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New Jersey

Freshwater Fishing

Stocking Programs

Hatchery-Supported Fisheries

Courtesy of the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery 2021 production highlights.

Muskellunge: 10–12" (7,641)

Northern Pike: 6" (20,181)

Walleye: 2" (95,360); 4" (24,262)

Hybrid Striped Bass: 4" (48,583)

Landlocked Salmon: 14" (3,199)

Channel Catfish: 6" (13,975)

Channel Catfish: 12"

Channel Catfish: 18"

Trout Stocking

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

Spring

  • Over 183,000 released for Opening Day — April 9, 2022
  • Over 570,000 Rainbow Trout (avg. 10.5 inches)
  • Spring stocking begins March 21, 2022
  • An additional 8,000 breeders 15–21 inches (3–6 pounds)
  • 85 streams and 87 lakes stocked statewide
  • All 21 counties stocked
  • Most waterbodies stocked at least 3 times
  • Stocking continues for seven weeks following Opening Day!

Fall

  • Fall Stocking begins October 11, 2022
  • All large, two year old trout, measuring 14–16 inches
  • 21,000 trout stocked
  • 36 streams, lakes and ponds
  • 1,000 rainbow trout breeders, averaging 20 inches
  • Great fishing till next spring!

Winter

  • November 21 and 22, 2022
  • All large two year olds, measuring 15–16 inches
  • Over 4,000 trout
  • 18 lakes and ponds
  • Great fishing all winter long!

Trout Stocking Hotline

609-633-6765

Trout Stocking Schedule — 2022

To view New Jersey's 2022 trout stocking schedule, go to NJFishandWildlife.com/trtinfo.htm

Warmwater Fish Stocking List

To view New Jersey's warmwater fish stocking list, go to NJFishandWildlife.com/hacktown.htm#summaries