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Fall Trout Stocking Begins in September

Thousands of Trout Heading for Maryland Waters

Photo of a brown trout by Michael Eversmier

Brown trout courtesy of Michael Eversmier

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of brown, golden and rainbow trout in select creeks, lakes and rivers from mid-September through the end of October.

Depending on location, anglers can expect this year’s trout to range in size from one-half pound to 1 pound.

This year, anglers can also claim bragging rights if they catch some of the larger trophy-sized trout – about 3 pounds – that will also be stocked.

“We really want the fall trout season to be a memorable one,” Fishing and Boating Services Director David Blazer said. “Whether you’re fishing alone or with friends or family, your fishing trip shouldn’t be just about the size of your catch, but about the experience.”

Some stocked streams have seasonal restrictions so anglers should consult the 2018-2019 Maryland Guide to Fishing and Crabbing for all regulations and restrictions. 

Stocking dates, times and locations are chosen based on temperatures, water flow and weather conditions, and are subject to change.

Anglers can sign up to receive daily stocking updates or can call a recorded hotline at 800-688-3467, which is updated every Friday. We also regularly publish stocking information on our website, and social media channels like Facebook and Twitter.