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2020 Spring Trout Weekly Stocking Schedules

 

On Monday, March 23, most trout stocked waters closed to angling.

Lakes Hopatcong, Mountain, Prospertown, Shenandoah, Swartswood, and the section of Lawrence Brook (Davidsons Mill Rd.) as well as Trout Conservation Areas, and Catch & Release Areas are open to fishing during the pre-season closure (March 23-April 10), however, all trout caught must be immediately released.  Trophy and Holdover Trout Lakes are open to fishing year round with special regulations on trout.
All anglers are reminded to not congregate in parking lots or on shorelines, and should maintain proper social distancing behaviors.

Lakes Hopatcong, Mountain, Prospertown, Shenandoah, Swartswood, and the section of Lawrence Brook (Davidsons Mill Rd.) as well as Trout Conservation Areas, and Catch & Release Areas are open to fishing during the pre-season closure (March 23-April 10), however, all trout caught must be immediately released.  Trophy and Holdover Trout Lakes are open to fishing year round with special regulations on trout.

See the Updates section for pre-season stocking locations. Please refer to the Freshwater Digest for additional regulations and delineated sections of special regulation areas.
Subscribe to the Freshwater Fishing E-mail List to receive season updates and information.

Changes and updates will be posted below as necessary; changes will also noted on the 24-hour Trout Stocking Hotline, 609-633-6765.

2020 Spring Trout Allocations By Water and Week Stocked (pdf, 175kb)

In-Season Stocking Schedules:

Schedules will be posted prior to opening day, April 11, 2020.

Trout Conservation Areas

Note that the following Year Round Trout Conservation Areas are not stocked as frequently as the rest of the stream due to the special regulations (one 15" trout per day, with no harvest allowed during the pre-season and in-season stocking closures that apply to each stream):

Musconetcong River - Point Mountain
Toms River
These stretches are scheduled for pre-season stocking and during Week 3 (April 27 - May 1), Week 6 (May 18 - 22) and Week 7 (May 25 - 29). The Claremont Stretch on the S/Br. Raritan River is regulated as a Wild Trout Stream.

Fishing Access to Trout Stocked Waters by Name
Fishing Access to Trout Stocked Waters by County

For more information on where to fish, visit our pages on lakes, ponds and reservoirs and streams and rivers open to public angling.

2020 SPRING TROUT STOCKING CHANGES / UPDATES

3/31/20 - Birch Grove Park Pond and Dahnerts Lake are closed to fishing.

3/30/20 - Mountain Lake and Branch Brook Park Lake will not be stocked due to continuing HAB events. Merrill Creek Reservoir and Laurel Pond are presently closed to the public.

3/20/20 - Today's Peseason Stockings - The following waters will be stocked by the end of today: Hohokus Brook,Lockatong Creek, D&R Feeder Canal (Lower), Neshanic River, Nishisakawick Creek, Paulins Kill (Lower), Pequannock River, Pequannock River TCA, Ramapo River, Raritan River N/B, Wanaque River (Lower), and Wichecheoke Creek.

3/19/20 - Today's Reseason Stockings - The following waters will be stocked by the end of today: Raritan River S/B, Round Valley Reservoir, and Lower Paulins Kill.

3/18/20 - Today's Reseason Stockings - The following waters will be stocked by the end of today: Lower Pohatcong Creek, Manasquan River, Mingamahone Brook, Musconetcong River, Hakihohake Creek, and Paulins Kill

3/17/20 - Preseason Stockings - The Pequest River TCA (Warren Co.) was stocked yesterday; The following waters will be stocked by the end of today: Merrill Creek Reservoir (Warren Co.), Pequest River (Upper/Middle/Lower) (Morris, Sussex & Warren Co.) and Raritan River TCA (Hunterdon Co.).

3/6/20 - Musconetcong River (Morris/Sussex Co.) - Trout will not be stocked in the Muscanetcong River at Waterloo Road due to a bridge replacement project.

3/2/20 - Hooks Creek Lake (Middlesex Co.) - Due to the fluctuating salinity levels, Hook's Creek Lake has been re-suspended from the Trout Stocking Program until salinity levels become more stable. The issue began with high salinity from storms that affected the region in October, 2012, including Hurricane Sandy. The lake was been suspended from the Division's Trout Stocking Program from 2012 until the fall of 2015 when salinity levels dropped to levels safe for stocking. However, since 2016, salinity levels have not remained safe for stocking - in some cases, fluctuating salinity levels have resulted in fish kills. Biologists will continue to monitor the situation.

3/2/20 - West Hudson County Park Pond (Hudson Co.) - Recognizing increased popularity with anglers, stocking of West Hudson County Park Pond was added to the full trout allocation program and will be receiving stocked trout in Weeks 1-4 as well as a pre-season stocking. These additional four weeks of stocking will result in 1,040 more fish for the pond in 2020.

Any deviations from the stocking schedule will be noted here and on the Trout Hotline (609-633-6765).

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Last Updated: March 31, 2020