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March 27, 2015

The state Department of Environmental Protection is getting ready for trout-fishing season, which begins a week from tomorrow, by stocking rivers, lakes, and streams throughout New Jersey with 570,000 rainbow trout. The state estimates that about 100,000 anglers will participate this year.

The state is stocking its waters exclusively with rainbow trout this year because they are more disease-resistant than brown or brook trout. The Pequest Hatchery, located in Oxford, Warren County, will be hosting an open house this weekend to teach children to cast, offer exhibits and art work, and provide a flea market for the purchase of equipment.

The Hatchery curtailed its stock last season due to a fungus disease with its brown and brook trout. One other advantage of the rainbow trout, according to the DEP, is that they are more aggressive, thus easier to catch.

Anglers can still fish for naturally reproducing brown and brook trout on a number of waterways, including the South Branch Raritan River, Pequannock River, and Big Flat Brook.

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