If you hanker for some fall trout fishing action, prepare to make the trip to New Jersey as their fall stocking kicks off. And if you’re ever fall fished there before, you know they stock some hefty trout.
Fall trout-stocking has become of the most popular stocking programs offered by New Jersey Fish and Wildlife, particularly since 2006 when the Division began stocking only larger two-year old trout. Anglers enjoy the additional fish provided by the Division as well as the opportunity to fish the waters of New Jersey during one of the most beautiful times of year. The big fish, cool water, great weather and spectacular scenery combined to make the fall season what many consider to be New Jersey’s premium trout fishing season.
Fall stocking begins Tuesday, October 9 in 2018 and concludes on Wednesday, October 17. All trout are raised at the division's Pequest Trout Hatchery. Any trout not caught during the fall will also be available all winter long for anglers to enjoy. Many are even caught the following spring.
Waters stocked during the first week of fall stocking are the 16 large streams and rivers in northern and coastal areas, such as the Big Flatbook, Pequest River, South Branch Raritan River, Musconetcong River, and the Manasquan and Toms Rivers. During the second week, 21 ponds and lakes in the central and southern portions of the state are stocked. All fall-stocked waters may be fished as soon as they are stocked (no "closed waters" during fall stocking).
The complete list of fall-stocked waters and the stocking schedule is available atwww.njfishandwildlife.com/flstk.htm or through the Trout Stocking Hotline 609-633-6765. If you need help finding one of these trout-stocked waters, refer to the list of fishing access locations linked below for directions.
As for local fall trout stocking, and in Lehigh County, the Little Lehigh will receive a stocking on 10-16-18. In Berks, Scotts Run Lake will get stocked on 10-17-18 while Tulpehocken Creek gets theirs on 10-15-18.
There are no planned fall trout stockings for Northampton County.
Nick Hromiak has been an outdoors and automotive writer for over 30 years. He's been published in numerous national and state-wide outdoor magazines and newspapers.