The 2015 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) will close at 12:00 AM, Friday, January 1, 2016.
Updated and new information about the SBBP will be on this webpage and sent to Marine Fisheries e-mail list subscribers and media outlets when issued.
New applications for individuals and party/charter boats are currently being processed in order of receipt. The number of permits issued will be limited at the Division's discretion based on harvest reports and other factors to ensure the 2015 quota is not exceeded.
Effective September 1, 2015, the SBBP regulations are as follows:
New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations in all state waters are as follows:
Party/Charter Boat Facet of the SBBP Reinstated For 2015
PCBTs will be required to submit daily logbooks of their striped bass catch and will also be required to provide weekly reports of striped bass bonus harvest in order to ensure the quota is not exceeded. To apply, download the application and submit to the Division with a copy of a Captain's license. Applications will be processed by order of receipt. The application deadline for 2015 was December 4, 2015. Bonus Permits will not be issued for any applications postmarked after the deadline. Applications are currently not being accepted for 2016.
Note: New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations have been modified in all state waters to the following:
With a bonus permit, anglers can keep one fish 24 inches to less than 28 inches from September 1 to December 31. Please note the order of fish harvested does not matter (Bonus fish can be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd fish). Visit the Marine section of the Regulations page to check current Federal and State possession and season regulations for striped bass fishing in your area.
Participants in the Bonus Program can receive immediate notification of regulation updates, emergency closures, special notices, etc., by subscribing to the free NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List. For details, visit the E-mail List Subscription page.
The application deadline for a 2015 permit was December 4, 2015. Bonus Permits will not be issued for any applications postmarked after the deadline. Applications are currently not being accepted for 2016.
The SBBP Permit must be securely attached to fish through the mouth and gill immediately upon capture and prior to transportation. Harvest reporting is mandatory and must be reported online or by leaving a message at 609-748-2074. Required reporting information includes name, permit #, phone number, date of harvest, and fish length.
Detailed information on procedures for reporting will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.
Complete the daily log and mail or submit online by January 15, 2016.
Detailed information on procedures for completing and submitting fishing logs will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.
If you require additional information concerning this program or any other striped bass issue, please call the Division's Nacote Creek office at 609-748-2020.