Fishing, hunting and trapping regulations are found within the Game Code and Fish Code and summarized in the corresponding issues of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST. These regulations are based on Permanent Statute Title 23 and are revised periodically though amendments to the codes.
License types and fees, the Sunday hunting prohibition, and certain other regulations are the responsibility of the State Legislature. For information on any proposed Legislative law changes visit the State Legislature homepage and enter "hunting" or "fishing" in the "Keyword" search box - most, if not all, relevant bills will appear in the results.
2015 Freshwater Fishing Issue of the Fish and Wildlife DIGEST - Available in March, see NOTE below.
NOTE: The NJ Fish and Game Council voted on proposed regulation changes for the 2016-2017 Fish Code at their December 15, 2015 meeting. Following the formal rulemaking Adoption process, the rules and regulations governing Freshwater Fishing in New Jersey are anticipated to be formally adopted in early March. At that time we will be releasing the 2016 Freshwater Fishing Digest and posting the regulations for the 2016 - 2017 fishing season.
For information on saltwater regulations changes, check this page and our homepage for news releases, subscribe to the NJ Marine Fishing E-mail List for automatic notification, or call the "listen-only" line at 609-292-2083. Marine Fisheries staff can be contacted at 609-748-2020.