Trout Stocking in Maryland

Latest Stocking Updates

  • The stocking of 300 trout into Big Hunting Creek in Frederick County scheduled for this week (May 12th) will be postponed until the week of May 26th due to the closure of Rt. 77, the only stream access to this area.

  • Avalon Pond/Lost Lake in Patapsco Valley State Park cannot be stocked with put and take trout due to flood damage and debris.
  • Laurel Lake in Laurel, MD cannot be stocked with put and take trout due to ongoing maintenance that has the lake drained.
  • Neither of these impoundments are expected to recover in time for them to be stocked during any portion of the put and take stocking season in 2019.

General Stocking InformationSport Fish Restoration

Spring trout stocking generally takes place during the middle of March through late May.  The department posts stocking updates on Facebook and Twitter and through its email news service. Lastly, anglers may also call 800-688-3467 and press option #1 to get a recorded weekly update when stocking is in process (usually updated on Fridays).  

Put-and-take areas have a five-trout limit and specific spring closures depending on location. Consult the Mary​land Guide to Fishing and Crabbing ​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.

​Some trout fishing areas are subject to the 2019 Closure Schedule. 
  • Closure 0 means no restrictions and trout fishing is allowed. 
  • Closure 1 means areas are closed from 10pm March 10 until 5:30 am March 30, 2019 
  • Closure Period 2 means areas are closed from 10pm March 24 until 5:30 am March, 30, 2019

All areas are open to fishing at 5:30 a.m. on March 30, 2019. 

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2019 Spring Trout Stocking​​

Stay tuned for daily updates once stocking begins​.

View the 2019 Spring Trout Stocking Schedule​.

Species Codes:

RB = Rainbow Trout; GN = Golden Trout; BN = Brown Trout​​

View the trout stocking locations map​​​​​.​

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Help To Stop Poachers

Reminder - If you spot poaching please call or text 443-433-4112, email, or report violations using the department’s free mobile app. 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.