New Jersey pre-season Trout Stocking Media Opportunities

TRENTON — The DEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife next week will start stocking more than 100,000 hatchery-raised trout for anglers to pursue in all of the state's 21 counties beginning April 7, the opening day of trout season.

The opening of trout season is the most anticipated day on the annual fishing calendar, which attracts anglers to nearly 200 trout stocked rivers, streams and lakes across the state. The pre-season stocking period provides opportunities for stories and colorful photos, video and graphics. 

Local story angles are plentiful, with trout stockings occurring in every county from March 19 through April 5. The DEP's Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County, where more than 600,000 trout are raised each year, also provides another excellent story and photo/video opportunity.

Big fish stories are an added bonus for nine lakes and ponds that during the preseason stocking receive between 30 and 50 breeder trout that measure 17 to 24 inches. This year the "Bonus Broodstock'' waters are:

Barbour's Pond (Passaic Co.)         
Crystal Lake (Burlington Co.)         
Echo Lake (Monmouth Co.)        
Holmdel Park Pond (Monmouth Co.) 
Manny's Pond (Hunterdon Co.)
Ponderlodge Pond (Cape May Co.)
Seeley's Pond (Union Co.)
South Vineland Park Pond (Cumberland Co.)
Verona Park Pond (Essex Co.).

The pre-season trout stocking schedule for all 21 New Jersey counties is as follows:

Atlantic          4/2  
Bergen          3/21, 4/3, 4/4, 4/5
Burlington      3/28, 4/2 
Camden        4/2  
Cape May     3/27  
Cumberland  3/27  
Essex            4/3, 4/5 
Gloucester    3/20, 4/2 
Hudson         4/5
Hunterdon    3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/26, 3/28, 3/29, 4/2, 4/5
Mercer          3/20, 3/29, 4/4
Middlesex     4/2, 4/3
Monmouth    3/22, 4/3, 4/4, 4/5
Morris           3/20, 3/22, 3/26, 3/28, 3/29, 4/2, 4/5
Ocean          3/19, 4/4
Passaic        3/19, 3/27, 4/4
Salem          3/20
Somerset    3/20, 3/26, 4/2, 4/3, 4/5
Sussex        3/19, 3/20, 3/22, 3/26, 3/27, 3/28, 3/29, 4/3, 4/4, 4/5
Union          4/3, 4/5
Warren        3/19, 3/22, 3/26, 3/27, 3/29, 4/3, 4/4

If your news organization would like to arrange a story and/or photo opportunity about trout stocking activities taking place in your coverage area or if you need any other information contact Jim Sciascia, Chief of Information and Education for the Division of Fish and Wildlife, at (484) 544-9337 or Jim.Sciascia@dep.state.nj.us .

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