CLARK, NJ –   Anglers of all ages were gathered in and around the waters at the Valley Road bridge, casting their lines on the opening day of trout season in New Jersey, which started on Saturday April 9.   

“I go to opening day every year with my sons," Nick Viverito of Linden said. "I usually go to Pequest with them, but my wife isn’t feeling well so I wanted to stay close to home.   They are up there today fishing.”   Viverito had just caught his first trout of the season.  

The Division of Fish and Wildlife will be running the Hook-A-Winner program this year.   According to the DFW 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.

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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, the website said.

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.    

Editor’s Note:  TAP into Clark would like to thank Clark resident Donna Mulvihill for contributing to this story.