Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2016
Fall trout-stocking has become one of the most popular stocking programs offered by the state DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, particularly since 2006 when the Division began stocking only larger two-year old trout. Anglers enjoy the additional fish provided by the Division as well as the opportunity to fish during one of the most beautiful times of year.
The big fish, cool water, great weather and spectacular scenery combined to make the fall season what many consider to be New Jersey’s premium trout fishing season.
During the 2016 fall trout stocking season, Fish and Wildlife will stock more than 20,000 trout in the state’s major trout waters. The fish will be stocked from the Pequest Trout Hatchery from October 11-19.
Among the many waters to be stocked statewide are portions of the Black River, Rockaway River, Raritan River, and Speedwell Lake in Morris County.
The Paulinskill, Pequest, Big Flat Brook, Wallkill rivers in neighboring Sussex County also will get trout.
Trout measuring approximately 14 to 22 inches long and weighing 1.5 to 8 pounds will be stocked. These Rainbow Trout will be stocked in 16 streams and 21 ponds. The number of ponds has increased with six waters moved from the Winter Stocking Program (see Updates) over the two-week period.
As in past years, streams are stocked the first week, and ponds and lakes are stocked during the second week. The majority of streams stocked in the fall support holdover trout fisheries, providing anglers opportunities for larger trout to be caught year-round.
The stocking boundaries for streams are the same as in the spring (see the current Freshwater Digest for information). There are no closed dates during the fall stocking period. Updates to the fall stocking program will be posted as necessary.
See the Fall Trout Fishing Information page for details about this season’s stocking.