Outdoors with Andre: Raising and stocking a half million trout(nj.com video) 2018 Trout Stocking Meeting Information Updates/ChangesTHE SPRING TROUT STOCKING PROGRAMEach spring, approximately 570,000 rainbow trout raised at the Pequest Trout Hatchery are stocked into the state’s streams, ponds, and lakes. Nearly 1/3 of these trout, 184,140, will await anglers on April 7 when the season opens. The majority of trout being stocked will average 10½ inches but large breeders, measuring 15 – 21″ and weighing up to 5 pounds are also distributed in the early weeks of the season.The state’s fourteen major trout streams are stocked every week following Opening Day and are closed to fishing from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the day of stocking to allow the trout a chance to disperse. All other waters are open to fishing on stocking days, following opening day, with most stocked at least three times. Since every county has waters that are stocked with trout, trout fishing opportunities are never too far away.