The Division of Fish and Wildlife annually stocks over 70 waterbodies throughout New Jersey with Channel Catfish raised at the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery. As an added bonus this year, 28 waters were stocked between October 6-9 with "Super Cats", which average 28 inches and 6.5 pounds. Similar to the Division's Bonus Brood Stock Trout Stocking Program, these 5+ year-old Super Cats have been retired as brood stock and are stocked for angler enjoyment.
The following waters are selected for Super Catfish by Division biologists to provide the maximum recreational value to anglers:
Location County Number Amwell Lake Hunterdon 20 Birch Grove Park Pond Atlantic 20 Burnham Park Pond Morris 20 Crystal Lake Burlington 20 Dahnert's Lake Bergen 20 Diamond Mill Pond Essex 20 Echo Lake Monmouth 20 Giampietro Park Pond Cumberland 20 Greenwich Lake Gloucester 20 Hedden Park Lake Morris 15 Heritage Park Pond Atlantic 20 Holmdel Park Pond Monmouth 20 Indian Lake Bergen 20
Sussex 20 Lower Echo Park Lake Union 20 Manalapan Lake Middlesex 20 Manny's Pond Hunterdon 20 Mountain Farm Pond Hunterdon 20 Nomahegan Park Pond Union 20 Pascal Pond Hunterdon 15 Ponderlodge Pond Cape May 20 Roosevelt Park Lake Middlesex 20 Seeleys Pond Union 20 Sylvan Lakes (Upper & Lower) Burlington 20 Verona Park Pond Essex 20 Warianco Park Lake Union 20 West Hudson County Park Pond Hudson 20
On an annual basis, the Division's Hackettstown Hatchery also stocks 800 eighteen-inch Channel Catfish in 24 waters, 10,000 twelve-inch in 60 waters, and 15,000 six-inch in 10 larger waters. These annual stockings provide an excellent fishery in many of these waters. They are stocked in waters ranging from 1-acre park ponds to New Jersey's largest lakes and reservoirs.
Consult the Hackettstown Hatchery Stocking Summaries for information on all Hackettstown stockings.