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Fall Trout Stocking Begins in October

Anglers Can Sign Up For Notifications 

Photo of rainbow trout in the waterThe Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock thousands of brown, golden, and rainbow trout in several creeks, lakes, and rivers starting in early October. The majority of this year’s trout stocking come from the department’s Albert Powell Hatchery near Hagerstown. 

Throughout the summer, staff have been looking after thousands of trout ranging in size from one-half pound to one pound. However, several trophy-sized spring “holdovers” in the three-pound range will also be stocked. 

Unlike spring trout stocking, which has a set schedule, fall trout stocking is limited. Stocking locations and times can change due to a variety of factors including water temperature, water flow, and weather conditions. Additionally, some stocked streams have seasonal restrictions so anglers should consult the 2019 Maryland Guide to Fishing and Crabbing for all regulations and restrictions. 

Anglers can sign up to receive daily stocking updates or can call a recorded hotline at 800-688-3467, which is updated every Friday. The Department of Natural Resources also regularly publishes stocking information online, and through social media channels.