The Division of Fish and Wildlife annually stocks over 70 waterbodies throughout New Jersey with Channel Catfish raised at the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery. As an added bonus this year, 28 waters were stocked between October 6-9 with “Super Cats”, which average 28 inches and 6.5 pounds. Similar to the Division’s Bonus Brood Stock Trout Stocking Program, these 5+ year-old Super Cats have been retired as broodstock and are stocked for angler enjoyment.
The following waters are selected for Super Catfish by Division biologists to provide the maximum recreational value to anglers:
|Birch Grove Park Pond||Atlantic||20|
|Burnham Park Pond||Morris||20|
|Diamond Mill Pond||Essex||20|
|Giampietro Park Pond||Cumberland||20|
|Hedden Park Lake||Morris||15|
|Heritage Park Pond||Atlantic||20|
|Holmdel Park Pond||Monmouth||20|
|Lower Echo Park Lake||Union||20|
|Mountain Farm Pond||Hunterdon||20|
|Nomahegan Park Pond||Union||20|
|Ponderlodge Pond||Cape May||20|
|Roosevelt Park Lake||Middlesex||20|
|Sylvan Lakes (Upper & Lower)||Burlington||20|
|Verona Park Pond||Essex||20|
|Warianco Park Lake||Union||20|
|West Hudson County Park Pond||Hudson||20|
On an annual basis, the Division’s Hackettstown Hatchery also stocks 800 eighteen-inch Channel Catfish in 24 waters, 10,000 twelve-inch in 60 waters, and 15,000 six-inch in 10 larger waters. These annual stockings provide an excellent fishery in many of these waters. They are stocked in waters ranging from 1-acre park ponds to New Jersey’s largest lakes and reservoirs.
Consult the Hackettstown Hatchery Stocking Summaries for information on all Hackettstown stockings.