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​​

The 2017 spring trout stocking is complete.  Below is a table of areas stocked and open to fishing at time of stocking.


06.01.2017FrederickOwens Creek
05.26.2017FrederickMiddle Creek
05.26.2017GarrettYoughiogheny River - Catch and Release
05.24.2017GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River - Barnum
05.23.2017GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River - Westernport
05.18.2017GarrettYoughiogheny River, Oakland
05.16.2017AlleganyEvitts Creek
05.16.2017AlleganyWills Creek
05.15.2017AlleganyFifteen Mile Creek
05.15.2017GarrettYoughiogheny River, Friendsville
05.11.2017FrederickFishing Creek
05.11.2017FrederickFriends Creek
05.11.2017FrederickOwens Creek
05.11.2017GarrettSavage River
05.11.2017GarrettBear Creek
05.10.2017BaltimoreGunpowder Falls, Upper
05.10.2017BaltimoreLittle Falls
05.10.2017FrederickBig Hunting Creek (Catch and Return)
05.10.2017FrederickFriends Creek
05.10.2017FrederickOwens Creek
05.10.2017WashingtonAntietam Creek
05.10.2017WashingtonSideling Hill Creek
05.09.2017AlleganyJennings Run
05.09.2017AlleganyNorth Jennings Run Watershed
05.08.2017AlleganyEvitts Creek
05.08.2017GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River - Westernport
05.04.2017AlleganyFifteen Mile Creek
05.04.2017CecilBig Elk Creek
05.04.2017HowardLittle Patuxent River (2/Day)
05.04.2017MontgomeryGreat Seneca Creek
05.04.2017WashingtonBeaver Creek (upper half)
05.03.2017BaltimoreGunpowder Falls, Lower
05.03.2017BaltimoreGwynn Oak Pond
05.03.2017BaltimoreGwynns Falls
05.03.2017BaltimoreJones Falls
05.03.2017CarrollSouth Branch Patapsco River - Mariottsville Road
05.03.2017CarrollSouth Branch Patapsco River - River Road
05.03.2017CecilBig Elk Creek
05.03.2017GarrettAccident Pond
05.03.2017WashingtonAntietam Creek
05.03.2017WashingtonSideling Hill Creek
05.02.2017GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River, Gorman
05.02.2017GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River, Kitzmiller
05.02.2017AlleganyLions Park Pond
05.02.2017AlleganyWills Creek
05.02.2017WashingtonBeaver Creek (Lower Section)
05.02.2017BaltimoreLittle Gunpowder Falls
05.02.2017HarfordDeer Creek
05.01.2017BaltimorePatapsco River, Daniels (2/day)
05.01.2017CarrollPiney Run
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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.