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Spring Trout Fishing Information

Current seasonal temperatures continue to provide excellent opportunities for anglers to target trout. Despite the 2014 Spring Trout Season's greatly modified stocking schedule there are still plenty of trout awaiting anglers who venture out.

Many anglers may not realize that even though the stocking season came to an abrupt end with the loss of a raceway of brook trout to Furunculosis at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, most waterbodies had already been stocked with more trout than they typically receive. As the season began with cold water temperatures delaying successful harvest there are still a great number of trout remaining to be caught.

Angling opportunities even in waterways that were not stocked, such as the South Branch of the Raritan, above Lake Solitude, are reporting excellent fishing this year due to holdover fisheries that exist. In addition, local fishing clubs, businesses and organizations have assisted through their own stocking efforts to the benefit of all anglers. (Read about the Knee Deep Club's Lake Hopatcong stocking on

As the hatchery continues efforts to shift its production towards Rainbow Trout and completes set-ups for the 2015 stocking season, it was decided to stock 2000 Brook Trout after the regular stocking concluded. The Brook Trout, weighing almost a pound each, were stocked on Wednesday, May 7, in each of the following ten waters: Dahnert's Lake (Bergen), Indian Lake (Bergen), Diamond Mill Pond (Essex), Verona Park Lake (Essex), Roosevelt Park Pond (Middlesex), Burnham Park Pond (Morris), Barbour's Pond (Passaic), Oldham Pond (Passaic), Lower Echo Park Pond (Union), and Milton Lake (Union). Each waterbody received 200 brook trout.

This final spring stocking will brought the total number of trout stocked to more than 370,000 for the season.

It is important to note that despite the shortened stocking period all designated in-season stocking closures still apply.

In addition:

  • Four new river sections were added to the program for this year only! In addition, two other waterbodies not scheduled to be stocked received trout this year.

  • Bonus Broodstock Program continued with ten lakes each receiving 30 rainbow trout weighing more than 5 pounds!

  • 1000 jaw-tagged rainbows were stocked as part of the Hook-a-Winner Program

Resident anglers between the ages of 16 and 70 are reminded that a valid fishing license is required to fish the freshwaters of New Jersey. Fishing for trout also requires the purchase of a separate Trout Stamp. And anglers are reminded to follow all rules and regulations, including in-season stocking closures.

The Division also reminds anglers that there are no human health risks associated with the bacterium which causes Furunculosis.

Below are links to current information about the 2014 Spring Trout Stocking Program:

2014 Spring Trout Stocking Allocations With Days Stocked - Updated 4/17/14 (pdf, 45kb)

  2014 Spring Trout Stocking Access Points Listed by Water - Updated 4/3/14 (pdf, 76kb)
  2014 Spring Trout Stocking Access Points Listed by County - Updated 4/3/14 (pdf, 67kb)
  Access Points On Additional (2014 ONLY) Trout Stocked Waters (pdf, 19kb)

Bonus Broodstock Program

Hook-a-Winner Program

How Trout Are Stocked In New Jersey - video, 4/16/14
Pequest Fish Hatchery Is All About the Trout - article, 4/16/14

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