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2021 Spring Trout Stocking Schedule


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There will be limited stocking of select waters the week of May 10. Those waters will be listed here upon completion of each day's daily stocking. Changes and updates will be posted below as necessary. There will be no regular in-season stockings in 2021 due to COVID-19.

Monday, 5/10/21 - The following waters were stocked today:

Raritan River N/B
Rockaway River
Toms River

Tuesday, 5/11/21 - The following waters were stocked today:

Black River
Manasquan River
Raritan River S/B

Wednesday, 5/12/21 - The following waters were stocked today:

D&R Feeder Canal
Metedeconk River N/B
Metedeconk River S/B
Pequannock River
Pohatcong Creek
Wanaque River

Thursday, 5/13/21 - The following waters were stocked today:

Paulinskill River
Pequest River
Ramapo River


The 2021 spring stocking program is designed to provide for the safety of the public and Division staff in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The traditional weekly stocking of trout did not occur as originally planned (and as found in the print 2021 Freshwater Digest; the online Digest has been updated).

The 2021 Spring Trout Stocking Season is as follows:

  • March 15-March 31: Fishing prohibited on trout stocked waters as pre-season stocking begins*. Catch and release for trout in all other waters. (* See below)
  • April 1 at 8 a.m. - April 9: Trout stocked waters opened to catch-and-release fishing
  • April 10 (12:00 a.m. - 7:59 a.m.): Waters closed to all fishing
  • April 10 at 8:00 a.m.: Opening day of trout season
  • May 10 - 14: Limited stocking of major rivers/streams
From April 10 to May 31 the minumum legal size is 9" with a daily limit of 6 trout in most trout waters.
Beginning June 1 through March 20, 2022 the legal size remains 9" but the daily limit is reduced to 4 trout.


  • A total of 500,000 trout distributed in four weeks during pre-season stocking, beginning March 15 instead of March 22 as originally planned.
  • Trout stocked waters closed to fishing beginning March 15. (* See Exceptions below)
  • Trout stocked waters open to catch-and-release fishing April 1 at 8 am through April 9.
  • Opening day of trout season is April 10 at 8am with a daily limit of six trout.
  • No Bonus Broodstock Lakes will be designated in 2021. Broodstock will be distributed throughout the state.
  • There will be no in-season water closures.
  • The remaining 70,000 trout to be stocked during during the week of May 10.
All anglers should remember:
  • ALL REGULATIONS FOR SPECIAL REGULATION WATERS REMAIN IN EFFECT (e.g. TCAs, Catch & Release Areas, and Trophy/Holdover waters).

Fishing Access to Trout Stocked Waters by Name
Fishing Access to Trout Stocked Waters by County

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

* Exceptions: Trophy Tout Lakes, Lake Hopatcong, Mountain Lake, Lake Shenandoah, Lawrence Brook (section from Davidson's Mill Rd. to Farrington Lake dam), Prospertown Lake and Swartswood Lake are open year round to fishing. However, all trout caught during this period (above) must be released immediately. Catch and release opens April 1 at 8 a.m. Seasonal and Year-round Trout Conservation Areas and designated Holdover Trout Lakes (see pages 2123 in the Trout Regulations) are also open to fishing but are catch-and-release only for trout. Fishing is not permitted on Seasonal Trout Conservation Areas from 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on April 10, 2021. Round Valley and Merrill Creek Reservoirs (Trophy Trout Lakes) are open to year round fishing; trout may be harvested within the regulations as shown on page 23 in the Trout Regulations.


4/19/21 - The middle parking area of the Ken Lockwood Gorge WMA, accessed from the north is closed permanently due to irreparable road conditions. The dirt road along the river will remain open to foot traffic. Parking will be very limited at the north and south ends of the Gorge at Raritan River Road. Parking is limited to the designated parking areas only.

3/31/21 - Blair Lake (Warren Co.) - Will not be stocked with trout this year due to Covid restrictions at Blair Academy.

3/5/21 - Spooky Brook Park Pond (Somerset Co.) - Will not be stocked due to ongoing work to dredge the lake.

3/3/21 - Hooks Creek Lake (Middlesex Co.) - Due to the fluctuating salinity levels, Hook's Creek Lake remains suspended from the Trout Stocking Program until salinity levels become more stable.

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Last Updated: May 13, 2021