2021 Trout Season Update

"Due to the continuing pandemic and the Division of Fish and Wildlife's efforts to reduce exposure of staff and the public to possible transmission of COVID-19, the 2021 trout stocking program is again modified. Trout stocking and season information is as follows:"


• March 15 - March 31: Fishing prohibited on trout stocked waters as pre-season stocking begins.
*(Exceptions listed below)*

• April 1 at 8:00 a.m. - April 9: Trout stocked waters will be open to catch-and-release fishing

• April 10 (12:00 a.m. - 7:59 a.m.): Waters will close to all fishing

• April 10 at 8:00 a.m.: Opening day of trout season


From April 10 to May 31 the minimum legal size is 9" with a daily limit of 6 trout in most trout waters. Beginning June 1 through March 20, 2022 the legal size remains 9" but the daily limit is reduced to 4 trout.


*Exceptions: Lakes Hopatcong, Mountain, Prospertown, Shenandoah, Swartswood, and a section of Lawrence Brook (Davidson’s Mill Road) as well as Trout Conservation Areas and Catch & Release Areas are open to fishing during the pre-season closure (March 15 – March 31), however, all trout caught must be immediately released. Trophy and Holdover Trout Lakes are open to fishing year-round with special regulations on trout.


For full details and updates, visit: www.njfishandwildlife.com/trtinfo_spring21.htm


Fishing Regulations: www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2021/digfsh21.pdf


Purchase your fishing license and trout stamp: www.NJ.WildlifeLicense.com


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