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Bonus Broodstock Lakes



Due to the accelerated stocking program resulting from the COVID-19 situation, it was not possible to stock the designated waters below. We apologize as we adapted to provide as much trout fishing as possible under present conditions.

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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 quality 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 1 years old and average about 10 inches in length and weigh about 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 (3 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 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 2020 and are listed in the table below and shown on the map. By concentrating 400 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 2020. And remember - trout season begins this year on Saturday, April 11 - so fine tune your tackle and be ready for another exciting year of trout fishing in New Jersey!

Bonus Broodstock Waters Location Map (gif, 100kb)

Waterbody County Waterbody

2020 Pre-season
Trout Allocation1
Broodstock Allocation
2020 2019
Birch Grove Park Pond Atlantic 12 400 50 10
Burnham Park Pond Morris 4 350 30 5
Crystal Lake Burlington 20 550 50 10
Dahnert's Lake Bergen 3 260 30 5
Franklin Lake Monmouth 15 370 30 5
Lower Echo Park Pond Union 6 410 30 10
Mountain Farm Pond Hunterdon 18 360 30 5
Shaws Mill Pond Cumberland 30 520 50 10
Spooky Brook Park Pond Somerset 12 400 50 10
Verona Park Pond Essex 13 480 50 10
1 - The pre-season allocation includes both the production size trout (10 inch average size) and the broodstock. The pre-season trout allocation is stocked prior to Opening Day.

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


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Last Updated: April 14, 2020