Trout Fishing in Maryland

Trout Stocking


The full Maryland 2014 Spring Trout Stocking Schedule is now available.

2014 Spring Trout Closure Dates

Closure 0 - No Closure
Closure 1 - March 09 to March 29
Closure 2 - March 23 to March 29
Closure 3 - April 13 to April 19
Closure 4 - April 20 to April 26

Wording from COMAR

Closure 0 - No Closure
Closure 1 - From the first Sunday after March 4 to the last Saturday in March
Closure 2 - From Sunday to Saturday of the last full week of March
Closure 3 - From the first Sunday after April 8 to the following Saturday and
Closure 4 - From the first Sunday after April 15 to the following Saturday


Current 2014 Stocking

We are now in Closure Period 1, this will end at 5:30am on March 29. Areas closed to fishing at the time of stocking will not be listed in this table, please check the full stocking schedule for all locations.

County Location Date Map
Garrett Glades Park Pond (Youth & Blind) Apr 23 GO >
Washington Antietam Creek Apr 23 GO >
Cecil Rising Sun Pond (<16, >65 & Blind) Apr 22 GO >
Cecil Howards Pond Apr 22 GO >
Frederick Rainbow Lake Apr 22 GO >
Frederick Hamburg Pond Apr 22 GO >
Frederick Frank Bentz Pond Apr 22 GO >
Garrett Parkview Pond (Youth & Blind) Apr 21 GO >
Frederick Cunningham Falls Lake Apr 21 GO >
Washington Greenbrier Lake Apr 21 GO >
Montgomery Izaak Walton Pond Apr 18 GO >
Allegany Battie Mixon Apr 17 GO >
Washington Israel Creek Apr 17 GO >
Washington Little Antietam Creek (Youth and Blind Only) Apr 17 GO >
Frederick Carroll Creek (Youth & Blind Only) Apr 17 GO >
Carroll Farm Museum Pond Apr 17 GO >
Prince Georges Cosca Lake Apr 17 GO >
Prince Georges Greenbelt Lake Apr 17 GO >
Prince Georges Lake Artemesia Apr 17 GO >
Prince Georges Melwood Pond Apr 17 GO >
Prince Georges School House Pond Apr 17 GO >
Allegany Evitts Creek Ponds Apr 16 GO >
Allegany Lake Habeeb (Rocky Gap Lake) Apr 16 GO >
Washington Antietam Creek Apr 16 GO >
Washington Little Tonoloway Creek-Upper (2 fish/day) Apr 16 GO >
Washington Little Tonoloway Creek (Youth & Blind Section) Apr 16 GO >
Howard Little Patuxent River (2 fish/day) Apr 16 GO >
Calvert Calvert Cliffs Pond Apr 16 GO >
Calvert Hutchins Pond Apr 16 GO >
Charles Hughesville Pond Apr 16 GO >
Charles Myrtle Grove Pond Apr 16 GO >
Prince Georges Laurel Lake Apr 16 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River (Delayed Harvest) April 15 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River - Friendsville April 15 GO >
Baltimore Avalon Pond (Lost Lake) April 15 GO >
Frederick Fountain Rock Park Pond (2 fish/day) April 14 GO >
Garrett New Germany April 14 GO >
Garrett Savage River April 14 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River - Oakland April 14 GO >
Harford Forest Hill Pond April 14 GO >
Allegany Town Creek (Delayed Harvest) April 11 GO >
Garrett Savage River Reservoir April 11 GO >
Frederick Cunningham Falls Lake April 10 GO >
Frederick Frank Bentz Pond April 10 GO >
Garrett Deep Creek Lake April 10 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River - Barnum April 10 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River - Westernport April 10 GO >
Washington Indian Springs Pond April 10 GO >
Frederick Urbana Lake April 9 GO >
Frederick Whiskey Springs Pond April 9 GO >
Frederick Woodsboro Community Pond April 9 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River (Delayed Harvest) April 9 GO >
Washington Antietam Creek April 9 GO >
Washington Blairs Valley Lake April 9 GO >
Washington Greenbrier Lake April 9 GO >
Frederick Brunswick Pond (2 fish/day) April 8 GO >
