NEW JERSEY -  Opening day of Trout Season is Saturday, April 10 and to celebrate, state waters have been stocked with a half million rainbow trout. In Morristown, Burnham Park Pond, Speedwell Lake and Whippany River have been stocked with fish. Most trout being stocked will average 10.5 inches in length said the DEP officials.

Additional water stocked with trout in Morris County include; Beaver Brook, Black River, Drakes Brook, Hibernia Brook, India Brook, Lake Hopatcong, Lake Musconetcong, Mt. Hope Pond, Musconetcong River, Passaic River, Rockaway River, Whippany River, and the Raritan River. For a full list of locations, click HERE

"Thanks to DEP’s Division of Fish & Wildlife, which has been hard at work with advanced trout stocking, New Jersey residents and visitors can enjoy trout fishing while avoiding crowds and maintaining social distancing, because the trout raised at our Pequest Hatchery have already had time to spread out themselves,” Acting DEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette said. “I encourage anglers young and old, experienced and novice, to take full advantage of our quality stocking program. Having access to excellent trout fishing and the beauty of New Jersey’s great outdoors is a wonderful way to safely spend a day with family and friends. But please, remember to mask up!”

From April 10 to May 31, the minimum legal catch size is 9 inches, with a daily limit of six trout in most trout waters. Beginning June 1 and continuing through March 20, 2022, the catch size will remain the same and the daily limit will drop to four trout, said officials.

“Fishing has never been better, and word is spreading about the quality of the trout we stock,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director Dave Golden. “Every New Jersey county has waters that are stocked with trout, which means that excellent fishing opportunities and access to great places to fish are always close to home.”

Anyone age 16 or older must obtain a New Jersey Fishing License and Trout Stamp to fish for trout. Anglers may purchase these at www.nj.wildlifelicense.com/ or through license agents. For a list of agents, visit www.njfishandwildlife.com/agentlst.htm.