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New Jersey Trout Fishing - The Best Is Yet to Come

October 2, 2012

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife is reminding anglers that all of the trout New Jersey stocks during fall and winter measure 14 inches to 24 inches and weigh one and a half pounds to eight pounds. More and more anglers are enjoying the larger fish stocked since a change in 2006 to stocking only larger trout. However, 67% of New Jersey trout anglers were not aware of this major stocking change when surveyed in 2010.

The New Jersey trout anglers who do know about the fall and winter big trout bonanza couldn't be happier. A growing number of them now eagerly await the big fish, cool water, great weather and spectacular scenery of New Jersey's fall trout fishing season. And it doesn't end with fall; hot trout fishing action extends through the winter months until spring stocking begins again in April.

From October 9 through November 21, more than 26,000 lunker trout will be stocked in 16 streams and 40 ponds and lakes throughout the state. Any of these fabulous fish could very well be a once-in-a-lifetime trout for many anglers. See the video at for some great footage of the stocking of the fall and winter trout from the Pequest Hatchery and fall trout fishing in New Jersey.

Don't miss out on New Jersey's spectacular fall and winter trout fishing. If you haven't gone trout fishing yet this year, simply buy and print your fishing license and trout stamp online at It's that easy.

For more information on the fall and winter stocking program and the complete stocking schedules, visit or call the Trout Hotline at 609-633-6765.

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