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It's never been better!!!

Although one of the smallest and most densely populated states in the nation, New Jersey offers endless fishing opportunities. From spring migrations of striped bass and American Shad in the Delaware River to miles of native trout streams, New Jersey anglers have some of the widest varieties of fishing opportunities available anywhere.

Through the Division's extensive stocking programs incredible opportunities exist not only for trout but for walleyes, hybrid striped bass and channel catfish as well. Muskellunge, northern pike and lake trout come in trophy proportions.

Great fishing opportunities await - so come find out why fishing in New Jersey has never been better!

Icefishing kids with fish
Ice fishing is hot on many ponds and lakes!
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arrow Freshwater Fisheries Forum February 24 at Batsto Village
arrow Public Meeting on Trout Stocking Program March 3
arrow New Jersey and Delaware Ease Consumption Advisories for Certain Fish Caught in Lower Delaware River and Delaware Bay - DEP News Release, 2/20/18
arrow Employment Opportunity - Seasonal Fisheries Technician
arrow 2017 Skillful Angler Recognition Program Winners
arrow Final 2017 Hackettstown Hatchery Stocking Summaries
arrow WMA Habitat Management Projects
arrow "Great Fishing Close to Home" Brochures
arrow Aquatic Invasive Species
Hot Topics
2018 Freshwater Digest

Freshwater Fishing in New Jersey
Warmwater fishing information Trout fishing information Landlocked salmon
Places to Fish - Ponds Places to fish - streams List of guides
Reservior FIshing Permits Accessible fishing sites Delaware River Access

Rules, Regulations and Advisories
License Information Regulations Freshwater Digest
Freshwater Permits Fish consumption advisories Clean Vessel Act

Programs & Events
NJ Outdoors Program Skillful Angler Recognition Program Record Fish Program
Hook-a-Winner Program Trout In the Classroom Free Fishing Days
Education Programs Hooked On Fishing - Not On Drugs Pequest Programs

Related Sites
Sportfish Restoration Program National Fishing and Boating Week
Fishing Articles Teen Anglers

RELATED PAGES

arrow Lake Survey (Depth) Maps
arrow Fish for Private Ponds
arrow Warmwater Fishing Has Never Been Better!
arrow The Fishing's Never Been Better in New Jersey
arrow NJ Boater's Resource Guide (pdf, 402kb)
arrow NJ Boat Ramp Guide (pdf, 1.2mb)
arrow Fish Health in New Jersey
arrow “Fish Smart Eat Smart” Guide Podcast
arrow Freshwater Fish of NJ
arrow Delaware River Reports
arrow Pay-For-Fishing Preserves
arrow Emergency Contact Form (pdf, 36kb)
arrow Wildlife Management Areas
arrow Revising Hunting and Fishing Regulations

EXTERNAL SITES

arrow Harmful Algae Bloom (HAB) Advisories - Division of Water Monitoring and Standards
arrow Current Water Data for New Jersey - USGS Site
arrow Raritan River Fish Cam - Rutgers Raritan Fish Migration Research
arrow State Record Lake Trout Patrolling the Depths of Round Valley Reservoir - NJ.com Video Feature
 
arrow Motor Boat License, Title and Registration Information - NJ Motor Vehicle Commission
 
arrow NJ Freshwater Mussel Field Guide - Conserve Wildlife Foundation
arrow Nutrient Pollution - US EPA Site
arrow How's My Waterway? - US EPA Site
Celebrating 75 Years: The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program - USFWS Site, 2013
 
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