Quiet start to trout fishing season in NJ

PARK RIDGE, N.J. (AP) — The first day of trout fishing season in New Jersey was quiet in some parts of northern New Jersey, and a recent outbreak of a disease among the fish may be the reason.

The state Department of Environmental Protection said last month that tests confirmed the presence of furunculosis in brook trout at the Pequest Trout Hatchery in Warren County.

The outbreak forced a change in the way the state stocks waterways. The state fish and wildlife division tells The Record (http://bit.ly/1lIMoG9) that waters where wild fish spawn naturally won't be stocked, to reduce any risk of spreading the disease.

The disease isn't a threat to humans.

On Saturday, the newspaper reported, hardly any anglers were spotted along the Hackensack River and at other popular fishing holes.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), http://www.northjersey.com

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