IT’S A SHORE THING
From pier and party boat fishing to crabbing and clamming, New Jersey’s marine waters welcome with an abundance of opportunities for fun, excitement, challenge and reward. Follow the links below to understand and comply with the law, learn about licenses, regulations, current monitoring information, angler education and more.
FIRST THINGS FIRST
Saltwater anglers are required to register for free with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program.
A license is required for harvesting shellfish, using crab pots, and more.
YOUR PARTICIPATION MATTERS
Please help NJ’s resources by reporting your fishing trips and marine wildlife sightings.
VISIT THE SALTWATER FISHING EXPLORER
Find out more about the Artificial Reef Locations and Public Fishing Access Sites.
Seasons & Regulations
New Jersey has regulations specific to size, seasons, possession and trip limits, quotas, tagging, reporting, and more. Be sure to learn the regulations and responsibilities that apply to your interests and activities.
Where to Fish
The marine waters of New Jersey provide countless opportunity to enjoy all types of recreational saltwater fishing, crabbing, and shellfish harvesting. From the beach to deep-sea offshore canyons, back bays to artificial reefs, our state offers access to enjoy it all.
What to Fish For
New Jersey’s bays, estuaries, and marine waters are home to a variety of fish and shellfish species. From flounder to striped bass, blue crab to hard clams- come explore our amazing diversity of marine life.
Seafood & Adventures
New Jersey is home to some of the best seafood restaurants and fishing opportunities in the country. You can enjoy fresh seafood or go on a fishing adventure with one of our party or charter boats.
frequently asked questions
PROGRAM & EVENTS
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