DNR to Begin Stocking Trout in October for Maryland’s Fall Fishing Season
Annapolis, Md. — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will stock approximately 19,000 trout into freshwaters across the state during October 2008. A small number of these will be brown trout averaging 3 to 5 pounds each.
“Thanks to a good amount of rain that put some water back in our streams and mild weather starting to lower water temperatures, we are looking forward to a great fall trout fishing season,” said Assistant Fisheries Director Don Cosden. “We will be stocking some really nice fish, so I encourage anglers to get out and enjoy Maryland’s great outdoors and the upcoming fall weather.”
Although stocking dates and locations are dependent on water flow and temperature, crews generally find conditions are right in many areas beginning the second week of October and stocking is usually complete by the end of the month. In most years, cool water allowed trout stocking in Delayed Harvest Trout Fishing Areas and locations such as the North Branch Potomac, Bear Creek, Town Creek, Blairs Valley Lake, Antietam Creek, Beaver Creek, Cunningham Falls, Rainbow Lake, Greenbrier Lake, Morgan Run, Patapsco River, Gunpowder Falls, Great Seneca, Wheatley Lake, Lake Artemesia, Greenbelt Lake, Big Elk, Deer Creek and Tuckahoe. We expect to stock these areas and numerous others as conditions allow.
DNR’s trout stocking information telephone line, 1-800-688-3467, will be updated weekly beginning Oct. 1 so that anglers may find out if their favorite area has been stocked. After stocking is completed, a list of stocked areas will be posted online at www.dnr.maryland.gov.