Spring Trout Stocking
Close to 500,000 brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout will be stocked this spring from the Divisions 5 hatcheries located in Sandwich, Palmer, Belchertown, Sunderland and Montague. It has been a challenging year for the Division’s trout hatchery managers between the drought conditions that prevailed much of last summer and the extremely cold, icy and snow conditions that have prevailed this winter. Nevertheless, the close to 500,000 fish being stocked this spring, coupled with the more than 67,000 12+ inch trout stocked last fall should provide some excellent fishing in the coming months. Due to the delayed spring thaw, trout stocking likely will not begin until the last week of March or the first week in April, beginning with the Cape area and then moving westward as the ice and snow melts.
Anglers are encouraged to view the weekly trout stocking schedule pages for information about stocking in each district, or contact individual district offices . Trout stocking schedules will be updated every Friday between March and Memorial Day in May.
2014 spring trout facts:
- 41% of the fish average over 14 inches
- 71% of the fish average over 12 inches
- 195,000 rainbows will average over 14 inches
- 71,000 rainbows will average over 12 inches
- 12,000 rainbows will average between 9 and 12 inches
- 500 brown trout will be over 18 inches
- 43,000 brown trout will average over 12 inches
- 81,000 brown trout average between 9 and 12 inches
- 1250 brook trout will average over 15 inches
- 31,200 brook trout will average over 12 inches
- 38200 brook trout between 9 and 12 inches
- 10,000 brook trout between 6 and 9 inches
- 4700 tiger trout that will average over 14 inches
Fall Trout Stocking
Fall Trout Stocking varies each year. Stocking takes place during a 2-week period (depending on water temperatures), beginning in the last week of September and ending before Columbus Day weekend. Due to the short stocking season, fall stocking activity will not be posted on the website’s stocking schedule. Contact the local DFW district office for details on fall stocking in your area or the area you are interested in. See the trout stocked waters page for a list of Massachusetts waters that are usually stocked in the fall.
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