Recreational Fishing Returns to Most NJ Waterways

Wastewater treatment facilities which had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy have now been restored.

In the winter, the average size bass typically ranges from about 24 to 36 inches and is plenty of fun. Of course, there are bigger fish around too.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection lifted the public health advisory for recreational use of the Hudson River, Passaic River, Hackensack River, Newark Bay, Kill Van Kull and Arthur Kill, and Sandy Hook Bay, as well as upper Barnegat Bay.

Boating, fishing, and crabbing are now allowed.

The waste water treatment facilities which had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy have now been restored, and water quality sampling has indicated that the waters meet the recreational water quality standards. Recreational boating, fishing, and crabbing activities can now be resumed in the New York and New Jersey Harbor areas and in Barnegat Bay.

The Department remains concerned with the possibility of continued releases from the collection system leading to the Middlesex County Utilities Authority. Although full wastewater treatment is available, the pump station at Sayreville was severely damaged. A temporary system is in place, but it has been subject to continued dry and wet weather releases.

Recreational and commercial shellfish harvest remains closed until further notice. It is illegal to remove shellfish from these waters and consuming shellfish from these waters is not advised due to health and safety concerns.

For details, visit the Hurricane Sandy webpage for updates on lifting the advisory in the Raritan River/Raritan Bay area. In addition, please visit for current fish consumption advisories.