New Jersey DEP cuts bait and will stop stocking trout at four locations
A controversial decision by the DEP may cause some fishermen to cast off New Jersey altogether.
The DEP will stop stocking trout in four bodies of water throughout the state, including Lake Hopatcong. Representatives of the department say the decision was financially motivated. According to DEP officials, fish license sales are down from $225,000 in 1991 to $133,000 this year.
Many business owners around Lake Hopatcong are very upset the DEP decided to nix the fish supply. One businessman says the influx of trout fishermen from May to June, when the lake waters are still cold, account for a significant portion of his revenue.
Some area fishermen say if they cant visit New Jersey lakes to fish, they will take their rods and reels to Pennsylvania.
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