Trout Stocking in Maryland

General Stocking InformationSport Fish Restoration

The department is not publishing a 2022 stocking schedule. ​All stocked locations that fall under a closure period will be announced prior to the traditional opening day March 25, 2023​. 

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.

New brook trout regulations are now in effect requiring catch and release only in all put-and-take trout areas and all waters east of Interstate 81. Anglers should take time to properly identify brook trout -- wh​ich are not stocked by the department, -- when fishing in catch-and-release waters.

​Some trout fishing areas are subject to the 2023 Closure Schedule. 
  • Closure 0 means no restrictions and trout fishing is allowed. 
  • Closure Period 1 means areas are closed from 10 pm March 5 until 5:30 am March 25, 2023 
  • Closure Period 2 means areas are closed from 10 pm March 19 until 5:30 am March 25, 2023
All areas are open to fishing at 5:30 a.m. on March 25, 2023. 

20​23​ Trout Stocking​​

Species Codes:

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

View the tr​out stocking lo​​cations map​​​​​​.​​​​​ The trout stocking map will be upgraded on March 28, the new product is more responsive and has enhanced features for a better experience.



Know Your Trout

Download and print your own Trout Identification Sheet. Fold it in half and take it with you.

Help To Stop Poachers

Reminder - If you spot poaching please call or text 443-433-4112, email mwc.dnr@maryland.gov, 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.


​Channel Catfish Stocking

6/8/2021Roberts Mill Park Pond
5/25/2021Collier Circle Pond
5/25/2021Hunter's Run Pond
5/20/2021Bynum Pond
5/20/2021Howards Pond
5/20/2021Lake Hillcrest
5/20/2021Lake Serene
5/19/2021Cedarville Pond
5/19/2021Ewing Pond Park
5/19/2021Laurel Lake
5/19/2021Melwood Pond
5/17/2021Union Mills Pond
5/17/2021Warfield Park Pond
5/17/2021Westminster Pond