Trout production, stocking exceeding spring targets in New Jersey

Strong production at the Pequest Trout Hatchery is allowing the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and Wildlife to add extra trout to each load of fish headed to state trout waters, the NJDEP announced Thursday.

The fish average about 11 inches and will provide angling possibilities through the stocking period (May 26) and into the summer in waters remaining cool enough.

Final numbers and sizes will be available after the season but will likely be comparable to the past few years’ strong production (see www.njfishandwildlife.com/peqsum.htm for details on past years’ stocking totals), the NJDEP said.

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers that solid trout fishing remains available even after spring stocking concludes. Waters that remain cool will hold trout for weeks into the summer, and seasonal and year-round Trout Conservation Areas, along with holdover trout lakes harbor trout and provide solid fishing all year, the agency said, add that, come October, the Fall Trout Stocking Program will result in the stocking of approximately 20,000 2-year old trout measuring from more than 14 inches to 22 inches.

For more information on this spring’s trout fishing in New Jersey, including links to stocking schedules, allocations by water and access locations visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo_spring17.htm.

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