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Pequest Trout Hatchery Open House and Fishermen's Flea Market to Be Held April 4 & 5

March 17, 2009

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will once again open its doors to the public for its annual Open House at the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center. This year's event will be held on April 4 and 5 from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. daily. Admission is always free, as is parking.

This popular event gives the Division of Fish and Wildlife an opportunity to show off its state of the art trout raising facility, and showcase the multitude of programs the Division is responsible for. The Open House also serves as a reminder that spring, and the Opening Day of Trout Season (April 11) is just around the corner.

The Open House is great for people of all ages, and there are many things to see and do throughout the day. Families, friends, scout troops, church groups, fishing clubs and anyone else who enjoys the outdoors are encouraged to spend a day in beautiful Warren County at this event.

Kids between the ages of 8 and 16 can try their hand at trout fishing a week before the season opens in the Fishing Education Pond. They will be given expert instruction by staff, Wildlife Conservation Corps volunteers and volunteers from Trout Unlimited. Kids under 8 can try catching trout in the "Kiddie Fishing Tank". All fishing equipment will be provided.

Beginner archery and shotgun ranges will be set up in the fields near the hatchery for those wanting to try their hand at one of the shooting sports. Certified Hunter Education Instructors will be on hand to provide instruction, and ensure a safe program. Equipment will be provided. For experienced archers, a 15-target 3-D archery course will be set up in the woods, but you will need to bring your own archery equipment for this course.

A Hunter Education field session will also be offered at 11:30. This will allow participants to save time if they decide to take a hunter education course.

Inside the Natural Resource Education Center, representatives from various conservation organizations will be on hand to answer questions about how they are helping to protect our natural resources. There will also be ongoing fly tying demonstrations, and wildlife artists, carvers and taxidermists will be exhibiting their artwork and offering many items for sale.

Outside the main building, a Fishermen's Flea Market will be in full swing, so be sure to look for some good deals on both new and used equipment, lures, gear and so much more! If you're looking to upgrade your fishing equipment, or if you're just starting out, you'll definitely want to check out the vendors here.

A fish cleaning and cooking station will also be set up for the day where visitors will be able to learn about preparing their fish for the table.

Food vendors will be available at the Open House, or you can bring your own lunch and enjoy one of the 3 picnic areas located on the 5,000 acre Pequest Wildlife Management Area.

For more information call 908-637-4125 or view the on-line schedule of events at

The Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center is located 9 miles west of Hackettstown on Route 46 in scenic Warren County.

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Last Updated: March 17, 2009