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Trout Season Opens At Echo Lake Park

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A fisherman casts his line into the trout stocked waters at Echo Lake Park. Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Catch of the Day! Chris O'Donnell (L) of Landing with nephew Matt O'Donnell of Springfield with a Rainbow Trout caught minutes earlier by Matt's grandfather, Gerry O'Donnell of Landing. Credits: Linda Condrillo
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(L to R) Joseph Picariello of Linden and Mark Boriek, Principal Fisheries Biologist. Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Ronan McGuire of Westfield Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Steve Brown of Newark Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Henry Scarborough of Union Credits: Linda Condrillo
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(L to R) Wilbur Hill of North Plainfield with fishing buddy Barry Kurtz of Springfield Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Joseph Antenucci of Rahway Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Mike Logic of Mountainside and Phil Didier of Garwood Credits: Linda Condrillo
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(L to R) Cousins Lorenzo and Franco Nacco of Springfield. Credits: Linda Condrillo
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Like many of the anglers who arrived before the crack of dawn on Saturday at Echo Lake Park in Mountainside, Joseph Antenucci of Rahway has been fishing as long as he can remember. And while folks had to wait until the official start time of 8 A.M. to cast their rods into the lake, fully stocked earlier in the month by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife, it didn’t take long before Mr. Antenucci reeled in his first catch. 

According to the Division of Fish and Wildlife's website, each spring, approximately 570,000 rainbow trout are raised at the  Pequest Trout Hatchery and stocked into streams, ponds and lakes located throughout New Jersey.  Nearly 1/3 of these trout, 183,460 await anglers when the season opens. The majority of trout will average 10½ inches.  Some measuring up to 15 - 21" and weighing up to 5 pounds are also distributed in the early weeks of the season.

Around 10 A.M., Gerry O’Donnell of Landing reeled in a Rainbow Trout measuring approximately 20” and weighing around 3 ½ lbs, to the delight of his grandson Matthew O’Donnell of Springfield, who was accompanied by his uncle, Chris O’Donnell, also of Landing.

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Another longtime fisherman, Josepeh Picariello of Linden, noted that he began fishing with his father and uncle from about four years of age.  He enjoys the sport from land or sea, or standing in a freshwater stream.  Mr. Picariello said, “I love all kinds of fishing, and in general, just being one with the outdoors.”   

Franco Nacco, out celebrating an early 9th birthday with older cousin Lorenzo Nacco, both of Springfield, remarked, “fishing is cool!” The pair didn’t seem to mind the breezy conditions by the lake, and waited patiently together for a tug on their lines.

Kids of all ages, take note:  the Newark Bait and Fly Casting Club will hold its annual Fishing Derby at Echo Lake Park starting Saturday April 15.   Registrations will only be accepted from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, April 15.  Sign up at the registration booth at the gazebo on the lower lake. The Derby runs for three weeks and ends on May 6, 2017.  It's free for children 16 years of age and younger, and adults may enter for a nominal charge.  For additional information email: info@nbfcc.org

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