Ice fishing in New Jersey? It’s possible. Beginning today, the Fish and Wildlife division of the state Department of Environmental Protection will stock 5,000 14- to 18-inch rainbow trout in 23 lakes throughout the state. This comes right after the state completed its stocking of 20,000 two-year-old trout throughout its waterways.
The state is extending the fishing season through the winter months, now that it raises about 650,000 trout at the Pequest State Trout Hatchery each year. The winter stocking season brings the largest trout to the waters, since the trout have longer to grow before being released into the wild.
Although there is time to fish before ponds and lakes freeze, according to the DEP there are many anglers interested in ice fishing. The state recommends they make sure ice fishing is not prohibited at their intended location and read Freshwater Fishing Digest before embarking on their first foray onto winter ice.