New Jersey Winter Trout Stocking

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In November, the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife will be releasing 9,500 yearling brown and rainbow trout just in time for Thanksgiving weekend. The 8 to 10 inch trout will be distributed into 23 lakes around the state.

The winter stocking is in addition to the 25,000 trout released in October in 17 streams and 14 lakes. A number of those trout, including some of the 500 large rainbow broodstock, still remain for anglers.

Trout stocked during the fall and winter are available for anglers throughout the winter into late spring. There are no closed dates during the fall and winter stocking, but anglers should consult the NJ Freshwater Fishing Digest for regulation and other information.

The yearling fish are smaller than those typically stocked in the winter, due to a disease issue at the hatchery last spring. Stocking of larger fish is anticipated for next year, according to NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife.

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source: New Jersey DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife