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New Jersey’s Stocking Programs – Trout

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


  • Over 570,000 brook, brown and 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
  • 100 streams and 80 lakes stocked statewide
  • All 21 counties stocked
  • 180,000 trout released for Opening Day—April 9, 2011
  • Stocking continues for seven weeks following Opening Day


  • Second and third weeks in October
  • All large, two year old trout, measuring 14–16 inches
  • 20,000 trout stocked
  • 30 streams, lakes & ponds
  • 1,000 Rainbow trout breeders, averaging 20 inches
  • Best chance to catch big trout


  • All large two year olds, measuring 15–16 inches
  • Over 5,000 trout
  • 24 lakes and ponds
  • Great fishing all winter long!

Sea Run Brown Trout

  • Lower Manasquan River
  • 15,000 7–8-inch brown trout
  • Try this elusive fishery!

Regulations in red are new this year.

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