Stocked Lakes And Ponds Await Eager Anglers For The Start Of Trout Season This Saturday

By: Follow South Jersey Staff

SOUTH JERSEY – Local anglers will have approximately 250,000 freshly stocked rainbow trout to catch in waterways across the state when trout season opens on Saturday, April 9, Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M. LaTourette announced recently.

According to NJDEP, approximately 100,000 anglers of all ages are expected to head to their favorite fishing spots on opening day, which kicks off at 8 a.m. Trout season in New Jersey is eagerly anticipated by many because it’s an excellent opportunity to spend quality time outdoors while also enjoying some outstanding fishing.

“DEP Fish and Wildlife began stocking beautiful rainbow trout raised at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County statewide on March 21, and will continue stocking through the end of May,” LaTourette said in a press release from the department. “I encourage anglers to take full advantage of our quality stocking program and enjoy not only some of the best trout fishing on the East Coast, but also the beauty of New Jersey’s great outdoors.”

There will be approximately 570,000 rainbow trout stocked statewide by the end of the spring stocking season, with most trout averaging 10½ inches in length. There also will be approximately 6,000 two and three-year-old broodstock, ranging in size from 14 inches to 26 inches and weighing up to 7 lbs., stocked in waters across the state suitable for fish of that size.

Trout-stocked waters are not open to catch-and-release during the pre-season this year now that stocking is back to a normal schedule after previously being altered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In-season waterbody closures will also be in effect during the spring trout season. Following opening day, the state’s 14 major trout streams are stocked every week and are closed to fishing from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of stocking to allow the trout a chance to disperse. A list of these waters can be found in the 2022 NJ Freshwater Fishing Digest. After opening day, all other waters are open to fishing on stocking days.

The Bonus Broodstock Program has been reinstated for the spring season, in which select lakes and ponds will receive additional large trout. This year, 10 trout-stocked lakes and ponds throughout the state will receive 30 to 50 broodstock fish, providing even more excitement for anglers. In addition, many of the big trout stocked last fall are even larger this year and still available to catch.

“The quality of New Jersey’s trout fishing as well as the trout we stock has never been better,” DEP Fish and Wildlife Assistant Commissioner Dave Golden stated. “Excellent fishing opportunities are plentiful in every county, meaning a great place to fish can always be found close to home.”

For more information on the spring trout stocking program, including the in-season stocking schedule as well as spring stocking updates and changes, visit

Anglers may download the complete in-season stocking schedule to their smartphones by scanning the QR code found in the 2022 NJ Freshwater Fishing Digest or the QR code found on signs posted along trout stocked waters. Trout stocking information is also available through the Trout Stocking Hotline at (609) 633-6765. Print copies of the Freshwater Fishing Digest are also available at license agents and Fish and Wildlife offices.

Anyone age 16 or older must obtain a New Jersey Fishing License and Trout Stamp to fish for trout. Anglers may purchase these online at or through this list of license agents.

Anglers may also save money through the Buddy Up and Save! program. Introduce a family member or friend to fishing by getting a Fishing Buddy License, which offers an existing angler and new angler (or even two new anglers) an opportunity to receive reduced-priced fishing licenses.

Below is a list of all South Jersey locations stocked with trout.

All waters listed are stocked during the three-week period preceding opening day. The number in parentheses shows the anticipated number of in-season stockings that will run from April 11 through May 27.

Atlantic County

Birch Grove Park Ponds—Northfield (3)

Hammonton Lake—Town of Hammonton (3)

Heritage Pond—Absecon (3)

Camden County

Gloucester City Pond—Gloucester (4)

Grenloch Lake (see Gloucester County)

Haddon Lake—Audubon Borough (0)

Oak Pond—Sicklerville, Winslow Twp. (3)

Rowands Lake—Clementon Borough (3)

Cape May County

Ponderlodge Pond —Villas, Lower Twp. (4)

Tuckahoe Lake—Tuckahoe, Upper Twp. (4)

Cumberland County

Cohansey River—Dam at Seeleys Pond to powerline

above Sunset Lake, Upper Deerfield Twp. (4)

Giampietro Park Lake—Vineland (0)

Mary Elmer Lake—Bridgeton (3)

Maurice River—Willow Grove Lake dam to

Sherman Ave., Vineland (4)

Shaws Mill Pond—Down/Lawrence Twps. (3)

South Vineland Park Pond —Vineland (3)

Gloucester County

Greenwich Lake—Greenwich Twp. (3)

Grenloch Lake—Washington Twp. (3)

Harrisonville Lake—Pilesgrove/South Harrison

Twps. (3)

Iona Lake—Franklin Twp. (3)

Swedesboro Lake (aka Narraticon Lake)—Borough

of Swedesboro (3)

Westville Lake—Westville (0)

Salem County

Harrisonville Lake—Pilesgrove/South Harrison

Twps. (3)

Maurice River—Willow Grove Lake dam to

Sherman Ave., Vineland (4)

Schadler’s Sand Wash Pond—Carneys Point Twp. (3)

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