April 26, 2018
Poster (pdf, 125kb)
American Shad have returned to the Musconetcong River and the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is asking anglers who see or accidentally catch American Shad or river herring while fishing for other species to report their sightings. Anglers are reminded that it is illegal to take or possess American Shad except from the Delaware River mainstem.
The historic return of this fish to the Musconetcong River is due to the recent removal of several dams that blocked their spring spawning migration for more than a century. Although illegal to specifically fish for American Shad and river herring (Alewife and Blueback Herring) in the Musconetcong River, documenting their presence is very important to the recovery of these fishes.
Anglers are asked to submit reports of shad or herring to NJFWfish@dep.nj.gov or 908-236-2118. Please include the date of sighting, location, species, any photos, and your contact information. The Division appreciates the cooperation of the angling public.
American Shad Return to Musconetcong River After More Than a Century (NJDEP News Release, 6/15/17)