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2007 Spring Trout Weekly Stocking Schedules

NOTE: At the Pequest Trout Hatchery, staff met the baseline production figures and distributed surplus fish during Weeks 6 and 7. Trout will remain available in many streams for weeks to come, and year round in Holdover and Trophy Trout Lakes as well as Seasonal and Year Round Trout Conservation Areas. Get out and enjoy some of the best fishing anywhere!

Changes and updates will be noted on this page and on the 24-hour Trout Stocking Hotline, 609-633-6765. See Year Round Trout Conservation Area exceptions below.

Spring 2007 Trout Waters with Allocations and Day Stocked

In-Season Stocking Schedules:

Week 1, April 9 - 13
Week 2, April 16 - 20 - Updated 4/18/07
Week 3, April 23 - 27
Week 4, April 30 - 4
Week 5, May 7 - 11
Week 6, May 14 - 18
Week 7, May 21 - 25

Trout Conservation Areas

Note that the following Year Round Trout Conservation Areas are not stocked as frequently as the rest of the stream due to the special regulations (one 15" trout per day, with no harvest allowed during the pre-season and in-season stocking closures that apply to each stream):

Toms River
E/Br. Paulinskill River
S/Br. Raritan River - Ken Lockwood Gorge
These stretches are scheduled for stocking during the pre-season period, Week 3 (April 23 - 27), Week 6 (May 14 - 18) and Week 7 (May 21 - 25). The Claremont stretch on the S/Br. Raritan River is not stocked with trout because reproducing populations of brook and brown trout are present and provide a trout fishery.

For information on where to fish, visit our pages on lakes, ponds and reservoirs and streams and rivers open to public angling.

Stocking Updates

May 11 - Fish allocated for cancelled stockings in Week 2 have now all been stocked. See
Week 2 Schedule for waters that were cancelled.

April 26 - Fish allocated for cancelled stockings in Week 2 will be allocated to the same waters during Weeks 3, 4 and 5; total season allocations will remain unaffected.

April 24 - Due to last week's schedule adjustment in response to extreme high water conditions, many waters are receiving a double allotment this week. See Week 2, April 16 - 20 for information.

April 18 - The Rancocas, Assunpink and Stony Brook are being postponed till further notice. The Week 2 Schedule was revised and posted at 1:45 p.m and updated again at 4 p.m.

April 17 - Due to flooding, and elevated stream levels, streams and lakes scheduled to be stocked on Monday, April 16, were NOT stocked. For Tuesday, April 17, lakes in Gloucester, Salem, Middlesex, Monmouth, Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Passaic and Ocean counties, with the exception of Greenwich Lake, Iona Lake and Riverview Beach Pond will be stocked as scheduled.

The South Branch of the Raritan River, Pequannock River, Pompton River, Pohatcong River, Furnace Lake, Furnace Brook, and Oldham Pond originally scheduled for today, Tuesday, April 17, will NOT be stocked and will be re-scheduled. Be sure to check the Division's Web site over the next few days as the stocking schedule is revised as water levels, are being continually monitored, and as cancelled stockings are re-scheduled as resources permit.

No changes to the stocking schedule are anticipated for Wednesday. Additional loads are anticipated to be added to Thursday and Friday, depending on stream conditions.

April 5 - Stony Brook along Mine Road in Mercer County will no longer be stocked with trout. The property was recently purchased and the new landowner is not allowing access and has posted No Trespassing signs. Unfortunately, the land exchanged hands one week after the Stony Brook was stocked with trout for opening day. Anglers are reminded that there are still several other access areas along Pretty Brook Road, Rosedale Park, Princeton Pike and Quaker Bridge Road. Areas open to the public for fishing are posted with "Trout Stocked Water" signs. Many thanks to the anglers who called and brought this issue to our attention.

March 22 - The Trout Conservation Areas on the Musconetcong River (Point Mt.) and S/Br. Raritan River (Ken Lockwood Gorge) will be stocked on Friday, March 23. Unlike most trout-stocked waters, which are closed from now until opening day, the TCA's are open to fishing right now (catch & release, artificial lures only). Consult the Fish and Wildlife Digest (p. 19) for applicable regulations.

March 19 - The Trout Conservation Areas on the Musconetcong River and S/Br. Raritan River were not stocked on March 19, as scheduled, due to snow cover and icy conditions. Concern for the safety of the dedicated people who help spread the trout out over these stream sections (Division staff, Wildlife Conservation Corps volunteers and, on the Musconetcong River TCA, Hunterdon County Parks staff) factored into this decision. When conditions improve, these areas will be stocked and the stocking date will be posted on this Website page. The Trout Conservation Areas are stocked as early as possible during the 3-week period preceding opening day, because they are open to angling (catch & release only for trout).

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Last Updated: May 25, 2007