Trout Stocking in Maryland

General Stocking InformationSport Fish Restoration

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.

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2017 Spring Trout Stocking​​

Please continue to check this site for further updates.

Spring 2017 Updates

Reminder - All closure periods have expired.


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.

03.28.2017FrederickBig Hunting Creek (Catch and Return)
03.28.2017FrederickCarrol Creek - Youth and Blind
03.28.2017WashingtonIsreal Creek
03.28.2017WashingtonLittle Antietam Creek - Youth and Blind
03.28.2017GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River - Gorman
03.28.2017GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River - Kitzmiller
03.28.2017FrederickRainbow Lake
03.28.2017FrederickWoodsboro Community Pond
03.28.2017CarrollFarm Museum Pond
03.28.2017HowardMiddle Patuxent River – Delayed Harvest
03.28.2017MontgomeryPatuxent River (Catch and Return)
03.28.2017CarrollTaneytown Pond
03.28.2017CharlesHughesville Pond
03.28.2017CalvertHutchins Pond
03.28.2017CharlesWheatley Lake
03.28.2017Queen AnnesUnicorn Branch (below the lake) - 2/day
03.27.2017WashingtonBlairs Valley Lake
03.27.2017WashingtonGreenbrier Lake
03.27.2017WashingtonSharpsburg Pond
03.27.2017FrederickCatoctin Creek(Catoctin Crk Park) - Delayed Harvest
03.27.2017FrederickCatoctin Creek(Doubs Meadow) - Delayed Harvest
03.27.2017FrederickCunningham Falls Lake
03.27.2017AlleganyEvitts Creek
03.27.2017FrederickFountain Rock Park Pond
03.27.2017GarrettPiney Reservior
03.27.2017MontgomeryLake Needwood
03.27.2017BaltimorePatapsco River, Daniels (2/day)
03.27.2017WicomicoBeaverdam Creek
03.27.2017WorcesterShad Landing Pond
03.24.2017GarrettMuddy Creek
03.23.2017GarrettJennings Randolph Lake
03.23.2017GarrettYoughiogheny River, Oakland
03.23.2017BaltimoreGwynn Oak Pond
03.23.2017BaltimoreGwynns Falls
03.23.2017BaltimoreJones Falls
03.23.2017CecilHowards Pond
03.23.2017Queen AnnesUnicorn Branch  - below the lake (2/day)
03.22.2017GarrettNew Germany Lake
03.22.2017GarrettParkview Pond (youth and blind)
03.20.2017WashingtonLittle Tonoloway Creek (Youth and Blind)
03.20.2017Howard CountyLittle Patuxent River (2/Day)
03.20.2017CarrollTaneytown Pond
03.20.2017Prince GeorgesLaurel Lake
03.16.2017Prince GeorgesAllens Pond
03.16.2017Prince GeorgesLake Artemesia
03.16.2017Prince GeorgesMelwood Pond
03.10.2017GarrettBradford Lake
03.10.2017GarrettGlades Park Pond (youth & blind)
03.10.2017GarrettHerrington Creek
03.10.2017GarrettHerrington Lake
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News Update

​Washington County’s Albert Powell Hatchery Working on Water Quality and Quantity Issues

Response Included Early Stocking to Relieve Overcrowding

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.​

Help To Stop Poachers

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 Shoe Ban

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.