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Fall 2005 Trout Stocking Schedule

DUE TO PERSISTENT DRY WEATHER AND RESULTING LOW STREAM FLOWS THERE HAVE BEEN MINOR CHANGES MADE TO THE FALL TROUT STOCKING SCHEDULE. CHANGES ARE SHOWN IN RED. ADDITIONALLY, SOME TRADITIONAL STOCKING LOCATIONS MAY RECEIVE FEWER OR NO TROUT IF WATER IS TOO SHALLOW.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 - TROUT STOCKING UPDATE

Commencing this year the fall stocking period has been shortened to a two-week period (the third week of stocking has been eliminated). Surplus trout (averaging 5 to 6 inches) traditionally stocked during the third week of fall stocking, had to be stocked months earlier to free-up growing space in the hatchery raceways, as the hatchery transitions from the production of one-year old trout for this fall, to larger, two-year old trout for the fall and winter of 2006. Broodstock trout (approximately 1,000 three-year old rainbow trout, averaging 17-18 inches) will be stocked during the first and second weeks of fall stocking.

The majority of the 47,750 catchable trout being stocked this fall are one-year old rainbow trout averaging 9 inches. However, approximately 13 percent of this total (6,000) are larger 2-year old brown and brook trout, averaging 14-15 inches. These larger trout were reared to test the ability of the hatchery system to produce two-year old trout for the 2006 fall and winter trout stocking programs.

There are no closed dates during the fall stocking period.

Week 1 - October 3 - 7, 2005

October 3, Monday - No stocking

October 4, Tuesday

MONMOUTH & OCEAN COUNTIES

  • Manasquan River
  • Metedeconk River, North Branch
  • Metedeconk River, South Branch
  • Tom's River
SOMERSET COUNTY
  • Raritan River, North Branch
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
  • Paulinskill River
October 5, Wednesday

HUNTERDON, MORRIS & WARREN COUNTIES

  • Musconetcong River
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
  • Pequest River
October 6, Thursday

SUSSEX COUNTY

  • Big Flat Brook - Lower
  • Wallkill River - NO STOCKING UPSTREAM OF WEST MOUNTAIN ROAD BRIDGE (SPARTA)
MORRIS COUNTY
  • Black River - CANCELLED - Trout will be diverted to Lamington River from Route 523 downstream to confluence with N/Br Raritan River.
  • Rockaway River
WARREN COUNTY
  • Pohatcong Creek - Lower
October 7, Friday

BERGEN & PASSAIC COUNTIES

  • Wanaque River
  • Ramapo River
HUNTERDON, MORRIS & SOMERSET COUNTIES
  • Raritan River, South Branch - NO STOCKING UPSTREAM OF ROUTE 517 (SCHOOLEYS MT. RD.) BRIDGE IN LONG VALLEY (MORRIS COUNTY)

Week 2, October 10 - 14, 2005

October 10, Monday - No stocking

October 11, Tuesday

ATLANTIC & CUMBERLAND COUNTIES

  • Hammonton Lake
  • Giampetro Park Pond
  • Maurice River
  • Mary Elmer Lake
BURLINGTON & CAMDEN COUNTIES
  • Crystal Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Grenlock Lake
  • Oak Pond
October 12, Wednesday - No stocking

October 13, Thursday

GLOUCESTER & SALEM COUNTIES

  • Greenwich Lake
  • Iona Lake
  • Swedesboro Lake
  • Schadlers Sand Wash Pond
MIDDLESEX & MERCER COUNTIES
  • Colonial Lake
  • Farrington Lake
  • Roosevelt Park Pond
  • Rosedale Lake
October 15, Friday - No stocking

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7 - TROUT STOCKING UPDATE

Week 1 (October 4 7)
Although the prolonged spell of dry weather has resulted in unusually low stream flows, during Week 1 most of the streams slated for stocking were stocked with their full allocation of trout. Some individual stocking locations may have received fewer (or no) trout than usual if existing conditions were unsuitable (shallow water present or pools absent) at the time of stocking.

Major departures from the normal Week 1 stocking routine were as follows:

Big Flatbrook Most of the allocated trout were stocked in the river, however, due to low water conditions approximately 150 200 trout (out of the 4,120 trout allocation) were diverted and stocked in Lake Ocquittunk. Several locations above Lake Ocquittunk (Stokes SF) could not be stocked due to low water.

Black River Flow was so low that the river could not be stocked, and the Lamington River was stocked instead.

Rockaway River Most of the allocated trout were stocked in the river, however, due to low water conditions approximately 400 trout (out of the 3,070 trout allocation) were diverted and stocked in Mt. Hope Pond.

S/Br. Raritan River All of the allocated trout were stocked, however, due to low water conditions no stocking occurred upstream of the Rt. 513/Rt. 517 bridge in Long Valley.

Wallkill River All of the allocated trout were stocked, however, due to low water conditions no stocking occurred upstream of West Mountain Road (Sparta).

Week 2 (October 11 13)
No changes have been made or are expected. Stocking will occur as originally scheduled.

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Last Updated: October 7, 2005