Trout Stocking in Maryland

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​.

2/19/2019BaltimorePatapsco River, Daniels - 2/day1,800 RB/G
2/19/2019Queen Anne'sUnicorn Branch - 2/day100 RB/G
2/19/2019WashingtonBeaver Creek - Closure 1900 RB/G
2/15/2019CarrollSouth Branch Potomac River (River Rd.) - Closure 1400 RB/G
2/15/2019FrederickFountain Rock Park Pond200 RB/G
2/15/2019HowardElkhorn Lake 750 RB/G
2/14/2019CarolineTuckahoe Creek 1,350 RB/G
2/14/2019GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River, Barnum900 RB/G
2/14/2019GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River, Kitzmiller 450 RB/G
2/14/2019GarrettNorth Branch Potomac River, Westernport900 RB/G
2/14/2019Queen Anne'sUnicorn Branch - 2/day100 RB/G
2/14/2019WicomicoBeaverdam Creek 450 RB/G
2/14/2019WorchesterShad Landing Pond 450 RB/G
2/8/2019CecilOctoraro Creek300 RB/G
2/8/2019FrederickMiddle Creek  - Closure 1900 RB/G/BR
2/8/2019WashingtonLicking Creek - Closure 1450 RB/G/BR
2/8/2019WashingtonLittle Tonoloway Creek, Upper (2 Fish/Day)300 RB/G/BR
2/8/2019WashingtonSideling Hill Creek750 RB/G/BR
2/7/2019BaltimoreStansbury Park Pond750 RB/G
2/7/2019CalvertCalvert Cliffs Pond300 RB/G
2/7/2019GarrettYoughiogheny River Delayed Harvest Area900 RB
2/7/2019GarrettYoughiogheny River, Friendsville450 RB/G
2/7/2019GarrettYoughiogheny River, Oakland900 RB/G
2/7/2019Howardlittle Patuxent River (2 fish/day limit)1,100 RB/G
2/7/2019MontgomeryLake Needwood750 RB/G
2/6/2019AlleganyEvitts Creek - Closure 1900 RB/G
2/6/2019AlleganyJennings Run - Closure 21,100 RB/G
2/6/2019AlleganyNorth Jennings Run Watershed - Closure 2300 RB/G
2/6/2019AlleganyWills Creek - Closure 1900 RB/G
2/6/2019CharlesMyrtle Grove Pond 650 RB/G
2/6/2019CharlesHughesville Pond 300 RB/G
2/6/2019HowardCentennial Lake 750 RB/G
2/6/2019Prince GeorgesGovernor Bridge Pond300 RB/G
2/6/2019Prince GeorgesGreenbelt Lake 450 RB/G
2/6/2019Prince GeorgesLake Artemesia 450 RB/G
2/6/2019WashingtonAntietam Creek 450 RB/G/BR
2/5/2019CalvertHutchins Pond 450 RB/G
2/5/2019CharlesWheatley Lake 900 RB/G
2/5/2019GarrettCasselman River - Delayed Harvest2,450 RB
2/5/2019Prince GeorgesAllens Pond 600 RB/G
2/5/2019Prince GeorgesCosca Lake 600 RB/G
2/5/2019Prince GeorgesMelwood Pond 450 RB/G
2/5/2019Prince GeorgesTucker Pond 450 RB/G
2/4/2019CarrollPiney Run Reservoir (A.A.)1,300 RB/G
2/4/2019Queen Anne'sUnicorn Branch - 2/day100 RB/G
2/4/2019WashingtonGreenbrier Lake2,650 RB/G
12/31/2018GarrettSavage River Reservoir3,450 RB/G
12/28/2018AlleganyLake Habeeb3,550 RB/G
12/18/2018GarrettDeep Creek Lake4,350 RB

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.