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New Jersey’s Stocking Programs

Fishing Regulations New Jersey Freshwater Fishing

Warmwater Stocking

Raised with pride at New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery

Muskellunge: 9–11″ (11,770)

  • DOD Lake
  • Echo Lake Reservoir (1,572)
  • Furnace Lake (150)
  • Greenwood Lake (3,303)
  • Lake Hopatcong (3,303)
  • Little Swartswood Lake
  • Mercer Lake (338)
  • Monksville Reservoir (760)
  • Mountain Lake (150)
Surplus water*:
  • Cooper River Park Lake
  • Delaware River
  • Manasquan Reservoir

Northern Pike: 6″ (32,119)

  • Budd Lake (2,930)
  • Farrington Lake (3,138)
  • Millstone River (2,290)
  • Passaic River (3,465)
  • Pompton Lake (3,154)
  • Pompton River (2,578)
  • Spruce Run Reservoir (6,514)
Surplus water*:
  • Cranberry Lake
  • Deal Lake

Tiger Muskellunge: 10″ (1,781)

  • Greenwood Lake (365)
  • Little Swartswood Lake (100)
  • Lake Hopatcong (658)
  • Lake Musconetcong (658)

Walleye: 2″ (296,007); 4″ (39,104)

  • Canistear Reservoir (4,250)
  • Delaware River (119,289)
  • Greenwood Lake (7,680)
  • Lake Hopatcong (10,844)
  • Monksville Reservoir (2,000)
  • Swartswood Lake (8,685)
Surplus water*:
  • Delaware River

Hybrid Striped Bass: 4″ (52,002)

  • Lake Hopatcong (27,733)
  • Manasquan Reservoir (11,369)
  • Spruce Run Reservoir (12,900)

Largemouth Bass: 2″ (161,558) 4″ (3,491)

  • Delaware River (8,420)
  • East Creek Lake (2,243)
  • Greenwood Lake (15,016)
  • Lake Hopatcong (49,911)
  • Lake Lenape (6,862)
  • Lake Musconetcong (8,508)
  • Manasquan Reservoir (9,979)
  • Pemberton Lake (5,228)
  • Prospertown Lake (5,042)
  • Rancocas Creek (20,834)
  • Salem Canal (8,390)
  • Sheppards Mill Pond (5,005)
  • Sunset Lake (5,208)
  • Union Lake (20,663)

Landlocked Salmon: 14″ (6,277)

  • Lake Aeroflex (1,369)
  • Merrill Creek Reservoir (325)
  • Tilcon Lake (1,192)
  • Wawayanda Lake (3,391 )

Channel Catfish: 6″ (21,112)

  • Seven waters

Channel Catfish: 14″

  • Seventy-two waters (9,509)

Channel Catfish: 28″

  • Twenty-four waters
Plus thousands of black crappie, bluegill sunfish and brown bullheads stocked in over 100 waterbodies throughout the state!
The Hackettstown Hatchery is located in the heart of Hackettstown. It encompasses over 230 acres, consisting of over 65 extensive culture ponds, and a large intensive culture building. The hatchery raises and distributes over 3 million fish each year, representing 15 species.

Trout Stocking

Raised with pride at New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Pequest Trout Hatchery

Spring

  • Over 570,000 rainbow trout
  • Average size: 10.5 inches and ½ pound
  • An additional 6,000 breeders 15–21 inches (3–6 pounds)
  • Most waterbodies stocked at least three times
  • 85 streams and 88 lakes stocked statewide
  • All 21 counties stocked
  • 180,000 trout released for Opening Day—April 6, 2019
  • Stocking continues for seven weeks following Opening Day

Fall

  • Second and third weeks in October
    (fall stocking begins October 8, 2019)
  • All large, two year old trout, measuring 14–16 inches
  • 21,000 trout stocked
  • 37 streams, lakes & ponds
  • 1,000 rainbow trout breeders, averaging 20 inches
  • Best chance to catch big trout

Winter

  • All large two year olds, measuring 15–16 inches
  • Over 4,000 trout
  • 18 lakes and ponds
  • Great fishing all winter long!

Fall and Winter Trout Stocking Schedules

  • Fall Stocking: Begins Oct. 8, 2019
    Second and third weeks in October
  • Winter Trout Stocking: November 25, and 26, 2019