Regulations Unchanged, Trout Waters Closure Begins March 23
Pre-season trout stocking originally scheduled to begin on March 23 has already begun. Waters being stocked this week are open to angling; for waters under General Trout Regulation anglers can harvest up to 4 trout each day (minimum size 9”). Within designated Trout Conservation Areas anglers can harvest only one trout at least 15” in length.These regulations are in effect until Monday, March 23, the official start of the three week pre-season closure, when most trout stocked waters close to angling.
Lakes Hopatcong, Mountain, Prospertown, Shenandoah, Swartswood, and the section of Lawrence Brook (Davidsons Mill Rd.) as well as Trout Conservation Areas, and Catch & Release Areas are open to fishing during the pre-season closure (March 23-April 10), however, all trout caught must be immediately released. Trophy and Holdover Trout Lakes are open to fishing year round with special regulations on trout.
Please refer to the Freshwater Digest for additional regulations and delineated sections of special regulation areas.