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October 15, 2002


For more information contact:
Al Ivany at 609-984-6295

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife is continuing its popular Channel Catfish Stocking Program this year by releasing more than 37,000 fish in selected waters throughout the state from October 9-23. Each year the Division aims to release at least 35,000 channel cats, alternating each year between water bodies in the eastern half of the State and water bodies in the western half (there are 93 different water bodies in all).

This year, waters in the eastern half of the State will receive 37,627 fish averaging seven inches in length. Many of these lakes have been stocked biannually for the past 15 years and contain good numbers of "catchable" size fish already.

The 7-inch channel catfish being released this year have the potential to grow to 20 pounds or more. Many will be released into urban ponds and will provide local anglers a chance in the near future to experience the thrill of landing a hefty channel cat. The release of channel catfish is as follows:

The release of channel catfish is as follows:

Date		Water Body			Location				# Fish	

10/9		Greenwood Lake			West Milford/Passaic Co.		3456	
		Green Turtle Pond		West Milford/Passaic Co.		700	
		Monksville Reservoir		Hewitt/Passaic Co.			1262	
										Total	5418
10/15	Scarlet Oak Pond			Mahwah/Bergen Co.			220	
		Pompton Lake			Pompton Lake/Passaic Co.		1632	
		Oldham Pond			Haledon/Passaic Co.			375	
		Passaic River			Paterson/Passaic Co.			2000	
		Barbours Pond			West Paterson/Passaic Co.		300	
										Total	4527
10/16		Verona Park Pond		Verona/Essex Co.			325	
		Surprise Lake			Mountainside/Union Co.			625	
		Weequahic Pk Pd			Hillside/Essex Co.			1600	
		Branch Brook Pk Pd		Newark/Essex Co.			600	
		Woodcliff Lake			Guttenburg/Hudson Co.			375	
										Total	3525
10/17		Farrington Lake			North Brunswick/Middlesex Co.		1740	
		E.Brunswick Pk Pd		East Brunswick/Middlesex Co.		625	
		Weston's Mill Pond		New Brunswick/ Middlesex Co.		1840	
										Total	4205
10/18		Shadow Lake			Red Bank/Monmouth Co.			1760	
		Takanasee Lake			Long Branch/Monmouth Co.		350	
		Deal Lake			Deal/Monmouth Co.			1580	
		Como Lake			South Belmar/Monmouth Co.		750	
		Spring Lake			Spring Lake/Monmouth Co.		400	
										Total	4840
10/21		Lake Carasaljo			Lakewood/Ocean Co.			1675	
		Lake Manetta			Lakewood/Ocean Co.			450	
		Manasquan Reservoir		Howell/Monmouth Co.			3600	
										Total	5725
10/22		Turnmill Pond			Colliers Mill/Ocean Co.			1000	
		Colliers Mill Pond		Colliers Mill/Ocean Co.			425	
		Assunpink Lake			New Sharon/Monmouth Co.			2250	
		Rising Sun Lake			New Sharon/Monmouth Co.			807	
		Stone Tavern Lake		New Sharon/Monmouth Co.			1105	
		Brainerd Lake			Cranberry/Middlesex Co.			375	
										Total	5962
10/23		Hurley's Pond			Glendola/Monmouth Co.			400	
		Kesslar's Pond			Wall/Monmouth Co.			300	
		Silo Mill Pond			Allenwood/Monmouth Co.			200	
		Topenemus Lake			Freehold/Monmouth Co.			525	
										Total	1425
10/23		Birch Grove Pk Pd		Northfield/Atlantic Co.			750	
		Dennisville Lake		Dennisville/Cumberland Co.		1250	
										Total	2000

									   Grand Total	37627
In addition to the 7-inch fish, the Division will also stock 250 holdover or broodstock channel catfish from last season. These fish are averaging over 20 inches long and weigh between two and five pounds. They will be distributed in the following lakes: Barbours Pond/Passaic Co.
Birch Grove Park Pond/Atlantic Co.
Branch Brook Park Pond/Essex Co.
Kesslar's Pond/Monmouth Co.
Surprise Lake/Union Co.
Topenemus Lake/Monmouth Co.
Woodcliff Lake/Hudson Co.

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