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SALTWATER

RECREATIONAL
FISHING

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.

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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.

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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

No, but you have to be registered with NJ’s Saltwater Recreational Registry Program which can only be done online. Click here for more information.
Saltwater Registrations are only available online. Click here to register.
Saltwater Registrations are free.
Check out our website for available programs and articles, or visit your local bait and tackle shop for advice.
Yes, everyone ages 16 and above must register.

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Last Update: December 16th, 2022