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Fishing in New Jersey

Fishing in New Jersey is excellent! Thanks to the local hospitality, unique geography, and the stocking programs put in place.
  • Best Fishing in NJ

    Long Beach Island Fishing

    • NJ fishing trips on LBI or also known as "The Island," are a favorite past time in this area. During the summer months, the population can increase by a multiple of 5. Tourists come to enjoy the fantastic food, scenery, people, and Striped Bass fishing that Long Beach Township and its surrounding area provide.

    Cape May Fishing

    • Hop aboard a New Jersey fishing charter boat in Cape May for an incredible deep sea fishing trip. Many of the NJ fishing boats in this area offer a full day fishing excursion for the most avid of angles. However, for those looking for more of an affordable family-friendly fishing trip, they can enjoy half-day fishing in Cape May, New Jersey.

    Belmar Fishing

    • Head out on a whim in this massive area, and you will leave home hungry. However, the fishing tips we have received say if you choose Mud Hole, Glory Hole, Chicken Canyon, or Shark River as your fishing spot, you could leave with a cooler full!
    • The captains and crew in this are run some of the best fishing charters in NJ. Plus, if you book a fishing trip with one of these license fishing captains, then your fishing trip just got a little cheaper, because you won't need to purchase your own fishing license.

    Barnegat Bay Fishing

    • This is a place where you could complete the Barnegat Bay Grand Slam! An angler must catch a Striped Bass, Weakfish, Fluke Fish, and Bluefish all in one day, to achieve this feat.

    Other Fishing Spots

    • Lake Mercer, Lake Assunpink, Lake Hopatcong, Delaware River, and Ramapo River
  • Fishing Licenses and Regulations

    Any angler over the age of 16 needs a fishing license to participate in freshwater fishing in the state. This includes any privately owned lakes or other body water types. If the water is on a farm, then farmers and their family members are not required to purchase a license.

    Saltwater fishing requires some special attention to permit requirements and registering with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program.

    A resident fishing license can be purchased for $22.50, and Trout fishing stamps cost $10.50. Anglers over the age of 70 are not required to possess a valid fishing license, and fishermen and women 65-69 years old can be purchased at a discount rate of $12.50.

    For non-residents, you have the option of purchasing a vacation fishing license for 2 days or 7 days. A 2-day fishing license costs $9, and a 7-day vacation license costs $19.50. Residents are not able to purchase these short term licenses.

Fishing Calendar for the Best Times to Fish in NJ


Where: Cape May

Species: Cod


Where: Longbeach Island

Species: Striped Bass


Where: Barnegat Bay

Species: Bluefish


Where: Point Pleasant

Species: Shark


Where: Barnegat Bay

Species: Fluke Fish


Where: Belmar

Species: Amberjack


Where: Chicken Canyon

Species: Marlin


Where: Assunpink Lake Wildlife Management Area

Species: Largemouth Bass


Where: Belmar

Species: Speckled Sea Trout


Where: Barnegat Bay

Species: Weakfish


Where: Belmar

Species: Flounder


Where: Long Beach Island

Species: Striped Bass


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Popular fishing spots include Sandy Hook, Shrewsbury River, the Monmouth County jetties, Island Beach, Barnegat Bay, and Inlet, Great Bay, Mullica River, Great Egg Harbor River, and Bay and Maurice River.

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