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Spring Trout Stocking Season Begins

Crews to Stock 133 Locations in 18 Counties

Photo of staff stocking creek with troutThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources is gearing up to release more than 300,000 brown, golden and rainbow trout throughout the state during its annual spring trout stocking.  

Regular spring stocking is done by department crews in lakes, rivers and streams from early March through June. In 2019, the department will stock trout in 133 locations in 18 counties.  

The department raises the majority of these trout in the state’s hatcheries, including the Albert M. Powell Hatchery and the Bear Creek Hatchery, and through a partnership with the privately owned Mettiki Hatchery.  

“Our hatcheries staff work hard throughout the year to raise and stock trout, which showcase this magnificent fishery,” Fishing and Boating Services Director David Blazer said. “We expect this to be a memorable season for Maryland’s dedicated trout anglers.”

Trout stocking is funded by revenue from fishing licenses, trout stamps and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Sport Fish Restoration Program.

Anglers should consult the 2019 Maryland Guide to Fishing and Crabbing for specific details on daily creel limits and other important information. The department’s trout stocking website, social media and email newsletters provide updated information on which locations are being stocked. In addition, anglers may call our stocking hotline for a weekly summary at 800-688-3467.