During the 2014 fall trout stocking season the Division of Fish and Wildlife will stock more than 25,000 trout in the state's major trout waters. The fish will be stocked from the Pequest Trout Hatchery from October 7-15.
As a result of a disease issue at the hatchery this past spring, yearling brown and rainbow trout approximately 7-9 inches in length, will be stocked this fall as the hatchery works to rebuild fish stocks lost to the disease. (A return to the stocking of larger fish is planned for next fall, 2015, as well as a return to a full stocking schedule in spring, 2015.)
The trout will be stocked in 17 streams and 14 ponds over the two-week period. As in past years, streams are stocked the first week, and ponds and lakes are stocked during the second week.
In addition to the yearling trout, up to 500 broodstock rainbow trout will also be stocked. These broodstock, averaging 18 to 24 inches, will be stocked in lakes and ponds during the second week of stocking with each lake receiving more than 30 of these trophy-sized fish.
As the majority of streams stocked in the fall support holdover trout fisheries these waters provide anglers opportunities for larger trout to be caught.
Fall trout-stocking is one of the most popular stocking programs offered by the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Anglers enjoy the additional fish provided by the Division as well as the opportunity to fish the waters of New Jersey during one of the most beautiful times of year. Cooler temperatures and reduced fishing pressure makes for a relaxed fishing experience. Any trout not caught during the fall will also be available all winter long for anglers to enjoy. Many are even caught the following spring.
The stocking boundaries for streams are the same as in the spring (see the current Freshwater Digest for information). There are no closed dates during the fall stocking period. Updates to the fall stocking program will be posted as necessary.
Fall rainbow trout!
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Photo by Tom Pagliaroli
See the Fall Trout Fishing Information page for details about this season's stocking.
Week 1 - October 6-10, 2014
Monday, October 6 - No stocking
Tuesday, October 7
MONMOUTH & OCEAN COUNTIES
- Manasquan River - 580
- Metedeconk River, North Branch - 190
- Metedeconk River, South Branch - 300
- Tom's River (including TCA) - 440
- Raritan River, North Branch - 1,140
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
- Paulinskill River - 2,130
Wednesday, October 8
HUNTERDON, MORRIS & WARREN COUNTIES
- Musconetcong River (including Point Mt. TCA, Hunterdon County) - 3,580
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
- Pequest River (including TCA, Pequest WMA) - 1,890
Thursday, October 9
- Big Flat Brook - 1,980
- Wallkill River - 580
- Black River - 400
- Rockaway River - 1,520
- Pohatcong Creek - 1,220
Friday, October 10
BERGEN & PASSAIC COUNTIES
- Wanaque River - 1,480
- Ramapo River - 1,080
HUNTERDON, MORRIS & SOMERSET COUNTIES
- Raritan River, South Branch (including TCA, Ken Lockwood Gorge) - 3,040
Week 2, October 13-17, 2014
Monday, October 13 - No stocking
Tuesday, October 14
ATLANTIC & CUMBERLAND COUNTIES
- Giampetro Park Pond - 200
- Hammonton Lake - 410
- Mary Elmer Lake - 480
- Maurice River - 490
BURLINGTON, CAMDEN & GLOUCESTER COUNTIES
- Crystal Lake - 480
- Grenloch Lake - 200
- Oak Pond - 200
- Sylvan Lake - 480
Wednesday, October 15
GLOUCESTER & SALEM COUNTIES
- Greenwich Lake - 480
- Iona Lake - 200
- Schadlers Sand Wash Pond - 200
- Swedesboro Lake - 480
MIDDLESEX & MERCER COUNTIES
- Colonial Lake - 480
- Roosevelt Park Pond - 480
- Rosedale Lake - 170
Thursday, October 16 - No stocking
Friday, October 17 - No stocking
Farrington Lake has been removed from the Trout Stocking Program and will no longer be stocked with trout.