(21/P10) TRENTON – More than a half million freshly stocked rainbow trout will be available when anglers cast their lines in New Jersey waters this April, Department of Environmental Protection Acting Commissioner Shawn LaTourette announced today.

The Ice Fishing 101 is part of the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s “Outdoor Family of New Jersey” (OFNJ) program. OFNJ programs are designed to provide a welcoming environment in which to learn outdoor skills for both families and individuals.

The Knee Deep Club just launched their 75th season of fishing on Lake Hopatcong, President Mike Truglio took the opportunity to announce the new schedule, and to thank all of the past presidents.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife annually stocks over 70 waterbodies throughout New Jersey with Channel Catfish raised at the Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery. As an added bonus this year, 28 waters were stocked between October 6-9 with "Super Cats", which average 28 inches and 6.5 pounds.

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