Abundant rains and a scheduled release have New Jersey rivers at very healthy levels less than a week away from the much anticipated 2018 Fall Stocking. Scheduled lowering of Lake Hopatcong has the Musconetcong River up and flowing briskly (above 475 cfs). What does this mean for those of you who like to fish for trout? The Fall Stocking consists of a one time distribution of 2-3 year old Rainbow Trout. Mostly two year olds in the 14-16" Class with healthy numbers of 20-21" three year old trout. Also, thank to the higher than average flows, trout stocked are likely to disburse making for a longer season. It should also be noted that rates of holdover trout are higher than average as well due to the abundant rains this summer. Check the "Stream Conditions" page listed in the "Our Streams" link for latest conditions. Here is a quick summary of dates and numbers of trout to be stocked in the major rivers of our area. Note: TCA = Trout Conservation Area. All TCA's are artificials only, Flatbrook and Ken Lockwood TCA's are catch and release only barbless hooks and no more than (3) total hooks. All other TCA's are one 15" Trout per day. Check NJ Division's website: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/ for more details.
Tuesday October 9th: Black River: 330 Trout Paulinskill 1440 Trout
Wednesday October 10th Musconetcong River including Point Mountain TCA: 2840 Trout
Pequest including Pequest TCA 1530 Trout
Thursday October 11th Big Flatbrook including Flatbrook TCA: 1760 Trout Pohatcong Creek: 990 Trout
Friday October 12th: South Branch of the Raritan including Ken Lockwood Gorge: 2330 Trout but excluding river above Schooley's Mountain Bridge in Long Valley (Wild Trout Stream regulations apply above bridge)
The Hatches as of 10/07/2018: Similar to previous hatch chart but emphasis on Caddis and BWO's.