2008 SPRING TROUT STOCKING PROGRAM
Each 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.
Bonus Broodstock Ponds and Lakes
The trout are reared at the Division's Pequest
Trout Hatchery, and most of the trout stocked in the spring are
1½ years old and average 10½ inches and ½ pound each. However, some
of the trout that are stocked every spring are considerable larger,
weighing 3 to 5 pounds each and ranging from 14 to 19 inches.
These large trout are called "broodstock" or "breeders" because
they are mature fish (2½ years old) that were used the previous fall
to obtain and fertilize eggs 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 stocked 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 2008 are listed in the table below
and are shown on the attached map. By concentrating 390 of these large
trout in 9 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 are stocked prior to the opening day of the trout season on
Saturday, April 5, 2008.
The table below provides information on where the bonus broodstock
are being stocked. The map is a separate file in PDF format.
Broodstock Waters Location Map (pdf, 310kb)
BONUS BROODSTOCK PONDS AND LAKES
|Lower Echo Park Pond
|Roosevelt Park Pond
|Holmdel Park Pond
|Giampietro Park Lake
|1 - The pre-season allocation
includes both the production size trout (10½ inch average
size) and the broodstock. The pre-season trout allocation is stocked
prior to Opening Day.
2 - Dahnert's Lake was not stocked with trout last year
due to a dam repair and dredging project.
3 - Manny's Pond was added to the trout stocking program this