Programs and Events
at the Pequest Trout Hatchery

All Division of Fish and Wildlife programs strictly adhere to current New Jersey Covid-19 safety protocols.

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The public is invited to learn about New Jersey's fish and wildlife resources and ways to enjoy them through special programs and events at Pequest. Take advantage of these unique opportunities and get outdoors!
  • All programs require registration; registration opens two weeks prior to program date. All registration is done online.

  • All programs and special events, including parking, are FREE unless otherwise noted.

  • Events are held rain or shine outdoors so dress for the weather.

  • Programs and special events at Pequest are supported through the sale of fishing and hunting licenses and related stamps. In order to help us continue to offer programs and special events, participants are encouraged to purchase a fishing license at the Natural Resource Education Center, at a license agent, or online at https://nj.aspirafocus.com/internetsales.

Pequest is hosting a few small programs that require registration as we head towards reopening. For updates, subscribe to the Education E-mail List.



Senior Fishing Rodeo - FULL

Wednesday, September 29 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pequest staff is excited to host our second Senior Fishing Rodeo. Are you 65 years of age or older? Join the Pequest staff for a few hours of relaxing outdoor time as we wet our lines in the pond. Pequest has stairs leading down to the pond edge and a platform for those who can't use the stairs. Whether you used to fish and just haven't gotten out in a while, have a hard time finding good access that works for you or want to get back into it, we'd love to have you join us.



Women's Fishing for Beginners - FULL

Wednesday, October 13 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Pequest staff will guide you through the basics of fishing. We will learn safety, ethics, equipment and how to use it. After the class, try your new knowledge at our Education Pond.



Family Fishing Basics - FULL

Saturday, October 23 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join the knowledgeable staff and volunteers at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and learn some fishing basics. Staff will talk about the history and use of the hatchery, safety and ethics of fishing. They will go over equipment and how it is used. After the discussion, participants will practice casting before heading to the pond for some hands-on fishing experience. Participants are encouraged to bring a cooler with ice so that they can bring their catch home and enjoy a fresh fish dinner.



Family Fishing Basics - FULL

Saturday, October 23 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join the knowledgeable staff and volunteers at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and learn some fishing basics. Staff will talk about the history and use of the hatchery, safety and ethics of fishing. They will go over equipment and how it is used. After the discussion, participants will practice casting before heading to the pond for some hands-on fishing experience. Participants are encouraged to bring a cooler with ice so that they can bring their catch home and enjoy a fresh fish dinner.

 

Weather fans take note: The Pequest Trout Hatchery has become the newest link in Rutgers University's weather station network. The hatchery is now the site of one of 13 stations throughout the state that feed data to the state's weather and climate monitoring system. To view current weather conditions visit: www.njweather.org/station/1029.

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located on Rt. 46 nine miles west of Hackettstown in scenic Warren County. On-line directions are available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) and admission is free.