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Fishing & Crabbing Regulations Licenses

Anyone 16 and older must have a valid license (see Exemptions) to fish the fresh waters of New Jersey with handline, rod and line, or longbow and arrow. This includes privately-owned lakes and other waters. New Jersey does not require a general saltwater fishing license for recreational surf casting, deep sea or bay fishing. However, New Jersey saltwater anglers must register with the New Jersey Saltwater Recreational Registry Program. A clamming license is now called a shellfish license and is required for harvesting of all species of benthic mollusks (with the exception of conchs) including, but not limited to, hard and soft clams, surf clams, oysters, bay scallops and mussels. Licenses are available at shellfish license agent and online.


Anglers Under 16 - No fishing license is required of persons under 16 years old. NJ Residents Age 70 and Over - A driver’s license or other acceptable proof of age containing date of birth and physical description will function as the actual fishing license for New Jersey residents 70 and over. No application fee is required, no registration with the Division of Fish and Wildlife is required and no license will be issued. Trout stamps are not required.


Single hand lines and collapsible traps do not require a license. Crabs taken with a recreational license may not be sold or used for barter. The maximum harvest and/or possession limit of crabs is one bushel a day. All organisms other than crabs and conchs shall be immediately released. All female crabs having eggs or spawn attached shall be immediately released. Crab pots and trot lines may be tended only from 4am - 9pm prevailing time, in Delaware Bay and 24 hours a day in all other waters. All crab pots must be checked and emptied of all crabs and other organisms at least once every 72 hours. Minimum size for harvesting: peeler or shedder crabs - 3 inches; soft crabs - 3.5 inches and hard crabs - 4.5 inches. All measurements are from point to point. Please visit state. for more information.

Important Phone Numbers NJ/NY Ferry Service 800-53-FERRY

Transportation Info 609-530-2000

NJ Tourism 800-VISIT NJ

Cape May Lewes Ferry 800-64-FERRY

AC Expressway 609-965-6060

NJ Parks & Forestry 609-292-2797

Delaware River Ferry 215-925-LINK

Garden State Parkway 732-442-8600

Fort Mott State Park 302-834-7941

NJ Turnpike 732-247-0900

NJ Hiking Trails 800-843-6420 609-984-0370

Staten Island Ferry Seastreak (NJ to NY) 800-BOATRIDE

EZ Pass 800-333-8655

Beach Water Info 800-648-SAND Bike Info 609-530-8051

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