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Executive Order reopens state parks and forests at 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, for passive recreation, including fishing.
Update on New Jersey's 2020 Trout Season
COVID-19 Fishing Guidelines
Help keep WMAs and other areas open by observing proper social distancing!

See the Updates section for season updates.
Please refer to the Freshwater Digest for additional regulations and delineated sections of special regulation areas.
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Round Valley Reservoir Access Notice
Rt. 629, between Old Mountain Road and the Division's boat ramp, will remain closed until spring, 2020 as part of the Round Valley Reservoir Project. The boat ramp will remain open during the duration of the project. Anglers can access the boat ramp from the Round Valley Access Rd. off Rt. 22 during the road closure.

TROUT STOCKING HOTLINE: 609-633-6765

Report American Shad in the Paulins Kill and Musconetcong Rivers
Behind the Scenes at the Pequest Hatchery (Facebook LIVE, 10/11/17)
Outdoors with Andre: Raising and stocking a half million trout (nj.com video)
Spring Trout Fishing
Summer Trout Fishing
Fall Trout Fishing
Winter Trout Fishing
Fishing Access to Trout Stocked Waters by County
Fishing Access to Trout Stocked Waters by Name
Landlocked Salmon
2020 Trout Regulations (pdf, 295kb)
New Jersey offers some of the best trout fishing opportunities you will find in the northeast - and fishing has never been better! And its not just a spring thing anymore. Stocking programs in spring, fall and winter provide for excellent year-round trout fishing opportunities in the Garden State.

A progressive trout stocking program results in nearly 600,000 trout, raised at the Pequest Trout Hatchery, being stocked statewide each spring, followed by additional fall and winter trout distributions. The average size of trout stocked in the spring is 10.5 inches in length and pound in weight, but be wary and watch your line as thousands of 2 pound to 5 pound fish are also mixed in and stocked with the regular production fish. Talk about excitement!

Come October and November, New Jersey anglers can gear up to hook into some 26,000 super-sized trout stocked in the fall and winter stocking programs. Those fish, which measure 14 inches to 24 inches can be caught throughout autumn and winter. New Jersey also boasts two fabulous Trophy Trout Lakes. Round Valley and Merrill Creek Reservoirs both support monster rainbow trout, brown trout and lake trout. Round Valley supports perhaps one of the most southern naturally reproducing populations of lake trout and boasts the current state record of more than thirty-two pounds!

Angler fishing access abounds in New Jersey, and this is where this small state has it big on many of its larger counterparts. The state Green Acres Program has been acquiring land by leaps and bounds and the Division of Fish and Wildlife has been the advocate for, and recipient of, thousands of acres of land specifically designated as fishing access. So if you want to fish for trout and are not sure where to wet a line, there is a good chance a spot is being held open for you by the state.

So what are you waiting for? With more trout being stocked and more places to fish, trout fishing has never been better. Just remember a fishing license and trout stamp is required to fish for trout for resident anglers age 16 through 69, and for nonresidents 16 and older. And to make it easy, licenses and stamps can be purchased and printed online or obtained through one of the many license agents throughout the state. In just minutes, you can be on your way to spectacular trout fishing in the Garden State.

Thomas Fox releasing Rainbow Trout
ARTICLES
 
arrow Trophy Trout Fishing at Round Valley Reservoir
arrow Trout Fishing with My Daughters
arrow Grilled Trout Recipe

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

arrow Focus on Fishing - Trout (pdf, 390kb)
arrow Salmon in New Jersey
arrow Trout Stocking Summaries
arrow Sea Run Brown Trout
arrow Places to Fish - Streams
arrow Places to Fish - Ponds
arrow Current Water Data for New Jersey - USGS Site
arrow Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center
arrow Pequest Fish Hatchery Is All About the Trout - nj.com, 4/16/14
arrow Trout in the Classroom
arrow Wild Brook Trout Genetics Study
arrow Conserving the Eastern Brook Trout - An Overview of Status, Threats, and Trends (pdf, 107kb)
arrow Fishing Regulations
arrow Hearty Lake Trout Fishing Available at Merrill Creek and Round Valley Reservoirs - lehighvalleylive.com, 5/20/13

VIDEO FEATURES

arrow Fall Trout Stocking - NJDEP YouTube Channel
arrow Winter Trout Stocking - NJDEP YouTube Channel
arrow Rainbow Trout Spawning - NJDEP YouTube Channel
arrow Raising and Stocking Trout From the Pequest Hatchery - NJ.com YouTube Channel
arrow 2013 Pre-Season Trout Stocking - NJ Today
arrow Opening Day of Trout Season, 2008 - NJ.com YouTube Channel, 2008
arrow Bigger Trout For the Fall Season - NJ.com YouTube Channel, 2008

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Last Updated: April 30, 2020