Trout Stocking in Maryland

General Stocking Information Sport Fish Restoration

Due to COVID-19 restrictions and staff safety protocols, scheduled stocking and allotments may be altered this year. The annual stocking will be completed in three bursts: preseason (January and February), March 14-25 and April 18-29​. The department did not publish a 2021 stocking schedule. 

The department will announce areas that have been stocked within a short time. All stocked locations that fall under a closure period will be announced prior to the traditional opening day March 26. 

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 2020 Closure Schedule. 
  • Closure 0 means no restrictions and trout fishing is allowed. 
  • Closure Period 1 means areas are closed from 10 pm March 6 until 5:30 am March 26, 2022 
  • Closure Period 2 means areas are closed from 10 pm March 20 until 5:30 am March 26, 2022

Reminder - Closure Period 1 begins at 10 p.m. on March 6. Before heading out to fish, please review the stocking schedule to see if your desired location is closed.

All areas are open to fishing at 5:30 a.m. on March 26, 2022. 

Trout in Water

20​21 Trout Stocking​​

Species Codes:

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

View the trout stocking locations map​​​​​.​​​​​



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