Trout Fishing Season Opens; Anglers Take to the Water

Nick Viverito with his catch of the day. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Stock: Fishing Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Jorge Sanchez and Gabriel Rivera enjoyed a morning of fishing together. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Anglers were ready in and around the waters along Parkway Drive in Clark ready to catch their first trout of the season. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife stocks local rivers, lakes and ponds annually. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
Children anticipating the catch of the day. Credits: Elizabeth Clee
This lone fly-fisherman worked his way toward the calmer waters under the Valley Road Bridge in quest of trout. Credits: Elizabeth Clee

NEW JERSEY–   Anglers of all ages were gathered in and around the waters in New Jersey casting their lines on the opening day of trout season, which started on Saturday April 9.   

The Division of Fish and Wildlife will be running the Hook-A-Winner program this year.   According to their website, more than 1,000 rainbow trout will be jaw-tagged and  released in New Jersey waters. The tagged trout will be stocked primarily during the first two weeks of the season, April 6 through 17.

Anglers that hook a specially tagged fish can send the number on the tag to the DFW with their name, address and location of the catch.   Winners will receive a certificate and patch by mail.

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In accordance with state laws, a valid annual New Jersey fishing license and trout stamp are both required for residents between the ages of 16 and 69 and non-residents 16 years and older in order to fish for trout in the freshwaters of New Jersey.

For more information about fishing in NJ, go to the Department of Fish and Wildlife website.   The 2016 trout regulations offer more specific information about fishing for trout this season.    


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