Any angler 16 and older must have a valid license to fish the fresh waters of New Jersey. This includes privately owned lakes and other waters. The fee is $22.50 for ages 16-64; seniors pay $12.50. Non-resident fishing license for ages 16 and up is $34. Resident trout stamp is $10.50. Non-resident trout stamp is $20. Seven-day vacation fishing license (nonresidents only) is $19.50. Two-day vacation fishing (nonresidents only) is $9. For more information visit this NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, fishing license information web page. Remember that all saltwater anglers 16 and older must register with the state. See www.saltwaterregistry.nj.gov for registration information.
Gardner's Basin Marina, North New Hampshire Avenue and the bay, is home to charter boats, sightseeing and fishing cruises. For more information call (609) 348-2880. Fishing is permitted on the beaches, outside of guarded areas, and from the jetties. The seawall along Sunset Avenue is a popular area for crabbing or fishing from land in the back bay. A municipal boat launch (fee required) is located at Albany Avenue and Boulevard Avenue.
The Ventnor City Fishing Pier is located at Cornwall Avenue and the Boardwalk. The fishing pier offers seasonal rates for fishing or sightseeing. For additional information, call the piermaster at (609) 823-7944. Along the back bay, a seawall the length of Winchester Avenue is perfect for the family to fish or crab from land. A free boat ramp is located on the bay on Dorset Avenue, where there is plenty of free parking. For more information call (609) 823-7900.
Amherst Avenue, between Decatur and Monroe avenues, is home to several marinas and bait and tackle shops, including small boat rentals. Within the marinas are dozens of charter boats available on a daily basis throughout the summer and shoulder seasons. For more information on charters call Capt. Andy's at (609) 822-0916, or for a family outing on a pontoon rental boat call Ray Scott's Dock at (609) 822-6819. Surf fishing is permitted during non-guarded hours.
John F. Kennedy Park, located on Broadway, offers a boat ramp (fee required) granting access to Great Egg Harbor Bay. Another ramp (fee required) is located at Smith's Marina, 910 Bay Ave. Along the Bay Front Historic District on Bay Avenue there are several marinas which are home to many party and charter boats. There is also a crabbing and fishing pier located on the bay off New Jersey Avenue. Restrooms are located nearby.
Surf fishing is permitted on non-guarded beaches and at the seawall, Seventh Street north to 14th Street. The old Brigantine Bridge, across Absecon Inlet from Harrah’s Marina, is used as a fishing pier. A public boat ramp (fee required) is located at Sixth and Bayshore avenues on the bay. For more information, call (609) 266-1122.
Seasonal fishing and crabbing are permitted in designated areas of both the Brigantine and Barnegat Divisions of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. These areas include saltwater fishing (from land) at Gravelling Point, Little Beach (with permit), Parkertown Dock Road, Cedar Run Dock Road, and Stafford Avenue. Boats may be launched at the Brigantine Division's Scotts Landing boat ramp, located at the end of Scotts Landing Road, off Moss Mill Road at Leeds Point. Freshwater fishing is permitted on Lily Lake in Oceanville. For more information call (609) 652-1665.
For a detailed list of saltwater fishing locations see Saltwater Fishing Guide.
Lake Lenape Park, the county park entrance is located at 6303 Harding Highway in Mays Landing. For more information Lake Lenape Park
Birch Grove Park, off Mill Road, Northfield. No boats allowed – fish from land. For more information call (609) 641-3778 or visit this City of Northfield web page.
Heritage Pond Park, Mill Road, Absecon. No boat ramp. No outboard motors allowed.
Hammonton State Park, White Horse Pike (Route 30), Hammonton. Car top launch, no outboard motors allowed.
Maple Lake, off Maple Avenue, Estell Manor. Car top launch. No boat ramp. No outboard motors allowed.
Mill Pond, off Mill Road, Port Republic. Car top launch. No boat ramp. Outboard motors allowed.
Makepeace Lake, off Weymouth Elwood Road, Hammonton. Car top launch. No boat ramp. Outboard motors allowed.