By Senior Correspondent Desirée Taylor
Anglers get ready, spring trout season is just a few weeks away. In preparation, New Jersey’s Division of Fish and Wildlife has begun its trout stocking program at nearly 200 rivers, lakes and streams across the state.
“We put out about 180,000 fish before the season starts,” said Jim Sciascia, the chief of information and education at the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. “By the end of May, we put out almost 600,000 fish.”
The trout are reared at the Division’s Pequest Trout Hatchery. The average size of most of the trout stocked is nearly 11 inches. But bonus “brood stock” mature fish are being stocked at 10 waterways across the state. Among them is Whites Pond in Waldwick.
Angler Bob Onischuk, of Garfield, is hoping to catch a big one. “The fish are beautiful and healthy. I am hoping for a good season,” said Onischuk.
Trout season officially opens April 6. A fishing license and trout stamp is required for most anglers with the exception of people age 70 or older and anyone under 16. For more information, log onto www.njfishandwildlife.com.