Fall 2011 Trout Stocking Schedule
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Starting this year, fall trout stocking will begin during the second week of October, rather than the first week. In recent years fall stocking was often postponed due to weather conditions that resulted in high water temperatures and/or low stream flows. Moving the start of fall stocking to the second week of October takes advantage of cooler temperatures, which benefit trout and minimizes the potential for last minute stocking schedule changes that impact anglers.
Fall stocking commences Tuesday, October 11th. Approximately 20,000 two-year old brook and rainbow trout, averaging 14-17 inches, are stocked in 16 streams and 16 ponds and lakes over a two-week period. Streams are stocked during the first week, and ponds and lakes are stocked during the second week. In addition to these trout, up to 1,000 broodstock trout (three-year old rainbow trout, averaging 18-24 inches) are also stocked. Broodstock trout are mixed in with each truckload of fish. All fish were raised at the division's Pequest Trout Hatchery.
The stocking boundaries for streams are the same as in the spring (see the current Freshwater Digest for information). There are no closed dates during the fall stocking period. Updates to the fall stocking program will be posted as necessary.
See the Fall Trout Fishing Information page for details about this season's stocking.
Week 1 - October 10-14, 2011
Monday, October 10 - No stocking
Tuesday, October 11
MONMOUTH & OCEAN COUNTIES
- Manasquan River - 650
- Metedeconk River, North Branch - 150
- Metedeconk River, South Branch - 240
- Tom's River (including TCA) - 360
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
- Raritan River, North Branch - 920
- Paulinskill River, and E/Br and W/Br - 1,720
Wednesday, October 12
HUNTERDON, MORRIS & WARREN COUNTIES
SUSSEX & WARREN COUNTIES
- Musconetcong River (including Point Mt. TCA, Hunterdon County) - 2,820
- Pequest River (including TCA, Pequest WMA) - 1,550
Thursday, October 13
- Big Flat Brook - 1,620
- Wallkill River - 470
Friday, October 14
- Black River - 330
- Rockaway River - 1,290
BERGEN & PASSAIC COUNTIES
HUNTERDON, MORRIS & SOMERSET COUNTIES
- Wanaque River - 330
- Ramapo River - 880
- Raritan River, South Branch (including TCA, Ken Lockwood Gorge) - 2,570
Week 2, October 17-21, 2011
Monday, October 17 - No stocking
Tuesday, October 18
ATLANTIC & CUMBERLAND COUNTIES
BURLINGTON, CAMDEN & GLOUCESTER COUNTIES
- Giampetro Park Pond - 170
- Hammonton Lake - 340
- Mary Elmer Lake - 170
- Maurice River - 400
- Crystal Lake - 170
- Grenloch Lake - 170
- Oak Pond - 170
- Sylvan Lake - 170
Wednesday, October 19
GLOUCESTER & SALEM COUNTIES
MIDDLESEX & MERCER COUNTIES
- Greenwich Lake - 170
- Iona Lake - 170
- Schadlers Sand Wash Pond - 170
- Swedesboro Lake - 170
Thursday, October 20 - No stocking
- Colonial Lake - 170
- Farrington Lake - 340
- Roosevelt Park Pond - 170
- Rosedale Lake - 170
Friday, October 21 - No stocking
The access road through the Ken Lockwood Gorge in Hunterdon County that parallels the S/Br. Raritan River was heavily damaged by record flood waters. The Gorge will be stocked and fish will be distributed along the entire river stretch. However, the entire road between the lower parking lot and the upper parking lot is now closed to vehicular traffic. Anglers can park at the upper and lower parking lots and walk into the Gorge to fish.
The Big Flat Brook in Sussex County was severely impacted by heavy flooding in August that eroded stream banks and washed out access roads. In Stokes State Forest, the Crigger Road bridge and several stops within the public campground immediately adjacent to the Big Flat Brook will not be stocked due to flood damage.
A section of National Park Service Rt. 615 (Walpack-Flatbrook Road), from south of Haney's Mill down to the bridge in Flatbrookville, is currently closed to the public and fish will not be stocked in this stretch. The transfer truck (a pick-up truck with a tank on the back) may not be able to access some stocking locations in the Walpack area due to road closures and saturated grounds. Trout not stocked at traditional locations on the Big Flat Brook will be redistributed to nearby locations on this stream. Anglers are reminded that even if a location is not stocked, they can be successful targeting trout stocked last spring that held over in these areas.
Anglers who fish Lake Iona in Gloucester County may be aware this lake has been partially lowered for emergency dam repairs. However, at this time it is anticipated that the repairs will be completed and lake refilled in time for fall trout stocking.
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