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An Early Opener, Hatches and COVID-19 Update


After a special meeting this past Monday March 30th, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife decided to open the 2020 Trout season yesterday Wednesday April 1st. That means that all general regulation waters are open to fishing but the fishing for trout in these waters is on a strict catch and release basis until Saturday, April 11th. Furthermore, there will be no in-season closures for stocking on major trout streams such as the South Branch, Musky or any of the rivers which usually have an in-season closure meaning that any fishing before 5pm on those waters is usually prohibited. To our conventional tackle customers: We appreciate your business but we are playing catch up with our inventory due to supply chain issues that have deliveries running behind. We will catch up. PLEASE IF YOU NEED A LICENSE, PRINT IT OUT AT HOME. While we are a license agent, we are not issuing licenses at this time since we are not allowed to open our sales floor to the public. PRINT THE LICENSE AT HOME.

A mild winter combined with a generous spring allocation has rivers fishing very well right now. It is fair to say that the Hendrickson hatch is definitely underway and anglers fishing Hendrickson dries between 2-4pm are doing very well so far this