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More Large Salmon Stocked in Four Lakes


November 6, 2019

The Division's Salmon Stocking Program continues with this fall's stocking of large fish from the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery. On Monday, November 4, 650 salmon were float stocked by hatchery staff in Merrill Creek Reservoir in Warren County. The reservoir, a Trophy Trout Lake, has a miniumum size limit of 15" - the stocked fish already or soon will meet the minimum legal length of 15 inches. The annual fall stocking of similar-sized salmon took place at three other lakes during mid-October as follows:

Salmon caught in these Holdover Trout Lakes must at least 12 inches long to be harvested. The daily limit is two salmon per day except during the spring three-week pre-season closure that precedes the opening day of the trout season in April. During that time frame all trout and salmon must be released immediately and unharmed.

Anglers are urged to report catches of these fish by e-mailing the Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries at Please attach photos of your catch.

Salmon Stocking At Merrill Creek Video (DEP YouTube Channel, courtesy Jane Bullis, MCR)
State Record Landlocked Salmon Caught 6/15/18
Landlocked Salmon In New Jersey

Large salmon are float stocked in Merrill Creek Reservoir
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Courtesy Jane Bullis, MCR

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Last Updated: November 6, 2019