This coming Saturday April 11th is the official Opening Day of Trout Season in New Jersey. As many of you know the season was opened early so as to encourage people who wanted some time on the water to practice safe distancing and catch and release fishing on all open or standard regulation waters. By all accounts, people had a enjoyable time. Hopefully, more folks will release a few more fish. Now with the official Opening day upon us normal regulations will apply and anglers may keep six Rainbow Trout over nine inches in length as their daily creel limit. Remember that in our area north and west of Interstate 287, all Brook Trout must be released and on the upper South Branch of the Raritan, only two Brown Trout 12" inches or better may be kept. PLEASE CHECK THE FRESHWATER DIGEST PUBLISHED BY THE NJ DIVISION OF FISH AND WILDLIFE AND CONTINUE TO BUY YOUR LICENSES ONLINE. THIS IS NOT A NORMAL YEAR AND WE ALL MUST DO EVERYTHING WE CAN TO FLATTEN THE CURVE ON COVID-19.
I plan on being at the shop by 7am on Saturday but please call ahead. Please also visit the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife's website: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/