New Jersey Fish & Wildlife

New Jersey Fish & Wildlife New Jersey Fish & Wildlife is a part of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

New Jersey Fish and Wildlife (NJF&W) is a professional organization dedicated to the management and conservation of the state's fish and wildlife resources. NJF&W has a rich heritage dating back to 1892 and the creation of a commission form of wildlife administration with an appointed, salaried Fish and Game Protector. This was an addition to nine county wardens who were first authorized in 1871.

Our Pequest Natural Resource Education Center staff is getting into the holiday spirit with new Holiday Fly tying classe...
12/04/2023

Our Pequest Natural Resource Education Center staff is getting into the holiday spirit with new Holiday Fly tying classes in December. This fly is sure to catch a smile, and makes an amazing gift for the angler who has everything. Join us on December 11 or 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For more information and to register visit https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/learn-at-pequest/

These women are braving the cold, hitting the water, and dealing with iced rod tips! This week’s   gives them a shout ou...
12/01/2023

These women are braving the cold, hitting the water, and dealing with iced rod tips! This week’s gives them a shout out for not only dealing with these tough conditions, but catching great fish at the same time. Katie M. lips this huge Yellow Perch, Katie S. found a school of Black Crappies (Go Devils!), and Sandi found some nice freshly stocked winter Rainbow Trout. It’s December 1st, and there is so much to do. Fishing of course at the top of the list, but there is pheasant hunting, bowhunting, buck and bear week coming up, and of course preparing for the holidays and the New Year. Tight lines and be safe!

Striped Bass - Public Hearing - Draft Addendum II The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is considering...
11/28/2023

Striped Bass - Public Hearing - Draft Addendum II

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) is considering changes to striped bass management to reduce fishing mortality to target levels, support stock rebuilding by 2029, and allow managers to respond more quickly to upcoming stock assessments.

All proposed changes are detailed here:https://www.asmfc.org/uploads/file/6542756cAtlStripedBassDraftAddendumII_PublicComment_Oct2023.pdf

A public hearing will be held on December 5, 2023 (6 pm - 8 pm) at the Stafford Township Administration building (260 East Bay Avenue, Manahawkin, NJ 08050).
If you are unable to attend the public hearing, ASMFC is accepting written comments through December 22, 2023 (11:59 pm).

Additional information: http://www.asmfc.org/about-us/public-input

Register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8740923262169445206

Questions can be directed to 609-748-2020.

We hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving and are making the most of a four-day weekend!  To brighten up everyone's ...
11/24/2023

We hope everyone enjoyed a great Thanksgiving and are making the most of a four-day weekend! To brighten up everyone's Black Friday, is featuring some magnificently colored Yellow Perch. Eddie, Frankie, and Nathan all caught some real beauties. Keep in mind that NJDEP Fish & Wildlife crews stocked 4,500 14 to 18-inch Rainbow Trout this week so hit the lakes and ponds and give them a try!

https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/trout-fishing-information/winter-trout-stocking-information/

🦃🍂 Gobble Gobble, New Jersey! 🍁🐟 As we gather to celebrate this season of gratitude, NJ Fish & Wildlife wants to extend ...
11/23/2023

🦃🍂 Gobble Gobble, New Jersey! 🍁🐟

As we gather to celebrate this season of gratitude, NJ Fish & Wildlife wants to extend heartfelt thanks to all the nature enthusiasts, birders, hunters, hikers, and anglers across the state.

We're grateful for the diverse ecosystems that make the Garden State so special. From the Pine Barrens, to the Skylands and the coast to the Delaware River, our beautiful landscapes provide a home for a rich variety of fish, wildlife, and plants species. 🌳🐠

On this Thanksgiving, let's also express gratitude for the dedicated staff and volunteers who work tirelessly to protect and preserve our natural heritage. Their commitment ensures that future generations can cherish the same bountiful wonders we enjoy today. 🌎

As you gather with loved ones, we encourage you to take a moment to appreciate the outdoors. Whether it's a family hike, birdwatching adventure, casting a line, pheasant hunting or simply admiring the changing colors, nature has a way of rejuvenating our spirits and fostering a sense of connection. 🌻

Remember, as stewards of the environment, we all play a vital role in conserving our precious resources. Let's continue to make sustainable choices, promote responsible outdoor practices, and support initiatives that safeguard the wonders of New Jersey's wildlife and habitats. 🐾

From all of us at NJ Fish & Wildlife, we wish you a joyful and nature-filled Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with love, laughter, and an abundance of gratitude. 🦃🍁✨

The cold weather does not mean the fishing shuts down.  It can be quite the opposite as shown by these great catches thi...
11/17/2023

The cold weather does not mean the fishing shuts down. It can be quite the opposite as shown by these great catches this past week. James reeled in a couple of really chunky Largemouth Bass, Karl has figured out the Walleye bite and even managed a nice Musky, and Rob is all about the Northern Pike fishing. All the fish look to be in great condition heading into the winter months. This is the 131st week in a row that all of our "Great New Jersey Anglers" have provided catch photos for . Thanks to everyone for providing pics and information to Fish and Wildlife staff over this span and you will be happy to know that we take your comments very seriously and try and answer all your questions. We ask that you all be safe on the water every time you leave the house, dress warm in layers, good gloves and boots, and life vests if you are boating.
Tight lines to all!

On Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 20 & 21, approximately 4,500 two-year old Rainbow Trout averaging 14-18 inches will be stock...
11/16/2023

On Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 20 & 21, approximately 4,500 two-year old Rainbow Trout averaging 14-18 inches will be stocked in 18 designated lakes and ponds across the state.
All winter-stocked waters may be fished as soon as they are stocked!

• Winter 2023 Trout Stocking Information
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/trout-fishing-information/winter-trout-stocking-information/

• Winter Trout Fishing in NJ
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/winter-trout-fishing-in-new-jersey/

• Trout Stocked Waters of NJ (web app)
https://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html

For stocking updates, call the Trout Stocking Hotline at 609-322-9524.

Eagle Scout troop leader Caitlin Sipple along with her Eagle Scout Troop 19 members showed up at Black River and White L...
11/14/2023

Eagle Scout troop leader Caitlin Sipple along with her Eagle Scout Troop 19 members showed up at Black River and White Lake Wildlife Management Areas for Project Ducky Dwellings. They worked through deep mud and rain to install 7 wood duck nest boxes to provide nesting habitat in three selected ponds. The boxes needed to be installed on predator proof poles at the edge of the ponds over water, and the troops showed great enthusiasm and teamwork in every step of the process while also having fun! To facilitate leadership and promote research of the project, Eagle Scouts were required to do fundraising, purchase wood and supplies, and build the nest boxes before deploying the finished products to the sites.

New Jersey DEP Fish & Wildlife’s Bureau of Land Management worked closely with the scout group to ensure proper placement and design. They also assisted with the access and deployment to the ponds. Land Management has worked closely with the Boy and Girl Scouts of America to install 47 wood duck nest boxes over the last 4 years. Many more are planned to be built as new scout leaders join the conservation efforts to help species in need!

Did you know that November 17 is National Take a Hike Day?  Get outside with the Pequest Natural Resource Education staf...
11/13/2023

Did you know that November 17 is National Take a Hike Day?
Get outside with the Pequest Natural Resource Education staff. There are three options to take a hike with us!

Hiking 101 at 10 a.m.
Afternoon Hike at 1:00 p.m.
Night Hike at 5:30 p.m.

For more information and to register visit https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/learn-at-pequest/

Happy Veterans Day!
11/11/2023

Happy Veterans Day!

Fall trout stocking just finished up and Winter trout stocking is set for November 20 and 21. 4,380 Rainbow Trout averag...
11/10/2023

Fall trout stocking just finished up and Winter trout stocking is set for November 20 and 21. 4,380 Rainbow Trout averaging 14.2 inches will be stocked in 18 lakes and ponds!

