Pond Stocking in Private Ponds

With few local sources of fish for stocking private ponds in Maryland, most fish are obtained from out-of-state suppliers. The department regulates the species of fish permitted to enter the state, and requires suppliers to provide fish health information about their stocks to be approved. A link to approved suppliers and fish species for the current year is found below.

A pond stocking permit is required by the department from persons who only stock their own ponds. There is no fee for this permit. The form can be filled out and submitted electronically, by fax or by mail . Permits typically expire at the end of a calendar year.

The permit is required before stocking and may not permit certain species of fish or invertebrates to be stocked if there is the potential to harm or affect to other natural resources.


Preferred Submittal

Please use the Online Pond Stocking Application​ for faster processing



​Alternative Submittal Option

 Pond Stocking Application

List of Providers and Fish Species


Please direct all inquiries or hard copy submissions to: 

Scott Romanoski
(410) 260-8255
pond.dnr@maryland.gov