The hottest trout fishing ponds for spring 2014 in northwestern New Jersey

This blog identifies the ponds in northwestern New Jersey that provide the best odds of catching trout during the spring of 2014. For the purpose of this blog, northwestern New Jersey covers Morris, Passaic, Sussex, and Warren counties. The fishing action on these bodies of water can be fast and furious in the spring. Trout activity typically peaks for three or four weeks between mid-April and mid-May, after which the bite slows down due to rising surface water temperatures.

Note that trout fishing throughout New Jersey during the spring of 2014 should be a real bonanza because the State had to substantially modify its original stocking program due to an outbreak of a fish skin disease at the Pequest Trout Hatchery. This disease, called furunculosus, is not harmful to humans. However, the State did not want to introduce it to waters containing wild trout populations and other year-round trout fisheries. As a result, the fish originally scheduled to be stocked in these more sensitive trout fisheries were re-allocated to ponds and lakes that only support “put-and-take” trout fishing.

The best trout ponds in northwestern New Jersey for the spring of 2014 are highlighted below in alphabetical order. A pond is considered HOT due to its trout stocking density: everything else being equal, the more trout that are stocked per acre of water, the greater the chances of catching those fish!!

Driving directions to these choice fishing spots are available at www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/accesswater.htm.  The ponds and lakes can also be found on the interactive Google map provided under the New Jersey “Search” function on the home page of the website associated with this blog. Details on actual stocking days are available from www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/2014/trout_allocation14-sched.pdf.  It would also be prudent to consult the latest law book about special fishing regulations that may apply. The most up-to-date rules are available at www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/pdf/2014/digfsh14.pdf.

Finally, feel free to use the website linked to this blog to discover how many trout are released per acre in the spring in all the 90+ ponds and lakes stocked by the State throughout New Jersey.

The hottest trout ponds for the 2014 spring fishing season in northwestern New Jersey are as follows:

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Alms House Pond covers 2 acres and is located off Morris Turnpike (Route 655) in Hampton, Sussex County. This pond is stocked with 59 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 59 trout per acre on weeks 1 and 2 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 14 to 18, 2014.

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Blair Lake covers 2 acres and is located next to Millbrook Road in Blairstown, Warren County. This lake is stocked with 120 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 105 trout per acre on weeks 1 and 2 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 14 to 18, 2014.

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Burnham Park Pond covers 4 acres and is located in Burnham Park off Burnham Parkway in Morristown, Morris County. This pond is stocked with 228 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 70 trout per acre on weeks 1 and 2, and 63 trout per acre on weeks 3 and 4 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 28 to May 2, 2014.

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Lake Ocquittunk covers 8 acres and is located next to Skellenger Road in Tuttles Corner, Sussex County. This lake is stocked with 39 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 34 trout per acre on weeks 1 and 2 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 14 to 18, 2014.

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Mount Hope Pond covers 18 acres and is located next to Mount Hope Road (Route 664) in Mount Hope, Morris County. This pond is stocked with 19 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 17 trout per acre on weeks 1 and 2 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 14 to 18, 2014.

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Saw Mill Pond covers 20 acres and is located next to Sawmill Road in High Point State Park in Colesville, Sussex County. This pond is stocked with 18 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 16 trout per acre on weeks 1 and 2 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 14 to 18, 2014.

Was the information in this blog useful? I invite you to provide your thoughts and opinions. Also, feel free to share your fishing experiences on any of the ponds highlighted in this blog.

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