The TOP trout fishing ponds for the spring of 2016 in southern New Jersey

This blog identifies the ponds in southern New Jersey that provide the best odds of catching trout during the spring of 2016.  For the purpose of this blog, southern New Jersey covers Atlantic, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Glouchester, Ocean, and Salem 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.
A pond is considered TOP due to its trout stocking density: everything being equal, the more trout that are stocked per acre of water, the greater the chances of catching those fish!!
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The TOP trout ponds for this spring in southern New Jersey are listed below in alphabetical order:

 

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Crystal Lake covers 20 acres and is located at the end of industrial Drive (off Beverly Rancocas Drive) in Willingboro, Burlington County. This lake is stocked with 28 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 21 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of May 2 to May 6.

 

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Gloucester City Pond (also called Martin Lake) covers 0.6 acres and is located next to Sparks Avenue off Market Street in Gloucester, Camden County. This lake is stocked with 167 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 167 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of May 2 to May 6.

 

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Grenloch Lake covers 8 acres and is located next to Blackhorse Pike (Route 168) in Turnersville, Camden County. This lake is stocked with 45 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 34 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2 and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this lake occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Heritage Park Pond covers 6 acres and is located in Heritage Park next to Mill Road in Absecon, Atlantic 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 stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Laurel Pond covers 2.5 acres and is located in Laurel Acres Park off South Church Street (Route 607) halfway between Birchfield Drive and Academy Road in Mount Laurel, Burlington County. This pond is stocked with 100 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 76 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2 and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Mary Elmer Lake covers 18 acres and is located next to Mary Elmer Drive in Bridgeton, Cumberland County. This lake is stocked with 27 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 21 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2 and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Oak Pond covers 12 acres and is located in the Winslow Wildlife Management Area in Sicklerville, Camden County. This pond is stocked with 35 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 27 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Ponderlodge Pond covers 8 acres and is located in the Cox Hall Creek Wildlife Management Area in Cape May, Cape May 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, 3 and 4 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of May 2 to 6.

 

Rowands Pond covers 3 acres and is located next to Higgins Avenue off Berlin Road in Clementon, Camden County. This pond is stocked with 77 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 57 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2 and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Schadlers Sand Wash Pond covers 5 acres and is located next to North Game Creek Road off Route 48 (Harding Highway) in Penns Grove, Salem County. This pond is stocked with 78 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 58 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2 and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Swedesboro Lake (a.k.a. Lake Narraticon) covers 20 acres and is located in Swedesbore Park off Lakeview Road in Swedesboro, Gloucester. This lake is stocked with 26 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 19 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2 and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this pond occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Sylvan Lake covers 12 acres and is located at the end of Lake Avenue off Mill Road in Burlington, Burlington County. This lake is stocked with 35 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 27 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2 and 3 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this lake occurs during the week of April 25 to 29.

 

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Tuckahoe Lake covers 10 acres and is located next to Woods Road off Tuckahoe Road in Middletown, Cape May County. This lake is stocked with 54 trout per acre before opening day. It is then stocked with an extra 40 trout per acre on weeks 1, 2, 3 and 4 during the in-season stocking period. The last stocking event on this lake occurs during the week of May 2 to 6.

 

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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