New Jersey Trout Stocking To Again Exceed Spring Targets

Giant breeders are among the Rainbow Trout stocked each spring.

The 2018 spring stocking season continues until May 25 and anglers can expect the great fishing to continue with additional trout being added to most loads leaving the Pequest hatchery since Monday, May 7.

Excellent production and growth of the Rainbow Trout have exceeded targets, with fish now at or exceeding 11 inches on average. Final numbers and sizes will be available after the season but will likely be comparable to the past few years’ excellent production (see for details on past years’ stocking totals).

The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife reminds anglers that great trout fishing remains available even after spring stocking concludes. Waters that remain cool will hold trout for weeks into the summer, and Seasonal and Year-Round Trout Conservation Areas, along with Holdover Trout Lakes harbor trout and provide great fishing all year. And come October, the Fall Trout Stocking Program will stock approximately 20,000 two-year old trout measuring more than 14 inches to 22 inches.

For more information on this spring’s trout fishing in New Jersey, including links to stocking schedules, allocations by water and access locations visit

1 thought on “New Jersey Trout Stocking To Again Exceed Spring Targets

  1. steve k

    tired of all the rainbows…let’s get back to raising brook trout! it is the state fish after all.

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