TRENTON – More than 180,000 freshly stocked trout will be awaiting anglers when they cast their lines on the opening day of trout season this weekend thanks to the efforts of the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife, which for the past two weeks has been stocking nearly 200 streams, lakes and ponds across the state.
The season officially gets under way at 8 a.m. Saturday. An estimated 100,000 anglers statewide are expected to participate.
“Opening day of the trout season is truly a remarkable event, one that connects families and friends in a cherished tradition of spring,” said DEP Commissioner Bob Martin.
The Division of Fish and Wildlife will continue stocking trout over the next couple months until a total of nearly 600,000 fish have been placed in 88 streams and 90 ponds and lakes throughout New Jersey. These will include 6,000 big trout – 3- to 8-pounders – that will join big trout released last fall and winter that eluded capture.
Spring trout stocking information is posted on the DEP’s Division of Fish and Wildlife website. Weekly in-season trout stocking information is also available by calling the Trout Stocking Hotline at 1-609-633-6765.
Fishing for trout in New Jersey requires a fishing license and trout stamp for anglers between the ages of 16 and 70. Anglers under age 16 and 70 years of age and older do not need a fishing license or trout stamp.
Buying a fishing license and trout stamp can be done through the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Automated Licensing System. Anglers can buy and print a fishing license and trout stamp online or can purchase a license and stamp at one of more than 200 license agent locations throughout the state.
All proceeds from freshwater fishing licenses are dedicated to improving fishing in New Jersey and protecting the quality of the state’s waters both for fish and people.
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