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January 2, 2001


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Bob Soldwedel at 609-292-1599

This week, the Division of Fish and Wildlife will release more than 3,500 rainbow trout into nine South Jersey lakes during the second phase of its brand new Winter Trout Stocking Program. The Division stocked over 9,000 rainbows in 15 North Jersey lakes during the first phase of stocking, November 27 - December 1.

"These trout will provide anglers with a wealth of fishing opportunities this winter -- especially those who enjoy ice fishing," said Division Director Bob McDowell. In addition, the fish that aren't caught over the winter have an excellent chance of surviving to make the spring trout season that much more exciting."

At the conclusion of the stocking, a total of 24 lakes geographically distributed throughout the state will have been stocked with 12,940 rainbow trout averaging 10 inches in length. All waters were approved trout stocked lakes and excluded lakes that were stocked in the fall.

The trout were raised at the Division's Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County. This series of stockings brings the total number of trout raised and stocked from Pequest to 745,000 for the year 2000.

South Jersey Lakes Stocked January 2-5, 2001