Gen, Hugh, and James highlight this weeks with some beautiful Rainbow Trout recently caught. The weather has been great and river and stream levels have been perfect making for excellent late season trout fishing. Take some time out of your busy schedule to get out and enjoy some of these awesome fish grown by the Pequest Trout Hatchery crew. While you’re out enjoying the day, take a minute to thank all the veterans that you may run into for their service.

Come out and join Pequest Natural Resource Education Center staff on a guided trout hatchery tour. You will gain insight...
11/09/2023

Come out and join Pequest Natural Resource Education Center staff on a guided trout hatchery tour. You will gain insight into hatchery operations, learn about trout habitat and the specific needs of rainbow trout. Please note: the tour will not be taking you into any restricted areas.

To register and for more information visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/pequest-trout-hatchery-tour-tickets-745604050787

New Jersey’s pheasant and quail seasons open this Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 a.m.! Pheasants are stocked at 23 Wildli...
11/09/2023

New Jersey’s pheasant and quail seasons open this Saturday, November 11 at 8:00 a.m.!

Pheasants are stocked at 23 Wildlife Management Areas, Fort Dix and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Quail may be hunted or possessed only on Peaslee and Greenwood Forest WMAs where quail are stocked. The statewide quail hunting season remains closed everywhere else in the state.

A valid hunting license and Pheasant and Quail Stamp are required when hunting for pheasant or quail on stocked WMAs and federal properties. In addition, wearing a hunter orange hat is mandatory when firearm hunting for small game on stocked WMAs.

Good luck hunters!

Pheasant & Quail Stocking Schedule:https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/njfw/pheasant-and-quail-stocking-schedule-2023-2024.pdf

Pheasant & Quail Stocking Maps: https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/hunting/pheasant-quail-stocking-maps/

Small Game Regulations:https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/njfw/small-game-regulations-2023-2024.pdf

Migratory Bird Regulations:https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/njfw/digest-hunting-and-trapping-2023-2024-segment-61-65.pdf

Purchase your hunting license and Pheasant and Quail Stamp: https://nj.aspirafocus.com/internetsales

Makepeace Lake WMA 📍 Hamilton & Mullica Townships, Atlantic County11,727 acresPinelands forest Visit for:🦉WILDLIFE VIEWI...
11/08/2023

Makepeace Lake WMA
📍 Hamilton & Mullica Townships, Atlantic County
11,727 acres
Pinelands forest

Visit for:

🦉WILDLIFE VIEWING
Unique pinelands vegetation and herptiles, including Pine Barrens tree frogs are found on the tract. Warblers and other songbirds in migration can be seen along the lake edge and in wetland and upland habitats. Barred owls hunt the shoreline. Many different species of damsel and dragonflies utilize the lake. Wood frogs and spring peepers can be quite loud here at times.

🐟FISHING
The 300-acre shallow impoundment was once used as a source of water for cranberry bogs and is only about four feet deep. Game fish populations are limited to pickerel and yellow bullheads. Cartop boats may be launched from Elwood/Weymouth Road.

🦆WATERFOWL
The lake supports a breeding population of black ducks and wood ducks, and a variety of waterfowl winter on the lake or use it during migration. A cartop launch is available for waterfowl hunters or anglers.

🦌HUNTING & TRAPPING
Oak-pine forests provide habitat for white-tailed deer, rabbits, and woodcock. The area provides good deer hunting opportunities and small game hunting is available. Beaver, otter, and upland furbearers are found in the area.

🎯RANGES
There is a range for shotgun (fine-shot only) and a 100 yard muzzleloader range, where muzzleloaders, shotguns, and rimfire rifles can be sighted-in.

🚶‍♀️ACCESS
Access to the property is from Elmwood-Weymouth Road near Egg Harbor City and from the Black Horse Pike via Tamminen Rd. Be advised to not drive through sugar sand without four-wheel drive and lower tire pressure.

Owned by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Fish & Wildlife, the Wildlife Management Area System is comprised of more than 360,000 acres in 122 areas throughout the state, which is more than 44% of New Jersey’s state-owned public open space. WMAs are maintained and supported with funding from hunting and fishing license sales, the Federal Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program and the Wildlife Habitat Supporter Program.

