Maryland DNR announces winter and spring trout stocking for 2022

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources plans to stock 300,000 trout in state waters. Preseason trout stocking began the week of Dec. 13.

ANNAPOLIS — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources plans to stock 300,000 trout in state waters.

Preseason trout stocking began the week of Dec. 13.

According to a news release, the annual stocking will be completed in three bursts, preseason from now through February and spring stocking March 14 through March 28 and April 18 through April 29.

Updates will be provided for all open locations once stocking is complete.

All stocked locations that fall under a closure period will be announced prior to opening day on March 26, 2022, according to the news release.

For updates, visit the DNR website or sign up to receive daily stocking notifications via email.

Anglers also may call 800-688-3467 and press option #1 to get a recorded weekly update when stocking is in process (usually updated on Fridays).

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the DNR encourages anglers to practice social distancing while enjoying Maryland’s recreational fishing opportunities.

Trout anglers are reminded that regulations for brook trout are now in effect requiring catch-and-release in all put-and-take trout areas and all waters east of Interstate 81.

Anglers should take time to properly identify brook trout — which are not stocked by the DNR — when fishing in catch-and-release waters.

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