ANNAPOLIS — This month, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will begin releasing rainbow and brown trout in streams and lakes across the state. The stocking dates and locations will be dependent on stream, ground and weather conditions.
By the start of summer, DNR will have released more than 330,000 trout at more than 130 areas throughout Maryland.
“Spring is just around the corner, and trout anglers are getting excited about the coming season,” said Don Cosden, Inland Fisheries manager. “We’ll take advantage of any early season opportunity to stock these hatchery raised fish for the benefit of our anglers.”
Anglers should consult the 2013 Maryland Fishing Guide for closure dates and special management area restrictions and limits.
The stocking schedule is available online and at DNR Regional Service Centers and license vendors. DNR also offers online maps of stocked streams and daily stocking updates to help anglers find their way to the hot spots. Weekly updates are available by calling 800-688-3467 and pressing option #2.
DNR’s trout stocking program is funded entirely by the sale of non-tidal fishing licenses, trout stamps and Federal Sportfish Restoration Program funds which are generated by a dedicated excise tax on fishing and boating equipment.