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The Striped Bass Bonus Program

The Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) is now open.

Updated and new information about the SBBP will be on this webpage and sent to Marine Fisheries e-mail list subscribers and media outlets when issued. Permits have been issued to replace permits purchased prior to May 1, 2015.

Several post offices had issues with delivering the permits and recently returned many of the replacement permits to the Division. The Division will resend those permits by September 18, 2015. Please be patient and allow some extra time for delivery.

Anyone who purchased a permit prior to May 1, 2015 and has not received a replacement permit by October 1, 2015 should call 609-748-2074 and leave a message with their name and a phone number where you can be reached during business hours.

New applications for individuals and party/charter boats are currently being processed in order of receipt. The number of permits issued will be limited at the Division's discretion based on harvest reports and other factors to ensure the 2015 quota is not exceeded.

Effective September 1, 2015, the new SBBP regulations are as follows:

  • One fish 24" to less than 28"
Please note that the order of fish harvested does not matter.

New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations in all state waters are as follows:

  • One fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater
Anglers are limited to one bonus permit only in 2015.

Party/Charter Boat Facet of the SBBP Reinstated For 2015
The Party/Charter Boat (PCBT) facet of the SBBP reopened on September 1, 2015. Data collected from this program has proved invaluable for managing striped bass. Qualified PCBTs will be issued a limited number of permits allowing customers to keep one Bonus Fish from 24" to less than 28". Only one permit may be issued to a customer per day.

PCBTs will be required to submit daily logbooks of their striped bass catch and will also be required to provide weekly reports of striped bass bonus harvest in order to ensure the quota is not exceeded. To apply, download the application and submit to the Division with a copy of a Captain's license. Applications will be processed by order of receipt.
Party/Charter Boat Bonus Program Application (pdf, 45kb)


New Jersey is allocated a commercial harvest quota of striped bass under the Striped Bass Interstate Fisheries Management Plan as administered by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). Since New Jersey does not allow netting or sale of striped bass, this quota was transferred to the recreational fishing sector resulting in the origin of the SBBP.

The current allocation from ASMFC is 215,912 pounds to be distributed between individual anglers and party/charter boats. Should NJ overshoot this quota in 2015, any overage would be subtracted from the 2016 quota. Although this program does allow for the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey anglers, the Division encourages catch and release whenever possible so this species can prosper for future generations.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife initiated the program in 1990 to allow the harvest of an additional striped bass for New Jersey recreational anglers. Although the program has been modified throughout the years, the main goal of the SBBP is to allow anglers to participate in the management process while enjoying their favorite recreational pastime. It is a popular program and provides valuable data for assessing stock status and fishing trends, making it an integral part of New Jersey's striped bass management.

Bob Gieson (left) with 55 lb bass and Erik Olsen on the party boat Queen Mary in Point Pleasant, NJ
Bob Gieson (left) with his 55-pound striped bass and Erik Olsen on the party boat Queen Mary in Point Pleasant
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Note: New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations have been modified in all state waters to the following:

  • One fish 28" to less than 43" AND one fish 43" or greater

With a bonus permit, anglers can keep one fish 24 inches to less than 28 inches from September 1 to December 31. Please note the order of fish harvested does not matter (Bonus fish can be the 1st, 2nd, or 3rd fish). Visit the Marine section of the Regulations page to check current Federal and State possession and season regulations for striped bass fishing in your area.

Participants in the Bonus Program can receive immediate notification of regulation updates, emergency closures, special notices, etc., by subscribing to the free NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List. For details, visit the E-mail List Subscription page.


Application for a SBBP permit is via regular mail only. Permits will be issued in the order applications are received; there is no longer a fee to apply. Use the application form linked below:

SBBP Application and Child Support Certification Form (pdf, 45kb)

Return completed form with a self-addressed stamped #10 envelope to the Division. All applicants must complete the Child Support Certification each year. See for details.


The SBBP Permit must be securely attached to fish through the mouth and gill immediately upon capture and prior to transportation. Harvest reporting is mandatory and must be reported online or by leaving a message at 609-748-2074. Required reporting information includes name, permit #, phone number, date of harvest, and fish length.

Detailed information on procedures for reporting will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.
Submit a Harvest Report


Complete the daily log and mail or submit online by January 15, 2016.

Detailed information on procedures for completing and submitting fishing logs will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.

If you require additional information concerning this program or any other striped bass issue, please call the Division's Nacote Creek office at 609-748-2020.


arrow Striped Bass Party Boat and Tournament Sampling Summary
arrow Striped Bass Sampling on the F/V Queen Mary
arrow Striped Bass Tagging Program/Reporting (Am. Littoral Society)
arrow Rewards for Striped Bass Tags
arrow Striped Bass Temperature Study Tagging Project Information (pdf, 12kb)
arrow Saltwater Fishing Information
arrow Saltwater Fishing Regulations

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Last Updated: September 17, 2015