Wednesday, December 3, 2014

New Brunswick Fish Stocking Programs

As discussed in my previous post, I recently e-mailed the NB Department of Natural Resources regarding the addition of new Ice Fishing waters for New Brunswick anglers and the delay in getting these additional waters open for this great winter activity.   Also in my inquiry to DNR was a request for some information about the fish stocking program in New Brunswick for trout and land locked salmon.   I am very pleased to say that a biologist at DNR was very forthcoming with information which I am very happy to share with you.

Updated late Dec with some additional information from DNR

The NB Fish stocking program, as many NB anglers are aware through the grapevine, did experience it's share of issues in 2012 and 2013 resulting in the loss of many of the brook trout that would have been used in the stocking program.   However, I was informed that in 2014 the program was able to get back to stocking it's previous brook trout targets starting in the Fall.    The targets as I was told is 60,000 fingerlings each Fall and 100,000 yearlings each Spring.    In fact, as of early last week there have been 80,000 fingerlings stocked in this Fall!    This is great news indeed!

The landlocked salmon facility which is contracted by DNR also experienced issues in 2013 resulting in loses, however in 2014 more than the target amount (46,000) of landlocked salmon were stocked and it is anticipated the full targets will again be reached in 2015.

As far as to which waters were stocked, see the list below.  I was told there may be additional waters added in 2015 though most (if not all) of those waters would be in Northern New Brunswick, so not really applicable to those of us here in the Southern part of the province.    I do not have the exact numbers for each lake/pond posted here, though that information for each of the past few years, can be found via the reports linked on this page.

I hope this information helps anyone curious about the stocking progam.    I encourage you to send any inquiries you have to the Department of Natural Resources, or if you prefer, feel free to ask me and if I can I'll be happy to look into things for you.


Currently the program generally only stocks two sizes: fall fingerlings (less than 10 to 15 cm or, up to 5 inches) or spring yearlings (15 to 20 cm or ~7 inches). In terms of brook trout, most of the lakes stocked each fall are located in the northern part of the Province. These waters are more suitable to receiving smaller fish due to their species compositions (i.e. they have fewer competitors and/ or predators compared to many southern NB lakes).  Spring stocking of brook trout occurs mostly in lakes located in the southern part of the Province, as the larger size of the stocked fish allows for it to be able to compete and/ or avoid predation.

Stocked with Brook Trout in the Spring of 2014

Lake Name County Parish
Nashwaak Lake  Carleton  Aberdeen
Great Pond  Charlotte  Grand Manan
Little Lake  Charlotte  Grand Manan
Middle Dam Pond  Charlotte  Grand Manan
Round Pond  Charlotte  Grand Manan
Sandy Cove Pond  Charlotte  Grand Manan
Cundy Lake  Charlotte  Clarendon
Pickett Lake  Kings  Kingston
Thompson Lake  Madawaska  Clair
Chatham Reservoir [Morrison Cove]  Northumberland  Chatham
Nictau Lake  Restigouche  Eldon
Belledune Reservoir  Restigouche  Durham
Arnold Lake  Saint John  Saint Martins
Fisher Lakes  Saint John  Simonds
Taylor Lake  Saint John  Simonds
Theobald Lake  Saint John  Saint Martins
Roulston Lake  Victoria  Gordon
Morice Pond [Silver Lake]  Westmorland  Sackville
Killarney Lake  York  Douglas
Dwellys Pond  Charlotte  Grand Manan
Long Pond Charlotte  Grand Manan
Sparks Lake  Charlotte  Pennfield
Baker Lake Madawaska  Lac Baker
Island Lake  Restigouche  Balmoral
Lily Lake  Saint John  Simonds

Stocked with landlocked Salmon in the Spring of 2014

Lake Name County Parish
Clear Lake Charlotte Pennfield
East Long Lake Charlotte Clarendon
Baker Lake Madawaska Lac Baker
Unique Lake Madawaska Saint Francois
Serpentine Lake Northumberland Southesk
Grand Lake Queens Canning
Queens Lake Queens Petersville
Middle Tetagouche Lake Restigouche Colborne
Nictau Lake Restigouche Eldon
Upper Tetagouche Lake Restigouche Colborne
Loch Lomond Saint John Simonds
Harvey Lake York Manners Sutton
Oromocto Lake York Manners Sutton
Second Eel Lake York Canterbury
Skiff Lake York Canterbury
Yoho Lake York Kingsclear

