NJ Saltwater Fish Regs

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2016 NJ Minimum Size Possesion Limits & Seasons


THESE ARE NOT the full 2016 regulations. 2016 regulations hold until the state officially publishes the new regulations. We will note all changes once we are notified. Several regulations have changed repeatedly the last couple of years over the course of the season.
Measure Fish  from tip of snout to tip of tail (except Black Sea Bass and Sharks). Cleaning or filleting at sea of fish with a minimum size limit is prohibited.
See the Marine edition of the NJ Fish & Wildlife Digest or their website for exceptions.

Changes for this year 2016 are Red ink
Species Open Season Min. Total 
Length (inches)
Possession Limit 
(per person/per day)
Summer Flounder (Fluke)
**Updated 4/30/16
May 21 to Sept. 27
NJ Marine Waters:18"
Del. Bay and Tributaries:17"
See also Fed Regs
NJ:5
Del:4
See also Fed Regs
Winter Flounder
March 1 - Dec. 31 12" 2
Bluefish
No Closed Season No Minimum 15
Weakfish
No Closed Season 13" 1
Black Sea Bass

(as of 4/30/16)

(Measure Excluding Tail Filaments)
BLACKFISH QTY, LENGTH AND SEASONS
10 fish at 12.5 inches May 23 - Jun. 19
2 fish at 12.5 inches Jul. 1 - Aug. 31
15 fish at 13 inches Oct. 22 - Dec 31
Black Drum
16" 3
Red Drum
No Closed Season 18"-27" 1
Tautog
TAUTOG RECREATIONAL SEASONS AND LIMITS
DATES # FISH MINIMUM SIZE
Jan. 1 - Feb. 28 4 fish 15"
Mar. 1 - Mar. 31 CLOSED
Apr. 1 - Apr. 30 4 15"
May 1 - Jul. 16 CLOSED
Jul. 17 - Nov. 15 1 15"
Nov. 16 - Dec. 31 6 15"
Del.River & tributarites (Trenton Falls to Salem River & Tributaries) March 1 - March 31 & 
June 1 - Dec. 31
Del.River & tributarites (upstream of Trenton Falls) March 1 - Dec. 31
Atlantic Ocean (0-3miles from shore) No Closed Season
All other marine waters March 1 - Dec. 31
1 fish 28" to <43"
1 fish ≥43"
2
Plus 1 striped bass at 24 to 28" (Season Sept. 1 - Dec. 31) with Striped Bass Bonus Program Card
Permits can now be ordered online via the state's website:http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/bonusbas.htm
 
Blue Claw Crabs
license required plus 1998 Requirements
Crabpot/Trotline Seasons:
Delaware Bay and tributaries
Apr. 6 - Dec. 4

All other waters
Mar. 15 - Nov. 30
Min. Total Length -see crab types below: 1 bushel
 
peeler or shedder 3"
soft 3 1/2"
hard 4 1/2"
* Unless using 
commercial style crab
pots. See Section on crab
pots in saltwater regulations booklet
Hard Clam
license required
No Closed Season
No Harvest On Sunday
License Required
1 1/2" 150 Clams
Atlantic Sturgeon &
Shortnose Sturgeon
No Open Season   0
American Eel
9" 25
Cod
See Federal Regulations 21" No limit
Cobia
No Closed Season 37" 2
Haddock
No Closed Season 21" No limit
Pollock
No Closed Season 19" No limit
Spanish Mackerel
No Closed Season 14" 10
King Mackerel
No Closed Season 23" 3
Porgy (Scup)
Jan. 1 - Feb. 28
July 1 - Dec. 31
9" 50
Shad
No Closed Season No minimum 6
River Herring
Closed 0 0
American Lobster
Jan. 1 - Jan. 31
Apr. 1 to Dec. 31
3 3/8" to 5 1/4"
carapace length
6
Jonah Crab
4 3/4"
carapace width
50
Tuna
See Federal Regulations
Sharks
See Shark Regulation Page
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No species of fish with a minimum size limit listed above may be filleted or cleaned at sea (except striped bass if fillet is at least 28" long). (Party boats licensed to carry 15 or more passengers may apply for a permit to fillet the above species except striped bass, at sea.)
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See Also:
Summary of NJ Saltwater Regulations
for Detailed Information!

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