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Eight waters, including major trout streams such as the Big Flat Brook, Musconetcong River, Pequest River and the Wanaque River, will be stocked with trout earlier than originally planned this week to accommodate the mandatory closing of the Department of Environmental Protection for a one-day furlough on May 22.

Waters scheduled to be stocked on May 22 will now receive their allotments of trout either on Tuesday, May 19; Wednesday, May 20, or Thursday, May 21. Other stocking already scheduled for May 19, 20 and 21 remains unchanged.

The Big Flat Brook, Musconetcong River, Pequest River and the Wanaque River will be open to fishing on their rescheduled stocking days. However, in accordance with the State Fish Code, those same waters will still be closed to fishing on the original stocking date of May 22 from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For all other regulations affecting trout-stocked waters, anglers are reminded to check the Freshwater Issue of the Fish & Wildlife Digest, available at all license agents and online at

Following is the revised stocking schedule:

Tuesday, May 19

Sussex & Passaic Counties

Clinton Reservoir
Wanaque River
Wawayanda Creek
Wawayanda Lake

Hunterdon, Morris & Somerset Counties

Raritan River S/B

Warren County

Lopatcong Creek
Pohatcong Creek

Wednesday, May 20

Morris, Hunterdon & Warren Counties

Musconetcong River

Somerset County

Peapack Brook
Raritan River N/B

Hunterdon County

Capoolong Creek
Mulhockaway Creek
Rockaway Creek S/B
Spruce Run Creek

Hunterdon and Mercer Counties

D&R Feeder Canal
Lockatong Creek

Passaic County

Pequannock River
Ringwood Brook
Sheppard's Lake

Thursday, May 21

Sussex County

Big Flat Brook
Little Flat Brook
Lake Aeroflex
Lubbers Run

Sussex & Warren Counties

Pequest River
Paulinskill River
Pond Brook

Bergen County

Ramapo River
Saddle River Upper

Morris County

Black River
India Brook

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Discussion Starter · #4 ·

The Department of Environmental Protection will be closed on Friday, May 22, for a one-day, mandatory furlough. The DEP's Communications Center will remain fully operational; to report an environmental emergency, call 1-877-WARN DEP. New Jersey's parks and forests also will remain open. Visit for details. Full business operations will resume on Tuesday, May 26.
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