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New Jersey

Freshwater Fishing

Stocking Programs

Hatchery-Supported Fisheries

Courtesy of the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery 2020 production highlights.

Muskellunge: 10–12" (9,563)

  • Echo Lake Reservoir (532)
  • Furnace Lake (100)
  • Greenwood Lake (3,005)
  • Mercer Lake (522)
  • Monksville Reservoir (760)
  • Mountain Lake (109)
Surplus stocked in:
Delaware River

Northern Pike: 6" (20,225)

  • Budd Lake (1,888)
  • Farrington Lake (2,900)
  • Passaic River (3,425)
  • Pompton Lake (3,073)
  • Pompton River (2,460)
  • Spruce Run Reservoir (6,463)

Walleye: 2" (148,689); 4" (28,204)

  • Canistear Reservoir (7,450)
  • Greenwood Lake (38,836)
  • Lake Hopatcong (53,700)
  • Monksville Reservoir (10,897)
  • Swartswood Lake (9,922)
Surplus stocked in:
Delaware River

Hybrid Striped Bass: 4" (47,092)

  • Lake Hopatcong (22,195)
  • Manasquan Reservoir (7,292)
  • Spruce Run Reservoir (12,900)

Landlocked Salmon: 10–14" (4,267)

  • Lake Aeroflex (810)
  • Merrill Creek Reservoir (650)
  • Tilcon Lake (704)
  • Wawayanda Lake (2,103)

Channel Catfish: 6" (14,601)

  • Ten waters

Channel Catfish: 12"

  • Sixty-two waters (10,674)

Channel Catfish: 18"

  • Seventeen waters (765)

Channel Catfish: 25"

  • Thirty-two waters (598)
Raised with pride at the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery.

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 10, 2021
  • Over 570,000 Rainbow Trout (avg. 10.5 inches)
  • Spring stocking begins March 22, 2021
  • 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 12, 2021
  • 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 22 and 23, 2021
  • 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