The state just stocked thousands of monster trout. These 10 fishing spots got the most.
Posted October 18, 2018 at 12:25 PM | Updated October 18, 2018 at 12:25 PM
Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
By Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
It’s a special time of year for New Jersey’s trout fishermen: the big ones are in the water.
The state Division of Fish and Wildlife yesterday finished it’s fall trout stocking season, sending about 21,000 fish to more than three dozen waters across the Garden State. The fall stocking has less fish than the spring session, but the fish are bigger. Fall trout are typically two years old and about 18 inches long, weighing in at about a pound and a half. The fall stock also includes some three-year-old broodstock that weigh about four pounds, typically.
Here are the ten rivers and streams that received the most trout this fall. Though trout are stocked throughout the state, the northern counties get the bulk of the fish. You can find the full list of stocked waters on the state’s website.
Raritan River – 3,260
The Raritan River remains the heavy hitter for trout fishing in New Jersey, and the stocking numbers reflect that. Between the river’s North and South Branches, and including the South Branch Trout Conservation Area and the Ken Lockwood Gorge, the Raritan River received 3,260 trout between Oct. 9 and Oct. 12.
Musconetcong River – 2,840
The Musconetcong River, including the Point Mountain Trout Conservation Area, received 2,840 trout on Oct. 10.
Big Flat Brook – 1,760
Big Flat Brook in Sussex County received 1,760 trout on Oct. 11.
Pequest River – 1,530
The Pequest River, including the Pequest Trout Conservation Area and the Pequest Wildlife Management Area, received 1,530 trout on Oct. 10.
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