CAMPBELL ASSISTS IN TROUT STOCKING AT COLONIAL LAKE;
DEP TO STOCK MORE THAN 173,000 TROUT BEFORE START OF SEASON
(04/24) TRENTON - In preparation
for the opening of trout season, Department of Environmental
Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell today
joined Lawrence Township Mayor Mark Holmes and representatives
of the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife to stock Colonial
Lake in Lawrenceville with broodstock trout.
Photo caption: DEP Commissioner Bradley M.
Campbell releases trout into Colonial Lake in Lawrenceville
Thursday in preparation for opening day of trout season,
Saturday, April 10.
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Trout season officially begins in all waters
open to the fishing public on Saturday, April 10 at 8:00
a.m. By opening day, 173,000 trout will be stocked in the
state's streams and waterbodies.
"The opening of trout season is a
beloved rite of spring for New Jersey's sportsmen,"
said Commissioner Campbell. "This year, the additional
supply of broodstock will make trout fishing even more exciting
than usual. The Pequest Hatchery has done an outstanding
job of stocking the state's lakes and ponds to ensure that
the spring 2004 season is a high watermark for trout enthusiasts.
I'm happy to have this opportunity to help prepare for opening
Spring trout stocking begins about three
weeks prior to the opening day of trout season and continues
for another seven weeks after the season starts. By May
29, the DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will release more
than 575,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout into 95 streams
and 89 freshwater lakes, ponds and impoundments.
Brook, brown, and rainbow trout are raised
at the DEP's Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource
Education Center in Warren County. When stocked, the trout
measure 10 to 11 inches in length and weigh between one-half
and one pound.
An increased supply of broodstock will
be allocated statewide before opening day. An estimated
5,000 broodstock, measuring 16 to 24 inches in length and
an average of two to three pounds, will be released in streams,
ponds and lakes throughout the state.
Before the start of trout season, DEP will
stock five times more bonus broodstock than usual in nine
ponds and lakes including Colonial Lake. Bonus Broodstock,
which weigh an average of three to five pounds, will also
be distributed at Woodcliff Lake (Hudson County), Verona
Park Lake (Essex County), Burnham Park Pond (Morris County),
Roosevelt Park Pond (Middlesex County), Holmdel Park Pond
(Monmouth County), Grenloch Lake (Gloucester County), Riverview
Beach Pond (Salem County) and Birch Grove Park Pond (Atlantic
The DEP will announce several exciting
changes to the spring stocking program in the coming weeks.
New Jersey's 2004 trout season will offer larger trout,
additional fishing locations and increased opportunities
for wild trout fishing.
For more information on spring stocking,
call the Trout Hotline at (609) 633-6765 or visit the DEP
Division of Fish and Wildlife's website at www.njfishandwildlife.com.