The hottest trout fishing ponds for the Spring of 2013 in Central New Jersey

This blog identifies the ponds in central New Jersey that provide the best odds of catching trout during the spring of 2013.  For the purpose of this blog, central New Jersey covers Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Somerset 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.

 

The best trout ponds in central New Jersey for the spring of 2013 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 pond, the greater the chances of catching those fish.

Directions to many of these ponds can be obtained from http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/accesswater.htm. Details on actual stocking days are provided in http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/trt_allocation13_dates.htm. 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 http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pdf/2013/trtregs13.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 2013 spring fishing season in central New Jersey are as follows:

 


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Colonial Lake covers 10 acres and is located next to Lake Drive in Colonial Lake Park in Trenton, Mercer County. This pond is stocked with 37 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 28 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 


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Echo Lake covers 6 acres and is located in Echo Lake Park next to Maxim Southard Road off Lanes Mill Road in Southard, Monmouth County. This pond is stocked with 60 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 45 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 


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Englishtown Mill Pond (also known as Lake Weamaconk) covers 6 acres and is located next to Park Avenue off Main Street in Englishtown, Monmouth County. This pond is stocked with 72 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 53 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 


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Garveys Pond covers 2 acres and is located next to Lakeside Avenue off Locust Point Road in Navesink, Monmouth County. This pond is stocked with 75 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 60 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 


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Hamilton Fire Pond covers 2 acres and is located behind the Hamilton Fire Company next to Jumping Brook Road in Neptune, Monmouth County. This pond is stocked with 75 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 60 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 


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Holmdel Park Pond covers 5 acres and is located off Longstreet Road in Holmdel Park in Holmdel, Monmouth County. This pond is stocked with 42 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 32 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 


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Mannys Pond covers 3 acres and is located off Baptist Church Road in Hoffman Park in Union, Hunterdon County. This pond, which has a small island in its center, is stocked with 97 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 72 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 


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Mohawk Pond covers 2 acres and is located next to Henry Street off Newman Springs Road in Red Bank, Monmouth County. This pond is stocked with 85 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 65 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 29 to May 3, 2013.

 


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Mountain Farm Pond covers 3 acres and is located in the Teetertown Ravine Nature Preserve off Pleasant Grove Road in Lebanon Township, Hunterdon County. This pond is stocked with 121 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 90 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 


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Roosevelt Park Pond covers 10 acres and is located in Roosevelt Park off Parsonage Road in Edison, Middlesex County. This pond is stocked with 41 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 31 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last spring stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 23 to 27, 2013.

 

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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