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October 6, 2003

Contact: Jack Kaskey

DEP Stocking More Than 50,000 Trout in October

(03/141) TRENTON --- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Division of Fish and Wildlife, will stock more than 50,000 trout in the state's major trout waters Oct. 7 to 23. The fish are from the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County and are in excellent condition.

"This is a beautiful time of year to enjoy fishing for trout in the Garden State, and I encourage anglers to take advantage of the opportunity," said DEP Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell.

"Fall is an excellent time for trout fishing and the fall stocking program is one our most popular," said DEP Division Director Martin J. McHugh.

A recent survey shows 81 percent of New Jersey anglers are satisfied with their trout fishing experience. While the majority of trout anglers fished in the spring (84 percent), fishing for trout proved to be as popular in the summer as it is in the fall (47 percent and 48 percent, respectively). In addition, 20 percent of trout anglers also fished in the winter.

Standard production trout (approximately 9 to 11 inches and weighing up to a half pound each) will be stocked in the following waters. The number of breeders slated for distribution during the second and third weeks of the stocking schedule will depend on the timing and success of the hatchery's trout spawning operation as well as water conditions in the intended stocking locations. These fish will not be stocked until annual trout egg requirements are met.

Tuesday, Oct. 7: Manasquan River
Metedeconk River, North Branch
Metedeconk River, South Branch
Toms River
Raritan River North Branch
Paulinskill River
Wednesday, Oct. 8: Musconetcong River
Pequest River
Thursday, Oct. 9: Big Flatbrook, Lower
Wallkill River
Rockaway River
Pohatcong Creek, Lower
Black River
Friday, Oct. 10: Wanaque River
Ramapo River
Raritan River, South Branch
Tuesday, Oct. 14: Hammonton Lake
Giampetro Park Pond
Maurice River
Mary Elmer Lake
Crystal Lake
Sylvan Lake
Oak Pond
Grenlock Lake
Thursday, Oct. 16: Greenwich Lake
Swedesboro Lake
Iona Lake
Schadler's Sand Wash Pond
Roosevelt Park Pond
Colonial Lake
Farrington Lake
Rosedale Lake
Monday, Oct. 20: Manasquan River*
Metedeconk River, North Branch*
Metedeconk River, South Branch*
Toms River*
Rockaway River*
Paulinskill River*
Tuesday, Oct. 21: Musconetcong River*
Wanaque River*
Ramapo River*
Wallkill River*
Wednesday, Oct. 22: Big Flatbrook, Lower*
Raritan River, South Branch*
Pequest River*
Thursday, Oct. 23: Raritan River, North Branch*
Pohatcong Creek*
Black River*

* These locations will be stocked with surplus fish. Exact quantities cannot be determined in advance.

Stocking dates may change and are subject to prevailing weather and water conditions, as well as any operational difficulties the Division might experience.

For the most updated information regarding fall trout stocking changes due to water conditions, weather and/or other factors, please refer to the Division's Trout Stocking Hotline at (609) 633-6765. The hotline is operational 24-hours per day, seven days a week. Stocking information will also be posted on the Division's website at .

NOTE TO MEDIA: To arrange for coverage of trout stocking on any waterway, please contact the DEP Press Office at (609) 984-1795.


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