Beginning on October 1, the PA Fish & Boat Commission will stock approximately 83,300 trout in 91 lakes and stream sections in the state of Pennsylvania. Anglers can see a complete list of the fall stocking schedules by visiting the PFBC’s stocking pages.
Minimum size is seven (7) inches, 3 (combined species), 24 hours a day through December 31. Creel limits apply to the majority of trout fishing waters.
Anglers are reminded to familiarize themselves with the methods to clean their gear and help stop the spread of aquatic invasive species. Aquatic invasive species, like round gobies and didymo, are almost impossible to eradicate once they’re introduced into a waterway. More information is available on the PFBC website.
More than 25,000 trout will be stocked this fall in New Jersey’s major trout waters by the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife. The fish will be stocked from the Pequest Trout Hatchery from October 7th thru the 15th.
As a result of the furunculosis disease issue at Pequest this past spring, yearling brown and rainbow trout approximately 7-9 inches in length will be stocked this fall as the hatchery works to rebuild fish stocks lost to the disease. Trout will be stocked in 17 streams and 14 ponds over a two-week period. Streams will be stocked the first week and ponds and lakes will be stocked during the second week.
In addition to the yearling trout, up to 500 broodstock rainbow trout will also be stocked. These broodstock averaging 18 to 24 inches will be stocked in lakes and ponds during the second week of stocking with each lake receiving more than 30 of these trophy-sized fish.
For details about this season’s stocking visit Fall Trout Fishing Information page.
Back in mid-May the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife conducted a preliminary fish health study in the South Branch Raritan River aimed specifically at the Ken Lockwood Gorge in response to a fisherman capturing an apparently diseased rainbow trout from the river. Pictures of the diseased fish showed skin and muscular lesions consistent with clinical disease signs of furunculosis. Confirmation of furunculosis was not possible because the fish was released by the fisherman back into the trout conservation stretch of the river.
Anglers catching diseased fish, even those caught in catch and release areas, should call the Fish Pathology Laboratory at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Oxford at (908) 637-4173 (extension 120) or after hours contact the DEP Hotline (877) 927-6337, so arrangements can be made to acquire the fish for testing.
Furunculosis is an endemic disease caused by the bacterium Aeromonas salmonicida subspecies salmonicida. The bacterium does not pose any human health risks. Although the bacterium is endemic in North America and has been known to exist in NJ for a long period of time, clinical disease in wild or stocked trout in the environment had not been documented in the state until this year.
The state’s Pequest Trout Hatchery first suffered an outbreak of furunculosis in September of 2013. A strict policy was followed to avoid the introduction of fish affected with furunculosis or suspected carriers of the bacterium into trout waters, like Ken Lockwood Gorge. No fish with a history of furunculosis were released from Pequest into any state trout waters.