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Don’t Miss Out on Bonus Broodstock!


Every spring the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks more than 570,000 trout in nearly 200 streams, lakes, and ponds statewide. The popular spring stocking program provides fabulous trout fishing opportunities for more than 100,000 anglers.

The trout are reared at the Division's Pequest Trout Hatchery, and most of those stocked in the spring are 1½ years old and average about 10½ inches in length and weigh about ½ pound. However, some of the trout that are stocked every spring are considerable larger, weighing 3 to 7 pounds each and ranging from 18 to 24 inches. These large trout are called "broodstock" or "breeders" because they are mature fish (3½ years old) that were used the previous fall to obtain and fertilize eggs as part of the hatchery's continuous production cycle.

Bonus trout ready to go So imagine going to a small pond or lake and latching onto the trout of a lifetime. Actually, there is no need to imagine - any one of the ponds and lakes in the Bonus Broodstock Program offers the chance to land that 'lifetime trout' during the spring season. Don't miss this exciting opportunity.

After the broodstock are spawned in the hatchery, some are stocked in the fall while the majority are stocked the following spring, primarily before the opening day of the spring trout season.

To increase interest and excitement in this popular springtime angling activity the Division stocks higher numbers of broodstock in a few (9-10) trout-stocked ponds and small lakes. Each spring a different set of waters receives about three to five times more broodstock than they traditionally receive.

Ten waters were selected for 2016 and are listed in the table below and shown on the map. By concentrating 420 of these large trout in these relatively small lakes and ponds, it is expected that many trout anglers will experience the catch of a lifetime or observe others catching them. The bonus broodstock trout are stocked prior to the opening day of the trout season.

The list and map below will help you find the lakes and ponds receiving the bonus broodstock for 2016. And remember - trout season begins this year on Saturday April 9 - so fine tune your tackle and be ready for another exciting year of trout fishing in New Jersey!

Bonus Broodstock Waters Location Map (gif, 60kb)
Bonus Broodstock Waters Location Map (pdf, 70kb)

Waterbody County Waterbody
Proposed 2016
Trout Allocation1
Broodstock Allocation2
2016 2015
Colonial Lake Mercer 10 370 50 5
Crystal Lake Burlington 20 550 50 5
Grenloch Lake Camden 8 360 50 5
Lake Ocquittunk Sussex 8 360 50 0
Mac's Pond Monmouth 2 150 30 5
Manny's Pond Hunterdon 4 280 30 0
Mt. Hope Pond Morris 18 410 50 5
Nomahegan Park Pond Union 6 390 30 5
South Vineland Park Pond Cumberland 17 450 50 5
Whites Pond Bergen 6 430 30 5
1 - The pre-season allocation includes both the production size trout (10½ inch average size) and the broodstock. The pre-season trout allocation is stocked prior to Opening Day.
2 - In 2015, Broodstock numbers were reduced to help replenish hatchery stock after 2014 Furunculosis outbreak.

See Fishing Access Locations on Trout Waters for directions to these and other trout-stocked waters.


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