Frederick Friends Creek April 8 GO >
Frederick Middle Creek April 8 GO >
Frederick Middletown Community Pond April 8 GO >
Frederick Owens Creek April 8 GO >
Garrett Snowy Creek April 8 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River - Oakland April 8 GO >
Baltimore Gunpowder Falls - Lower April 8 GO >
Baltimore Little Gunpowder Falls April 8 GO >
Baltimore Stansbury Park Pond April 8 GO >
Allegany Cotton Cove Pond April 7 GO >
Allegany Lions Park Pond April 7 GO >
Allegany Orchard Pond April 7 GO >
Allegany White Sulfer Pond April 7 GO >
Allegany Wills Creek April 7 GO >
Howard Centennial Lake April 7 GO >
Howard Elkhorn Lake April 7 GO >
Montgomery Martin L, King Jr. Pond April 7 GO >
Montgomery Northwest Branch April 7 GO >
Montgomery Pine Lake April 7 GO >
Garrett Casselman River (Delayed Harvest) April 4 GO >
Frederick Catoctin Creek, Catoctin Crk Park (Delayed Harvest) April 3 GO >
Frederick Catoctin Creek, Doubs Meadow (Delayed Harvest) April 3 GO >
Garrett Bear Creek April 3 GO >
Garrett Casselman River April 3 GO >
Washington Israel Creek April 3 GO >
Baltimore Patapsco River - Daniels (2 fish/day) April 3 GO >
Montgomery Middle Patuxent River (Delayed Harvest) April 3 GO >
Montgomery Patuxent River (Catch & Return) April 3 GO >
Prince Georges Cosca Lake April 3 GO >
Prince Georges Greenbelt Lake April 3 GO >
Prince Georges Lake Artemesia April 3 GO >
Prince Georges Tucker Pond April 3 GO >
Frederick Fountain Rock Park Pond (2 fish/day) April 2 GO >
Garrett Piney Reservoir April 2 GO >
Garrett Savage River April 2 GO >
Washington Antietam Creek April 2 GO >
Baltimore Patapsco River - Daniels (2 fish/day) April 2 GO >
Carroll Morgan Run (Catch & Return) April 2 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River - Gorman April 1 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River - Kitzmiller April 1 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River (Delayed Harvest) April 1 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River - Friendsville April 1 GO >
Washington Pangborn Pond (<16, >65, & Blind) April 1 GO >
Washington Little Tonoloway Creek - Upper (2 fish/day) April 1 GO >
Washington Little Tonoloway Creek (Youth & Blind) April 1 GO >
Calvert Hutchins Pond April 1 GO >
Charles Hughesville Pond April 1 GO >
Charles Myrtle Grove Pond April 1 GO >
Charles Wheatley Lake April 1 GO >
Prince Georges School House Pond April 1 GO >
Worcester Shad Landing Pond Mar 31 GO >
Wicomico Beaverdam Creek Mar 31 GO >
Montgomery Lake Needwood Mar 31 GO >
Washington Sharpsburg Pond Mar 31 GO >
Washington Little Antietam Creek (Youth & Blind) Mar 31 GO >
Frederick Woodsboro Pond Mar 31 GO >
Frederick Carroll Creek (Youth & Blind) Mar 31 GO >
Frederick Big Hunting Creek (Catch & Return) Mar 31 GO >
Allegany Evitts Creek Ponds Mar 31 GO >
Allegany Evitts Creek Mar 31 GO >
Baltimore Jones Falls Mar 28 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River Delayed Harvest Area Mar 28 GO >
Garrett Parkview Pond Youth and Blind only Mar 28 GO >
Garrett Piney Reservoir Mar 27 GO >
Garrett Savage Reservoir Mar 27 GO >
Baltimore Gwynn Oak Pond Mar 27 GO >
Baltimore Gwynns Fall Mar 27 GO >
Cecil Howards Pond Mar 27 GO >
Cecil Rising Sun Pond (<16, >65, & Blind) Mar 27 GO >
Washington Antietam Creek Mar 26 GO >
Allegany Dans Mountain Pond Mar 25 GO >
Allegany Laurel Run (<16, >65, & Blind) Mar 25 GO >
Garrett Deep Creek Lake Mar 24 GO >
Washington Little Tonoloway Creek, Wedmyer Park (Youth & Blind Only) Mar 24 GO >
Frederick Cunningham Falls Lake Mar 24 GO >
Frederick Urbana Lake Mar 24 GO >
