2021 LBI NJ Fishing Report

Ocean on one side and bay on the other, LBI is a fisherman’s paradise. LBI has docks, piers, and charter boats on all corners of the island.  

Get your tackle box ready for our 2021 LBI Fishing Report!

LBI Fishing

If you are into fishing, Long Beach Island is a great place for you. Give yourself the luxury of relaxing in the salt air and catching fish after fish. A summer trip to LBI is a fisherman’s dream. The waters surrounding this island are so plentiful that the fishing industry at old Viking Village is still active.

There are tournaments and other fishing events in Long Beach Island each year. There are many places to settle down among the docks, piers, and charter fishing boats. Stop by the bait and tackle shops any given day for some local fishing tips.

Best Weather for Fishing

LBI locals enjoy great weather during peak season and for much of the off-season, too. The warm Atlantic Ocean keeps LBI insulated and the sun always glows, even when it’s chilly. During winter, Long Beach Island doesn’t get a lot of snow compared to the rest of New Jersey. The cold months are mild, and the warm months are just heavenly.

With the exception of a rare thunderstorm, you can expect warm sunshine and a refreshing ocean breeze from spring, through summer, and well into the fall and winter. Luckily, there are plenty of things to do while you’re waiting to go fishing in Long Beach Island if it rains for a bit.

Fishing Season

LBI locals enjoy great weather during peak season and for much of the off-season, too. The warm Atlantic Ocean keeps LBI 

There are set seasons for fishing in Long Beach Island, according to the types of marine fish. Several varieties have no closed season, such as Spanish Mackerel, Striped Bass, Tautog (Blackfish), Weakfish, Pollack, Cod, Cobia, Bluefish (Snapper), American Eel, and Black Drum.

As for the fish that have a set season, the state of New Jersey publishes a recreational fishing chart each year to show the minimum length and possession limits. These seasons and size limits serve to keep the surrounding waters plentiful and the fishing industry sustainable.

Here are the types of marine fish that have set seasons:

Blue Crab: Mid March- Late November

Summer Flounder/ Fluke: Late May – Late September Summer

Black Sea Bass: Late May – Late December

Porgy/Scup: Early July- Late December and Early January- Late February

Winter Flounder: Early March – Late December

River Herring: CLOSED

LBI Fishing Items of Interest

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