If you are interested in supporting the maintenance of the Makepeace Lake WMA and other Wildlife Management Areas, become a Wildlife Habitat Supporter by donating now: https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/conservation/wildlife-habitat-supporter-program/?utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=social&utm_campaign=WMA_promo&utm_content=makepeacelake

Wildlife Management Area Maps: https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/conservation/wildlife-management-areas/

WMA Regulations: https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/wildlife/wildlife-management-area-regulations/

WMAs are patrolled by NJ Fish & Wildlife Conservation Police Officers to ensure public safety. If you see violations while visiting a WMA, please call the 24-hour DEP hotline at 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337).

This week’s weather went from 80 degrees and short sleeves to waking up to frost and 25 degrees this morning, brrr.  Lak...
11/03/2023

This week’s weather went from 80 degrees and short sleeves to waking up to frost and 25 degrees this morning, brrr. Lake water temperatures have dropped from 60 to 50 degrees, but all this did not slow these women from catching some great fish for . Katie caught this beautiful Lake Trout, Riley hoists a nice Largemouth Bass, and Susan has all she can handle with these two great Black Crappies. The fall bite can be some of the best fishing of the year with fish looking to fatten up for the long, cold winter ahead.

10/27/2023
With the fall weather rolling in and water temperatures dropping into the upper 50's, the Walleye bite is picking up! 🎣C...
10/27/2023

With the fall weather rolling in and water temperatures dropping into the upper 50's, the Walleye bite is picking up! 🎣

Chris, John, and Rebecca all got on some great fish recently as highlighted in this week's . Walleyes can be a tough fish to figure out, but once you learn their patterns and behaviors you can dial them in. Some of the best Walleye fishing of the year is from now until you can't take the cold anymore and pack it in for the season. Be safe and prepared when on the water this time of year.

Remember, mandatory winter PFD wear starts in November, so wear your life jackets! 🛶🦺✨
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/news-2023-10-05-boater-update-mandatory-winter-pfd-wear/

It's Bat Week!! 🦇📢 And the excitement is ultrasonic. Bats are settling in for hibernation right about now, so our "bat t...
10/26/2023

It's Bat Week!! 🦇📢 And the excitement is ultrasonic.

Bats are settling in for hibernation right about now, so our "bat team" is spending more time at the computer, reviewing data gathered during the summer from projects like our statewide acoustic bat monitoring. Footage of these projects will be part of a video celebrating the 50th anniversary of NJ's Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act this December - stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are a few images (including behind-the-scenes from a video shoot) showing how acoustic bat recordings are collected and processed. Owed, of course, to bats' amazing ability to navigate through darkness with their ultrasonic vocal calls and pinpoint hearing.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act, which established laws to protect and restore endangered and threatened wildlife in New Jersey. As a result of the legislation, NJDEP Fish & Wildlife established the Endangered and Nongame Species Program to carry out the work necessary to restore and maintain these species.

Learn more here:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/conservation/endangered-species-conservation-act/

Turkey Season Opens Saturday!The 2023 fall turkey season opens this Saturday, October 28, and continues through Saturday...
10/25/2023

Turkey Season Opens Saturday!

The 2023 fall turkey season opens this Saturday, October 28, and continues through Saturday, Nov. 4 (excluding Sunday, October 29). Permits are available for all Turkey Hunting Areas but may be running low in some - don't wait any longer! Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.

Check Permit Availability:
https://nj.aspirafocus.com/internetsales/Home/AvailablePermits

Public Turkey Hunting Land
https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/njfw/Public-Turkey-Hunting-Land-23-24.pdf

Turkey Hunting Regulations:
https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/njfw/turkey-regulations-2023-2024.pdf

Wild Turkey in NJ:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/hunting/wild-turkey-in-new-jersey/

Turkey Hunting Areas (Hunting & Trapping Explorer App):
https://njdep.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=460f420a73584070ad50d6042ea0a3ff

Permit Information:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/hunting/obtaining-hunting-and-trapping-permits/

Get your permit and enjoy some quality time while the woods are full of color - and turkeys!

