You know it's spring when you see anglers throughout New Jersey casting their lines. Opening day of the spring trout season was last Saturday, and the state's Division of Fish and Wildlife has stocked nearly 88 streams and 90 lakes and ponds with 180,000 trout.
The state estimates that there are also 26,000 "big" trout remaining in the waters from last year, plus special allocations of trout that weigh 3 to 8 pounds in 10 ponds and lakes around the state.
New Jersey has more than 100,000 anglers, and this year is the 30th in which the state's Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County has produced the fish for use throughout the state. The hatchery produces 600,000 trout each year, which stock New Jersey's fresh waters three times annually – spring, fall, and winter.
The division has posted online which waterways are being stocked, along with other information.