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September 20, 2000

For more information contact:
Bob Soldwedel at 609-292-8642

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will stock more than 50,000 trout in the state's major trout waters October 3-19, 2000.

"With a budget that can finally support many of the traditional activities that were previously canceled, we are pleased to re-instate the Fall Trout Stocking program in New Jersey," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "The fish being distributed are from our Pequest Trout Hatchery, one of the most modern and state-of-the-art facilities in the nation. The trout are in excellent condition and should add some exciting possibilities for anglers this autumn."

Standard production trout (approximately 10-11 inches and weighing pound each) will be stocked along with 1,500 breeders to be released during the second and third weeks of the stocking schedule. Approximately two percent of each stocking load during these two weeks will be composed of large breeders, ranging in size from three to five pounds.

Click for the stocking schedule.

Stocking dates may change and are subject to prevailing weather and stream conditions, as well as any operational difficulties the Division might experience.

NOTE: Those with touchtone phones may wish to call the Division's computerized, 24-hour New Jersey Trout Stocking Hotline for a weekly, updated list of state waters slated for fall stocking. The number is 609-633-6765.