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Fall 2008 Trout Stocking Schedule

The Star-Ledger visited the Pequest Hatchery during stocking to film the large trout being loaded onto the stocking trucks. Check out the video at the following link, and don't miss out; go trout fishing this fall or winter - http://videos.nj.com/star-ledger/2008/10/bigger_trout_for_the_fall_seas.html.
Fall stocking commenced Tuesday, October 7. Approximately 20,000 two-year old brook, brown and rainbow trout, averaging 14 -16 inches, were stocked in 16 streams and 16 ponds and lakes over a two-week period. All fish were raised at the divsion's Pequest Trout Hatchery.

Streams were stocked during the first week, and ponds and lakes were stocked during the second week. In addition to these trout, approximately 1,000 broodstock trout (three-year old rainbow trout, averaging 17 - 20 inches) wee also stocked. Broodstock trout were mixed in with each truckload of fish. The total number of fish allocated for each water is shown below.

The stocking boundaries for streams are the same as in the spring (see the current Freshwater Digest for information). There are no closed dates during the fall stocking period. Updates to the fall stocking program will be posted here as necessary.

Week 1 - October 7-10, 2008

October 6, Monday - No stocking

October 7, Tuesday

MONMOUTH & OCEAN COUNTIES

  • Manasquan River - 650
  • Metedeconk River, North Branch - 270
  • Metedeconk River, South Branch - 240
  • Tom's River (including Tom's River TCA) - 360
SOMERSET COUNTY
  • Raritan River, North Branch - 920
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
  • Paulinskill River, and E/Br and W/Br (including E/Br TCA, Sussex Co.) - 1,720

October 8, Wednesday

HUNTERDON, MORRIS & WARREN COUNTIES

  • Musconetcong River (including Point Mt. TCA, Hunterdon County) - 2,720
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
  • Pequest River (including TCA, Pequest WMA) - 1,610

October 9, Thursday

SUSSEX COUNTY

  • Big Flat Brook - 1,620
  • Wallkill River - 440
MORRIS COUNTY
  • Black River - 330
  • Rockaway River - 1,290
WARREN COUNTY
  • Pohatcong Creek - 820
October 10, Friday

BERGEN & PASSAIC COUNTIES

  • Wanaque River - 330
  • Ramapo River - 870
HUNTERDON, MORRIS & SOMERSET COUNTIES
  • Raritan River, South Branch (including TCA, Ken Lockwood Gorge) - 2,530

Week 2, October 14 - 15, 2008

October 13, Monday - No stocking

October 14, Tuesday

ATLANTIC & CUMBERLAND COUNTIES

  • Giampetro Park Pond - 170
  • Hammonton Lake - 340
  • Mary Elmer Lake - 170
  • Maurice River - 400
BURLINGTON, CAMDEN & GLOUCESTER COUNTIES
  • Crystal Lake - 170
  • Grenloch Lake - 170
  • Oak Pond - 170
  • Sylvan Lake - 170

October 15, Wednesday

GLOUCESTER & SALEM COUNTIES

  • Greenwich Lake - 170
  • Iona Lake - 170
  • Schadlers Sand Wash Pond - 170
  • Swedesboro Lake - 170
MIDDLESEX & MERCER COUNTIES
  • Colonial Lake - 170
  • Farrington Lake - 340
  • Roosevelt Park Pond - 170
  • Rosedale Lake - 170
October 16, Thursday - No stocking

October 17, Friday - No stocking

UPDATES

Wednesday, October 15:Fall trout stocking was completed today by the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife. Approximately 21,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout, measuring 14 inch to 20 inches, and weighing up to 5 pounds, were stocked in 17 streams and 15 lakes statewide according to the posted schedule. All of these designated waters had favorable temperature and oxygen levels for trout.

Thursday, October 9: The first week of fall trout stocking was completed by the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and all streams scheduled were stocked according to plans. The second week of fall stocking commences Tuesday, October 14 and consists of 15 lakes and 1 river located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, and Salem counties. Conditions in these waters have been assessed by biologists and all are suitable for stocking. No changes to the stocking schedule are anticipated and anglers may fish these waters immediately after they are stocked.

Friday, October 3: The first week of fall trout stocking was completed by the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife and all streams were stocked according to the posted schedule.

The second week of fall trout stocking begins on Tuesday, October 14. Fifteen lakes and 1 river located in Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, Mercer, Middlesex, and Salem counties will be stocked with 14 inch to 20 inch trout. Biologists assessed all the water bodies scheduled to receive trout and found them all to have favorable temperature and oxygen levels for trout. No changes to the stocking schedule are anticipated and anglers may fish these waters immediately after they are stocked.

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Last Updated: October 17, 2008