For reference, the full 2017 spring stocking schedule is available online. In addition to this page, the Department of Natural Resources Fishing & Boating Services 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.
Please continue to check this site for further updates.
Rising Sun Pond - Due to low water levels, Rising Sun Pond will not be stocked this week. The 500 trout scheduled for Rising Sun Pond are being re-allocated to the other areas within Cecil County - Big Elk Creek, Howards Pond and Principio Creek This winter, an emergency repair was required to the pond's water control structure, the repair required lowering the pond's water level significantly. Below average precipitation this winter has slowed the re-fill process but we are hopeful that future stocking events will be able to be completed as scheduled.
Gunpowder Falls, Lower - The first scheduled stocking for Gunpowder Falls Lower section is being cancelled due to low flows. The 2,200 trout scheduled for the Gunpowder Falls Lower Sections are being re-allocated to other locations within the area. Please note this stocking will not be made up at a later date. Future stockings for the Gunpowder Falls Lower Sections will be re-evaluated as needed.
Accident Pond - The pond was not stocked for opening day due to pond repairs, the next scheduled stocking will be evaluated the week of April 9.
Albert Powell Hatchery, the largest Department of Natural Resources trout production facility, is investigating and has taken corrective actions following a recent disruption to its water quality and quantity. Read more here.
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. Further information can be found through our FAQ on the felt sole ban.
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