NJ Freshwater Fisheries Forum will be this Saturday

The southern NJ Freshwater Fisheries Forum will be this Saturday, February 21, at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest in Burlington County NJ at 10:00 a.m.

Topics will cover both warmwater and coldwater fisheries management. Presentations will highlight field sampling efforts including Lake Hopatcong Fisheries Inventory and Coolwater Species assessment (Muskellunge, Northern Pike, and Walleye) as well as a summary of ongoing management efforts.

For more information, including directions, visit http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/news/2015/fshforumsouth15.htm on the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife website.

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Large Chain Pickerel Caught Through The Ice

Large Chain Pickerel
26.5-inches, 5 pound Chain Pickerel caught by Zach Merchant

Fished the Round Valley swimming area yesterday with Nick Honachefsky. We started our day off with a bang, getting our first flag within 15 minutes of getting set up, and I landed what ended up being my new personal best Pickerel! I will be writing up a short fishing report from my last few ice fishing trips either later tonight or tomorrow, so stay tuned! – Zach Merchant

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2015 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing DIGEST Download

The complete 2015 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing DIGEST is now available for download as a pdf. You can also visit the NJ DEP website to download segments of the NJ fishing digest as well as past issues.

The 2015 New Jersey Freshwater Fishing DIGEST is a must-have for fishermen and fisherwomen as it contains all the following:

  • NJ Fish and Wildlife 2015 Calendar of Events
  • Skillful Angler Program
  • Law Enforcement and Regulation Information
  • License Information
  • and so much more
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New Jersey Skillful Angler Leader Board Posted

The first entries on the new 2015 New Jersey Skillful Angler Leader Board have been posted! The revised Skillful Angler Recognition Program now includes a listing of those with the largest fish in each division/category for all species. At the end of the year, special recognition is given to anglers who catch the largest fish in each species category.

Zach Merchant Skillfull Angler

Visit the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife’sprogram webpage to learn more and sign up. Also, visit the current leader board…surprise surprise, our very own Zach Merchant is currently leading the Chain Pickerel catch and release category. Nice!

Zach Merchant 2015 Skillfull Angler chain pickerel

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