The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife has recently certified the catch of a new state record Landlocked Salmon!
Joe Satkowski of Hampton broke the previous Landlocked Salmon state record on September 30, 2021. The new record fish was caught in Merrill Creek Reservoir and weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces, eclipsing the previous 2018 record by 5 ounces. Joe’s Landlocked Salmon measured 26 inches with a girth of 16 ¼ inches. He caught the fish on 6-pound test line while casting from his boat, using a Temple Forks Outfitter spinning rod and a Shimano Stradic spinning reel. A homemade jig served as the lure.
Merrill Creek Reservoir has been stocked with 14-inch salmon raised at the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery for three consecutive years beginning in 2018 (325 fish, 700 fish, 650 fish).
For more information on the Record Fish Program, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/recfish.htm