New Jersey offers anglers both freshwater and saltwater opportunities. The state is home to hundreds of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams with wild and stocked populations of popular freshwater game fish such as bass, trout, and pike. In addition, an abundance of saltwater fishing opportunities awaits anglers on the state’s eastern border, which meets the Atlantic Ocean and is a favorite destination for surf and shore fishing as well as charter and party boats fishing the offshore canyons and wrecks.

Fishing the fresh waters of New Jersey requires a license, which can be purchased from the state’s Division of Fish and Wildlife; those wishing to fish for trout must also purchase a trout stamp. Some waters are closed to fishing at certain times during the year for conservation or stocking purposes; in addition, some species, like bass and trout, may only be caught in season. Information on fishing seasons, size and creel limits, and stocking dates is readily available from the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

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No license is required for fishing for finned fish in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean or the many bays along the Jersey shore, but saltwater anglers are required to register for free with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program, and harvesting clams or crabs requires a shellfish license. There is a wide variety of fish available within a short ride from the shore, including fluke, flounder, bluefish, mackerel, cod, striped bass, and blackfish. In most cases, fishing trips on party or charter boats can be arranged dockside. Party boats generally fish certain waters for particular species; those who want to catch bluefish usually won’t be successful on a party boat advertising fluke or flounder fishing. Some boats fish for larger species like tuna, but must travel farther from shore, and the trips are often overnight.

About the author: Praveen Andapally, the CEO of Vitel Global Communications in Piscataway, New Jersey, is an avid angler.