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Fall 2009 Trout Stocking Schedule

The Star-Ledger visited the Pequest Hatchery during 2008 fall 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.
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Fall stocking commences Tuesday, October 6. Approximately 20,000 two-year old brook, brown and rainbow trout, averaging 14 -16 inches, are stocked in 16 streams and 16 ponds and lakes over a two-week period. All fish were raised at the division's Pequest Trout Hatchery.

Streams are stocked during the first week, and ponds and lakes are stocked during the second week. In addition to these trout, up to 1,000 broodstock trout (three-year old rainbow trout, averaging 17 - 18 inches) are also be stocked. Broodstock trout are 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.

Anglers in Gloucester County should note that a temporary change in the fall stocking program is as follows: Swedesboro Lake is being lowered for dock maintenance and will not be stocked with trout in 2009. Its trout allocation (170 fish) will be re-distributed to Greenwich Lake (Gloucester Co), Iona Lake (Gloucester Co), and Schandler's Sand Wash Pond (Salem Co).

Week 1 - October 5-9, 2009

October 5, Monday - No stocking

October 6, Tuesday

MONMOUTH & OCEAN COUNTIES

  • Manasquan River - 650
  • Metedeconk River, North Branch - 270
  • Metedeconk River, South Branch - 240
  • Tom's River (including TCA) - 350
SOMERSET COUNTY
  • Raritan River, North Branch - 920
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
  • Paulinskill River, and E/Br and W/Br (including E/Br TCA, Sussex Co.) - 1,710

October 7, Wednesday

HUNTERDON, MORRIS & WARREN COUNTIES

  • Musconetcong River (including Point Mt. TCA, Hunterdon County) - 2,650
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
  • Pequest River (including TCA, Pequest WMA) - 1,750

October 8, Thursday

SUSSEX COUNTY

  • Big Flat Brook - 1,610
  • Wallkill River - 440
MORRIS COUNTY
  • Black River - 330
  • Rockaway River - 1,290
WARREN COUNTY
  • Pohatcong Creek - 800
October 9, 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 12 - 16, 2009

October 12, Monday - No stocking

October 13, 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 14, Wednesday

GLOUCESTER & SALEM COUNTIES

  • Greenwich Lake - 170
  • Iona Lake - 170
  • Schadlers Sand Wash Pond - 170
  • Swedesboro Lake - Stocking Canceled
MIDDLESEX & MERCER COUNTIES
  • Colonial Lake - 170
  • Farrington Lake - 340
  • Roosevelt Park Pond - 170
  • Rosedale Lake - 170
October 15, Thursday - No stocking

October 16, Friday - No stocking

UPDATES

9/10/09 - Swedesboro Lake (Gloucester Co) will not be stocked during the Fall due to a water lowering to allow homeowners to perform dock repairs. Its Fall trout allocation (170 fish) will be re-distributed to Greenwich Lake (Gloucester Co), Iona Lake (Gloucester Co), and Schandler's Sand Wash Pond (Salem Co).

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Last Updated: September 21, 2009