Posted Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

The 10th year of the state’s robust Landlocked Salmon Program has begun in Northwest Jersey with the recent first stockings of salmon in several fishing spots in the greater Morris County area.

Senior Fisheries Worker Jim Hartobey with salmon

Senior Fisheries Worker Jim Hartobey with salmon

Crews from the New Jersey DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Hackettstown Hatchery stocked 1,405 holdover landlocked salmon averaging 15.6 inches and 1.65 pounds each.

Wawayanda Lake (Wawayanda State Park, Sussex County) was stocked with 800 salmon. Tilcon Lake (Allamuchy Mountain State Park, Morris  County) and Lake Aeroflex (Kittatinny Valley State Park, Sussex County) received 280 and 325 salmon respectively. These waters remain open for catch-and-release fishing during the trout stocking pre-season closure which began on Monday, March 21.

These stockings continue to build on previous distribution of salmon in these waters, which in 2015 received a total of 4,147 salmon, almost doubling any prior year’s stockings. The 2015 stockings included 1,087 holdover fifteen-inch and 660 eight-inch spring stocked fish, and 2,400 fall fish averaging 12 inches.

The bottom line for anglers: In the past year, more than 5,500 salmon have been stocked in the three state park lakes. This should make salmon fishing in New Jersey very exciting this season, according to the Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Also, arrangements have been made with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife’s‘s Roger Reed Salmon Hatchery to continue trades of surplus New Jersey Northern Pike fingerlings for 2,000 eight-inch Massachusetts Landlocked Salmon. The swap is usually made around the middle of May when the 2-3 inch pike fingerlings begin to crowd Hackettstown rearing tanks.

See for more information on Landlocked Salmon in New Jersey.