Get Your Permit Online:
https://nj.aspirafocus.com/internetsales

Get Your Permit at a License Agent:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/licenses-and-permits/license-agents/

Photo credit: Craig Lemon, NJFW

Saturday, October 28 Permit Bow Opens in ALL Zones!Buck Permit Purchase Deadline, October 28!The Permit Bow Season opens...
10/24/2023

Saturday, October 28 Permit Bow Opens in ALL Zones!

Buck Permit Purchase Deadline, October 28!

The Permit Bow Season opens Saturday, October 28, and if you have purchased your antlerless deer zone permit but haven't yet purchased a buck permit for permit bow season, you have until 11:59 p.m. Saturday to do so. The buck permit will still be available with the initial purchase of an antlerless deer zone permit after the season opens.

Buy Permits Online:
https://nj.aspirafocus.com/internetsales

Find a License Agent:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/licenses-and-permits/license-agents/

2023-24 Archery Season Regulations:
https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/njfw/deer-archery-seasons-2023-24.pdf

Keep NJ CWD Free:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/hunting/chronic-wasting-disease-information/

All permit deer seasons have buck permit purchase deadlines as follows:

Permit Bow Season: October 28 at 11:59 p.m.
Permit Muzzleloader Season: November 27 at 11:59 p.m.
Permit Shotgun Season: December 13 at 11:59 p.m.

This week's exceptional afternoon weather produced a few beautiful rainbows. 🌈🐟Frank, Justin, and Matt all caught some s...
10/20/2023

This week's exceptional afternoon weather produced a few beautiful rainbows. 🌈🐟

Frank, Justin, and Matt all caught some sharply colored Rainbow Trout in Garden State rivers and streams this week. New Jersey Fish & Wildlife staff stocked 20,670 two-year-old and 950 three-year-old Rainbows over the past two weeks. These fish were raised at the Pequest Trout Hatchery.

Water conditions are excellent and early reports from anglers are that there are lots of big and beautiful fish out there! The next few weeks are some of the prettiest times of year to experience and explore the beauties and wonders of the Garden State. Take some time and enjoy them. 🎣✨

Motorists are reminded to drive with extra caution and watch for deer at this time of the year. Deer are more likely to ...
10/18/2023

Motorists are reminded to drive with extra caution and watch for deer at this time of the year. Deer are more likely to suddenly run onto roadways during their mating season, known as the rut, which runs from late October through mid-December in New Jersey. Increased deer activity is more likely to occur in the early morning and around sunset when visibility may be difficult. Awareness will become even more important when daylight saving time ends on Sunday, November 5, causing many commutes to align with the periods when deer are most active.

These tips can help motorists stay safe during the fall rut:
• Slow down if you see a deer and watch for possible sudden movement. If the deer is in the road and doesn’t move, wait for the deer to cross and the road is clear. Do not try to drive around the deer.
• Watch for “Deer Crossing” signs. Slow down when traveling through areas known to have a high concentration of deer so you have enough time to stop, if necessary.
• Use high beams after dark if there is no oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead. High beams will be reflected by the eyes of deer on or near roads. If you see one deer, assume that others may be in the area.
• Don’t tailgate. The driver ahead might have to stop suddenly to avoid colliding with a deer.
• Always wear a seatbelt, as required by law. Drive at a safe and sensible speed, factoring for weather, available lighting, traffic, curves and other road conditions.
• Do not swerve to avoid impact if a collision appears inevitable. The deer may counter-maneuver suddenly. Brake appropriately and stay in your lane. Collisions are more likely to become fatal when a driver swerves to avoid a deer.
• Obey the state’s hands-free device law or refrain from using cellular devices while driving.

Report any deer-vehicle collision to a local law enforcement agency immediately.

Full DEP Press Release: https://nj.gov/dep/newsrel/2023/23_01012.htm

In preparation for Free Fishing Day on Saturday, October 21, three small waterbodies throughout the state have received ...
10/16/2023

In preparation for Free Fishing Day on Saturday, October 21, three small waterbodies throughout the state have received a special, one-time stocking of large Rainbow Trout, Hybrid Striped Bass, and Largemouth Bass as part of an upcoming pilot stocking program. These small, accessible ponds will provide great and unique fishing opportunities for anglers of any age or skill level! Get out to your nearest pond for Free Fishing Day on October 21 and enjoy some great fishing close to home!

