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Spring Trout Fishing Information
Season Opened Saturday, April 5 at 8:00 a.m.

As the winter that would never seem to end finally draws to a close it's time to start thinking trout!

Many anglers are aware the Division has been diligently working on this upcoming trout season for several months in respects to necessary adjustments to the program as a result of Furunculosis at the Pequest Trout Hatchery. The Division greatly appreciated input from anglers in respect to these changes as the Division sought to conserve and protect our wild trout resources and other year round trout fisheries while continuing to provide an attractive spring stocking program.

Although this has resulted in a number of changes to the Division's traditional stocking program there are intriguing aspects to these changes that will offer unique opportunities for anglers this year. The Division reminds anglers that there are no human health risks associated with the bacterium which causes Furunculosis.

  • Over 250,000 trout were stocked for Opening Day - 60,000 more than previous years!

  • 87 waterbodies will receive more trout than ever before!

  • Rainbow and brown trout will be stocked for Opening Day instead of brook trout that most waters typically receive! A small pilot study completed by the Division last year demonstrated rainbows were caught 2 to 1 over brook trout in 8 ponds.

  • Four new river sections added to the program for this year only! In addition, two other waterbodies not scheduled to be stocked will receive trout this year.

  • Bonus Broodstock Program continues with ten lakes to receive 30 rainbow trout weighing in at over 5 pounds!

  • 1000 jaw-tagged rainbows are being stocked as part of the Hook-a-Winner Program

As always, anglers are encouraged to check this page regularly for updates to changes in the program. Stocking information will also be available on the Trout Stocking Hotline at 609-633-6765.

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.

Below are links to current information about the 2014 Spring Trout Stocking Program:

2014 Spring Trout Stocking Allocations With Days Stocked - Updated 4/17/14 (pdf, 45kb)

  2014 Spring Trout Stocking Access Points Listed by Water - Updated 4/3/14 (pdf, 76kb)
  2014 Spring Trout Stocking Access Points Listed by County - Updated 4/3/14 (pdf, 67kb)
  Access Points On Additional (2014 ONLY) Trout Stocked Waters (pdf, 19kb)

Bonus Broodstock Program

Hook-a-Winner Program

Trout Waters Not Being Stocked In 2014 (pdf, 14kb)

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

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Last Updated: April 17, 2014