General Stocking Information
For reference, the full 2016 spring stocking schedule is available online. In addition to this page, DNR’s Fisheries Service posts stocking updates on Facebook and Twitter and through its email news service. Anglers may also call 800-688-3467 and press option #1 to get a recorded weekly update (usually updated on Fridays).
Put-and-take areas have a five-trout limit and specific spring closures depending on location. Consult the Maryland Fishing Guide for closure dates and special management area restrictions.
The daily limit in areas (that are not put-and-take or special management areas) is two trout with no minimum size and no closed season, except in special trout management and put-and-take areas.
* Antietam Creek Now Open for Stocking - streambank restoration work is complete. The Department has resumed regular stocking at Antietam Creek.
** Herrington Lake (Garrett County) will not be stocked due to on-going work on the lake's dam. The trout scheduled for this stocking will be added to the second stocking in late April, provided the dam repairs are completed. Updates will be issued as soon as we receive them.
*** Potomac-Garrett State Forest - Attention State Forest Visitors
Effective Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Lostland Run Road Closed for Repairs
MD DNR has contracted with local excavating contractor; Arnold Brothers Equipment Corporation , to carry out much needed road improvement to the Lostland Run Road in the Potomac State Forest in Garrett County. This extensive work will include grading and resurfacing this severely eroded road bed, as well replacement of some 25 failing culvert pipes and associated inlets and outlets. Two temporary work site bridges must be installed to support the heavy equipment and stone truck traffic necessary to complete this work.
This work site is very narrow and steep. For visitor safety as well as the safety of the contractors, the road is closed to public access effective Tuesday, April 12, 2016, and will remain closed until the contracted work is completed and the temporary bridges are removed. The term of the contract is 365 days, though water crossing permits limit culvert work between May 1 and October 1st.
Limited weekend access may be permitted as work site conditions allow. As a courtesy to sportsmen and women, the contractor has agreed to make every attempt at having the road passable and open to the public on the weekends beginning, Fridays at 5:00 p.m. through Sundays at sunset. Day use only, no camping will be permitted in Lostland Area through the term of the contract during these hours.
While this much needed road work comes at an inconvenient time, with the trout fishing season just opening up and spring turkey hunting season fast upon us (the Youth Hunt begins on April 16 and regular season opens Monday the 18th.) State Forest Visitors are encouraged to visit other areas of the State Forest to take advantage of the many hunting and fishing opportunities found here. Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to improve public access to your State Forest.
Reminder - If you spot poaching please place a call to our Catch a Poacher Hotline at 1-800-635-6124 - a cash reward is available for information leading to an arrest and conviction of a violator.
Felt-soled waders and wading shoes are now banned in the State of Maryland. Click here to read news item. Further information can be found through our FAQ on the felt sole ban.
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