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Fishing: Catch Them Why You Can


Many of these anglers live for the opening day of trout season as the state Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks about 100 streams and 80 lakes and ponds with about 600,000 fish each year. It's a tradition that goes back almost a century.

On Tuesday morning, trout raised at the state's Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County were driven here and released at the city's Giampietro Park Lake. Opening day is April 5 at 8 a.m.

With unusually high rainfall this winter, stream flow is very good. It may not be quite as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, but most anglers do catch one of the hatchery-raised fish - a great way to teach children about the sport or just to get outside for a day.

But there is some concern this year. The program is not funded by state tax dollars. It needs customers who buy fishing licenses to keep going.

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