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2002 Muskellunge Breeder at Hackettstown

51-inch musky

Hatchery Superintendent Jeff Matthews and Fisheries Pathologist Ed Washuta hold a 30-pound muskellunge (after being stripped of eggs) netted in Greenwood Lake. The fish measured 51 inches.

This "breeder" and others like it will be used to produce muskies for Mercer Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Greenwood Lake, Mountain Lake, Echo Lake Reservoir and the Delaware River.

Hackettstown Hatchery staff will also cross the muskies with northern pike to produce "Tiger Muskies" for stocking in Rancocas Creek, Carnegie Lake, Deal Lake, Manasquan Reservoir, Shadow Lake, Lake Hopatcong, Shenandoah Lake, the D&R Canal (10 mile), Little Swartswood Lake, and Furnace Lake. Other waters which have received "Tigers" are Sunset Lake, Union Lake, Spruce Run Reservoir, Mercer Lake, Farrington Lake, Weston Mill Pond, Budd Lake and the Delaware River.

For a list of fish raised at Hackettstown for New Jersey's public waters click here.

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