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April 5, 2006

Contact: Darlene Yuhas (609) 984-1795
Elaine Makatura (609) 292-2994


(06/22) TRENTON -- Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson today encouraged New Jersey residents to celebrate the official start of trout season on Saturday, April 8, at 8 a.m.

"New Jersey's streams, ponds and lakes are teeming with trout, and with more places to catch them than ever before, angling enthusiasts have every reason to expect an outstanding season," Commissioner Jackson said.

For opening day weekend alone, the DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife has stocked New Jersey's fresh waters with 186,000 fish, including nearly 14,000 more allocated to 16 major trout waters.

By the time spring stocking wraps up at the end of May, upward of 570,000 brook, brown and rainbow trout will have been released in nearly 200 publicly accessible waterways throughout New Jersey.

The DEP this year added six new waters to its trout stocking program: Heritage Pond in Absecon, Atlantic County; Pemberton Lake in Pemberton, Burlington County; Gloucester City Pond in Gloucester, Camden County; Hamilton Fire Pond in Neptune and Echo Lake in Southard, Monmouth County; and Potash Lake in Oakland, Passaic County.

For anglers hoping to hook a trophy specimen, Fish and Wildlife's Bonus Broodstock program returns for its third consecutive year. Before opening day, nine selected waterbodies receive three to five times their share of large breeders, each ranging from 14 inches to 19 inches and weighing 3 pounds to 5 pounds. Those waterbodies are: Crystal Lake, Burlington County; Echo Lake and Hamilton Fire Pond, Monmouth County; Heritage Pond, Atlantic County; Milton Lake, Union County; Mount Hope Pond, Morris County; Rowands Pond, Camden County; Schadlers Sand Wash Pond, Cumberland County; and Whites Pond in Bergen County. During the first few weeks of spring stocking, up to 6,000 breeders will be distributed in other waters throughout the state.

Trout stocking also will continue in Lake Hopatcong. The state's largest lake will receive large broodstock and a higher percentage of brown trout than in previous years.

Anglers interested in catching wild trout can try their luck in 35 of New Jersey's 175 streams with naturally reproducing trout populations. Sections of these streams are privately owned, however, and anglers wishing to access those areas must have the landowner's permission.

New Jersey's 2006 trout season also features the introduction of landlocked (Atlantic) salmon in May and the stocking of only 14-inch to 16-inch, two-year-old trout during the fall.

Check the New Jersey Fish & Wildlife Digest, 2006 Freshwater Fishing Issue, for information on fishing specific waters and related regulations. For other details on trout fishing in New Jersey, newly added fishing access information and weekly stocking schedules, visit Call the Trout Hotline at (609) 633-6765 for weekly updates on waters slated for spring stocking.

Anglers between the ages of 16 and 70 must purchase a license before fishing New Jersey's fresh waters. Trout fishing also requires the separate purchase of a trout stamp. Fishing licenses and trout stamps can be purchased online, at select Fish and Wildlife offices and at license vendors throughout the state.




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