NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife - Hackettstown State Fish Hatchery - 2017 Broodstock Collection and Spawning
The crew at the Hackettstown Hatchery captured the enourmous female muskie noted above in Greenwood Lake carrying tag number 343. The fish weighed a whopping 38.12 pounds measuring 49.2 inches. She was previously tagged by hatchery staff on April 4, 2010. At that time, she weighed 28 pounds and measured 45 inches. Hatchery staff estimated her age to be about 15 years old.
The tags bear the message "CALL HACKETTSTOWN HATCHERY (908) 852-4950" along with a tag number. Anglers, who call in to report catching a tagged fish will be told when the fish was tagged, and its length and weight at the time of tagging. Reports of tagged fish provide the hatchery and state fisheries biologists with important growth information on the state's Muskellunge fisheries.