TRENTON – The Division of Fish and Wildlife is kicking off the start of fall trout season tomorrow, Oct. 8, by stocking many of New Jersey’s rivers, lakes, streams and ponds with thousands of large rainbow trout, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced.
More than 21,000 two-year-old rainbow trout, ranging from 14 inches to 18 inches in length and weighing 1-1/2 pounds, along with some three-year-old broodstock (averaging around four pounds each) will be stocked throughout the state beginning today and lasting through Wednesday, Oct. 16. The trout are raised at the Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Warren County.
“Fall is the best time of year for enjoying some great trout fishing and spending time outdoors,” Commissioner McCabe said. “New Jersey’s trout stocking program provides excellent fishing opportunities, while spectacular scenery and beautiful weather provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying this pastime with family and friends.”
Waters stocked during the first week of fall stocking include 16 large streams and rivers in northern and coastal areas such as the Big Flatbook, Pequest River, South Branch of the Raritan River, Musconetcong River, and the Manasquan and Toms rivers. Many of the rivers to be stocked also have fish that were released previously, providing even more opportunities to catch bigger fish.
During the second week, 20 ponds and lakes in the central and southern regions of the state will be stocked.
All fall-stocked waters may be fished as soon as they are stocked – there are no “closed waters” during fall stocking.
“New Jersey’s fall trout fishing is among the best anywhere, and I encourage new anglers to head to their favorite waterway this year and try it,” Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Golden said. “Trout fishing is one of the best ways to enjoy the