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Spring Trout Fishing Information

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Trout Season Opens Saturday, April 4 at 8:00 a.m.

Plenty of Healthy Rainbow Trout Ready for Spring Stocking - NJDEP News Release, 1/21/15

Trout anglers can rest assured that the 2015 Spring Trout Stocking Program will return to the full and complete schedule we've all come to expect. To start, approximately 180,000 trout will be stocked in 88 streams and 90 ponds and lakes throughout New Jersey by the time the season kicks off on Saturday, April 4 at 8:00 a.m. By the time stocking concludes in May nearly 600,000 trout will have been stocked.

One change this spring will be that only rainbow trout will be stocked. Rainbows proved to be resistant to furunculosis, a disease that has impacted brown and brook trout reared at the Divisionís Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County.

More information on the spring season, including the stocking schedule and allocations, will be posted after the Trout Meeting on February 28 at Pequest. All interested anglers are encouraged to attend.

Resident anglers between the ages of 16 and 70 are reminded that a valid fishing license is required to fish the freshwaters of New Jersey. Fishing for trout also requires the purchase of a separate Trout Stamp. And anglers are reminded to follow all rules and regulations, including in-season stocking closures.

More information, including trout allocations and stocking schedules, will be posted after the February 28 trout meeting and prior to the opening of the season on April 4. Below are links to current information about the 2015 Spring Trout Stocking Program:

2015 Spring Trout Stocking Allocations - (pdf, 37kb)

Bonus Broodstock Program

Hook-a-Winner Program

How Trout Are Stocked In New Jersey - video, 4/16/14
Pequest Fish Hatchery Is All About the Trout - article, 4/16/14

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