Pictured above: Giant breeders are among the Rainbow Trout stocked each spring.
New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife plans to stock more than a half-million trout this season for fishing enthusiasts and families to enjoy.
More than 180,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout will be awaiting anglers when they cast their lines on the opening day of trout season this Saturday, April 8, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin announced today.
More than 100,000 anglers statewide are expected to take part as the season officially gets under way at 8 a.m. Fishing licenses and trout stamps are available online and at license agents across the state.
Opening day will be marked by ceremonial first casting of lines by military veterans at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford, Warren County. Some 100 veterans are expected to attend.
“The opening day of spring trout season is the most eagerly awaited day of the year for freshwater anglers,” Commissioner Martin said. “There is something truly special about getting outside, fishing rod in hand, and soaking up the beauty of our state…