• Hughes Lake, Third Ward Park, City of Passaic (Passaic County)
• Roosevelt Pond, Roosevelt Park, Edgewater Township (Burlington County)
• Rowands Pond, Rowands Pond Wildlife Management Area, Borough of Clementon (Camden County)

  goes catfishing this week! 🎣Joe, Karina, and Michael all caught some nice-looking Channel Catfish this week. Hackettst...
10/13/2023

goes catfishing this week! 🎣

Joe, Karina, and Michael all caught some nice-looking Channel Catfish this week. Hackettstown Hatchery staff are finishing up the fall Channel stocking list today. Staff stocked 65 different waters over the past two weeks with a total of 10,000 twelve-inch fish. From Lake Ocquittunk in the north to Ponderlodge Pond in the south, pond and lake water temperatures were all over the place ranging from 50-70 degrees. Staff ran into lots of anglers along the routes reporting their catch of cats from 3 to 8 pounds.

This is also the first week of fall Trout stocking with 20,000 fourteen-to-sixteen-inch Rainbow Trout being stocked and an additional 1,000 eighteen-to-twenty-two-inch Broodstock. Fish and Wildlife staff will be out into the middle of next week stocking these beauties.

What a great time of year to be in the outdoors. Leaves are changing with peak colors coming in the next two weeks. Try to find some time in your busy schedules to get out and enjoy the great things the Garden State has to offer: fishing, hiking, apple cider and donuts, and don't forget to grab your apples, pumpkins, and mums from your local farmers. 🐟🍂🍎🎃🌼✨

Fishing is such a popular pastime in New Jersey! But did you know that discarded fishing line can pose a serious threat ...
10/09/2023

Fishing is such a popular pastime in New Jersey! But did you know that discarded fishing line can pose a serious threat to birds and other wildlife?

When fishing line is left behind, it can become a deadly hazard for birds, causing entanglement and injury. So, let's make a collective effort to clean up after ourselves and ensure our waterways are safe for all wildlife. This Cormorant was spotted at Lake of the Lillies in Point Pleasant.

Always dispose of fishing line properly; if you see discarded line, pick it up and dispose of it safely; and educate fellow anglers and friends about the importance of responsible fishing practices.

Thanks for doing your part to prevent such incidents! For more information on what to do if you find injured wildlife, visit https://dep.nj.gov/.../finding-injured-or-young-wildlife/.

List of licensed wildlife rehabilitators: https://dep.nj.gov/.../wp.../uploads/njfw/rehab_list.pdf.

Photo credit: Bill Klimas

Just like the recent weather, this week’s   is a mixed bag. 🎣Brogan braved the rain and reeled in this giant Chain Picke...
10/06/2023

Just like the recent weather, this week’s is a mixed bag. 🎣

Brogan braved the rain and reeled in this giant Chain Pickerel, Lincoln and Owen caught a big Black Crappie, and Samantha is all smiles with this nice Smallmouth Bass. Last week’s cold and rainy weather dropped water temps into the low 60s, but this week’s sunshine and 80-degree weather has water temps back up to 70-72.

Hackettstown Hatchery staff are halfway through stocking this season’s fall 12-14-inch Channel Catfish with the rest going out next Tuesday-Thursday. 11,000 catfish are being stocked in 60 waterbodies. Staff are also finishing up this year's Hybrid Striped Bass stocking on Spruce Run Reservoir and Lake Hopatcong this week. A total of 50,000 four-inch Hybrids will have been stocked.

10/06/2023

Happy National Seafood Month!

Since 2019, NJDEP Fish & Wildlife’s Marine Resources Administration has been working to enhance oyster habitat with the Shell Recycling Program. Throughout the year, discarded oyster and clam shells are collected weekly from restaurant partners in Atlantic City. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City, Docks Oyster House, Knife & Fork Inn, Golden Nugget Atlantic City, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Resorts Casino Hotel, Dougherty's Steakhouse & Raw Bar, and Tropicana Atlantic City are helping our local oyster populations by providing the shell they need to grow and succeed!

