Spring Trout Stocking
Spring trout stocking started in the Southeast and Northeast Districts the week of March 11th. Due to water chemistry and access conditions, Central District and Connecticut Valley District staff plan to start stocking the week of March 18 and the Western District staff will commence trout stocking the week of March 25.
Bay State anglers with their freshwater fishing license in hand can look forward to casting for over 510,000 feisty brook, brown, rainbow and tiger trout by mid-March. These are sizeable fish; more than 74% of the fish are in the 12 inches or longer size category with more than 32% of the fish in the 14 inches or larger category. Stocking got under way in the second week of March in southeastern Massachusetts-as water chemistry and access conditions improve, other MassWildlife District offices will begin stocking. Anglers are advised to contact the District offices to for information on stocking. "We'll be putting out 295,400 rainbow trout, 84,700 brook trout and 129,400 brown trout," said Ken Simmons, MassWildlife Hatchery Chief. "In addition, just over 3000 tiger trout weighing more than a pound and measuring over 14 inches will be distributed equally throughout the five districts." Tiger trout are a cross between a female brown trout and a male brook trout, have become popular with folks lucky enough to hook and land one. The larger water bodies will receive the larger fish and the smaller brooks and streams will receive the majority of the smaller-sized fish. Finally, in addition to the trout, approximately 350 broodstock salmon from the Palmer Hatchery ranging from 2-3 pounds will be stocked across the state. Trout stocking schedules will be updated every Friday between March and Memorial Day in May.
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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