2013 New Jersey Fishing Regulations

Listed below are the New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Regulations for 2013 as put out by NOAA Fisheries and the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife. New Jersey doesn’t require a saltwater license, but does require registration in its Saltwater Recreational Registry Program, in order to help NOAA more accurately regulate recreational saltwater fishing and collect more accurate information. This registry can be found here.
 

2013 New Jersey Fishing Regulations
Species Size Catch Limit Season
Striped Bass (Marine Waters) 2 Fish 28″ minimum Back bay season closed Jan/Feb
Bluefish 15 Fish
Fluke 5 Fish 17.5″ Minimum May 18 – Sep 24
Winter Flounder 2 Fish 12″ Minimum Mar 23 – May 21
Scup (Porgy) 50 Fish 9″ Minimum Closed March – June
Black Sea Bass 20 Fish 12.5″ May 19 – Aug 8, Sep 27 – Oct 14, Nov 1 – Dec 31
Tautog (Blackfish) 4 Fish 15″ Apr
Tautog (Blackfish) 1 Fish 15″ Jul 17 – Nov 15
Tautog (Blackfish) 6 Fish 15″ Nov 16 – Dec 31
Weakfish 1 Fish 13″ Minimum
Black Drum 3 Fish 16″ Minimum
Bluefin Tuna 1 Fish 27″ – 73″ (permit required)

 

 

Striped Bass

2 Fish 28″ minimum Back bay season closed Jan/Feb

 

 

Bluefish

15 Fish No Size Limit

 

 

Fluke

5 Fish 17.5″ Minimum May 18 – Sep 24

 

 

Winter Flounder

2 Fish 12″ Minimum Mar 23 – May 21

 

 

Scup (Porgy)

50 Fish 10″ Minimum Closed March – June

 

 

Black Sea Bass

20 Fish 12.5″ May 19 – Aug 8
20 Fish 12.5″ Sep 27 – Oct 14
20 Fish 12.5″ Nov 1 – Dec 31

 

 

Tautog

4 Fish 15″ April
1 Fish 15″ Jul 17 – Nov 15
6 Fish 15″ Nov 16 – Dec 31

 

 

Weakfish

1 Fish 13″ Minimum

 

 

Black Drum

3 Fish 16″ Minimum

 

 

Bluefin Tuna

1 Fish per Private Vessel per Day 27″ – 73″ (permit required)

 

Links/Resources

Regulations are subject to change! Please double-check with the appropriate regulatory agency before fishing:

Federal Fisheries Regulations
NOAA Fisheries Service Northeast
(978) 281-9300
www.nero.noaa.gov

HFS Permit Shop
Buy permits, check regulations and report catch of tunas, billfish and sharks.
www.hmspermits.com

New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife
(609) 292-7794
www.njfishandwildlife.com