Carroll Taneytown Pond (Roberts Mill) Mar 24 GO >
Prince Georges Allen's Pond Mar 24 GO >
Prince Georges Melwood Pond Mar 24 GO >
Allegany Battie Mixon Mar 21 GO >
Allegany Lake Habeeb (Rocky Gap) Mar 21 GO >
Carroll Morgan Run (Catch & Return) Mar 21 GO >
Howard Little Patuxent River (2 fish/day) Mar 21 GO >
Prince Georges Laurel Lake Mar 21 GO >
Garrett Broadford Lake Mar 20 GO >
Garrett Jennings Randolph Lake Mar 20 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River - Oakland Mar 20 GO >
Garrett Herrington Lake Mar 19 GO >
Garrett Glade Park Pond - (Youth & Blind) Mar 19 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River - Barnum Mar 19 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River - Westernport Mar 19 GO >
Baltimore Stansbury Park Pond Mar 19 GO >
Howard Centennial Lake Mar 19 GO >
Allegany Lake Habeeb (Rocky Gap) Mar 18 GO >
Washington Blairs Valley Lake Mar 18 GO >
Washington Greenbrier Lake Mar 18 GO >
Frederick Brunswick Pond (2 fish/day) Mar 14 GO >
Frederick Middletown Community Pond Mar 14 GO >
Garrett Casselman River (Delayed Harvest) Mar 14 GO >
Caroline Tuckahoe Mar 14 GO >
Wicomico Beaverdam Creek Mar 14 GO >
Worcester Shad Landing Mar 14 GO >
Howard Little Patuxent River (2 fish/day) Mar 13 GO >
Montgomery Lake Needwood Mar 13 GO >
Prince Georges Allens Pond Mar 12 GO >
Prince Georges Cosca Lake Mar 12 GO >
Prince Georges Greenbelt Lake Mar 12 GO >
Prince Georges Lake Artemesia Mar 12 GO >
Prince Georges Melwood Pond Mar 12 GO >
Prince Georges Tucker Pond Mar 12 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River Delayed Harvest Mar 12 GO >
Allegany Battie Mixon Pond Mar 12 GO >
Calvert Calvert Cliffs Mar 11 GO >
Calvert Hutchins Pond Mar 11 GO >
Charles Hughesville Pond Mar 11 GO >
Charles Myrtle Groves Pond Mar 11 GO >
Charles Wheatley Lake Mar 11 GO >
Cecil Octoraro Creek Mar 11 GO >
Baltimore Avalon Pond (Lost Lake) Mar 10 GO >
Garrett Casselman River (Delayed Harvest) Mar 7 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River, Kitzmiller Area Mar 7 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River, Oakland Area Mar 7 GO >
Howard Middle Patuxent River (Delayed Harvest) Mar 7 GO >
Montgomery/Howard Patuxent River(Catch & Release Areas) Mar 7 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River (Barnum) Mar 6 GO >
Garrett North Branch Potomac River (Westernport) Mar 6 GO >
Washington Town Creek (Delayed Harvest) Mar 6 GO >
Frederick Cunningham Falls Lake Mar 6 GO >
Frederick Frank Bentz Pond Mar 6 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River (Delayed Harvest Area) Mar 5 GO >
Garrett Youghiogheny River - Friendsville Area Mar 5 GO >
Allegany Jennings Run Mar 5 GO >
Allegany North Jennings Run Watershed Mar 5 GO >
Carroll Farm Museum Pond Mar 5 GO >
Carroll Taneytown Pond (Roberts Mill) Mar 5 GO >
Washington Greenbrier Lake Feb 28 GO >
Washington Blairs Valley Lake Feb 27 GO >
Frederick Catoctin Creek, Catoctin Creek Park (Delayed Harvest) Feb 27 GO >
Washington Antietam Creek Feb 25 GO >
Washington Little Tonoloway Creek, Upper Section (2 fish/Day) Feb 25 GO >
Frederick Catoctin Creek, Doubs Meadow Section - See Below (Delayed Harvest) Feb 25 GO >
Carroll Piney Run Reservoir Feb 25 GO >
Howard Elkhorn Lake Feb 25 GO >
Frederick Fountain Rock Park Pond (2 Fish/Day) Feb 24 GO >
Carroll South Branch Patapsco River (Upper) Feb 24 GO >
Baltimore Patapsco River @ Daniels (2 Fish/Day) Feb 24 GO >
Howard/Montgomery Middle Patuxent River (Delayed Harvest Area) Feb 20 GO >
Montgomery Patuxent River (Catch & Return Areas) Feb 20 GO >

