mako

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
83" Fork Length

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
One Shark (of any species, except prohibited species) per vessel per trip; plus one Atlantic sharpnose shark per person per trip (no minimum size); plus one bonnethead shark per person per trip (no minimum size).

Smooth Dogfish

Species
Smooth Dogfish

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
None

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
No Limit

 

Spanish Mackerel

Species
Spanish Mackerel

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
14"

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
10

Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass Delaware River & Tributaries (Calhoun St. Bridge to Salem River & Tributaries)

Species
Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass
Delaware River & Tributaries (Calhoun St. Bridge to Salem River & Tributaries)

Open Season
March 1-March 31
June 1-December 31

Minimum Length
one @ 28″ to < 43″ and one ≥ 43″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
2

Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass Delaware River & Tributaries (upstream of Calhoun St. Bridge)

Species
Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass
Delaware River & Tributaries (upstream of Calhoun St. Bridge)

Open Season
March 1-December 31

Minimum Length
One @ 28″ to < 43″ and One ≥ 43″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
2

 

Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass Atlantic Ocean (0–3 Nautical Miles from Shore­)

Species
Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass
Atlantic Ocean (0–3 Nautical Miles from Shore­)

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
one @ 28″ to < 43″ and one ≥ 43″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
2

Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass Rivers Bays and Estuaries

Species
Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass
Rivers Bays and Estuaries

Open Season
March 1-December 31

Minimum Length
one @ 28″ to < 43″ and one ≥ 43″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
2

Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass 3–200 nautical miles (Federal Waters)

Species
Striped Bass or Hybrid Striped Bass
3–200 nautical miles (Federal Waters)

Open Season
Prohibited

Minimum Length
N/A

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
N/A

Summer Flounder (Fluke) Delaware Bay and Tributaries

Species
Summer Flounder (Fluke)
Delaware Bay and Tributaries

Open Season
May 25-September 22

Minimum Length
17″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
3

 

Summer Flounder (Fluke) Island Beach State Park, Shore Fishing

Species
Summer Flounder (Fluke)
Island Beach State Park, Shore Fishing

Open Season
May 25-September 22

Minimum Length
16″

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
2

 

 

 

Summer Flounder (Fluke) All Water Except As Above

Species
Summer Flounder (Fluke)
All Water Except as Above

Open Season
May 25-September 22  

Minimum Length
18″  

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
3  

Tautog (Blackfish)

Species
Tautog (Blackfish)

Open Season
Jan 1- Feb 28  /  April 1-April 30  /  Aug 1-Nov 15  /  Nov 16-Dec 31

Minimum Length
15″  (all dates)

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
4  /  4  /  1  /  5

Winter Flounder

Species
Winter Flounder

Open Season
March 1-December 31

Minimum Length
12″ 

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
2

Blue Crab (Peeler or Shedder)

Species
Blue Crab (Peeler or Shedder)

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
3"

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
1 Bushel

Blue Crab (Soft)

Species
Blue Crab (Soft)

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
3 1/2"

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
1 Bushel

Blue Crab (Hard)

Species
Blue Crab (Hard)

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
4 1/2"

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
1 Bushel

Lobster (Carapace Length)

Species
Lobster (Carapace Length)

Open Season
Click here to see Mollusks and Crustaceans Closed Seasons

Minimum Length
3 3/8"

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
6

Hard Clam (License Required)

Species
Hard Clam (License Required)

Open Season
No Closed Season

Minimum Length
1 1/2"

Harvest & Possession Limit (per person unless noted)
150