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October 30, 2000

For more information contact:
Bob Soldwedel at 609-292-1599

This winter, the Division of Fish and Wildlife will release more than 12,000 rainbow trout into selected lakes throughout the state as part of a brand new Winter Trout Stocking Program. The trout were raised at the Division's Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County and will offer anglers increased fishing opportunities during the winter months.

"The peak fishing period for New Jersey trout anglers occurs in the spring, however, fall and winter fishing has gained popularity among many anglers," said Division Director Bob McDowell. "With that in mind, the Division has developed a winter program to increase angling opportunities, add variety and compliment the already extremely popular spring and fall trout stocking programs."

A total of 24 lakes geographically distributed throughout the state will be stocked with 12,940 rainbow trout averaging 10 inches in length. This stocking brings the total number of trout raised and stocked from the Pequest Hatchery to 745,000 for the year 2000. Targeted lakes range in size from five to 100 acres and have shoreline access and/or boat launching sites. Waters to be stocked are approved trout stocked lakes and exclude lakes that were stocked in the fall.

In North Jersey, 15 lakes will be stocked from November 27 through December 1, 2000. In South Jersey, nine lakes will be stocked from January 2-5, 2001. Interstate Highway 195 will serve as the dividing line between North and South Jersey lakes with the exception of Topenemus Lake, which will be stocked along with South Jersey waters.

North Jersey Lakes Stocked November 27 - December 1, 2000

Bergen County
Mill Pond - 400 trout

Essex County
Verona Park Pond - 500 trout

Hudson County
Woodcliff Lake - 510 trout

Hunterdon County
Amwell Lake - 410 trout

Middlesex County
Hook's Creek Lake - 520 trout

Morris County
Mt. Hope Pond - 410 trout
Speedwell Lake - 520 trout

Passaic County
Barbours Pond - 420 trout
Shepherd Lake - 1,000 trout

Union County
Lower Echo Lake - 420 trout

Warren County
Furnace Lake - 900 trout

Sussex County
Lake Aeroflex - 1,000 trout
Lake Ocquittunk - 500 trout
Little Swartswood - 1,000 trout
Silver Lake - 600 trout

South Jersey Lakes Stocked January 2 - 5, 2001

Atlantic County
Birch Grove Park Pond - 460 trout

Burlington County
Laurel Pond - 250 trout

Camden County
Rowands Pond - 250 trout

Cumberland County
Shaws Mill Pond - 510 trout

Gloucester County
Mullica Hill Pond - 410 trout

Monmouth County
Spring Lake - 480 trout
Topenemus Lake - 470 trout

Ocean County
Lake Shenandoah - 580 trout

Salem County
Riverview Beach Pond - 420 trout