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. Click here to read news item. Further information can be found through our FAQ on the felt sole ban.

Stocking Hotline

During the stocking season updates are posted on the website daily and on the phone line (1-800-688-3467) weekly.


Trout Fishing FYI

Maryland has several locations which are managed as Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas

As the title implies, these locations are restricted to catch and release fishing only up until a specific date. Delaying harvest offers several benefits to anglers, including a larger number of fish to be caught, and these longer term acclimated fish exhibit a more natural trout feeding behavior, allowing fly fishermen to have additional opportunities to test their skills matching hatches on the streams with delayed harvest regulations. In contrast, most put and take streams are "fished down" after several days and the fish that are stocked are often geared toward feeding on pellet food from the hatcheries. Multiple stockings of delayed harvest areas offer trout fishermen a higher success rate over a longer period of time, with the bonus of providing a late spring or early summer five fish creel limit long after most of the put and trout streams have seen peak catches of trout. There are two distinct groups of designated Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas. They are:

Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas

1. Group I
a. Areas:
i. Catoctin and Little Catoctin Creek (Frederick County) from U.S.Route 40 near its intersection with Maryland Route 17 within Doubs Meadow Park downstream to the lower park boundary near Myersville.
ii. Catoctin Creek within Catoctin Creek Park in southern Frederick County
iii. Middle Patuxent River (Howard County) from U.S.Route 29 downstream to Murray Hill Road.
iv. Town Creek mainstem (Allegany County) within Green Ridge State Forest, from a red post located approximately 3/4 mile downstream of the upper ford on Lower Town Creek Road, just south of the Wagner Road intersection, downstream to a red post located just upstream of the lower ford on Lower Town Creek Road (Mallory Place), and from a post located approximately 1/2 mile downstream of Maniford Road to a red post located approximately 1 3/4 miles downstream (Bull Ring Ranch).
b. Restrictions for these areas:
i. From June 1 through September 30, inclusive, the daily creel limit and possession limit is five trout (all species of trout in aggregate), with no tackle restrictions.
ii. From October 1 through May 31, inclusive, a person:
(a) May not have any trout in possession while fishing.
(b) Shall immediately release any trout caught to the water from which the trout was taken.
(c) Except for artificial lures, may not possess or use any natural bait, live bait, or any device enhanced with a scent capable of catching fish in these areas.
2. Group II located on the south side of the Interstate 68 eastbound bridge downstream to the Pennsylvania state line.
a. Areas
i. Casselman River mainstem (Garrett County) from a boundary marked by two red posts on both stream banks
ii. North Branch Potomac River mainstem (Garrett County) from the lowermost boundary of the Potomac State Forest near Lostland Run to the uppermost boundary of the Potomac State Forest at Wallman.
iii. Youghiogheny River mainstem (Garrett County) below Friendsville from a site located 50 yards downstream of Maple Street (at the confluence of Minnow Run) downstream 1.8 miles to the powerline crossing upstream of the Youghiogheny Reservoir.
b. Restrictions for these areas:
i. From June 16 through September 30, inclusive, the daily creel limit and possession limit is five trout (all species of trout in aggregate), with no tackle restrictions.
ii. From October 1 through June 15, inclusive, a person:
(a) May not have any trout in possession while fishing in these areas.
(b) Shall immediately release any trout caught to the water from which the trout was taken.
(c) Except for artificial lures, a person may not possess or use any natural bait, live bait, or any device enhanced with a scent capable of catching fish in these areas.

Whirling and Other Diseases

MDNR is asking anglers to continue to be vigilant about not spreading whirling, other disease and invasive organisms. Please remember to clean your gear between streams or outings to prevent moving around unwanted invaders like didymo and whirling disease. You can wash with dish soap or a 5% salt solution or use one of the convenient wader wash stations if present at your location. For information on how you can help, look below this article and go to Additional Disinfection Methods for Fishing Gear. A detailed synopsis of our 2007 whirling disease testing results and related information is now available at this site. For more information go to The Whirling Disesase Update Page.

Picture of Didymo from New Zealand

An invasive and potentially detrimental algae known as Didymo (Didymosphenia geminata) has been identified in the Gunpowder River below Prettyboy Dam. This algae, also known as 'rock snot', can have negative impacts on stream biota such as aquatic insects. It can also hinder reproduction of trout and other fish species.

Anglers and boaters are asked to take the same precautions that were suggested for containing whirling disease and other invasive species.




Other useful web pages with information pertaining to didymo include:

  • www.dnr.state.md.us/invasives/Didymo_Flyfisher_Article.pdf
  • www.dnr.state.md.us/invasives/Didymo_EPA_Fact_Sheet.pdf
  • www.epa.gov/region8/water/didymosphenia/
  • Albert Powell Fish Hatchery

    Currently raises a majority of the fish for Maryland's freshwater trout fishery, check out the hatchery through the video provided. If you can't view the embedded video just go to YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=GZlTJno8Of0.





    The DNR trout stocking program is funded entirely by the sale of nontidal fishing licenses, trout stamps and Federal Sportfish Restoration Program (Wallop-Breaux) funds which are generated by a special excise tax on boating and angling equipment.