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Fall Trout Fishing in New Jersey


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Fall trout-stocking, which has become one of the most popular stocking programs offered by Fish and Wildlife, will begin Tuesday, October 12, 2021, and continue throughout the following week.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife will stock a total of approximately 20,000 two-year old Rainbow Trout, averaging 14-16 inches in 17 streams and 19 ponds and lakes over a two-week period.

In addition to these trout, up to 1,000 broodstock trout (three-year old rainbow trout, averaging 18-22 inches) are also stocked. Broodstock trout are mixed in with each truckload of fish.

All fall-stocked waters may be fished as soon as they are stocked (no "closed waters" during fall stocking).

Note: The day of stocking is not provided for each water. This is to prevent crowds gathering at stocking points which would make social distancing difficult. Anglers are reminded to maintain social distancing at all times to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Enjoy the magic of fall trout fishing!
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The complete list of fall-stocked waters is on the Stocking Schedule page or through the Trout Stocking Hotline 609-633-6765. An actual schedule will not be posted in 2021. Waterbodies stocked will be noted at the end of the day they are stocked. This is to prevent crowds gathering at popular stocking points, making social distancing difficult.

If you need help finding one of these trout-stocked waters, refer to the list of fishing access locations linked below for directions.

Other waters offer fine trout fishing opportunities even though they are not stocked in the fall. The Holdover Trout Lakes, like Lake Aeroflex and Lake Wawayanda, provide year round trout fishing opportunities. Those waters, along with Tilcon Lake in Allamuchy Mountain State Park, are included in the landlocked salmon stocking program, now in its 13th year. All three yield harvestable size salmon (12 inches).

Our two Trophy Trout Lakes, Round Valley and Merrill Creek Reservoirs, are also great trout fishing destinations. Shoreline fishing on Round Valley is particularly popular in the fall, as big rainbows cruise the shallows (See the current Freshwater Digest for special area regulations.)

Trout fishing will really heat up once fall stocking gets underway. The line-busting, bragging-size trout being stocked in October will test the skills of anglers fishing with lightweight tackle, leaving some anglers with fond memories, to last a lifetime, about the big one that got away. Whether you chose to fish for stocked or wild trout, there are plenty of trout-fishing opportunities in the Garden State. So take the time from your busy schedules to enjoy trout fishing during the splendor of fall.


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Last Updated: September 17, 2021