March 6, 1998

For further information contact:
Paul Tarlowe at 908-637-4125

Saturday, April 11, is the opening day of the 1998 trout season in New Jersey. At 8 a.m. the season officially begins at all waters open to public angling. This year, approximately 600,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout will be released into public waters by the Department of Environmental Protection's, Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife. The trout are raised at the Division's Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center in Warren County.

"Water levels and conditions should be excellent throughout the state for this year's opening day," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "Once again, the trout leaving Pequest are in excellent condition and anglers can expect another outstanding year."

Fishing is a great family activity, providing countless days of recreation outdoors, as well as an economic boost to many rural businesses throughout the state. Parents should note that a fishing license is not required for children under 14.

For those who have difficulty negotiating stream banks, the Division has compiled a list of New Jersey fishing sites that are wheelchair-accessible. More than fifty sites on public waters in 16 counties are highlighted. Anglers are also reminded that there are fishing sites for people with disabilities, constructed by Ramsey Outdoor Stores and the North Jersey Chapter of Trout Unlimited, along the Pequest and Big Flatbrook rivers.

For more information on opening day, the list of fishing sites for the disabled, regulations or where to go to find trout, contact the Pequest Trout Hatchery & Natural Resource Education Center at 908-637-4125.

EDITORS NOTE: Readers with touch-tone phones may wish to call the Division's computerized 24-hour trout stocking hotline for a weekly, updated list of waters slated for spring stocking beginning Wednesday, April 8. The number is 609-633-6765.

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