Trout Season Opens Saturday

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By Holly Odgers | LHF: Trout season officially opens on Lake Hopatcong at 8 am on Saturday, April 6. For many, the first day of trout season feels like the true mark that spring is finally here, and the weather is looking seasonally warm and even partly sunny for opening day!

Lake Hopatcong is stocked with trout by both the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife and the Knee Deep Club. All residents (16 to 69 years old) must have a valid New Jersey fishing license and trout stamp to fish for trout.The Knee Deep Club.

The Knee Deep Club will do trout stocking this Sunday, April 7, at 12:30 pm at Dow’s Bait Shop. They also have a Trout Fishing Contest on Lake Hopatcong scheduled for Sunday, April 14, from 5 am – 4 pm.

Sunday, April 14, 2019, the Knee Deep Club will hold its trout fishing contest on Lake Hopatcong.


The contest will begin at 5:00 AM and conclude at 4:00 PM. The entry fee is $20.00 for Knee Deep Club members and $25.00 ($20.00 entry + $5.00 non-member fee).


A payout of 80% of entry fees will go to the anglers weighing in the three heaviest trout. Entry forms are available on line at;, or at the Clubs official weigh stations: Dow’s Boat Rental, Nolan’s Point, Lake Hopatcong and Lake’s End Marina, Lakeside Blvd., Landing.

Mail in entries must be received by Friday, April 12, 2019. In-person entries can be made until 8:00AM Sunday, April 14, 2019. The Knee Deep club will stock over 1000 trout on April 7, 2019, these are in addition to the normal stocking plans of the State program.

Take a Kid Fishing – A contestant may enter a child who is under age 16 in this contest for a $5 entry fee. The child with the heaviest trout will win a rod and reel combo. Ties will be broken by which trout was entered first.

See contest entry form for complete contest rules. For additional information, please call 973-663-3826.

Did You Know:

  • There will be over 10,000 trout stocked in Lake Hopatcong this spring.
  • The Knee Deep Club web site is and is full of information about the club and fishing Lake Hopatcong – bring it up and check us out.
  • The Knee Deep club has been supporting fishing on Lake Hopatcong since August 30, 1946, and currently has a membership of over 800 members.

The Knee Deep Club trusts you enjoy the excellent fishing Lake Hopatcong has to offer.

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