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September 27, 1999

For more information contact:
Bob Soldwedel at 609-292-8642

The Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife will continue its popular Channel Catfish Stocking program this year by releasing approximately 44,000 fish in selected waters throughout the state. In addition, although the Fall Trout Stocking program has been discontinued as a result of budget constraints, the Fish and Game Council has approved the Division's release of approximately 50,000 surplus brook, brown and rainbow trout in selected waters.

The channel catfish, averaging 6-inches in length, have the potential to grow up to 20 pounds or more and many will be released into urban ponds to allow local anglers a chance to experience the excitement of landing one of these fish. The trout average 6-inches in length and are considered surplus.

"Each year at this time, the Division inventories the trout at the Pequest Hatchery," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "When the inventory exceeds the number needed to meet spring trout stocking requirements, the surplus is removed to increase efficiency and allow maximum growth of the fish slated for spring stocking. A surplus must be maintained throughout the summer to safeguard against an unexpected die-off during this critical period when the fish are smaller and more vulnerable to the hotter temperatures."

The release of channel catfish is as follows:

Atlantic Heritage Park Pond
Hammonton Lake
Bergen Scarlet Oak Pond
Burlington Mirrow Lake
Swedes Lake
Camden Haddon Lake
Dennisville Lake
West Pond
Cumberland Bostwick Lake
Giampietro Park Pond
Mary Elmer Lake
Shaws Mill Pond
Sunset Lake
Gloucester Franklinville Lake
Greenwich Lake
Iona Lake
Mercer Colonial Lake
Gropps Lake
Middlesex East Brunswick Park Pond
Farrington Lake
Weston's Mill Pond
Hook's Creek Lake
Monmouth Deal Lake
Holmdel Park Pond
Shadow Lake
Takanassee Lake
Echo Lake
Hurley's Pond
Lake Topenemus
Silo Farm Pond
Allentown Mill Pond
Morris Lake Ames
Silas Condict Park Pond
Speedwell Lake
Ocean Lake Carasaljo
Lake Manetta
Colliers Mill Pond
Turnmill Pond
Passaic Green Turtle Pond
Monksville Reservoir
Salem Woodstown Lake
Thundergust Lake
Somerset Ann Van Middleworth Pond
Sussex Jefferson Lake
Lake Ocquittunk
Swartswood Lake
Warren Delaware Lake
The trout will be stocked as follows:
Bergen & Passaic Wanaque River (Upper, Lower)
Ramapo River
Hunterdon, Morris & Somerset Raritan River (South Branch)
Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex & Warren Musconetcong River (Upper, Lower)
Monmouth & Ocean Metedeconk River (North Branch)
Metedeconk River (South Branch)
Tom’s River
Morris Black River
Rockaway River
Somerset Raritan River (North Branch)
Warren Pohatcong River
Warren & Sussex Pequest River
Paulinskill River (Upper, Middle, Lower)
Sussex Big Flatbrook – Lower