Trout stocked this week

Rainbow trout ‘winter stocking’ began yesterday and will end today when a number of southern ponds and lakes are filled with two-year-old rainbows .

A total of 4460 rainbows will be released in 18 streams in 11 counties ranging from Sussex County to Cape May County.

Launched in 2006, this hugely popular program has been changed a few times in terms of dates and numbers, and also included a reshuffle of the waters on the roster. Thanksgiving week has been decided to be the best time to provide late-season trout fishing opportunities, as it leads into a holiday weekend where families in particular can take advantage of the bending bounty. cane.

Another significant change was to the totals and sizes of released fish. Credit to NJ Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Freshwater Fisheries for listening and acting on the contribution of its constituents buying trout stamps. The numbers were more than halved as it was decided to use two-year-old bows measuring 14-16 inches and weighing an average of 1.5 lbs. instead of the standard 10 inch stockie.

Slim Jims with salamis, if you will.

Last of the year stocking is restricted to lakes and ponds only. This makes it much easier for youngsters and novices to fish as opposed to moving water, and a bonus is that in places where it’s legal (check with the respective municipal and/or county offices) trout will last during the winter months and will provide the best ice fishing opportunities should they form safely.

These sturdy bows are aggressive and will prove to be greedy eaters when unleashed. While a good number are still captured on the first day they are stored, we have found over the decades that the second or even third day is when they really light up after they have acclimated to their new surroundings. and varying water conditions.

PowerBait Paste and Nuggets in its myriad of flavors and colors, Salmon Roe, Trout Magnets, Teaspoons & Spoons, Mealworms, Garden Worms, Corn Kernels and “M&Ms” (mealworm and mini marshmallow combo) will put all the fish on the rope.

The daily limit is four and you can cast a line even while the trout are stocked.

A 2022 freshwater fishing license and trout stamp must be in possession.

Today in South Jersey, the following waters will be dosed, number in parentheses.

Haddon Lake (210), Rowands Pond (100), Shaws Mill Pond (210), South Vineland Park Pond (190), Birch Grove Park Ponds (top two; 190) and Ponderlodge Pond (160).

The full list of all 18 sites/counties in the state and the respective number of trout released can be viewed at the trout fishing link on

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