Spring Trout Stocking Begins in Maryland Streams and Lakes
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service will stock about 338,000 rainbow, golden and brown trout throughout the state beginning in February.
Following the popularity of previous years’ weekly deliveries to Antietam Creek, department crews will do the same during the spring stocking season at Bear Creek in Garrett County, South Branch Patapsco River at River Road in Carroll County and at Lake Artemesia in Prince George’s County.
The department has added Unicorn Branch in Queen Anne’s County to the delivery list with the planned introduction of 600 trout downstream of Unicorn Lake, a two-fish per day area. Additionally, the previous seasonal closures of New Germany Lake and Herrington Creek in Garrett County have been removed. Anglers may fish these waters year round.
“Maryland’s trout stocking program begins with our expert team of biologists and technicians, who grow hundreds of thousands of fish from tiny fry to catchable size at our state hatcheries,” Fisheries Service Director Dave Blazer said. “This program provides excellent and convenient family fishing opportunities. It’s a hit with anglers of all ages and skill levels.”
The list of stocked locations is available at area tackle shops, Department of Natural Resources service centers and on its interactive Trout Stocking Map and Angler Access Map. The department also provides recorded weekly updates at 800-688-3467. Click here for a printable schedule. The exact timing for specific locations is dependent on weather, stream flow and ground conditions.
Most trout are grown at the 67-year-old Albert Powell Hatchery in Hagerstown and the 87-year-old Bear Creek Rearing Station in Garrett County. Additionally, the department has partnered with Mettiki Coal to rear trout for Garrett County at a new facility on the business’ property.
Maryland’s trout stocking program is funded by the sale of nontidal fishing licenses, trout stamps and Federal Sport Fish Restoration Program funds.