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The Striped Bass Bonus Program

 
Due to the unprecedented situation with COVID-19, the opening of the 2020 Striped Bass Bonus Program may be delayed. Applications are not currently being accepted. At this time, there is no additional information. This page will be updated as soon as new information becomes available.
The 2020 Striped Bass Bonus Program (SBBP) is currently closed and is scheduled to reopen on May 15, 2020, depending on the circumstances regarding COVID-19.
Permits issued for 2019 are not valid in 2020.

Applications for the 2020 SBBP are not currently being accepted. A new application must be submitted for 2020.

Updated and new information about the SBBP is posted on this webpage and sent to Marine Fisheries e-mail list subscribers and media outlets when available.

Reporting of all harvested bonus fish is mandatory.

Effective May 15, 2020, the SBBP regulations are as follows:

  • One fish per permit 24" to less than 28"
  • May 15, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Please note that the order of fish harvested does not matter.

Bonus harvest reporting is mandatory and fish must be reported within 24 hours of harvest via online or by calling 609-748-2074.

Effective April 1, 2020, New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations in all state waters will be as follows:

  • One fish 28" to less than 38"

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

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 2020, any overage would be subtracted from the 2021 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.

Angler with legal size bonus striped bass
Deckhand Erik Olsen fillets Bonus fish on the F/V Queen Mary
Click to enlarge

REGULATIONS

Effective April 1, 2020, New Jersey recreational striped bass regulations in all state waters will be as follows:

  • One fish 28" to less than 38"

With a bonus permit, anglers can keep one fish 24 inches to less than 28 inches from May 15 through December 31, 2020. Reporting bonus harvest within 24 hours is mandatory. Please note the order of fish harvested does not matter (Bonus fish can be the 1st or 2nd 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.

SBBP participants 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 and to subscribe, visit the E-mail List Subscription page.

APPLICATION AND MANDATORY REPORTING INFORMATION

Applications are currently not being accepted for 2020.

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

Individual Angler Harvest Reporting

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 within 24 hours of harvest 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.

After the Division receives an initial harvest report, each participant may be issued an additional permit up to the discretion of the Division.

Detailed information on procedures for reporting are below and will be provided with each Bonus Permit issued.
Submit a Harvest Report
SBBP Reporting Instructions (pdf, 170kb)

Individual Angler Striped Bass Fishing Log

Complete the daily log included in the envelope with the permit and mail or submit online by January 15, 2021 even if you did not fish.

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

SBBP Reporting Instructions (pdf, 170kb)
Striped Bass Fishing Log (pdf, 190kb)
NOTE: PDF can be completed (and saved on some browsers and Acrobat Reader) before printing. Log can be printed on both sides and mailed.

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

PARTY/CHARTER BOATS

Applications are not being accepted for 2020.

The Party/Charter Boat (PCBT) facet of the SBBP will reopen on May 15, 2020. 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 mandatory daily logbooks of their striped bass catch and will also be required to provide mandatory weekly reports of striped bass bonus harvest in order to ensure the quota is not exceeded. Complete instructions are below and will be provided with permits.

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

PLEASE NOTE

Division of Fish and Wildlife staff are now responsible for conducting field interviews for the Access-Point Angler Intercept Survey (pdf, 600kb). As a participant of the Striped Bass Bonus Program, your cooperation with Division staff is expected and appreciated. Please be aware that Division staff may request a short interview upon arrival at the dock, ramp, or marina.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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: April 1, 2020