N.J. fall trout season begins this week

A colorful male rainbow trout. By Zach Matthews [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

A colorful male rainbow trout. By Zach Matthews [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Get your poles and tackle ready.

While the trees are still mostly green and it may not feel like autumn, New Jersey’s fall trout season kicked off Tuesday.

The season’s kick-off coincides with the stocking of more than 21,000 rainbow trout, raised at the Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Warren County, in 16 large streams and rivers this week, including the Manasquan and Toms rivers at the Jersey Shore. By next week, 21 ponds and lakes will be stocked.

“Fall is the perfect time of year for enjoying some of the best trout fishing anywhere,” said Assistant Commissioner for Natural and Historic Resources Ray Bukowski. “New Jersey’s excellent trout stocking program provides abundant fishing opportunities, while spectacular scenery and beautiful weather provide the perfect backdrop for enjoying this wonderful tradition with family and friends.”

There are numerous fishing opportunities at the Jersey Shore.

Fishing licenses and trout stamps are available online and at license agents across the state. For the online license and stamp application, a list of licensed agents, and the in-season stocking schedule, visit here. Click here for the current regulations.

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