Lakes traditionally stocked with Brook Trout
* Update:   DNR tries to stock all lakes in the list each year.  There is no odd/even split
* Boone is no longer stocked due to it's small size and access issues

Lake Name County Parish
Nashwaak Lake Carleton Aberdeen
Big Kedron Lake Charlotte Dumbarton
Boone Lake Charlotte Lepreau
Cundy Lake Charlotte Clarendon
Dwellys Pond Charlotte Grand Manan
Goldsmiths Lake Charlotte Saint Croix
Great Pond Charlotte Grand Manan
Little Lake Charlotte Grand Manan
Long Pond Charlotte Grand Manan
Middle Dam Pond Charlotte Grand Manan
Ormond Lake Charlotte Clarendon
Red Rock Lake Charlotte Pennfield
Round Pond Charlotte Grand Manan
Sandy Cove Pond Charlotte Grand Manan
Sparks Lake Charlotte Pennfield
Wilson Lake Charlotte Grand Manan
Lac Saint Coeur Gloucester  St. Isidore
Bass River Lake Gloucester Allardville
Pabineau Lake Gloucester Bathurst
Teagues Lake Gloucester Bathurst/ New Bandon
Clark Lake Saint John Saint Martins
Pickett Lake Kings Kingston
Baker Lake Madawaska Lac Baker
Lac Unique Madawaska  Lac Baker
Bear Lake # 1 (Unnamed or Second Bear Lake) Northumberland Southesk
Bear Lake # 2 (Unnamed or Third Bear Lake) Northumberland Southesk
Blind Lake Northumberland Southesk
Estey Lake Northumberland Northesk
McKendrick Lake Northumberland Southesk
Morrison Cove/ Chatham Res. Northumberland Chatham
Mullen Stream Lake Northumberland Southesk
North Lake Northumberland Southesk
North Little River Lake Northumberland Northesk
Serpentine Lake Northumberland Southesk
Whitney Pond Northumberland Southesk
Trout Lake Queens Petersville
Antinouri Lake Restigouche Durham
Belldune Reservoir Restigouche Durham
Eightmile Lake Restigouche Saint-Quentin
Gounamitz Lake Restigouche Saint-Quentin
Head Lake Restigouche Balmoral
Indian Lake Restigouche Balmoral
Island Lake Restigouche Balmoral
Lower Tetagouche Lake Restigouche Durham
McDougall Lake Restigouche Saint-Quentin
Middle Tetagouche lake Restigouche Colborne
Murray Lake Restigouche Balmoral
Nictau Lake Restigouche Eldon
Popelogan Lake Restigouche Balmoral
Thompson Lake Restigouche Lac Baker
Tongue Lake Restigouche Balmoral
Upper Tetagouche Lake Restigouche Colborne
Wild Goose Lake Restigouche Saint-Quentin
Arnold Lake Saint John Saint Martins
Fisher Lakes Saint John Simonds
Lily Lake Saint John Simonds
Taylor Lake Saint John Simonds
Theobald Lake Saint John Saint Martins
Roulston Lake Victoria Gordon
Silver Lake/ Morice Pond Westmorland Sackville
Fish Lake York Dougals
Killarney Lake York Dougals

Lakes traditionally stocked with Landlocked Salmon

Year to Stock Lake Name County Parish
Odd Chamcook Lake Charlotte St. Croix
Even Clear Lake Charlotte Pennfield
Odd Digdeguash Lake Charlotte St. George
Even East Long Lake Charlotte Clarendon
Odd Gibson Lake Charlotte St. Croix
Odd Lake Utopia Charlotte St. George
Odd Little Chamcook Lake Charlotte St. Croix
Odd Wheaton Lake Charlotte St. Patrick
Even Baker Lake Madawaska Clair
Even Unique Lake Madawaska St. Francois
Even Serpentine Lake Northumberland Lorne
Annually Grand Lake Queens Canning
Even Queens Lake Queens Petersville
Even Middle Tetagouche Lake Restigouche Colborne
Even Nictau Lake Restigouche Addington
Even Upper Tetagouche Lake Restigouche Colborne
Even Loch Lomond St. John Simmonds
Even Harvey Lake York Manners Sutton
Odd Magaguadavic Lake York Prince William
Annually Oromocto Lake York Manners Sutton
Even Second Eel Lake York North Lake
Even Skiff Lake York Canterbury
Even Yoho Lake York Kingsclear

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