Please see the video below, and don’t forget to visit restaurants in Atlantic City as they wrap up Atlantic City Restaurant Week!

Shell Recycling Program and Partner Information:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/marine/shell-recycling-program/

Video on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_NrzoGYHSg

Don’t forget to like and subscribe!

Boater Update - Mandatory Winter PFD Wear New Regulation 13:82-1.4(f)Starting this November, no owner or operator of a r...
10/05/2023

Boater Update - Mandatory Winter PFD Wear

New Regulation 13:82-1.4(f)

Starting this November, no owner or operator of a recreational vessel less than 26 feet, including rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards shall permit its operation between November 1st and May 1st, unless each person on board such vessel is wearing a securely fastened United States Coast Guard-approved wearable personal flotation device of an appropriate size while such vessel is underway. A person inside the cabin of a cabin vessel shall be exempt from this requirement.

In short, A USCG approved life jacket is required to be worn at all times, outside of a cabin on a boat under 26 feet during the cold-water months, while in motion, from November 1st to May 1st.

The goal of this legislative update is to prevent hypothermia deaths, and to decrease the risks placed upon first responders during winter search and rescue operations on the waters of New Jersey. In almost every instance of a vessel related drowning, the victim was not wearing a life vest.

New Jersey’s coastal features are unique in regard to our offshore fishing, inlets, and tidal bays which result in a greater average recreational vessel size when compared to inland states with similar PFD regulations. This new regulation is in the best interest of the safety of operators and passengers on all New Jersey’s waterways.

To learn more, visit: https://nj.gov/njsp/marine-services/current_events.shtml .

Photo Credit: NJ State Police

Fall trout stocking begins next week! Beginning October 10, NJ Fish & Wildlife will stock approximately 20,000 two-year ...
10/05/2023

Fall trout stocking begins next week!

Beginning October 10, NJ Fish & Wildlife will stock approximately 20,000 two-year old Rainbow Trout, averaging 14-16 inches over a two-week period.

In addition to these trout, up to 1,000 Broodstock trout (three-year old Rainbow Trout, averaging 18-22 inches) will also be stocked. Broodstock trout are mixed in with each truckload of fish to provide exciting fishing opportunities throughout the state.

All fall-stocked waters may be fished as soon as they are stocked. There are no “closed waters” during fall stocking.

2023 Fall Trout Stocking Schedule:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/trout-fishing-information/fall-trout-stocking-schedule/

Fall Trout Fishing in NJ:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/fall-trout-fishing-in-new-jersey/

2023 Freshwater Fishing Digest:
https://dep.nj.gov/wp-content/uploads/njfw/digest-freshwater-fishing-2023-complete.pdf

NJ Freshwater Fishing Explorer App:
https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7693715a5e7643c9823e2df5c164fb53

Purchase Your Fishing License Online:
https://nj.aspirafocus.com/internetsales

Purchase Your Fishing License at a License Agent:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/licenses-and-permits/license-agents/

Buddy Up! And Save When Introducing Someone to Fishing!
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/fishing-buddy-licenses/

New State Record King Mackerel!NJ Fish & Wildlife has officially certified and is pleased to announce the catch of a new...
10/04/2023

New State Record King Mackerel!

NJ Fish & Wildlife has officially certified and is pleased to announce the catch of a new state record saltwater fish.

Dominic Vricella was fishing east of the Manasquan Inlet where he landed the new state record King Mackerel on July 30, 2023. The fish weighed 67-pounds, 7.2-ounces, replacing the previous record of 54-pound, 0-ounce from 1998.

Dominic was trolling in his boat using a trolling rod and conventional reel with 20-pound braided line and a spoon for the lure when the new record King Mackerel hit.

Congratulations Dominic!

New Jersey State Record Fish Program:
https://dep.nj.gov/njfw/fishing/freshwater/new-jersey-state-record-fish-program/

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