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Bonus Broodstock Ponds and Lakes

Broodstock being loadedEach spring the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks over 570,000 brook, brown, and rainbow trout in nearly 200 streams, lakes, and ponds statewide. This popular program provides a variety of trout fishing opportunities for more than 100,000 anglers.

The trout are reared at the Division's Pequest Trout Hatchery and most are 1 years old when stocked, at an average size of 10 inches and weighing pound each. However, some of the trout that are stocked are considerably larger, weighing 3 to 5 pounds each and ranging from 14 to 19 inches.

Called "broodstock" or "breeders", these are mature fish (2 years old) used to obtain eggs each fall as part of the hatchery's continuous production cycle. After the broodstock are spawned in the hatchery, some are stocked in the fall (approximately 1,000). The remaining 4,000 to 6,000 broodstock are distributed the following spring, primarily before the opening day of the spring trout season.

To increase interest and excitement in this popular springtime angling activity the Division stocks higher numbers of broodstock in nine trout-stocked ponds and small lakes. Each spring a new set of waters receives three to five times more broodstock than they have traditionally received in the past.

The nine waters selected for 2006 are listed in the table below and are shown on the attached map. By concentrating 350 of these large trout in nine relatively small lakes and ponds, it is expected that angler participation and satisfaction will increase as anglers catch these trout themselves or observe others catching them. The bonus broodstock trout will be stocked prior to Opening Day (Saturday, April 8, 2006).

The table below provides information on where the bonus broodstock are being stocked. The map is a separate file in PDF format.

Bonus Broodstock Waters Location Map (pdf, 204kb)

Map Key Waterbody County Waterbody
Trout Allocation1
Broodstock Allocation
2006 2005
1 Whites Pond Bergen 6 410 30 10
2 Mt. Hope Pond Morris 18 400 50 10
3 Milton Lake Union 10 470 50 10
4 Hamilton Fire Pond Monmouth 2 150 30 02
5 Echo Lake Monmouth 6 350 30 02
6 Crystal Lake Burlington 20 530 50 10
7 Rowands Pond Camden 3 250 30 5
8 Schadlers Sand Wash Pond Salem 5 380 50 10
9 Heritage Park Pond Atlantic 6 410 30 02
1 Note: The pre-season allocation includes the broodstock allocation.
2 Note: This waterbody was just added to the stocking program in 2006 (not trout-stocked prior to 2006).


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