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New Jersey fishing license requirements
A license is required to fish the fresh waters in New Jersey with hand line, rod and line, or even longbow and arrow. The state does not require a license for fishing in saltwater but you can visit the website to see the few exceptions to this rule, such as crabbing, clamming and commercial saltwater fishing.
There are 8 different licenses and they are all valid from the date of purchase until the end of that same year. For example, if you buy your license tomorrow, it will only be valid until Dec. 31, 2011. No fishing license is required for those under the age of 16 or over the age of 70.
Residents of New Jersey, which is defined by living in the state for at least six months, may obtain the Resident Fishing license for $22.50. Non-Residents may obtain the license for $34. An additional trout stamp is required for catching trout which will be $10.50 for residents and $20 for non-residents.
Residents between the ages of 65-69 may obtain a fishing license for $12.50. For non-residents visiting the state may obtain a temporary 2 day or 7 day vacation fishing license for $9 and $19.50 respectively.
The "All Around Sportsman" license, which includes resident fishing, firearm hunting, and bow hunting, costs $72.25.
There are various fee exceptions for active duty servicemen and women, NJ National Guard members, veterans with a disability, and blind citizens. You may obtain your license by visiting one of the various license agents in NJ or you may also apply directly online.
There are many different seasons and a strict limit placed on the amount of fish per day you may capture. Depending on the type of fish this limit can be anywhere from 2-10. A complete list of all the regulations concerning when and how much fish you can acquire is attached. However, on a general note, you will be safe if you keep your fishing down to 2-3 per species per day.
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