Trout Stocked Waters Remain Closed To Trout Fishing Until April 9
Preseason trout stocking continues through April 9 at 8:00 a.m. Catch and Release of trout is also prohibited during this time period. (* See Exceptions below). Public waters NOT included in the trout stocking program remain open to fishing.
Opening day of trout season begins on April 9 at 8:00 a.m!
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*Exceptions: Lake Hopatcong, Mountain Lake, Lake Shenandoah, Lawrence Brook (section from Davidson's Mill Rd. to Farrington Lake dam), Prospertown Lake and Swartswood Lake are open year round to fishing. However, all trout caught during this period (above) must be released immediately. Catch and Release Areas (Big Flat/Flat Brook and Raritan River S/Br. – Ken Lockwood Gorge), Seasonal and Year-round Trout Conservation Areas and designated Holdover Trout Lakes (see pages 17–19 in the Trout Regulations) are also open to fishing but are catch-and-release only for trout. Fishing is not permitted on Seasonal Trout Conservation Areas from 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on April 9, 2022. Round Valley and Merrill Creek Reservoirs (Trophy Trout Lakes) are open to year round fishing; trout may be harvested within the regulations as shown on page 19 in the Trout Regulations.