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|2013 BAITFISH REGULATIONS
This is not the full law. Consult the Division of Fish and Wildlife for further details. All persons are remindd that the statutes (Title 23), code and regulations are the legal authorities. RED text in regulations indicates a change for this year. See Below. This is regarding freshwater ONLY.
The following are defined as baitfish by New Jersey Statute: Alewife (anadromous and land-locked forms), blueback herring, golden shiner, banded killifish, mummichog, spotkin killifish, rainwater killifish, American brook lamprey, fathead minnow, bluntnose minnow, stonecat, tadpole madtom, margined madtom, all shiners, daces minnows, chubs and the American eel.
In the Delaware River between New Jersey and Pennsylvania, alewife and blueback herring (andromous and land-locked forms) are regulated as food fish with a one-day possession limit of 10 in aggregate.
**2012 Due to serious declines in river herring numbers, the taking of alewife and blueback herring is anticipated to be prohibited in NJ beginning January 1, 2012. Be sure to check fish and wildlife website www.njfishandwildlife.com
Herring is officially CLOSED: http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2012/herring-tog_regchange.htm
|Season||Location||Minimum Size||Daily Limit|
|Open Year Round
Exception: Season closed
March 19 thru June 15
on trout stocked waters and special regulation trout areas
|statewide (freshwaters)||No minimum size
American eel: 6"
|35 per day, species combined|
|Herring, Alewife and Blueback
See Also: Herring Closure
|All freshwater streams, rivers and marine waters||CLOSED||Possession, take or attempt to take herring PROHIBITED|
|Freshwater lakes in Morris, Passaic, Sussex and Warren Counties; and Spruce Run Reservoir (Hunterdon)||6 inches||10
Any unused herring must be returned to the water upon conclusion of the angler's fishing trip. Herring may not be transported away from the shoreline of these lakes by any mechanism. They may not be sold.
|All other lakes (regardless of ownership)||CLOSED||Only purchase herring, no greater than 6 inches, may be possessed. Receipt of purchase, dated within 7 days, must be in possession.|
Contact (908) 236-2118 for application information.
RED text in regulations indicates a potential change for this year. Consult their website at www.njfishandwildlife.com, watch for news releases or call the southern fisheries office at 856-629-4950.
|Means of Take (gear)||Gear Dimensions & Limits|
|Seine||Not over 50 feet long, in ponds and lakes of over 100 acres, and in all other waters with a seine not over 30 feet in length, or half the width of the stream at the point of use, whichever is less.
Exception: In trout-stocked waters and special regulation trout areas a seine may not be more than 10 feet in length and 4 feet in depth.
|Minnow trap||Not larger than 24" in length with a funnel mouth no greater than 2" in diameter.|
|Umbrella Net||No greater than 3.5 feet square.|
|Dip Net||Not more than 24 inches in diameter; may be used only for alewife or blueback herring|
|Cast Net||No greater than 8 feet in diameter; may be used only in streams that are not trout-stocked or special regulation trout areas (may not be used in lakes).|
|Hook and line||Maximum of 9 single hooks or 3 hooks with three burrs per contrivance on all waters except the Delaware River where only 3 single hooks are permited.|