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Trout Season Comes to Union County

Union County, NJ – March 30, 2022 — The 2022 trout season begins throughout New Jersey at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 9, and anglers are invited to try their luck in Union County parks.

“Our park system includes more than a dozen fishing spots stocked with trout by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife,” said Union County Commissioner Chair Rebecca Williams. “We welcome anglers of all ages to come and enjoy the peace and serenity of our rivers and lakes.”

A complete list of trout-stocked fishing spots in Union County, and throughout New Jersey, is available at nj.gov/dep/fgw/accesscnty.

Fishing in Union County is regulated by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. To fish for trout, a fishing license and trout stamp are required for New Jersey residents age 16 through 69. A license and stamp are required for out-of-state visitors age 16 and older.

Licenses and stamps can be ordered and printed online or obtained through a local sporting goods store or other licensed agent. To find agents in and near Union County visit nj.gov/dep/fgw/agentlst.htm.

All anglers can help conserve and protect native species in Union County parks by observing the following practices:

  • Dispose any leftover bait in a trash bin, or take it home for disposal. Live bait should never be set free in Union County parks.
  • Remove stranded line from trees and other entanglements. Dispose broken line and other unwanted gear in trash bins, or take home for disposal.
  • Avoid bringing plastic bags into Union County parks. They can easily become windblown and create hazards for wildlife in rivers, lakes and the surrounding area.
  • Help remove spotted lanternfly egg masses: Look for flat, grayish patches on trees, trash bins, picnic tables, benches, fences and other surfaces in and around fishing spots. The masses should be scraped and crushed to prevent hatching.

To see photo samples of spotted lanternfly egg masses, visit the Union County Green Connection, ucnj.org/green-connection.

For more information about programs and activities in Union County parks, visit ucnj.org/parks-recreation.

Complete details about the 2022 trout season are available at nj.gov/dep/fgw/trtinfo.

For information and updates on all Union County services during the COVID-19 outbreak, including free vaccination, free testing, emergency food distribution and other support services, visit ucnj.org/covid19. General information about COVID-19 is available through the New Jersey Department of Health at nj.gov/health.

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