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Fall 2007 Trout Stocking Schedule

THE SECOND WEEK OF TROUT STOCKING CONDUCTED WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31 AND NOVEMBER 1. - Please see the update below.

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

MONDAY, OCTOBER 29 - TROUT STOCKING UPDATE

Fall stocking commences Tuesday, October 2 in 2007. Streams are stocked during the first week, and ponds and lakes are stocked during the second week.

Approximately 20,000 two-year old brook, brown and rainbow trout, averaging 14 -16 inches will be liberated over this two-week period. In addition to these trout, approximately 1,000 broodstock trout (three-year old rainbow trout, averaging 17 - 18 inches) will be mixed in with each truckload of fish.

There are no closed dates during the fall stocking period.

See the Fall Trout Fishing Information page for details about this season's stocking.

Week 1 - October 1-5, 2007

October 1, Monday - No stocking

October 2, Tuesday

MONMOUTH & OCEAN COUNTIES

  • Manasquan River
  • Metedeconk River, North Branch
  • Metedeconk River, South Branch
  • Tom's River
  • Tom's River TCA (Dover Twp.)
SOMERSET COUNTY
  • Raritan River, North Branch
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
  • Paulinskill River
  • Paulinskill River TCA (Sussex Co.)

October 3, Wednesday

HUNTERDON, MORRIS & WARREN COUNTIES

  • Musconetcong River
  • Musconetcong River TCA (Point Mt. County Park)
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
  • Pequest River
  • Pequest River TCA (Pequest WMA)

October 4, Thursday

SUSSEX COUNTY

  • Big Flat Brook - Lower
  • Wallkill River
MORRIS COUNTY
  • Black River- CANCELLED - Trout allocated for the Black River will be stocked further downstream in the Lamington River, Somerset County, from the Route 523 bridge at Burnt Mills downstream to its confluence with the North Branch of the Raritan River.
  • Rockaway River
WARREN COUNTY
  • Pohatcong Creek - Lower
October 5, 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)
  • Raritan River, South Branch TCA (Ken Lockwood Gorge)

Week 2, October 29 - November 2, 2007

October 29, Monday - No stocking

October 30, Tuesday - No stocking

October 31, Wednesday

ATLANTIC & CUMBERLAND COUNTIES

  • Hammonton Lake
  • Giampetro Park Pond
  • Maurice River
  • Mary Elmer Lake
BURLINGTON, CAMDEN & GLOUCESTER COUNTIES
  • Crystal Lake
  • Sylvan Lake
  • Grenloch Lake
  • Oak Pond

November 1, 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

November 2, Friday - No stocking


UPDATES

Monday, October 29

The 2nd week of fall stocking will occur on Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1. The stocking of these trout was delayed until this week because of unseasonably warm temperatures which led to concerns that the large fish, reared in 52F water at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, would have difficulty adjusting to a large, sudden increase in temperature when stocked. The water temperatures in the central and south Jersey lakes and ponds scheduled for stocking were checked again today. These temperatures, now in the low 60's, are suitable for trout stocking. Fortunately, the hatchery was able to hold these 3,290 trout several additional weeks without compromising the production cycle. At last, anglers will have the chance to fish for these big trout, which are now a bit bigger due to their extended stay at the hatchery.

Wednesday, October 24

The second week of fall trout stocking, which was re-scheduled for October 24 and 25, has been postponed. Due to record-breaking warm weather in October, prevailing water temperatures in the lakes and ponds scheduled for fall trout stocking remain marginal for trout. In anticipation of cooler weather over the next week, stocking has been tentatively re-scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday, October 31 and November 1. Division staff will continue to monitor water temperatures and an update regarding the stocking schedule will be provided on Monday, October 29, by 4 p.m. on the Division's Website and Trout Hotline (609-633-6765).

Thursday, October 18

Unseasonably warm temperatures experienced this fall have begun to cool, resulting in water temperatures more suitable for trout stocking. As a result, the 16 lakes originally scheduled for fall trout stocking during the week of October 8 have been rescheduled for October 24 and 25. The Division will continue to monitor conditions in these trout stocked waters to ensure they are suitable for stocking. Please check this site periodically for the most up-to-date information.

Friday, October 5

Due to the continued stretch of warm weather resulting in elevated water temperatures, the second week of fall trout stocking scheduled for the week of October 8 has been postponed. Recent water temperature readings at lakes scheduled to be stocked have ranged into the mid to upper seventies.

The second week of stocking consists of 16 lakes located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, and Salem counties. The stockings were originally scheduled for October 9 and 10. Conditions will be re-evaluated at the end of next week and stocking will be re-scheduled as soon as conditions permit. The fish can be retained at the Pequest Trout Hatchery for up to two weeks.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 1

Week 1 (October 1 5)
Although the prolonged spell of dry weather has resulted in unusually low stream flows, during Week 1 most of the streams slated for stocking will be stocked with their full allocation of trout. Some individual stocking locations may receive fewer (or no) trout than usual if existing conditions are unsuitable (shallow water present or pools absent) at the time of stocking.

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

Black River Flow is so low that the trout allocated for the Black River will be stocked further downstream in the Lamington River, Somerset County, from the Rt. 523 bridge at Burnt Mills downstream to its confluence with the North Branch of the Raritan River.

S/Br. Raritan River Due to low water conditions no stocking will occur upstream of the Rt. 517 bridge in Long Valley.

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Last Updated: November 2, 2007